Tea Talks No. 9: Spending a Year in Incheon, South Korea

Hello everyone! It has been a while since I have wrote a Tea Talk and I thought this would be the perfect one. It will be brief because my computer apparently has to update in 15 minutes and I am not allowed to postpone it...I guess technology really is making all of our decisions for us now.

In November 2014 I decided to sign up for a TEFL class to get a certificate in teaching English as a second language. I can go into the details of that process in a separate post for those of you who are considering this and want to know more.

In May 2015 I sent out applications to schools in South Korea, China, Taiwan and Morocco. I will explain my choices later as well. Within two days I had 10 emails and set up interviews. In about two weeks I made my decision to move to Incheon, South Korea to teach English for about a year.

I cannot wait to share my adventure with all of you and hopefully give you some insight into the whole experience, in case you are thinking of teaching abroad as well. While there will be plenty of detailed posts I will say that I am teaching at a Hagwon, which is a private English institution in Korea. You can either teach in public schools or private schools in Korea and while most people tend to choose public I will be sharing my experience teaching at a private hagwon. I have heard a lot of bad things about hagwons and so I will also share why I decided to choose one anyway.

I will also be continuing to upload posts about the Middle East, I am really excited for the ones I have planned and so for a little while this blog will be featuring posts on both the Middle East and South Korea.

If you have any questions or recommendations on posts you would like to see about my teaching experience please leave a comment below and I will do my best to make sure they are answered.

Now I have exactly five minutes before my computer restarts itself so I best go.

Happy Tuesday!!!!

P.S. Korea is a day ahead of North America, so if it seems like my date is off, I assure you I am just on Korean time.

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