How to Become A Licensed Teacher in Korea: TeacherReady

For a few grand, some online work, and few months student teaching, I was able to translate my four years of teaching ESL in Korea into a teaching career that could take me anywhere in the world. What Am I Doing With My Life? So, you decided to come to Korea for a year.  Maybe your…

What is an Average Day Like for an English Teacher in Korea?

A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in Korea Have you ever wondered what life is like for someone who travels overseas and teaches English in Korea?  I compiled a few YouTube videos that help answer this question.  If you are already in Korea like most of our audience, it’s still fun to watch these…

How to Teach Korean Students: Advice and Student Samples

The Teaching Gap between EFL/ESL Teachers and Korean Students The great divide between teacher and student is difficult to cross.  Add different languages, cultures, and inefficient administrators and the divide appears infinite. This is the journey of an EFL teacher in Korea. I should know; I taught EFL in Korea for four years. I constantly…

Teaching in Korea over 30: An Interview with a Foreign Hagwon Owner

  Very few people in the world have more experience in the ESL industry than Jürgen Germeys.  Even fewer understand the nuances of both ESL instruction and the Hagwon business model in South Korea.  Jürgen Germeys is not just an experienced ESL instructor; he is one of the very few foreigners who own a hagwon in South Korea. For…

Kari Nguyen: Learning to Lean on Others

So why did I come to Korea? At my age, shouldn’t I be in some corporate job with a husband, 2.3 kids, and a golden retriever waiting at home for me to make dinner when I get off work? Essay by Kari Nguyen My name is Kari Nguyen and I’m a 37 years old Vietnamese-American….

George White: I’m Half Black and Korean

“I was directionless.  I was squandering my potential.  I was lost between several cultures for twenty-five years and desperately needed to find myself.” Essay By George White My name is George White, and I’m half black and Korean.  I recently started performing stand-up comedy, and I always open with a variation of that line and…

A Law School Graduate Loving Life Abroad: Brian Williams

“I don’t share their opinion that life isn’t real if it doesn’t suck enough.” Essay by Brian Williams I wasn’t running away, or trying to hide or avoid anything by coming to Korea.  Although, I can see how this is good place to do that.  I was just looking to continue doing what I already…