Here are some comments from our teachers :
Hi Dominic & Michael,
Everything is going well in Korea. Everyone has been
really friendly and helpful and I have settled in easily.
Thank you for helping me get the job, the conditions
here are very good and Tongyoeng is quite beautiful.
Neil Brougham in Tongyoung
Its good to hear from you again. Well, so far I think
its good, I am enjoying teaching(not all the time, but
most of the time) and I like working with kids, and
teens. As for Korea, I am very happy that the sun shines everyday, although its not that warm.
I really like the mountains, and Korean girls... The
food is alright as well, but I am not getting any culture
shock because everything is very modern. I am hoping
to find it interesting on the weekend when I try to
visit some villages or Buddhist temples outside of Daegu.
If you now any close by tell me and I will visit. I
also liked the World Cup stadium which is near my house.
As for the school, the staff seems nice and so far everything
is ok, but one thing. I think that its too many hours
for a beginner, but maybe it will be alright at the
end, take care and you are welcome to visit me in Daegu
if you like. Also I will be in Seoul in early February
during the national holliday, for the football match
Take care, Leszek.
From Leszek in Daegu
Thanks for everything Courtney!!
Things are working out fine. The apartment is really
nice and our director gave us our own computer, so pretty
sweet. the kids are fun too. everything is great.. Thanks
again. talk to you soon if we have any questions.
Take it easy,
Ian Gaurevau & Valerie Gattoni from Pyongchon
Thank you Courtney
I am very happy to be here. Everyone is so friendly
and welcoming. It is very good to be here in Korea
and at the school. Thank you again for all your
From Gemma Farmer in Bucheon
Yes things are going great so far. Gyeongju seems
a really nice city . Last week I visited the temple
and will hopefully go to downtown Gyeongju this weekend.
My school is also really good - I enjoy it a lot.
So far, I have only had email contact with Sean -
but I have just got a new cellphone so will try and
ring him soon. We hope to meet up in February during
the Lunar New Year - either in Daegu or Gyeongju. Does
it get warmer here in Korea soon? I'm freezing!!! Thanks
for your work,
Peter Clark, Gyeongju
sorry it’s taken so long to reply, had some major
lack of funds and could not afford to go to the internet
cafe. I didn’t realize I couldn’t use my switch card
over here. But anyhow that’s sorted got an advance
on my wages and I should get paid on Thursday with any
luck. All is going pretty good, the school i work
at is really good the director and his wife are really
lovely people, and the Canadian I work with really helps
me out. It took a bit of time to get used to teaching,
there seems to be a lot of prep work needed to make
sure the classes are good, but at least I've got a curriculum
and its getting easier and easier. There are some things
I find very different to the western way of doing things
but I'm coping. As I've got more money I'm slowly
getting my house furnished, Its a brand new apartment so seriously lacked in a lot of stuff,
I'm in desperate need of curtains but I'm trying to
get on to my director about that one. I seem to be coping
quite well and haven’t experienced culture shock yet.
there seems to be enough western culture infiltrated
here that i have no problems. thanks for your concern
and keeping in touch.
Everything is going really well here in Jinhae! Thanks
so much for helping find this position for me! The school
is great, the other teachers are wonderful and the other
foreign teachers have been very helpful. My apartment
is also very nice and I'm enjoying the food too :) Things
are turning out great! Thanks again for your help!
Christie in Jinhae
Thanks for your email! Yes, everything is going very
well for me here. The teachers are all very kind and
friendly, and my apartment is nice. I am gradually
getting used to things here, and making friends with the teachers. This weekend I hope to
go to Seoul for Korean language classes.
Morwenna in Ansan
I am having an excellent time in Bundang! Ariana
is having a good time, too. We'd like to visit you in
Seoul. Because we're busy for New Year's, we can't visit
you until after Sunday the 13th. We'd like to visit
you then, though. Where in Seoul are you? What day is
good for us to visit you? We work at 1pm Monday through
Friday, but are available any time on the weekends.
I've had some adventures in the Seoula area
- like Coex Mall, Seoul City Bus Tour, Namhansanseong,
Everland, Itaewon, and whatnot. My favorite so far has
been Namhansanseong. I went last fall with my friend
and it was beautiful. I'd like to talk to you about
other things to see in Korea. I don't have much vacation
time, but my weekends are dedicated to exploring.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Ian Hume in Bundang
Thank you Jenna! I am having a great time. The job
is a nice fit. I just hope the institute likes me! hehe.
Enjoy your New Year holiday. So long!
Nick Cross in Bundang
yes I am very busy but have settled in nicely. I
really like Hong Seong, its small but fun
everyone looks twice when they see you as I am one of
6 English in the whole town. I‘ve met the English people
who are my friends.
We went to Seoul this weekend to see Sting
play a concert in Olympic Park, it was excellent,
then we went out to some pubs and clubs, had a great
time. How are you doing? Thank you for emailing
me that was very nice of you.
I'll give you a ring as soon as I can, I have
a house phone now. We can arrange to meet for
that Coffee if you still fancy it? Speak to you
soon, and thanks again for all your help,
From Mark in Hongseong
Hi Courtney, this is Jeff's Mother Joy, he doesn't
have this e mail anymore since he left for Korea, this
is my e mail that he was using while staying here. I
heard from him by phone a few days ago and he is fine
and liking the school and the city he is in. He was
to move in to his apartment last Friday, he had been
staying at the home of the owner of the school, he said
it was very nice. He seems fine and I am also hoping
this will be a great experience for him he is a great
guy. Thank you for all of your help in placing him at
From Joy, Jeff Cartwright’s mother
My name is Joe Gores. You helped me get a job at
Sorae High School last year. I'm still working at Sorae,
and I'm very happy here. I'm writing because my brother
wants to come to Korea in May. He asked me to help him
find a job, and I thought of you first. My brother will
be 27 years old in May. He has never taught English
before, but I believe he has some experience teaching
music (he's a musician). He's quite handsome and has
a very strong personality. Children really like him.
If you have any jobs that he could apply for, could
you email me? You could also email him. His name is
Russ Gores. If you have any questions, please ask. Also, may I give him your email address?
Thank you very much for any help you can offer. :)
I'm very sorry that I did not reply to you until
now. I have been very busy getting aclimatised to work
and my new environment. I'm sorry to hear that Courtney
is no longer with you. I enjoyed working with her a
great deal. You indicated in your e-mail that I was
in Busan, when in fact I am in Yongin.
Anyway, things are good here. I will of course let
you know if I need any help.
Thank you for asking.
Hi Dominic & Michael
I cannot begin to say how well everything is going
for me. After talking to other foreign teachers I was
advised that the school you chose for me is regarded
as one of the best in Suwon. The director and his wife
have been very helpful from day one. I must admit that
i thought I was not going to survive after the
first 2 days. As you know I have never taught children
before. However as the week progressed it became easier
with each day. I am slowly getting the hang of things
and I must admit I'm starting to extremely enjoy
teaching. The children are just great, one just has
to find his way in being able to control the class.
We had a staff party last night and I was told
that I'm handling things very well and that they are
extremely happy with my progress.
I just though I would send you a quick e-mail to
thank you for all you did in getting me the job at GnB
in Shiheung. I have had a really fantastic first month
here, everything has gone really smoothly and I am enjoying
teaching here heaps!
The people are really friendly and have gone out
of their way to make me feel welcome it is really lovely.
Anyway, I am also really enjoying living in Korea, it
is very different from home but the people are great
and itis getting a lot warmer outside:)yaye, Spring
Anyway, thank you so much in getting me such a great
job so quickly, I hope you have a really good year at