안녕하세요 한국 (Hello Korea!)

So I am currently in the process of packing my life into my backpack…yet again. It seems to be a never ending process for me as I move around from country to country so often. This time, however, is different. I will be living in my own little studio apartment for the whole year with a steady job and steady income…wow there’s a first!!

I wish I could pack light...

I fly from Dublin-London-Seoul on Wednesday, arriving Thursday afternoon. I must then get a bus up north to Paju. After trying to search for the exact town I’m going to, things have got a little confusing. I know I’m going to a town called Munsan-Eup in the DMZ which is the demilitarized zone (buffer zone I guess) between South and North Korea. The more I zoom in, the less detail there is and if you look at the google map of North Korea…there is No information at all.No roads, no boarders, no cities..nothing.

For the next year I will be teaching English to young learners in a Hagwon (private school) 5 days a week. It’s quite a big commitment signing a 12 month contract in a country I know little about but I am looking at it as an adventure and one big  cultural experience. I would love if this post could be more informative but I am really pretty clueless about everything. Once I get settled in I will update this and let you all know how I’m getting on. For now though, I’m looking forward to the spicy food, the hot, sunny weather and a bit of Karaoke!

I leave you with this hilarious video a friend sent me…

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10 thoughts on “안녕하세요 한국 (Hello Korea!)

  1. Best of luck over there Janet!! My friend katie is just back from the exact same trip nearly by the sounds of it, and had a blast. she hadn’t finished her degree though so she could only teach a few hours a day. Enjoy it all and get used to people staring at you, as you prob know they are fascinated by ‘white people’!! 🙂

  2. Good luck!!! You are so brave!
    I’d be scared just packing up and moving to a new country.
    YOU GO GIRL! :)I’m sure you will have some interesting blog posts.

  3. Hi there!
    I just randomly stumbled upon your blogs, and I was wondering a couple things.
    I am a native korean, living in canada. I visited korea in april 2010 for the first time in 15 years for only ten days =[
    Even though I was born in korea, it was a culture for me as well. The only memories I have of korea are vague from when I was an infant. But in the 10 days I fell in love with the country. I plan on finishing my degree, hopefully in 2 years(already behind), and going back to korea to teach english. Which finally leads me to the question, which organization are you a part of? Whats your educational backgrounds? How much is the pay? I know most pay for the airfare and accomodation, does yours as well? Are you enjoying it? I also know that most send the teachers to rural parts of korea, do you know of any that send them to seoul?

    Hope your enjoying your time in korea!

    Jennifer

    1. Hi Jennifer!
      You deffo do experience culture shock but get over it given time. Once you make your own group of friends and establish your life here things get a lot better. You should be able to find a job easily enough plus the pay is pretty good at about 2000 dollars a month plus free accommodation and flights! You need a degree in anything at ll to teach here and some schools also require a tefl cert or teaching experience although a just a degree is fine for most. And yes, there are LOTS of teaching jobs in Seoul!! 🙂

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