has anyone done a paid english teaching placement in south korea?
i'm looking at working in private language schools in seoul and was basically wondering what living there is like.
i'm english, male, 25 and like going out partying, having fun, drinking etc. will seoul meet these needs haha?
also are there many other western folk to knock about with?
any tips or stories would be wonderful
no one knows a thing about south korea??
Hello Joey - I am actually supposed to be heading to youngin south korea by the end of december. There is an excellent company called marco polo korea which recruits english teachers from north america and australia and sets you up with a program. The job placements are usually short term - I will be going for 4 weeks. The jobs include flight, room, food and payment (approx. 1100 Canadian for 4 weeks). After you are done working you can extend your flight for up to 6 months. All you need is an undergraduate degree. It's a pretty sweet deal. Check out the website www.marcopolokorea.com
hope thats what you were looking for
I would advise you to do all research you can on the company you will be working for, as Korean English school owners can be real scumbags. South Korea has the WORST reputation in Asia for English teaching for a reason. I lived there in Pusan as a teacher for just over a year. The word nightmare rings bells.
My first employer told me lies daily, the ritual seems to be start at the wildly optimistic version of the "truth" and work your way back to the nightmarish truth.
Many adventures later too numerous and awful to recount I found my self being traded like horse flesh to a "better" employer.
After a full years service this more astute lying ashole managed to fire me just before I got my bonus, odd isnt it. Ps I was Santa for them a few weeks previous,( all part of the numerous out of hours free overtime for them..) and they had no complaints until just before having to pay the bonus. They, like the previous bastards claim to be christians. Do you need to know more..?
As you may have figured out I hated Korea with a passion, I hope you are one of the lucky few who get treated better, personally I would believe it when I see it.
My advise; Teach in Japan or China, or ANYWHERE B4 choosing Korea.
I went to South Korea a couple of years ago and had an excellent time. I was just backpacking but met loads of westerners who were teaching and most seemed to enjoy it. If you want to go out partying though I'd get a job in Seoul, as I met loads of other backpackers/English teachers in Seoul, but didn't meet a single other backpacker/English teacher when I travelled round the rest of the country.
Seoul was excellent for going out eating (loads of restaurants where you all sit on the floor and cook your own meat). I also seem to remember Seoul had the widest range of beer prices I've ever encountered. In the area of town where all the American army go out drinking (can't remember the name) it was up to five pounds a drink, but other areas had beer for a pound a bottle.