Teaching English in South Korea

Logan with his fellow trainees

An interview with Logan Austin from the United States who graduated from TEFL Zorritos in September 2015. 

My name is Logan Austin, and I am originally from Hughesville, Missouri, USA. I am currently living and teaching in Busan, South Korea.

I completed my TEFL Certificate course in September of 2015. After the course, I went back home to gather the needed documents to teach in South Korea. In just three months, I had been hired and was in Busan preparing to teach.

For me, experience has been the most rewarding thing about teaching abroad. When I decide to move back to the USA, I want to be a high school teacher; so gaining teaching experience while traveling and experiencing different cultures is perfect for me. South Korea is a very modern country, but everything is still so different from the U.S. Living abroad helps you to adapt to different policies, foods, and lifestyles. I think it has really helped me grow as a person.

The most challenging thing is just the fact that everything is different. For me, it was: a new job, new friends, new food, new house, new culture, new language, and even a new way of getting from one place to another. At one point this year, it was really overwhelming; but I got through it and focused on the positive changes that I enjoyed.

Logan in a Peer Teaching session

In my school, the textbooks take up the majority of the class time, but everyday I still use things that I learned in my course. Before the course, I had no idea how to communicate to students who don’t speak English as their first language. Every day, I use many techniques that I learned from Ellie. The course also taught me how to teach material through interactive activities. This has helped me a lot because kindergarteners have to be active. The course also gave me confidence in my profession. I have knowledge that I learned from someone who taught many years of ESL. This year would have been much harder without that knowledge.

I would just say that teaching is going to take up a lot of your time. Teaching abroad is a great opportunity to see the world, but the work is a big part of your time. If you are a prepared and confident teacher, your experience abroad will be more rewarding.

I would like to teach somewhere in South America next. Right now I am applying for jobs in Chile and Uruguay.

TEFL Zorritos was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I learned so much, but also, I genuinely had a lot of fun. The beach in Zorritos is the best learning environment.

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