If you know me, this news won’t come as a surprise. If you don’t know me, but you read my blog, it might not be too much of a surprise either…
I’m moving to Seoul, South Korea!
I found out the good news yesterday that I was offered the job that I interviewed for late last week. It took a lot of self-control to not yell it from the rooftops (well, from the Twitter-tops), but here it is, now you know it! I’m leaving the UK at the end of February to start my new job at the start of March. Between my upcoming trip to Malaysia and Brunei and my leaving date for Korea it’s going to be a very quick turnaround, and a pretty tight squeeze visa-wise, but it’s super exciting and I can’t wait!
Since going to South Korea for the first time in 2013 I’ve wanted to go back for an extended amount of time. I went back in the summer of 2015 (to quench my thirst) for just two weeks to visit my friend Brittany while she was over there teaching, and now I’m finally going back there to live. Like Brit, I’m also going to be teaching, in a hagwon – an education centre that offers extra tuition. I’ll be teaching English to kindergarten and elementary school-age children, so 3-13 year-olds, something I have never done before! I have experience teaching adults from my time in Paris, but I’m not sure it’s going to be quite the same… I’m nervous, but I’m looking forward to starting my career.
Going back to Korea to teach (and Korea in general, to be honest) was all I spoke about for quite a long time, and it’s been the only thing I’ve wanted to do after university since my first trip there. It was while I was in Korea the first time that I realised I wanted to teach, and now I’m finally going back and finally going to be teaching that it just doesn’t quite feel real right now! And I’m sure it probably won’t feel real until I step off that plane on the other side.
I’ve an exciting year ahead of me, and I hope you’ll stick along for the ride. I don’t need to tell you that there will be a lot to write about, as well as a boatload of photos on Instagram, so make sure you’re following on there and on Facebook to stay updated with my Korean escapades!