The Journey to English Teacher..

The Journey to English Teacher..

korean flagHow does one end up teaching English
in South Korea?

Deciding to teach English in South Korea has turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. It all started with a trip I took to Australia and the friends I met along the way. (But I’ll leave that for another story!) Lets just say you’ve been traveling for 15 months straight and suddenly find yourself back where you started. Nothing’s changed, and everything’s changed! The life as you knew it had “moved on” and friends you once had so much in common with struggle to relate to the life you have grown accustomed to, Or maybe it’s you who can’t relate!

So What do you do? Take the advice you were given, pack your bags for a country you know nothing about, to a job you have zilch experience in… of Course!  And that’s exactly how I found myself Teaching English In Seoul, South Korea!


Seoul collage

I was totally prepared and totally unprepared at the same time. My google search engine had exhausted all options for Seoul, South Korea. I knew what food I wanted to try, and places I wanted to visit. I visualized myself sipping coffee sat along the Cheonggyecheon Stream in the centre of Seoul……

I was a sitting travel agent, ready and equipped with my print out DIY guide books. The countless pictures, blogs and books could not have prepared me for what I was about to experience, the people I would meet and the doors that would open once I stepped foot on Seoul soil. This is the Magic of Travel!


Having no experience in teaching before, or even setting foot in a classroom, I felt a mix of excitment for the new life I was about to jump into but also shit scared for the role I was expected to play. A little bit of acting was needed…so I decided to use a personal favorite.. ‘fake it..until I make it..’ scenario.

The flight over and the lead up to going was all a bit of a blur! You will learn, if you accept a job teaching overseas, especially in Korea; that once you accept that offer and your visa comes through, you can pretty much expect to be on the next flight out. Maybe even the next day! 

I said my quick goodbyes and jumped right into my new life, Teaching English in Seoul, South Korea!



Janine & Janice Travelling the World one Heel at a time. Be Inspired and Join the Journey!

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