South Korea is an exciting country, and teaching there can be one of the best decisions you ever make.
Here are 26 reasons why –
1 – Live Abroad
Living abroad has limitless benefits on both yourself 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 experience!
3 – Save Money
In comparison to the cost of living, the salary in Korea is quite high. It isn’t difficult to live well and send home around $1000 a month.
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
Technology in Korea is super advanced. The WiFi is one of the fastest in the world.
7 – Dating
Don’t come to teach English in Korea for this reason alone, but the different dating cultures can be quite fun to experience.
8 – Transportation
Korea’s transportation system is nothing short of brilliant. It’s effective and very cheap.
9 – Develop your teaching skills
Whether you teach in a public or private school, it’s sure to open your mind to different teaching methods and help you develop your teaching skills.
10 – Islands
Korea isn’t Thailand, but it does possess numerous stunning islands! Jeju, Geoje and Namhae to name a few.
11 – Mountains
One of my favorite things about Korea are the mountains. They are plentiful and dramatic. Seoraksan, Bukhansan and Taebaeksan are among some of the best.
12 – Beaches
It may surprise you, but South Korea isn’t short of beautiful sands.
13 – Food
I could write a post alone on this! One of the best things about living in South Korea is having countless delicious food easily at your fingertips.
14 – K Pop
I’m not going to pretend to know what I’m talking about here, but I 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 vast concrete jungle surrounded by mountains. It has a variety of different areas that suit all types of people. The city also boasts a pretty impressive subway system that will get you to anywhere you need to go!
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
All 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 weekend 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!
I tried (and failed) to learn Korean. However, I do recommend this book. Maybe you’ll do better than I did?