Over 30 and Teaching Abroad: Lindsey Nave

When Lindsey submitted her essay, I knew I wanted to feature her story first.  She’s a beautiful girl with a wonderful heart.  Her stories of social work with children from other countries were extremely moving and I’m excited to share them.  Lindsey is one of those teachers over 30 who is extremely motivated, bright, and…

Korea is for Extroverts. Japan is for Introverts.

A COMPARISON BETWEEN TEACHING IN KOREA VS JAPAN: PROS AND CONS This review contains sweeping generalizations and swearing up the wazoo. If you’re the sensitive type, best to pass on this one. Also if you don’t give a shit about living and teaching in Korea and Japan than I doubt this will be of interest…

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…

10 American Misconceptions about South Korea

The American Misconceptions from Back Home After returning home from teaching in Korea for four years, I’ve fielded a few questions from friends and family.  I appreciate the honest questions and curiosity.  Unfortunately, this has not been my common experience when out mingling or in the workplace.  Once people learned I lived overseas, they were typically more interested in informing…

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…

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…

Seoul: Ugly on the Outside or A Frugal Expat Paradise Inside?

돼지 저금통 Andy Baxley is a Seoul-based writer, photographer, and teacher.  He writes about “the new art of 20-something prosperity” at Vicenarianism.   — Few people would ever consider using “Seoul” and “paradise” in the same sentence, and there’s for good reason for this.  Eleven million overworked people living on top of each other in…

Never too Old for Wanderlust: Ellen Sidorski

“I can’t believe I almost didn’t have these experiences because of my age and the pressure to settle down.” – Ellen Sidorski Essay by Ellen Sidorski I am 34 years old and living and teaching in Korea. I am absolutely in love with this country. Why did I come to Korea at such a “late”…