was hired last year (2011) by EPIK to work at three schools in Yeongcheon which
is located in the Gyeongsangbuk-do province.
I feel EPIK
was a much better choice than a Hagwon. Many people I know worked at a Hagwon
and left after one year to join EPIK because they disliked how little free time
they had. EPIK is, mostly, a nine to five, five days a week job.
If you want to
come to Korea
and teach I would strongly recommend I Love ESL Ltd. They worked tirelessly to
secure me a job in Korea,
and it wasn’t rare to get a phone call Sunday night telling me I needed to
submit something because EPIK had changed it’s dates (something that is very
common in Korea.
Everything will change at the last minute). I was living in England before I came to Korea and it
wasn’t an issue in anyway dealing with I Love ESL Ltd.
I was very
fortunate in the schools that I was placed in. I have one co-teacher in each
school and they are all very friendly and helpful. In all honesty, my time
teaching has been the best part of being in Korea. Even having seven classes
dropped on me at the last minuet, with no time to prepare, wasn't a problem
because the students are a lot of fun to teach. Living in Korea is
something that I haven’t enjoyed. The collectiveness of the society is
something that I have had a lot of trouble dealing with. If you like the things
that are popular in Korea
you’ll love your time here. If you want to do something that isn’t
popular/mainstream to Korea you’ll
have a very hard time finding it (unless you’re in Seoul).
strongly recommend doing a lot of research before coming to Korea.