EPIK | South Korea

Firstly, I would like to apologize for the lack of posts recently. I have been moving country, as I took a position with EPIK in South Korea. EPIK stands for the English Program In South Korea. It is the governments initiative to improve the level of English here and so far, I have to say that it is an amazing and very well organized program.

While living in another country is not for everyone, it can really open your eyes to different lifestyles and cultures. I recommend it to anyone that has the ability to accept others for being who they are and can adapt to different situations. You will find that everything is different, from the food to what is considered polite. But, if you are willing to learn, then teaching in South Korea can be an amazingly rewarding experience.

I won’t go too much into the details of the package here, as you can easily find the latest info on the EPIK website. However, they pretty much cover most things, like your flight, settling in money, accommodation and a fair salary. On top of this, teaching in Korea can be a shock to some, so the government even has an introduction period where you stay at a university for 10 days. During this period, you will meet and make friends with many other teachers. The introduction helps to teach you how to teach English as a second language, about South Korean culture and about general life here. There are also cultural trips included and plenty of team (and friend) building activities.

After this, you will be shipped (bussed) out to your school where the real life part begins. On that part, I will update you all soon. However, personally I am very happy to have joined EPIK and be a part of teaching English in South Korea.

P.S. If you are considering this, I highly recommend that you study for a TEFL/TESOL certificate first, as not only will these help you to enjoy the work and make you a better teacher, they will also increase your pay and so, in a sense, they actually pay for themselves. TEFL courses are worth it anyway, but when it will end up making you a profit, or should at least pay for itself, then there really is no excuse!!

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  • Hi Dayle,Very nice introduction to your sclohos and your context. Thank you for sharing it all. I’m in my 21st year in Japan and my 16th year in the same JSHS, so I hear you about all the challenges of young learners who may or may not ever need English.After many years of teaching like you do (PPP Method almost exclusively with speaking and listening) I started teaching writing and reading quite by chance about 3 years ago. I immediately noticed it is a whole new world: students were so much more engaged, they were more forthcoming with their thoughts, ideas and opinions about themselves, and I felt a palpable sense of learning in the air during almost every class. My single, longest, nagging question has begun to disappear, How can they do a dialog perfectly at the end of today’s class, then seem back at square one the following week over and over again seemingly not having learned anything?? I look forward to following you on Twitter and hope we bump into each other some day. We ARE neighbors.Cheers,Steven Herder

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