Don provides a great free service to potential teachers. He explains the process of getting hired, getting a visa, and settling in in Korea in a way that I don’t think I could have found out by myself. He provides a great medium in between you and the school so that you can make your needs known. I really enjoy working at my school; the kids are smart and fun to be around, my hours are reasonable, and I haven’t had any problem with receiving my full contracted pay. My school has also taken good care of me personally so far. When I was feeling sick, they took me out of school to take me to a doctor, and when I lost my wallet, they gave me a cash advance on my paycheck. My studio apartment is small but just enough for me. My foreign co-workers are interesting and normal people from all over, and my Korean co-workers are really nice about explaining things to me and helping out with daily life. Several of them have helped me learn and practice my Korean. I’m really happy I decided to teach in Korea. especially after graduating college in a horrible economic climate. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to learn about a new culture and to learn a new language. My advice to potential teachers would be that it’s not too good to be true: if you enjoy kids and know that you’re comfortable living abroad, I would really recommend coming to Korea!
By Katherine Harger, Humanities, Media and Cultural Studies major, Macalester College, Class of 2009