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I knew an expat teacher who lived in the same rural town as I did. She lived just across from her school and was there about six months longer than I had been at the time. One evening we went out for dinner and afterwards decided to grab a beer. We went to a bar where she had never been before and on our way there we passed the Arts and Culture Centre. She asked: "What is this?" I was stunned.

My husband moved to Korea to teach English about 10 years ago. His boss picked him up from the bus station and promptly brought him to the school where Stephen would be teaching all the little darlings. First day off the plane ended up being his first day of work. If you have worked in Korea before, you know this is not out of the ordinary.

Living and working in a foreign country invariably means that you will be exposed to so many foreign things of all kinds and nature that you will at times feel somewhat overwhelmed. If you do not from time to time feel just a teeny weeny bit overwhelmed when walking the streets of your new life, you must please let us other mere mortals know what your secret super power is!

The world went into panic mode when the media released news of the Ebola virus. Spreading rapidly through parts of Africa within months and eventually making its way internationally, the Ebola virus poses a serious threat to those who come into contact with anyone infected.

Life as I knew it back in the corporate world insisted on demanding more time and emotional energy and effort than I was sometimes willing to give. But then that is a world where you are not asked if it is okay to set unrealistic deadlines, to take on more than you can handle, to run blindly where no-one else dared to tread.

The EPIK Program – South Korea’s nationwide program to place native English speaking teachers in public schools across the country is currently accepting applications for positions starting in February, 2015.

Before coming to South Korea I deliberately decided not to have any expectations but to just have the intention of experiencing an adventure of a lifetime because I had learned in my life that disappointment invariably follows expectations.

I used to teach English abroad. During my time teaching overseas I met some strange people. While most ESL teachers are hardworking folks trying to see the world, start a career and pay down some debts, there are those that are, let’s be honest - station wagons in the Indy 500 of life.

Now why on earth would a divorced, single mom with a good job as a manager in one of the four biggest professional services firms in the world decide 6 days after her 50th birthday to teach English as a second language in a foreign country?

Because she can!

I would be a big, fat liar if I said that TESOLers who blow their money drive me bonkers. In reality, I know how exhilarating it can be to spend all that shiny, new cash we make from teaching on clothes, dining out, drinks, and whatever else suits our fancies. Spending money is fun, but what I've come to realize, is that saving money is oh-so-much-more gratifying.


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