Teaching English in another country is definitely a unique and ever-changing experience, I remember being told from day 1 that there is no REAL way to prepare the new teachers. For every incoming teacher, their city, school, co-workers and of course students are going to vary drastically. I strongly believe that it's a teachers attitude that is going to "make or break" their career abroad. Coming in with a positive outlook, ready to take on any challenges or obstacles is going to set you up for success. Of course, there may be difficult moments full of challenging students, frustrating situations, and surprise schedule changes, ultimately making you want to say, "I'm done with this", but the rewards are soon to follow. After spending close to two years in the classroom i'm happy to say that I've had a positive experience and wouldn't trade it for the world.
Looking back on my time teaching in Korea it's not too hard to pinpoint moments of success, those moments that i'd be proud to share with my friends and family back home, proving that i'm doing something here. I think most people, if asked the question "What lesson or moment are you most proud of in the classroom" would immediately think to something they did, an accomplishment they've achieved. I however, initially thought of my students, my proudest moment is watching the changes that occur in them, I'm proud of the strong, smart, adventurous people they're becoming.
|One year later and these boys are completely different people|
|A few of my favorite |