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Would you teach ESL in Korea for a year?

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They provide you housing, healthcare and food. No prior knowledge of teaching English. What’s the catch?

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You have to uproot your life for a year.

If you are in the right spot to do this and want to could be great.

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I had a cousin who did that in China and really enjoyed it. Then he met a girl there, got married, came back to the states, all downhill from there.

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I lived in SE Asia for 8 years as a kid.  Pretty interesting experience and today with the internet you are way more connected to people back home. 
 

I would definitely do it unless there were other considerations like moving kids for a year then back, which could be unsettling for them.

Otherwise these are the kind of experiences you will regret not doing when you are older.

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Gb and his wife did this in their 20s...hated it. No memory why, but they couldn't wait to get back.

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7 minutes ago, comfortably numb said:

Which korea we talkin bout?

The best kind 

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I was stationed there a million years ago and loved it. The people, culture, history were all really cool. If you're in a developed area, it'd be cool. But there's a lot of WAY far out there places that might give one pause.

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I never understood how someone could teach them if they don’t know English well and the teacher doesn’t know their native language. 

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100% definitely. 

Koreans ladies have different attitudes to men and are some of my greatest experiences. If i were in my 20s and this choice came up, i wouldnt even read the fine print. 

Even without it, life experiences are made of things like this. 

A single male with a US passport would be highly desirable.

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I had a close friend that did this in his late 20's. planned to do a single year and move on but stayed like 5 years. you make decent money and enjoy perks of being a respected member of the community. students were mostly very willing and their parents supportive. he made great friends there too.

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Son of beech, sheet! 

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11 hours ago, John Maddens Lunchbox said:

100% definitely. 

Koreans ladies have different attitudes to men and are some of my greatest experiences. If i were in my 20s and this choice came up, i wouldnt even read the fine print. 

Even without it, life experiences are made of things like this. 

A single male with a US passport would be highly desirable.

Reading this, I feel like George Costanza in the episode where Elaine says “Jerry, you don’t realize how important (a man’s) hair is to a woman.”  Then she looks at George and says “I’m sorry George, but it’s true.”  To which George replies, dejectedly “I know.....”

I always suspected the quoted above from JML.....dammit.

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I have read every one of the threads you've started while wondering about new life directions and i gotta say this'n makes the most sense. Open up your world with  a clean break from all your expectations, i say. GL -

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Our daughter (early 20’s) is doing this currently in Thailand with kindergarteners. She loves it, but being away from home and in a non-English speaking country is always a risk. 

She recently went to the hospital with corona virus systems in a region with other known cases. 

She’s feeling a little better so they haven’t tested her. Apparently she hasn’t been sick long enough for them to test her. Hopefully it was just a bug and it continues to subside. This was the second time she’s been in the hospital in the last 3-4 months. Health scares are definitely a potential issue in that section of the world. 

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15 hours ago, NREC34 said:

I never understood how someone could teach them if they don’t know English well and the teacher doesn’t know their native language. 

I understand that it helps if you repeat yourself slowly and loudly.

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3 hours ago, NutterButter said:

Maybe in my 20's with no other commitments here.   In my 40's with a good job here, no chance.

This. 

Looking back I wish I would have done something like this.

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17 hours ago, NREC34 said:

I never understood how someone could teach them if they don’t know English well and the teacher doesn’t know their native language. 

And yet, it can be done

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8 hours ago, saintfool said:

I had a close friend that did this in his late 20's. planned to do a single year and move on but stayed like 5 years. you make decent money and enjoy perks of being a respected member of the community. students were mostly very willing and their parents supportive. he made great friends there too.

I can't help but think of Parasite.

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No, I couldn't do it. I have a good job here, and I tried teaching math, no thanks, not doing that again.

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If you're single, take the opportunity to go anywhere outside the U.S. and see the amazing real women that are out there.  You'll have the time of your life.

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Single/young/no kids... yes. Do it. 

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