Originally Posted by Chloe le Bopper
There are jobs available in both the public and private sectors. I haven't heard much good from people who had jobs in hogwans, which I gather are private intitutes where the children are crammed with as much information as possible, usually by rote? I'm still looking into that, though, as you have to be careful when reading a negative comment from somebody who has taught; generally you hear the bad, but not the positive, because the happy teachers are still over there living it up
I guess I'm wondering what area you might recommend for somebody such as myself? Mid 20's, single female, looking for a large city (but not Seoul), curious about how the locals view the foreign teachers, wondering about personal safety, the night life, etc.
Even a summary of what you love and possibly don't like about your country would be great.
A lot of what I read on Korea comes from people who only travelled and worked there for a year or two. While some of this is worth reading it, a lot of it requires getting around some general racism, xenophobia, and negative from people who had poor experiences. I would consider the input of somebody native to the country to be very valuable.
well.. but all the information I can give you is about Seoul because I've never lived outside of here, I mean Seoul. Actually I live in Gangnam where there are tons of english institutes. maybe I can put the categories into two sections when it comes to foreign english teacher. the one who teaches for adults in general foreign institutes (either private or public), the other who teaches for kids. I think if you teach in publics like university or something that, you would be more reliable.
and speaking of the institutes where the childeren memorize everything they can, well, I guess you heared about our hogwon systems, but the institutes which I refered to is a little bit different. when it comes to hogwons, not only for english but for most of important subjects like maths or koreans, it's really common that we go to hogwons when we are in teen age to improve their school grades. it's not like we only are crammed with english, almost everything we are taught in school.
I don't know much about outside of Seoul, but it's quite safty IMO. but it doesn't mean I recommend you to go everywhere at night
like other countries and areas, there are some safety areas while there are dangerous areas as well.
and general racism.. actually I think Caucasians are preferred behind the scenes, but when you go around, you won't feel anything special. even if you might feel somebody is looking at you,it's not like xenophobia, but simply out of curiosity of foreigners.