As an education major, I came to Korea upon graduation purely by chance. I completed one year teaching here and was not ready to leave, but I had prior family commitments back home so I couldn’t stay another year. After one year teaching in the United States, there was no question. KOREA, HERE I COME FOR ROUND 2!!!
I chose to come back to Korea because financially it was the best option out there. I am making more money than I did teaching back home, and I am living rent free. Oh yeah, and did I mention that taxes here are extremely low???? So depending on your lifestyle, you could easily be sending home $1000 or more a month. know I am!
The other reason I came back to Korea? I love it here. The people are beyond kind. I have countless stories of strangers helping me without giving it a second thought. The country is beautiful. With four seasons, you really can see and do it all. There is something here for everyone. If you like the night life, Hongdae is great. If you are craving Western food, Itaewon is the place to be. If you like the outdoors, there is hiking. There are so many beautiful sites in and out of Seoul. If you like adventures, they are truly possible every weekend. There are countless opportunities to travel out of Seoul alone or with groups, depending on your preference. Meetup is huge here, so you can travel Seoul, Korea, or even to Japan with people just like yourself. Some of the strongest bonds I have are with people I have met while living in Korea on Round 1 and Round 2. There is no doubt in my mind, Korea is one of the safest, most affordable, and beautiful places to live. I have been on more adventures in 15 months in Korea than many people have in a lifetime. Ziplining, white water rafting, ATVing, ferry boats, traveling, hiking, hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, festivals, museums, palaces, temples, concerts, the list goes on…. I have to tell myself to take a break sometime because it isn’t fair to have this much fun!
I love my students (they are ADORABLE), I love having disposable income, and I love exploring. So, Korea is the place for me!
By Laura Strande, Elementary Education major, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, Class of 2011