And I noticed an appealing job on Jeju Island. I like positions that request someone with CELTA training, as this did. CELTA is a rigorous one-month training that amazingly teaches you a lot about how to use a communicative approach for teaching English. I took my CELTA training at Bridge-Linguatec in Denver. It was really difficult, but I learned so so so much.
I applied on February 6th and was offered the job and I signed the contract on February 28th, for a June 1 start date.
Most people who’d talked to me since I’d come back from Korea were surprised, to say the least!
But, I think this has enough important differences that I can thrive, not just survive, in this situation:
- Better schedule: roughly noon to 8pm, M-F only (no weekends)
- Fewer teaching hours: 25 hours (instead of the 30 hours I taught last year)
- Better environment: Jeju is known for it’s natural beauty
- Lower population density: It’s less than one-tenth as dense as Busan.
- Housing: includes an apartment, located within 10 minutes walk to the beach
- Teaching kids: this will be a challenge but maybe the more physical aspect will counter the physical isolation I felt last time around
Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!