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Sound Advice If You’re Thinking About Teaching in Korea

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Thanks to Akfusion for his comment on my post on Drop Out Rates:

I also think it’s a person’s responsibility to find out as much information about the country before coming there themselves. I would not want to undergo intense packing and hit a 15+ hour plane ride to a foreign country without knowing what I am getting into, especially if I didn’t like the food, know the language, and know the culture some. There are so many facets to take into consideration as you said. I would say those that want to work and the Korean government both could do their parts better. But I agree with you mostly!

It echoes one of the traits of the typical runner that I had mentioned before:

Didn’t do ANY or very little research before coming to Korea.  Korea is not Canada, the U.S. or pretty much like anywhere else in the world.  It’s very…shall we say…unique in a not necessarily good or bad way.  There’s a lot of negativity on Dave’s but I don’t think some of it’s unwarranted.  Make sure you have a good idea of what to expect (not all of it will be bad though).  Keep in mind that small towns are a lot more conservative than big cities like Seoul or Busan.

Korea is definitely not for everyone whether you’re a fresh college grad or have a teaching license.  It all comes down to personality.  From general research, you’ll at least know if you may or may not be able to handle life here which is very different (in good and bad ways) than life back home.



Written by recruiterinkorea

October 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

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  1. This is absolutely sound advice, no doubt. Unfortunately, it’s only an appetizer to what the reality MAY BE. All the research in the world is NOT experiencing it for yourself.

    No NET knows what scenario they may find themselves in. Some schools are good, some not so good. There are just too many variables. Knowing your personality is good, but an individual has little idea of how he/she will react in any particular situation. One might say, “I would do X”, but until you’re there….. There’s truly only one way – Experience it for yourself and then formulate an opinion.

    It’s my opinion that research will do little to change the numbers of NET’s bailing early. It’s the realities you can’t reseach that get you!!


    October 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    • Agreed 100%. The post was assuming that everything else was kosher. Of course there are a ton of other variables that come into play that can make or break a person’s desire to stay or go.


      October 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm

  2. Hello,

    I’m currently teaching in the public sector in Seoul. My good friend works for a hagwon which she thinks will be going under very shortly, leaving her with no job and no place to live.

    Do you have any recruiters you recommend she contact?

    Thank you!


    October 12, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    • I cannot endorse myself or any other recruiters because that will compromise the integrity of this blog. However, she can follow my advice here.

      Always better to apply directly to companies rather than go through a recruiter.


      October 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm

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