Me? Teach (and Learn)?

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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. Β 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 Β 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.


      • I only had a Bachelor’s when I came over the first time, and my majors had nothing to do with teaching. Since it is so popular right now to come over here, I would suggest some volunteering to pad your resume…something with kids πŸ™‚ I was asked flat out “do you like kids?” because the teacher I took over for in November apparently didn’t even like kids very much.

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      • Lol I have no idea why they would want to teach kids if they didn’t like them. But it’s an easy job to work in a hogwan (super frustrating some days if you actually care about the job) and the pay is good. I send back around $1000 Canadian every month and still have around $1000 in my account here for living expenses. And last month, the bills I had to pay added up to less than $100 (internet $40, cell phone $30, electric $7) so it’s cheap to live here and easy to save money and pay off debt. It’s a big draw for people right out of university.

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      • μ§„μ§œ! Whoa! That’s another bonus in my book πŸ™‚ I’ve heard of another program for those who only have their AA (talk). Have you heard anything about that?


      • lol – I’ve been learning a few phrases now that I know the alphabet πŸ™‚ It’s short for Teach and Learn in Korea. Where you teach after school programs in rural areas of South Korea πŸ™‚

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