What to expect as teacher in South Korea
Teaching in South Korea has changed much over the years. In the past, it was the primary domain of TEFL teachers, teaching only English as a Foreign Language. But South Korea has been investing heavily in education, leading to an increase in the number of Kindergartens which focus on providing an education in English to Korean students before they enter school at the relatively late ages of 6 or 7, as well as the international schools serving expatriates and also the increasing number of high profile "brand name" schools being built to offer internationally minded Korean parents an option other than sending their children to boarding schools in a far flung country. South Korea is a high growth area, and you should expect to see many exciting teaching jobs in this fast growing part of Asia.
About South Korea
Population: 50 million
South Korea is a country filled with stunning beaches, national parks, mountains and islands, making a fantastic playground for outdoor lovers. In the cities, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and Korea's fast paced way of life. Technology is king here and,Koreans are always looking for ways to improve on what they already have and are a very forward thinking bunch. From musical toilets to the most sophisticated xx and IT infrastructure , South Koreas global technological leadership starts at home.
Besides sharing a border with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), South Korea is otherwise surrounded by sea with Japan close by on its Eastern coast and China on its Western coast.
Many people visit Seoul when they come to Korea, but many miss the countryside which is Korea's hidden gem. Once you leave the cities, and the comforts of western life, you will discover a whole new world right off the beaten track just waiting to be explored. It is highly likely that you'll see few foreigners as you delve further into South Korea's countryside and into what life used to be like with rice paddies, fishing villages, islands and large mountain ranges.
South Korea has a continental climate with distinct seasons but average temperatures range between 22 degrees C and 25 degrees C, but in the hot and humid months you can experience up to 45 degrees C. On the other hand, in the winter temperatures drop into the negatives in the coldest months of December and January. The monsoon season is between the months of June through to August, and is astoundingly when South Korea receives 60% of its annual rainfall for the year! Due to their love of technology however, you can expect top notch heating and air conditioning systems wherever you go.
For outdoor adventure junkies, South Korea has a lot on offer.
Eating and Drinking
Traditional Korean cuisine is usually based on rice with meat and vegetables. Kimchi is the most well known tradition Korean dish, which is a dish with varying vegetables and seasoning and is something that many people miss once they leave Korea.
You will never be short of the western restaurants in the major cities, but as in with most places, you will find mostly traditional meals the further away you are from a city
Seoul airport is a major hub, therefore meaning Seoul has plenty of travel opportunities within, as well as outside of Asia.
Travel within South Korea is relatively easy, with buses and taxis being both reliable, cheap and more importantly safe. There are also good rail connections between major cities.
The currency is South Korea is the Won (KRW).