Here, I'll post occasional updates about my experiences living and working in Korea.
The countdown is at T minus eight days until I leave Aotearoa. At least, that's the plan. I haven't booked tickets yet, because my visa is still being 'processed,' but it should arrive in the post early next week (fingers crossed).
'Why are you going?' and 'how long for?' I hear you ask.
The answer to the first question is encapsulated in one overused word: experience. Apparently Julius Caesar made a passing comment that "experience is the best master in every thing on which the wit of man is employed" (thanks internet). Unlike Caesar, I'm not talking about my various military campaigns, but if we take the quote completely out of context for a moment, I reckon it summarises my motives reasonably well. I'm exploring a vocation in teaching. I want to be as prepared as I can be before I launch a teaching career in New Zealand. So pretty much, I believe that teaching English as a second or other language (ESOL) is the best place for me to start.
My contract in Korea is for a year (I start teaching at the beginning of March, and end in February 2017), and I'll be living and working somewhere in the Jeonbuk province.
That's about it: at this stage, everything else is a mystery yet to be revealed. On the other hand, I have had a lot of general preparation, and last week I sucessfully finished a CELTA (Cambridge English Teaching) course in Christchurch. Have I been to Korea before? Nope. Can I speak Korean? Yeah, nah - except for 'hello' and 'goodbye.' I'm working on it. Wish me luck.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the blog title comes from a hymn. Here it is:
Words: Joy Dine (1937 – 2001) © Revd Mervyn Dine.