30 04 2010

word of the day:
a : of, relating to, or given to walking b : moving or traveling from place to place : itinerant

elissa’s esl advice

30 01 2010

benefits of teaching english in korea:

  • medical benefits. elissa believed they paid universal. wasn’t sure if it actually came out of her paycheck.
  • 2 weeks vacay + Korean holidays (how many are there? looks like 11)
  • routine schedule, 8/9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • paid apartment. make sure you negotiate an oven and a washing machine with directions up front
  • ~ $2,100/month is what elissa made. a cert could bump that up a few hundred bucks
  • pension at the end of the year. elissa had $6K at the end of two years
  • paid round trip ticket “home” once a year
  • better odds of getting time off at public schools, not 학 원
  • co-teachers at public schools, not 학 원

good to know…

  • if you want foreigners social life, best options are seoul, pusan and taegu in that order
  • if you can’t get placed in seoul, go south of seoul. 수 원 is a college town
  • there is costco in korea
  • there is a social circuit. check out also, adventure korea, but it looks young
  • monthly expenses (back in 2006) = $200, which includes phone, Internet and cellular
  • also, you could teach in a summer camp for 3 months to get your feet wet

this book is making me restless…