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Just trying to figure it all out, and trying to have fun while doing so.

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12 Responses to About

  1. Lara S. says:

    Hi! I’m an ESL teacher in the Philippines and I’ve been wondering if Filipinos can find work as English teachers in Korea. I know that there’s a policy that only native speakers can teach, which I protest wholeheartedly. I mean Koreans come to the Philippines by the thousands to learn English and Filipinos aren’t allowed to teach in Korea?! Anyway, is it possible to find work there as a tutor or something? I know you’re busy, hope you can reply! Thanks.

    • christinebumgardner says:

      I think they can, there are a lot of recruiters, and Dave’s ESL cafe and TEFL.com are both good places to start the search

  2. Good Afternoon,

    I just came across your blog and really
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    I will add your link on my links page at
    http://travelandteachrecruiting.com/links.html. Please let me know if you
    have any questions or comments.

    Regards,

    Shane,
    Travel And Teach Recruiting Inc.

  3. Ally Graff says:

    Hi! I’m an ESL teacher in the Philippines and I’ve been wondering if Filipinos can find work as English teachers in Korea. I know that there’s a policy that only native speakers can teach, which I protest wholeheartedly. I mean Koreans come to the Philippines by the thousands to learn English and Filipinos aren’t allowed to teach in Korea?! Anyway, is it possible to find work there as a tutor or something? I know you’re busy, hope you can reply! Thanks.
    +1

    • christinebumgardner says:

      I think that it is possible to work as a tutor, but it is illegal, and therefore very risky. They not only require that you are a native speaker (a qualification I can’t really argue with) but also a 4 year university degree holder, and pass a criminal background check. These are good requirements – even if you don’t really want to hear them. I recommend, if you want to leave the Philippines to work in Asia, that you get a CELTA degree, and the more advanced DELTA. With these qualifications you might be able to get work in Taiwan or China, or even Europe or the Americas. Good luck!

  4. Sharon says:

    Hi My name is Sharon, and I work for Huijun Communications (www.huijun.co.kr). I came across your blog and I love your detailed account on your stay in Korea, and I was thinking you would be a great asset for us.

    At Huijun Communications, we are currently in the works of creating a website (www.lifeinkorea.kr) that serves as a hub and a community for foreign nationals living in Korea. Our vision is to create a website where people can get all info and service they want through this website without need of searching and looking here and there, and through which people communicate with Koreans as well.

    Many bloggers showed their interest and joined in our website by posting their articles to share with others, and I would like to invite you to do the same.

    Your participation will be greatly appreciated, and we offer complimentary Culture gift cards for bloggers who work with us. For more details, feel free to email me at lucykim4323@gmail.com.

    Best,
    Sharon

  5. jinhee-kim says:

    Hello, I’m Kim Jin-Hee and I am a script writer at Arirang TV.

    We are looking for someone to join us on our new program called and we would like to have you parcipate on our show!

    Our program features information on Korean culture and much much more seen through the eyes of foreign residents living in Korea.

    The program is 5 minutes long. It will be a great opportunity to create some fun memories of your life in Kores.

    My phone number is 010-4546-7696. but I can’t speak english very well. Please leave your message. 🙂

    And I have some questions.

    Q. Can you please introduce yourself? (nationality, age, job, current neighborhood)

    Q. You write about all kinds of topics on your blog. Which area are you particularly interested in?

    Q. Which place in Korea impressed you most?

    Q. Let us know when you’re available for filming day.

    I will be thrilled to hear from you.

    p.s. : Let us know your cell-phone number. 🙂

  6. Maria says:

    Hello,

    I recently compiled a list of the Top 50 Blogs for those interested in teaching abroad, and I just
    wanted to let you know that you made the list! We are promoting the list to college students looking to
    learn more about teaching or living in a foreign culture. The list is published online at
    http://www.onlinedegrees.org/top-50-blogs-for-those-interested-in-teaching-abroad/

    Thanks so much, and if you think your audience would find useful
    information in the list or on the site, please feel free to share the
    link. You can also use the button we’ve created for the
    list, which I can e-mail you. We always appreciate a link
    back as we’re trying to increase readership.

    Thanks again, and have a great day!

    Maria

  7. Matt Gibson says:

    Hi There,

    My name is Matt Gibson. I have really enjoyed reading your blog. It has a lot of useful information. You seem to be very knowledgable about ESL.

    I’m a journalist and I write a lot about teaching in Asia, mostly Taiwan (that’s where I live). Right now I’m working on an article about agents (who place teachers in jobs) in different countries around Asia. I was wondering if you would be interested in answering a few questions about agents in Korea for me. The article will be published on Transitions Abroad (a well known and high-ranking website). I would be happy to include a link to your blog when I cite you as a source. My links on TA usually bring a fair amount of traffic to my website.

    If you’d like to see some of my work, you can read my blog/portfolio at http://www.matt-gibson.org, and you can see my Transitions Abroad column at: http://www.transitionsabroad.com/information/media/matt-gibson-bio.shtml

    Thanks a lot for your time. I hope to hear back from you.

    Best,
    Matt

  8. Alex says:

    Hi! I’m intensely looking into enrolling in the University of North Dakota ELL program. How has it been? I’m looking for a review from someone who’s taken the plunge into the program. Specifically, how heavy is the courseload? Is it difficult to teach and do the online program at the same time? I’m currently in the states, but I’d like to return to Korea to teach as well as study towards a master’s degree. Please e-mail me back if you have the time.

    Thanks!

    Alex
    avalonalexteacher@hotmail.com

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