Preparing to Teach English in South Korea, Part 1
The first step was to decide that I wanted to teach English overseas. This decision was motivated by my desire to gain valuable experience at teaching so I could apply to B.Ed. programs in the future, while, at the same time earning enough money to save towards school, while continuing to pay off my student loans. At some point, being the best-educated McDonald's worker in the restaurant just has to really grate on a person!
The next step was to start searching. I sent a couple of inquiries off, along with my resume, to a few recruiting companies, and Footprints Recruiting expressed interest first. I stayed with them. Since saving money was important to me, Footprints recommended South Korea over Japan, due to the increases in the high cost of living in the latter country. Footprints managed to coordinate an interview with the English-language director of LTRC, an older, not-for-profit school located downtown Seoul, near the British Embassy. I stuttered during the telephone interview with the director, but landed one of the positions anyway.
In a later blog, I'll talk about why I was pleased to be hired at LTRC. Another post will detail the legalities of teaching English in South Korea. At some point, I hope to feature a few of the resources I've managed to find that will help to prepare the future English teacher for what awaits him (or her). While I won't publish every day, I think you can count on seeing something here a couple times a week, at least. See you later!