Welcome to the first edition of Teacher Talk- a new series on the Korea-Canada Blog where you’ll receive an inside scoop on teaching English in Korea, and everything that comes along with it. Expect a collection of stories and photographs, teaching and travel tips, as well as general Korea “Life Hacks”.
To give you a bit of context and background on my relationship with Korea, I’ll start my first post by introducing myself, as well as future plans for this series.
My name is Laura (or lauragrace as my blogger name denotes) and I am 24 years old. I was born in Ottawa, where I lived my whole life until moving to Peterborough, Ontario to study Psychology at Trent University. It was because of a poster in the Trent cafeteria that I first discovered the possibility of teaching English in Korea. I was immediately drawn to the opportunity, and the more I researched Korea and Korean culture, the more this feeling grew. I knew it was something I had to do.
And that is exactly what I did! October 2014, four months after this photo was taken at my graduation ceremony, I was on an airplane to Incheon Airport. I was ready, excited, and although you can’t tell in the picture- slightly terrified to begin this new chapter in Korea. I was leaving behind everything familiar, for somewhere totally new, foreign, and unfamiliar.
It turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made (thank you poster in the Trent cafeteria), and I enjoyed it so much that I ended up staying a second year. December 2016, these two years came to an end and I returned back to Ottawa, Canada. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about my time spent there, and there will forever be a special place in my heart for Korea; the people, the language, the food, among so many other things.
With that being said, I am very excited to be a part of the Korea-Canada Blog community. I hope to use this opportunity to share some of what I learned with you all, and maybe even inspire others to embark on their own Korean journey, whether it’s to teach English or to travel.
I spent my two years in Korea living in a small city and teaching on an island in the province of Jeollanamdo- the most southern province in Korea. I will be primarily focusing on this region and what it is like to live, teach, and travel there. I will also be posting tips on gaining a teaching position in Korea, as well as some “Life Hacks” to get the most out of your time in Korea. I’ll also be covering K-POP related events in Ottawa, so stay tuned for those- you won’t want to miss them!
Do you have any questions related to living and traveling throughout Korea? Is there anything you are curious about in regards to teaching English in Korea?
I would love to hear from you all!
Until next post,
-Laura, Teacher Talk