A Day in the Life of an ESL Teacher in Korea
So I know most people that read this blog probably think we just gallivant around the world and do fun things all the time, but we are actually working full-time over here (I promise!). In fact, the novelty of being in a “new” place kind of wears off quickly when you are just doing normal, everyday things like going to work, buying groceries, going to the bank, and paying bills. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget we are even in Korea.
In case you are curious as to what the day-to-day bits of our lives look like, here is a collection of photos that make up a typical day for me. These photos actually aren’t all from the same day, but overall they give a good impression of what my 8-5 existence entails.
8:15 a.m. — Walk to school. My walk takes about 10-15 minutes…and I almost never actually make it out the door by 8:15. Lately, I’ve been walking along the river to school instead of going on the streets–it’s a much quieter and a less crowded walk!
9:00 a.m. — I arrive at school at 8:30, but don’t start teaching until 9. Each one of my classes is 40 minutes long, with ten minute breaks between. I typically have four classes before lunch.
12:10 p.m. — Lunch! I eat the school lunch with all of the other teachers. Typically, there is rice, kimchi, soup, a meat option and some side dishes.
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 — Most days I have one more 40 minute long class after lunch, and then I have free time for the rest of the afternoon.
4:30 p.m. — Time to go home! I see tons of students on the way home, both at the school and in the streets. They are typically shocked and super excited to see me–I don’t think they realize until they see me walking around that I actually have a life outside of teaching them. By this time in the afternoon, there are also a lot of street vendors out, selling clothes, street food and fresh fruit.
4:45 p.m. — Arrive home at our apartment building, which has recently been given a facelift and looks bright, shiny and new now!