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The Magnificent Local Markets of South Korea


You may have heard about the indoor/outdoor markets in South Korea.  They are wonderlands for the investigative type.  If you like snooping around local shops to see what the natives are buying, then spend some of your free time in the markets.  They are located in essentially every region of every city in Korea.  No matter what it is that you may be looking for, you'll likely come across it at the markets.

The Magnificent Local Markets of South Korea

Peppers%2BEdited The Magnificent Local Markets of South KoreaYou may have heard about the indoor/outdoor markets in South Korea.  They are wonderlands for the investigative type.  If you like snooping around local shops to see what the natives are buying, then spend some of your free time in the markets.  They are located in essentially every region of every city in Korea.  No matter what it is that you may be looking for, you’ll likely come across it at the markets.


How to Quit Your Job and Teach Abroad...Without Regrets

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Teaching English abroad is a great opportunity in many ways.  If you're an aspiring teacher it is invaluable experience that will shine brightly on your resume for future job prospects.  It's also a great way to travel while working.  A win-win situation.  You're getting paid to work in a country that you've always wanted to visit.

Sending Money Home with Wire Transfers

It's come time for me to finally send money back home.  I've been procrastinating the task for quite some time, but I decided to just get it over with.  Not knowing where to start, I went to the administrative office of my school and asked for some direction.  I usually go to them for things like this since they are responsible for making withdrawals from my account for lunch and just overall dealing with the Busan Office of Education.  They also speak English very well!

How Much Money Should You Bring to Korea?

A common concern for all soon-to-be foreign teachers in South Korea is "how much money should I bring?"  I'm asked this a lot and it really depends on a couple things.


  1. How Martha Stewart you are
  2. Who you will be working for


DO NOT Teach English in Korea If You Are...

Teaching English in Korea (or any foreign land) is not for everybody.  I think many people believe it's for them and that it will turn into an epic experience of natives embracing them at the airport, ultra disciplined and respectful students at all times, and a year long toast at the bulgogi restaurant or bar.


Unfortunately, Korea is none of those things.  In fact, for some the reality of it shatters their expectations and they go away disappointed and disillusioned. 


How Much Can You SAVE Teaching in Korea?

Through my YouTube channel, I receive many questions about the financial side of teaching English in Korea.  Many people look briefly at the benefits package and wonder if the numbers will allow one to "get by" or even save some money.  I even wondered the same thing myself when I started the whole process.  Now I've been in Korea for over a year and a half and I can say with confidence that you will be pleasantly surprised.

In this vlog, I break down the "average" teachers income and monthly expenditures and how it all comes out in the end - including bonuses and all.  EPIK is possibly one of the best English programs in the world by any standard, and they show that they want to take care of their teachers.

Have a look.  Heeeeeere's the video!

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