Expat Personal Finance Websites: The Top 3

Expat Personal Finance If you’ve decided to teach English in a foreign country, it’s not so uncommon that you’d have some student loan debt. You perhaps have just finished university and want to travel a bit, see the world and have some adventures before returning home. If you aren’t from …

Financial Management for English Teachers

Financial Management: Let’s Talk Money Money-I know it’s kind of an uncomfortable subject for a whole lot of people and some of you might have the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude towards it. Or, the plan to just enjoy life now and worry about the rest of it …

Top 5 High Salary ESL Teaching Jobs

  High Salary ESL Teaching Jobs Teachers mainly gravitate towards educational careers, driven by the passion of enriching the lives of their students. Of course this is reality! This choice is not driven by money in most cases. Rather, it’s the joy and contentment of the job that makes teachers …

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 …

Teaching Abroad: Fun, but Not Financially Lucrative

Teaching Abroad: Fun, but not Financially Lucrative I’ve been living out the Life After ESL part of my life since I moved to Canada a few weeks ago after living in Korea for the past 10 years. If you’re interested in transitioning out of teaching English abroad, check out the book …

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 …

You Came to Korea for the Money, Right?

You Came to Korea for the Money, Right? Doesn’t everyone come to Korea to teach English for the money? I guess it’s not always true, but it’s often the case and anyone who says that they’re here for purely altruistic reasons, well treat with suspicion. Korea is a first world …

Korea: Don’t Waste your Time

A Reader Question from E.J. “I am now beginning my second year of teaching  in Korea. I was calculating  how I’m doing with my student loans and how long it might take me to pay them off (which is looking like quite a while). That got me thinking about.. well, …

Teaching ESL Abroad as a Career: A Good Option?

Lots of people ask me about teaching ESL abroad as a career and whether or not it’s a good option. My answer is: sometimes, it really depends on the person. Teaching English abroad doesn’t exactly fit into the category of a “serious” job where you make “serious” money like you would …

Jobs for Former ESL Teachers

Ahhhh! What am I Going to do With the Rest of My Life? Okay so maybe you’ve been teaching English abroad for years like this guy who spent 17 years working abroad in Taiwan but you’re weary of the teaching and are thinking to yourself, “Oh Crap! What am I …

Teaching in Korea-Is it All about the Money?

I Like Shiny Things Remember the Golden Handcuffs where I talked about how working at a Korean university is like wearing a pair of them. They’re shiny and pretty and they glitter hard. A safari in Africa, a backpacking tour around SE Asia, a jaunt through Europe and you’re caught, trapped, …

Life After ESL: Foreign Teachers Returning Home

Life After ESL: Foreign Teachers Returning Home is hot off the press after a summer of working away in my office, alone, writing when everyone else was taking exotic vacations all around Asia! I myself am heading back to Canada in a few months after teaching in Korea for 10 years …

Average Monthly Salary Teaching in a Korean University

How Much Money Do You Make? A common question I get from readers of this blog is what is the average monthly salary for teaching in a Korean university. The answer to this question is more complicated than it would appear at first glance.   Tax Office= Enlightening This question …