As most of ya’ll know – South Korea has been calling me this year.
And I have decided that I want to go and see it all in person 🙂
The more that I learn about the culture (and food), the more I know that I don’t want to just visit for a few weeks. I want to stay. For at least a year.
So, I have decided to prepare for teaching in South Korea!
Since it is so competitive there these days, I have started to learn Hangul. I’m still waiting on my passport, and am almost done with my AA. Now, to teach in Korea, you need at least a BA, so I figure that while I am still in school for that I can continue my Hangul studies and take the required TEFL courses online.
And if anyone has any suggestions on where to start with that – please let me know 🙂
Someone asked me one night why I want to teach in South Korea (now that I’ve told my closest family/friends about my decision, I can’t seem to stop talking about it. lol) and I legit teared up.
I was just so happy, and I had never really said my response out loud before. Yes, I love the language. I’ve studied other languages before, but Hangul seems to make the most sense to me and even when I’m struggling with it – I still am excited about learning it.
The culture and history is also interesting to me, but the main reason why I want to teach is the possibilities. The idea of teaching kids and in turn learning from them is one that I never considered before. And the thought of being able to show them a positive representation of a black woman is amazing!
I know that it is going to be hard – if I even get the chance to teach. But I can’t shake the image and feeling that I get from the possibility of teaching and hopefully doing away with the negative stereotypes surrounding my culture while being in theirs.
Sigh. So I plan on spending the next 3 years preparing for the opportunity. Because when it comes I don’t want to miss it.