How to deal with Homesickness

How to deal with Homesickness

Homesickness hits everyone in different ways. For myself it's shortly after I move somewhere new. A crushing panic usually when I'm alone late at night about whether or not I've picked the right path to be on and why on Earth did I move so far away? The difference in smells and sounds usually keep [...]

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How to take the ITX

How to take the ITX

My nearest train station is Gapyeong. Gapyeong is a popular destination throughout the year for various reasons: concerts, pensions, camping, nature, and of course Nami island. I've been to Nami island in almost every season. It's lovely, a bit crowded, but fun. From Gapyeong station you can take a bus and go to Petite France [...]

Rural Life

Rural Life

I've spent the last four years living in rural south Korea, out in the mountains. When you teach English in South Korea there is a possibility of getting a rural bonus depending on your location, but that doesn't always mean you're actually some place rural. You might still have a Starbucks, movie theater, chain restaurants [...]

Banking 101

Banking 101

After you get to Korea one of the things your co-teacher should help you with is setting up your bank account. Your job should do a direct deposit into your account, most schools will deposit your pay check on the 15th of the month. Setting up a bank account can be difficult enough in your [...]

Teaching English in South Korea

Teaching English in South Korea

As I mentioned in my starting guide there's a variety of schools to teach at in South Korea and a bunch of different types. I've taught at two public schools through GEPIK and am now starting my third. Public school jobs require training of some sort. Usually it's over a weekend or shortly after arriving [...]