If you don’t know I’m an English teacher in South Korea.
I made a decision to do this ,in I want to say ,11th grade.I was taking Japanese at the time,and my English teacher told me how he had taught in Japan when he was younger.And I wanted to go to Japan,so I made a decision that would be what I do when I graduated college,I would go to Japan and teach English.Which is ironic being the fact that my degrees is Film. I mean, I always knew I wanted to teach English abroad,but I never actually thought about majoring in it. I did what I loved, I love filming,I love working camera,I love writing stories,I love writing about film,talking about film.It makes me happy, it something that I enjoy, and it gets me excited. During college I didn’t have a lot of money to study abroad,and I really just wanted to graduate on time,being the fact that I was once an Engineering major I had to do double time to make up for it.So for my twenties I want to travel the world,one country at a time.So when I was decided where to live first I did consider going to Japan as I originally planned but Japan is really competitive and without a teaching degree or any experience, I didn’t think I would get in .So instead I applied to the Korean Government program called EPIK(English Teaching Program in Korea). At the time it wasn’t as competitive at is now.And all I needed was to finish my degree and to get a TEFL for 100 hours,and have the willingness to leave everything that I know for a year.At the time I applied I was just at the end of my junior year in college.I had every intention of jumping ship as soon as I graduated.I took an online TEFL class, instead of one that had the actual teaching supplement as part of the certificate because well I was taking back to back 18 hrs semesters,to ensure I graduated on time.I didn’t have time to do anything beyond just an online class.So with my head to the grindstone I graduated after turning in ridiculous amount of paper world to the Korean government. I.I actually got my first real job in between graduation and October of 2012.I was super happy that I got accepted to the program,though it did take them until October.
It wasn’t really that hard to get into, it’s one of those not well known benefits of being an American citizen I can go to countries all the world and teach English ,even if I didn’t major in teaching.It’s not just American either,it’s England Australia,New Zeland,Canada etc etc.A lot of these countries just want English native speakers.Of course a degree in English or a degree in Teaching degree would give you a head up,but if you don’t have it ,that’s ok too.Teaching abroad had always been my dream,but there is one scary thing about a dream.You have to fulfill it ,and most of the time you have to fulfill it on your own.One thing about teaching abroad that you have to realize is that you will be going on your own to a country,that you maybe have never set food in.Maybe you don’t know the language,yeah to be honest I knew the alphabet and how to say hello.That was all the Korean I knew,in college I had only studied a bit of Japanese and Chinese.If I had more time I definitely would have studied more but you have to support yourself for the first month and buy your flight(though you will be reimbursed)
~Just a little info on my life