We’ve placed hundreds of English teachers in schools across China and South Korea. Often times, these stellar people will write us and share about their experiences overseas. Meet a few of our past teachers, and read about what they are doing now.
It’s always amazing to see how the adventure of teaching abroad changes the life of each and every person!
"I absolutely loved living and teaching abroad. I never, in my wildest dreams, thought I would even visit Asia, let alone live in and fall in love with Korea. Adventure Teaching helped inspire and calm me before going and consistently encouraged me when I was abroad. I can say, with no hesitation, working with Adventure Teaching and going to Korea was the best decision I’ve ever made. Ever.
Living and teaching abroad taught me how to successfully and creatively communicate with others, while giving me ample opportunities to practice patience, kindness and sincerity – all of which have made me a very well-rounded employee for each job I’ve had since returning home. I currently do sales with a super fun startup company in Seattle, Washington. I sell wine and barware accessories and it’s a blast!"
"Over the three years I spent as an ESL and music teacher in Seoul, I fell in love with the country’s vibrant culture and its extraordinary people. Adventure Teaching was committed to finding me a school that was the right fit, and their amazing staff supported me throughout the entire process of job searching and preparing to move abroad. I am truly grateful to Adventure Teaching for opening the door to what was one of most rewarding and exciting experiences of my life.
Teaching ESL and music in Korea made me realize how passionate I am about bringing music education to young people in a multicultural environment. I now live in Chicago and work as the program director for an after school youth orchestra program in one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods."
"Teaching and living in South Korea was a wholly unique experience that allowed me to save and also see more of the world. AT provided the best, clearest source of information on living in Korea and offered valuable guidance when it came to navigating immigration paperwork. They helped me before and after I arrived, as well as half the people that worked in my office! They placed me in a school that was stable and reliable which are paramount when finding a teaching position.
Teaching abroad gave me the push and financial means I needed to finally step into the career path I had envisioned for myself post-graduation. I’m currently working on writing English Curriculum for high schools on the East Coast of the USA, and will be pursuing my masters in the U.K. in 2014."
"My overall experience in Korea was rich. Rich in experience, culture, personal-growth, friendships, and financial income! Teaching was something I had to warm up to, but once I got going I learned I liked it so much more than I had imagined... enough to come back for another year in 2011. Adventure Teaching provided a much-needed boost to get me to Korea. I felt supported through the entire process – the job interview, reviewing the contract and signing it, packing and flight arrangements, and finally the transition to living overseas... even after I got to Korea they kept hooking me up with help! When I moved back a second time, the choice to use Adventure Teaching as my recruiter was a no brainer.
I am living in California, assisting in the sales and manufacturing of audio equipment. I never could’ve guessed how much my experience in South Korea (and the understanding I gained of Asian culture while living and travelling there) helps me daily as I decipher emails and communicate cross-culturally with our Asian manufactures. It’s surreal how much I still miss my Korean home - truth be told, I still consider returning again one day...through Adventure Teaching, of course!"
Christopher & Lauren Haws
"Our overall experience living and working in Korea was too rich to be summed up into a few short sentences. Living in South Korea is a rewarding experience, paying valuable dividends that multiply the more you immerse yourself in the culture. Adventure Teaching did an incredible job pairing us with a school that we loved. They were quick to answer all of our questions and made our preparation, arrival, and stay in Korea a stress-free experience.
"Chris is now in his last year of law school at Tulane, and Lauren is a practicing Doula and administrative assistant at a local hospital here in New Orleans. Lauren gave birth to our first child, Ivydee this past summer. Our experience teaching overseas continues to influence our lives on a daily basis: from the simple task of removing our shoes before entering our home, to the foundational values we adopted while in Korea that we plan to teach our kids."
"Korea has a very special place in my heart. It was such an amazing experience, one that changed me through and through. Adventure Teaching was always a phone call or email away if I needed anything, and I literally cannot imagine what my time in Korea would’ve been like without their friendly emails checking in, teacher events in Seoul, and guidance throughout the entire process.
Korea taught me the value of international travel and finding value in what you do day-to-day. After returning home, I worked first as an insurance broker and later at a bank…neither of which lasted long. It’s impossible to “go back” to the life you were living before, so I moved to Colorado to work for a child sponsorship organization which has proven to be much more meaningful and fulfilling work!"
Greg & Tayla Buckman
Tayla: "I went to Korea with a few friends from college in 2009. From finding a job to arriving and getting situated, from planning events to making friends and connections, Adventure Teaching was with me every step of the way. And seriously, I never could have imagined that I’d meet my future husband overseas! Who knows, Adventure Teaching may get you a spouse out of it too!"
Greg: "Totally agree with everything my wife said – especially the part about meeting my future wife… in Korea, of all places! We loved the different experiences we had in Seoul, and have so many great stories and memories to show for it."
Both: "We live in Kansas City where Greg is a High School History Teacher and Tayla is an IT Technical Recruiter. The experience that I (Greg) gained in South Korea undoubtedly helped me land my current teaching gig!"
"I had been lucky enough to travel extensively around the world before moving to Seoul, but my time teaching in Korea at an after-school program was an experience I’ll never forget. When you’re traveling, it can be hard to make connections and establish friendships with locals. Korea finally gave me the chance to experience the culture in a much more rewarding way, rather than just passing through as a visitor. And as far as Adventure Teaching goes, let me just say this: you will go through challenges teaching abroad, but the AT staff actually cares about your entire experience as opposed to most of the other agencies out there. They helped ease the minor bumps I experienced along the way with their quick responses, friendly staff, and connections with companies like The Arrival Store. You would be crazy to pursue work overseas without the assistance of Adventure Teaching!
One thing I loved about teaching in Korea was all the free time I had to pursue other endeavors and hobbies that I never seemed to have time for before. It was actually during my time in Korea that I founded my current company Postscapes.com, where we are ‘Tracking the Internet of Things.’"
"Korea has been one of the most life-changing experiences for me. There is no question that I wouldn‘t be where I am right now in my life or career without Adventure Teaching. Adventure Teaching’s expertise and honesty were what drew me to Korea in the first place, and the community and relationships I found with other Adventure Teaching teachers were what kept me here. Even though there were some ups and downs in my first year in Korea, Adventure Teaching was a wonderful partner that I am immeasurably thankful for. All of my non-Adventure Teaching friends are amazed and jealous when I tell them about my recruiting experience.
After my first Adventure Teaching job, I was hired as a professor at Seoul Women’s University in Nowon-gu, Seoul. I have been at my current position for over 3 years. I never thought I would stay in Korea for this long, but thanks to Adventure Teaching, I quickly realized that an expat life was a good fit for me."