If you decide to move someplace, regardless of the city, make sure you get your facts straight and your mind right.
As of this writing, i’m in my new apartment in South Korea. I like it due to the fact that I have WALKING room and room to exercise! My previous apartment was small but I could maneuver. My first apartment was awful. I had room but it was filthy.
What does this apartment talk have to do with getting your facts straight? This is common sense but before you commit to anything, you want to ask around. Research the heck out of wherever it is you’re going.
There are times where you’ll ask around and people will tell you one thing but when you get to your destination, it’ll be something else. For example, the first school I worked at tricks future teachers into working there. Their recruitment site has false stock photos of the school and apartment.
If you so desire to work at a hagwon or any other place here, ask a lot of questions and read your e-mails VERY carefully. If you’re not sure how to even get to South Korea as a teacher, How to be an English teacher.
If you’re considered for a job, make sure you read your contract carefully. If it isn’t in English or your mother language, don’t sign ANYTHING. If they have it only in another language, be sure to have a friend that can read and speak said language help you out.
When you first get your new job, keep in mind that you’re not home anymore. Things that were acceptable at home may or may not be acceptable in your new place. People that are weak minded, easily offended, thin-skinned, and/or not culturally accepting should NOT be an English teacher or travel outside of the country period. It sounds harsh but it’s true. If you want to break those things and become a better person, traveling may be right for you.
Here’s a personal example: When I went to my first school, I carried the negative traits of home with me. My first five months were brutal mentally because I didn’t know how to handle people that were not from home. I was disliked, out of shape, and out of my mind. When I changed my mindset, I was able to change where I lived and worked. From then on, it snowballed into something great. I’m not perfect but i’m a better man than ever before.
The bottom line to all of this is if something looks or sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You want to get everything in line before you make a 6 month to a year commitment.
There are a LOT of unwritten rules to keep in mind so if you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I’m going to continue to write and leave videos so be on the look out! Right now, i’m working on a video and book series on traveling and what to see and expect in South Korea. Be on the look out!
If you want to know more about something, leave a comment and we’ll go from there!
Peace and love!