In the latest instalment of the Teaching to Travel series, Izzy tells us about her time teaching in South Korea, as one of two Native English Teachers in a hagwon (public school)
“When teaching in South Korea, you can either work at a public school or a hagwon. Hagwons are akin to Japanese cram schools and are a huge industry in Korea. (In case you don’t know what a cram school is, it’s a place where students pay for supplementary academic instruction).
This week we are hearing from Cat who lives and teaches in Seville, Spain. Originally from Chicago, Cat has been in Seville for over 8 years and when she’s not in the classroom, Cat can be found blogging at Sunshine and Siestas. To catch up with Parts 1 – 3 in the series, click here.
Cat got into teaching after graduating from college in May 2007 and joining a teaching program through the North American Language and Culutre Assistants program.
I am hoping that if you’re reading this, part 2 of the Teach and Travel series, you’ve come back because you found ‘Teach Overseas And Travel The World: Part 1’ so useful that you’re back for more 🙂
In this post you’re going to be hearing from Sarah from Exploring Kiwis while she tells us about her time teaching in the UAE. Her and her husband moved to the UAE in August 2015 specifically to have a new base from which to travel the world. Here she talks about her training, qualifications and experience as well as what teaching (and daily life) is like in Abu Dhabi.
In 2002 I stopped in Thailand on my way to live in Australia for a year. I was so excited to be starting my independent travels with such an awesome destination. However, after 10 days, most of which were spent being ill or made to feel very uncomfortable by Thai women about not being ‘little’, I changed my flights and left for Sydney earlier than planned. That experience led me to me spend the next ‘few’ years traveling elsewhere in the world. I pushed Asia down on my bucket list, knowing one day I would get there (it counts to have whole continents as one item on a bucket list right?) I have spent hours engrossed in blog posts and articles about Asia as a whole but specifically about Vietnam. I have enviously scrolled through hundreds and hundreds of images of beaches, temples, bays, mountains, rice fields and boats.
So when faced with the reality of having to leave South Africa for visa reasons and deciding where to go, Vietnam was a no brainer. Seeing as this is a pretty spontaneous trip, it helps that flights and expenses once there, are cheaper than other destinations.
What I didn’t expect was, a few weeks later, to receive a nomination from him for a Liebster Award! If you’re not from the blogging world, or are new to it, it’s ok if you have never heard of this before. I know I hadn’t until I started blogging. It’s an online award that gets passed on between bloggers, with bloggers nominating their favourite bloggers who go on to nominate their favourite and so on. The purpose is to recongnise the hard work and dedication that goes in to a travel blog and to highlight and credit new blogs, helping them get found and discovered.