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 …

Going Home After Living Abroad

Did you know… Do people that read this blog know that I’m leaving Korea in March 2016 for a triumphant return to my motherland, Canada? I haven’t really talked about it that much on here I guess. Staying here for 10 more years because I like 5 months vacation = …

Expat Finances: The Wealthy English teacher

Do you Like Money? Me too! Teaching English abroad but kind of clueless about expat finances? Ready for awesome in your financial future? I wrote a book just for you! It’s the first and only out there and it’s geared to the total beginner with regards to investing. It’s so …

Wages for teaching English in Korea: Serious Stagnation

Wages for English Teachers in Korea: Grim Wages for teaching English in Korea (I’m not really sure about the situation for the locals) have been stagnating for the past 10 years or so and things are just getting more and more expensive, especially in Seoul and the other majors cities. …