Hello, everyone! I’m back! It’s been two months since the last time I posted an article in this blog. I apologize for not being able to update my blog as often as I should. It’s just that I’ve been busy with work lately. I just want to say that I am super blessed to be able to find a job that I like most~~~teaching English! My love for teaching started when I was a kid. During my elementary days, I used to pretend that I was the teacher and my playmates were my students. One more thing, English has always been my favorite subject. I love English so much!
When I was about to graduate from high school, my mother asked me about the major which I wanted to pursue in college. So, I told her that I wanted to become a teacher. Unfortunately, my mother didn’t like the idea of me becoming a teacher in the future. She wanted me to take up Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, and so I did. I was an obedient daughter after all. I love you, mom! Hahaha! I successfully finished this 4-year major, and graduated in 2007.
Fast forward to 2015! My family and I have been living in Korea for 6 months now. It wasn’t easy to find a teaching job at first because I’m not a native English speaker. The hardest part was the rejection. Most employers only want to hire people from English-speaking countries. I’ve been rejected many times. But you know what? I didn’t lose hope. I kept praying and asking God to help me find a teaching job, and He didn’t let me down. God lifted me up when I was down. He once again reminded me that He is an amazing and a loving Father.
Now, I’m enjoying my life as a Filipino expat living in a foreign country. I consider Busan as my second home. I just love it here! You know what the best part is? The opportunity to teach English to kids who keep inspiring me to work harder and improve myself as a teacher. I love teaching because it gives me a different level of happiness. It’s something that money can’t buy.
Here are some of the photos I took with my adorable students.
Thank you for reading my blog! May God bless you! 🙂
Before we left the Philippines, I thought that I could easily find a job in South Korea. I heard that there’s a lot of job opportunities in Korea and the pay is really great. When I was doing my research online and reading some blogs about life in Korea, I stumbled across this website: http://mykoreanfriends.com/xe/. I signed up and made my own account. I started making friends (most of them are Koreans) and now they are members of my English study group in Busan. I was also able to find a client who wanted me to tutor her kids starting September through My Korean Friends website. Isn’t it great? If you’re an expat living in Busan and wanted to meet some Korean friends, I recommend you check out My Korean Friends.
Here’s some of the photos during our study group meetups/study sessions. Our first ever meetup took place at the Aqua Place Hotel in front of Gwanganli beach. It’s kind of a meet and greet event. I prepared some fun activities for the group. We enjoyed each other’s company plus the awesome scenery outside the hotel. It was really breathtaking! Our second meetup/study session was at Cafe DropTop in Jeonpo-dong. My study group members are nice and pleasant to talk with. I love hanging out with them.
first meetup (meet and greet event)
2nd meetup/study session
A Nigerian friend of mine who I met via My Korean Friends, sent me this link via Kakao Talk: http://koreabridge.net/. He knew that I was looking for a job so maybe that’s the reason why he sent it to me. Anyways, I checked out the website and found out a lot of information about life in Korea. The website has different sections: job ads, classified ads, forums, blogs, Q&A, etc. You can find almost everything that you need to know about living in Korea and getting a job. So I decided to make an account and I often check the job ads section when I was looking for a teaching job. For a non-native English speaker like me, getting a teaching job in Korea is a little bit challenging because most private English academies also known as hagwons only hire teachers who are citizens of the following countries: North America, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
I’ve sent more or less 15 resumes to different schools via email but if my memory serves me right, only 3 of them responded to my email and invited me over for an in-person interview. I was lucky enough or should I say “blessed” to get a part-time job as a substitute English teacher at a hagwon for 3 consecutive weeks. I’ve never taught English in Korea before. It’s actually my first ever teaching job in Korea, and I am so grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity. In September, I ‘m going to start teaching private English lessons and I just hope that everything’s going to be fine.
With God, all things are possible! I am living by faith and not by sight!