I Am Back In Korea!

So, despite my repeated promises, my insistence that I will change, my best efforts, I haven’t posted on here since the start of the year.

Why? Well, several reasons, none of which I will bore you with. But now, I’m back and ready to keep you updated on my exciting life here in Korea once again.

Things are a little different for me here this time. For one, I am living in a different town. It is much smaller than Cheongju was, but is also a really great place to live. It is called Okcheon, and it is located in the south of Chungbuk province. It is about 20 minutes outside of Daejeon, and about an hour away from Cheongju.

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Although I have been back here for a month now, I haven’t done an awful lot. I have been settling into my school, which is different from the kind of place I taught before. I am now at an English centre. This kind of school doesn’t have students of its own but instead has them visit from local schools in the surrounding areas, like Boeun and Yeongdong. It also has multiple native teachers instead of just one. We are also limited to working here for only two years maximum, Korean teachers included.

The curriculum is different from a regular school too. The centre produces their own textbook, with themed lessons (for example, Library or Airport) to teach students functional everyday English. We also do a range of activities with students, including but not limited to singing and dancing to an English song and a quiz show. This may sound like my job is all fun and games but I also work longer hours than most GETs in Korea. I work from 9am to 6pm three days a week, and 9am-9pm two days a week at the moment.

Okcheon itself is a relatively small town, with a population of around 30,000 people. The whole county (Okcheon-gun) only has a population of 53,000, so the majority of people here live in Okcheon-eup. It has a range of nice places to eat and grab a coffee. I haven’t been out for a beer yet so I don’t know about the bars here, but my colleagues tell me they are pretty good. It also has several PC Bangs, though I only frequent one (Olleh PC Bang).

Overall, I am happy to be back in Korea. I missed it a lot when I was away and it is nice to be doing a job that I really enjoy again.

Until next time, friends.

Ricky

 

2 Comments on “I Am Back In Korea!

  1. I have just found your blog as I’m interested in teaching in Korea. I am thinking about doing teacher training before going to Korea – would you advise this? Is your job higher on the payscale as you completee your teacher training? Sorry to bother you with these questions I’m just wondering what to do myself.

    • I do apologise for the length of time it has taken me to respond. Had a busy month at work.

      It is higher on the payscale if you complete formal teacher training in your home country, but it is not a requirement. As long as you have a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA, you’ll be OK. Ultimately, it is up to you. The problem with completing teacher training (at least in the UK) and then leaving immediately before your NQT year is that it makes it much harder to get a job when you return (or so I hear).

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