26 Reasons to Teach English in South Korea

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Teaching English in South Korea can be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make!

Here are 26 reasons why –

1 – Experience Living Abroad

Living abroad has limitless benefits on both your personal life and your CV.

2 – Teaching Experience

Whether you want to become a teacher in the future, or whether you’re deciding if teaching would be right for you – what a excellent way to get some hands on teaching experience!

3 – Save Money

The pay in Korea is quite high when compared to the cost of living. Living comfortably while sending home about $1,000 per month is not difficult.

4 – Learn a language

Who doesn’t want to learn a new language? Spoken Korean might take some time and effort to master, but the alphabet system; Hangul is very easy!

5 – Make friends for life

This is cheesy but true. Whether you live, work or party with your friends, you’ll create a unique bond that’ll last for life.

6 – Technology

Korea has really cutting-edge technology and one of the world’s fastest WiFi networks.

7 – Dating

Don’t come to teach English in Korea for this reason alone, but the dating scene can be quite fun to experience.

8 – Transportation

Korea’s transportation system is nothing short of brilliant. It’s efficient and affordable.

9 – Develop your teaching skills

Whether you teach in a public or private school, large groups or 1-1, teaching English in South Kores is sure to open your mind to different teaching methods and help you develop your teaching skills.

10 – Islands

Although Korea is not Thailand, it does have many beautiful islands! Namhae, Jeju, and Geoje are a few examples.

11 – hiking & Mountains

The mountains in Korea are one of my favourite aspects of the country. They are plentiful and spectacular. Some of the best are Seoraksan, Bukhansan, and Taebaeksan.

12 – Beaches

It may surprise you, but South Korea isn’t short of beautiful sands.

13 – Food

I could write a whole blog article on this! One of the best things about living in South Korea is having countless delicious foods readily accessible.

14 – K Pop

I’m not going to pretend to know what I’m talking about here, but I’ve heard it’s huge!

15 – Jimjilbang (찜질방)

Don’t be shy, get naked in a Jimjilbang and give it a try!

16 – Noraebang (노래방)

I’ve never been much of a singer, but these private Karaoke rooms can be barrels of fun.

17 – Seoul

Seoul is a neon-lit megacity surrounded by mountains and concrete jungles. It has several diverse locations that are appropriate for various kinds of individuals. You can reach anyplace you need to go with the city’s pretty impressive metro system!

18 – Palaces

Korea may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of palaces & pagodas, but they have some good’uns!

19 – Culture

Experiencing a new culture should always make your list when deciding to live abroad.

20 – Paid accommodation

The majority of teaching jobs in Korea provide free accommodation.

21 – Paid flights

Most teaching jobs in Korea pay for at least a flight to the country. Many pay for a round trip.

22 -Travel Around South Korea

On your weekends or during vacation, travel around South Korea, there are many things to see and do!

23 – Travel Outside of Korea

Geographically, South Korea is positioned in a fantastic location. Take advantage of this and travel to nearby countries in your spare time. China and Japan are both only one hour away!

24 – North Korea

Many people view this as a reason not to go, but on the contrary, go visit the DMZ and learn about the sad, but fascinating, North and South divide.

25 – Safety

South Korea is one of the safest countries in the world.

26 – Nightlife

Drinking culture is massive in Korea. After a hard weeks work, grab some soju, unwind with your friends and hit some of the numerous party spots. In Seoul; Gangnam, Hongdae and Itaewon are 3 of the top locations.

I hope you enjoyed my list.  If there is anything you think I’ve missed,  please comment let me know below!

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