Cost of living 2019: EFL Teacher, Korea

Many people want to know: How much money can I save from teaching English in Korea? This post gives a breakdown of my budget.


The second time around…

When we left (July 2018), we were convinced that we will return to a Hagwon job in September that same year. But, things did not go as planned, they rarely do.

When is it time to go?

This is a very personal post, but I feel that I need to write this for a couple of reasons. The first being to get some closure and clarity on the whole situation, and the second is to possibly help others to deal with the same/similar situation. So what's this all about?  My husband and … Continue reading When is it time to go?

The reasons I burned-out, and what I wished I knew before it happened.

As a social worker I’m not new to the concept of burnout, but somehow I thought this would never happen to me whilst teaching English in Korea. Trust me, it did. And when it happened, it got me bad. I should have seen it coming, but hindsight is 20/20, right? Here are the 8 things … Continue reading The reasons I burned-out, and what I wished I knew before it happened.

Couple-couple (Part 2)

How to find balance in 24/7 togetherness... A while back I did a post about keeping the love alive whilst working together and being in a foreign country. In the beginning, it was very difficult. You suddenly see a part of your partner which was hidden away from you for the simple reason that you … Continue reading Couple-couple (Part 2)

Getting your Korean Driver’s License

A short post on getting a Korean driver's license and buying a car. If you already have a South African driver's license the whole process will go pretty fast. Follow these easy steps and you should have your license in no time at all (two weeks max). Send your South African license to the Embassy … Continue reading Getting your Korean Driver’s License

5 Web resources for ESL teachers

As an EFL teacher, you are constantly creating new teaching materials and getting rid of old lessons, creating new ones and making sure your materials are still relevant. It can get tough, especially if you have a full-time teaching job. Here are some of the web resources for lesson themes, games and activities which saved … Continue reading 5 Web resources for ESL teachers

Korean work/play culture and how to survive it

A short post about cultural differences and avoiding conflict in the Korean workplace- through my eyes. This has been my personal experience, and can not be generalized or applied to Korea as a whole. I am sure every person experience these kinds of things differently based on past experiences, their personalities and cultural backgrounds. 1. … Continue reading Korean work/play culture and how to survive it