Author: Jenn P

Teaching English in Seoul Part 4

So I had secured a job. One at a school with a really good reputation and 6 other foreign teachers. This would allow me to speak to actual peers, not just children all week. I needed to figure out a way to tell Abraham that I was quitting my job. I couldn’t just tell him I was unhappy and wanted a change. He would never go for that. So I came up with a plan to tell him that my brother (I don’t have a brother btw) was really sick and I needed to go back to America to...

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Teaching English in Seoul Part 3

As quickly as my teaching career began, it was over. I hated it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s dead easy. But children are a nightmare. On my first day at school, I had no clue what to expect. And of course, I didn’t ask. I was just shown into a classroom and told that this was my class. A Korean co-teacher came in and briefly explained that while I had a main class, I would also switch between other classes and then teach the after school program with and hour and a half break between the two. Seemed easy...

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Teaching English in Seoul Part 2

So next I started the visa process. Although it was simple, it was still a lot of effort. You basically mailed off some documents (passport, university diploma, photos, etc) off to god knows where and then you have to have an interview at the nearest Korean embassy. From there, you’re off to Seoul. My nearest embassy was in Atlanta. The trip there was very interesting, but I think I’ll save that for another post. Long story short, I ended up hungover as balls on a 14-hour flight to Seoul. And as pleasant as Korean Air was, I think only...

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Teaching English in Seoul Part 1

Why did I decide to move to Seoul, South Korea at 23 with no experience of anywhere outside America? Not a fucking clue. It was 2009 and I had just graduated college with a degree in Merchandising. Merchandising? What does that even mean? All this student loan debt and I still have no idea. But I was young, and I wanted to do something that no one (I know) had ever done. I also couldn’t stand the idea of having to get a ‘real’ job. I was working at a bar/restaurant at the time and was stalling telling my...

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