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My Life! 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of All-Time

My Life! Teaching in a Korean University: 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of All-Time Although the new year is a new start for many people, I do like to dwell on the past a wee bit. Don’t worry, I’m not contemplating my return to Korea. I plan on staying in …


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Life After ESL: Shaun Dell’s Move to Canada

Life After ESL: Story Time It’s been about nine months now since my own return to Canada after teaching English in South Korea for 10 years. After a rough few months at the beginning, life is a lot more settled now, especially since I’ve figured out the job thing, and …


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Korea TESOL International Conference 2016

  Why Didn’t I Get Involved Sooner? I’m a big fan of Korea TESOL. One of my only regrets from my time in Korea is that I didn’t get involved in their organization sooner! I met lots of people who were passionate about teaching, which definitely inspired me to bigger …


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6 Months in Canada, the Update

Tomorrow is the day, the 6-month point of my return to Canada after 10 years living in South Korea working as an English teacher. It’s a good time to reflect on things, and here are a few of those thoughts (If you’re in the just getting ready to leave stage, …


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Review of No Couches in Korea

No Couches in Korea Review No Couches in Korea is a book that I really wanted to love. Kevin Maher is a good friend of many of my old co-workers and it was through them that I heard about him, and this book. The premise seems interesting enough-an English teacher’s …


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49 Frugal Living South Korea Tips

Everything Frugal Living South Korea A decade ago, it was pretty easy to put away a couple thousand USD every month from teaching English in Korea. This usually involved a combination of the regular day-job and then some private teaching at night or on weekends. These days though, the cost of …


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Korea: 10 Things I Don’t Miss About You

Well, I’ve been back in the Great White North that is Canada for 10 days now and there hasn’t been a moment where I’ve doubted my decision to leave Korea after 10 years. Of course I’m still in the honeymoon phase of reverse culture shock, so I’m sure some difficult …


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Leaving Korea? Top 10 Tips to Do it Well

Top 10 Tips for Expats Leaving Korea The day has come! I’m leaving Korea! After 10.5 years in Korea, I’m down to my last 3 days in the land of the kimchi. Overall, I’m feeling pretty upbeat about the whole thing and know it’s the right decision. Just this very …


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Life After ESL: Teaching in the USA + Freelancing

Interview with Heather Douglas from Oscar Astoria + Rabbits and Hatters For the past year, life after ESL has been on my mind. It was about a year ago that I decided to leave kimchi-land and return home to Canada. After a decade here, it wasn’t an easy decision but …


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Just Because Everyone Else is Doing It…

Just Because Everyone Else is Doing It… After 10 years, my time here in Korea is coming to a close and I only have one final week of “teaching.” By teaching, I actually mean playing some awesome board games with my students like Settlers of Catan, King of Tokyo and …


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Teaching in South Korea: Whatever you do, Don’t be that Guy

Teaching in South Korea for 1-3 Years: Have Fun! During my time in Korea, I’ve met a number of people who I could only really classify as “ridiculous.” Let me qualify that. If you’re in Korea for 1-3 years, this doesn’t apply to you. Have fun, enjoy life, travel the …


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Paperwork + Prep Time when Teaching in Korean Universities

Paperwork + Prep Time in Korean Universities I recently had a question about how much paperwork you have to do when working in Korean universities. The suggestion was that perhaps uni jobs in Korea are not so fabulous once you factor in this “unpaid” work you have to do. I …


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Contact Hours in Korean Universities: It’s Not Important

ESL Cafe: Ahhh There’s this ridiculous thread over on ESL Cafe which is too ridiculous for me to even link to, and a strong reminder of why I don’t really frequent there anymore except when I see some traffic from there to a blog post of mine. Job Conditions at …


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$20,000 a Year in Korea: Is it Possible? Yes!

$20,000 a Year in Korea: “But it’s Impossible!” I ran across an interesting thread over on ESL Cafe where someone is talking about how, before they came to Korea ten years ago, lots of bloggers were talking about how it’s possible to save $20,000 USD per year teaching in Korea. However, …


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Life in South Korea: Make it Awesome

A couple days ago, I wrote a post about 10 things I love about living and working in South Korea. I was planning on doing a 10 things I hate, but as I started doing it, I realized that there actually wasn’t 10 things. I generally like living and working …