Currently, I am a 24 year old female who has been away from home for about 21 months. Since the moment I’ve left America, I have visited 5 different countries. Now, I know this doesn’t sound like a lot but that is what I believe is the ultimate secret. Do you really want to visit a country for a week at a time, and do all the touristy attractions like every other person in the world!? For me, being a typical tourist does not appeal to me. I want to be able to actually experience the culture until I can get a nice understanding of what makes a particular country different from the rest. So I know you’re wondering, yeah yeah that’d be great but how the hell do I do it?! Let me tell you the path I chose:
The easiest way to leave home:
Get a job teaching English abroad. I chose South Korea because it is one of the highest paying (2.2-2.5 million won per month) teaching jobs around the globe and I heard the expat community was incredibly present and still blooming, specifically in Seoul. Why is it so easy?
1. You DON’T need to pay hundreds for a TEFL. All you need is a Bachelor’s degree of any kind. (I graduated with business management and it worked out fine.)
2. The recruiters will consider where you want to teach and set up phone or skype interviews between you and hiring schools.
3. The school or “hagwon” (private English academy) that chooses you will pay for your flight to Korea.
4. Once you get there, they will have accommodations set up for you and they will pay for your rent every month.
Sounds easy right? You’re probably wondering about the obstacles you’ll have to overcome, and I’m sorry to say but there are a few.
1. Getting your paperwork to Korea. You need an original and notarized copy of your degree , and a thorough background check. The shipping expenses can get pretty pricey. I personally overnighted everything I mailed, but don’t feel like this is required.
2. Contacting the recruiters and employers with the 12-13 hour time differences. Just make sure to be on top of it, 8-9:00 am or pm (Eastern time) seem to work nicely for both parties.
Now, for the golden piece of advice that will help you turn this dream into a reality IMMEDIATELY:
First and foremost, YES, I am completely aware of what this website looks like. There are links that do not work and ironically, there is English that isn’t correct. This website is not a correct representation of its services. I was a little sketched out when I first saw it too, but it came from a trusted friend who had known people who have had good experiences with this source. Personally, I had to email my application to them because the link was not working, but they called me shortly after and got the process going quickly. Within 2 weeks, I had interviewed with 3 different schools and accepted a position at the school of my choice. Peoplerecruit made my recruiting process very enjoyable. I am not being paid or compensated in any way for promoting this site, I’m simply telling you how I got to Korea so quickly and easily. 🙂
I hope this helps you get out of your college town or mama’s house and out making and saving money in an exotic place in the world! Please comment or contact me if you have any questions. Teaching in Korea was such an amazing experience, I’d love to help others share that same experience. 🙂