The main reason for coming to South Korea to teach English is to teach. However, the amount of free time afforded to teachers is quite large and what you do with that time will define your experience as an expat in the R.O.K. There are countless things you can spend your time on.
You can check out all the “touristy” activities like visiting temples, trying new and exotic foods, taking up a Korean martial art, hiking, or seeing how Koreans do nightlife. There are endless museums and attractions in Korea and it would be a full time job just to try and see them all in such a short amount of time.
When you’re not out and about, you’ll likely be chillin’ in your crib just to get away from it all for a while. You’ll be developing lesson plans, keeping in touch with friends and family back home through Facebook and Skype, and trying to keep your finances in order. I receive many questions about finances and I do my best to share my experiences to the best of my knowledge on how to save money, as well as how to maximize your income. How you do your own finances will be up to you, but maybe something here can serve as a guide or good starting point.
The “Korean’ness” of Korea is a double-edged sword. It’ll make you laugh and cry in the same breath. I try to capture some of the intriguing dynamics of the nature of Koreans in pictures, video, and script. I think some of the things I touch on will strike a familiar chord with almost everybody.
“Life in Korea” is the meat and potatoes of the Red Dragon Diaries. If you wonder about how life will play out for YOU once you get here, see how it played out for me and just maybe some of my recollections will make your transition easier.
Get started with Life in Korea
- Teaching English After 3+ Years – What’s It Like?
- 4 Things in Korea I Will Never Get Used To
- 5½ Tweaks to Daily Life in Korea I Highly Recommend
- Being a Korean, Life After Teaching English, Accommodations, Scooters
- How Much Money Should You Bring to Korea?
- Medical and Dental Costs are Very Cheap in Korea
- Volunteering at Korean Orphanages