Seriously. If you want to work as an ESL teacher in South Korea then you need to get FLEXIBLE and fast! I have seen and heard so many people that are frustrated, angry and complaining about their school not providing internet access (or if they have it then it’s not consistent). Considering all the truly valid concerns that people may have about working in education overseas, this is not one that should be making the list. My personal experiences have been with DGEV but this applies to so many schools/camps/hagwons and really isn’t even confined to South Korea.
To clarify: I consider myself a loud and proud EdTech cheerleader. My MSED studies revolve around it! I absolutely love using technology in the classroom and know for a fact that it really enhances or even completely changes the learning experience. I prefer having internet 100% of the time for personal and professional reasons.
However, even though this is the 21st century and it is essential that people build technology skills… if it is impossible for you to teach a lesson without internet or tech then you may want to look elsewhere for work.
Perhaps that sounds harsh. But seriously- just save yourself the stress and always be prepared to teach sans internet and/or tech. Or if it means THAT much then do like a couple of teachers I know did and subscribe to a phone plan with unlimited data so you always have a hotspot.
But really- please, please have a serious conversation with yourself about this. Be truthful with yourself- if you are looking to work in South Korea but find it difficult to be flexible then look for work somewhere else. Not everyone can just ‘roll with it’ and that’s okay! We’re all different! But please don’t put yourself in a position where you have to be able to turn on a dime sometimes several times a day. If you are up to the challenge though, being that flexible and demonstrating your abilities in that way is a mad skill. You’ll fly away from Korea
thinking KNOWING that since you successfully completed your contract then you can do anything. *^^*
A few of you find this blog while researching about working in the ROK and sometimes even DGEV in particular so thought I would just toss this little blurb up here to chew on. I may have mentioned this issue before but it bears repeating. Sometimes the information out there is a little sugar-coated and sometimes it’s just nothing but mud slinging. It’s not all good or all bad. I enjoyed teaching in Korea and I will work there again.