Category: Living and Working in Korea

What You DON’T Need to Pack For a Year in Korea

Cue almost two years ago, Laura at the Ottawa airport with an exploding 40L carry-on backpack and TWO massive overweight suitcases, ready for a year abroad (or what looked like a lifetime abroad, given the amount of stuff). Thankfully, the kind Air Canada staff member only made me pay...

Things That Start to Happen During Your Second Year in Korea

1. It is very clear you are no longer “new” Once new batches of teachers start to come in to town, in awe of everything around them, almost in a “Korea daze”; it is then you realize how far you’ve come. Sometimes you forget what made this place so...

7 Little Things I Love About Korea

As there are things that bug me about living in Korea, there are of course many things that I love about living here. Many of these things, are little things. But when I first came to Korea, these little things weren’t so little. They were new, different, exciting, and...

6 Things That "Grind My Gears" About Living in South Korea

Little things are going to annoy and bother you no matter where you are in the world. Whether in your home country, or travelling, or living abroad. The “honeymoon phase” of culture shock has no doubt worn off since arriving here in Korea over a year ago, and there...

6 Things I’ve Learned My First Year in Korea

Cheers to one year in the land of kimchi! Happy Anniversary, Korea. I’ve learned a lot from you, and not just how to use a selfie stick. Let’s take a deep dive into this arbitraty list of six things I have learned from you (so far)....

Happy 6 Months, Korea!

April 26th- the day I reached my six month anniversary of being in Korea. Also known as the midpoint of my contract. I have lived, learned, and experienced an immeasurable amount during these past six months, yet I also feel as though there is still so much exploring to...

4 Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To Korea

Iwas recently asked by my TESOL course instructor if I could Skype into a class and talk to a new group of students, since there were some interested in going to Korea. Of course I immediately said yes, and we worked on figuring out a time-  a somewhat difficult...

4 Signs You May Be Sucessfully Assimilating to Korean Culture

1. You Can Now “Fall Asleep” on Public Transit Your senses are no longer hyperactive/hypersensitive during your commute. You can now close your eyes and know exactly where the bus is, without worrying you will miss your stop. I realize this isn’t technically falling asleep, BUT this one time I...

Top 10 Cultural Differences in Korea (So Far)

I have officially been in Korea for over a month. Wow! So crazy. Although it’s a fairly short period of time, the amount of cultural differences I have experienced so far is astounding! I definitely did my fair share of research on Korean culture before arriving here, however being PHYSICALLY...

Living Abroad: Celebrate the Small Victories

It’s funny how living in a foreign country can change your perspective on your accomplishments. Back home, buying groceries or successfully taking a cab back to your house is a mundane task that probably deserves zero recognition. However when you are immersed in a new culture, these small tasks...

Teaching in Korea: Apartment Tour

Even though I’ve been in Korea for over 3 weeks, I only moved in to my apartment about 9 days ago. Since then, it has been a constant cycle of cleaning, organizing, buying more stuff, making more of a mess, and repeat. I am relieved and happy to finally...

First Weekend In My New City

My first weekend here in this new city I call home was spent exploring. On Saturday, my lovely co-teacher took me for a hike at Yudalsan Mountain, about a 5 minute drive from my apartment. It’s not the biggest mountain, but you definitely work up a sweat! Once you...

Oh right- I’m here to teach!

Orientation kind of felt like summer camp- the excitement of being in a new place, meeting new people- who became immediate friends, and having a day scheduled with new activities. (The fact that we also ate all three meals daily together and slept in the same hotel really added...

Planes, Trains & A Great Big Foreigner Bubble

Just over 2 weeks since I’ve landed in the beautiful country of South Korea. Time has flown by, but the plane ride seems so far from here. Even though I’ve only been here for two weeks, so much has happened during this time, that I can’t help but be...