Goofy Foot, Foreigner Bar, Jeju-si Regular Fall Intake – Late August – Don’t do it. If you can wait until winter intake, then you would be doing yourself a favor. Late Fall Intake – Late September – HAH. The worst time to start. Regular Winter Intake – Late February – The BEST time to start. Winter Late Intake – Late March – Ideally, you want … Continue reading EPIK: Winter vs Fall, Regular vs Late Intake
Photo of 미듬 하나로 아파트 aka Midum Hanaro Apartments Imhang-ro, Geonip-dong, Cheju, Jeju-do, South Korea photo source: google maps Jeju Island has two main parts: North and South. The North is called Jeju-si (Jeju City) and the South is called Seogwipo-si (Seogwipo City). These are the 4 main EPIK teacher housing locations in the northern part of Jeju Island. Midum Hanaro Apartments (미듬 하나로 아파트) Imhang-ro, … Continue reading List of EPIK Teacher Housing Locations on Jeju Island
One thing to seriously consider before moving to Korea are the living costs. The cost of living varies for each teacher depending on where you reside and where you teach. Considering the average starting salary for a new EPIK teacher is 2,000,000 KRW ($1,800 USD), I’ve come up with 3 main cost categories: Fixed, Variable, and Flexible Costs. Fixed Expenses from Monthly Income These are … Continue reading English Teacher Living Expenses on Jeju Island, South Korea
Jeju, “Island of the Gods” is known for it’s lush green landscapes, 368 oreums (hilly volcanic formations), waterfalls, lava caves, green tea plantations, oranges, and fresh clean air. So here were my top 5 reasons for teaching on Jeju Island. 1. PLENTY OF OUTDOOR WANDERING – After a lot of research and discussion with my recruiter, we thought that Jeju would be the place for … Continue reading Why Teach on Jeju Island (제주도)
While there is plenty to do on Jeju Island, it’s easy to get lost if you’re taking public transportation. I live here and the bus routes are confusing. Not only are the bus route times inconsistent, but depending on the time of day, the buses will change routes. If you’re only going to visit the island for a few days, then you can catch a … Continue reading How To Get Around Jeju Island
The day I arrived in Korea was also my first day of school. Yes, this is a really dumb idea. I didn’t give myself any time to adjust. If I could do it all over again, I would have booked an airbnb in Jeju so I could arrive a couple days before my start date. This would have allowed me to get some sleep (after … Continue reading When Should I Arrive in Korea?
As soon as I arrived at Jeju Airport, I met Soyeon (my handler, in-training) and Miss Chang Mona (Talk/EPIK Placement Director). I don’t know their official titles, so that’s just how I best describe them. Mona is a sophisticated, scattered, extremely overworked woman and she is almost every EPIK and TALK teacher’s primary contact at the POE. She is Mama Mona and BOSS Lady at … Continue reading My EPIK Apartment