Q&A About Living and Teaching In Korea

October 10, 2017

Dairy Queen coming soon! Near Hyehwa Station exit 2 (36 comments)

ESL job market in Korea 2017
What do you think about the current ESL job market in Korea for this year? (17 comments)

What is South Korea’s attitude towards ESL teachers? (Read 2 comments)

Toxic workplace atmosphere
My Korean coworkers speak Korean 24/7 and leave me out. If I didn’t make the effort to start conversations (130 comments)

Is everyone in Korea generally nice to Foreigners? (4 comments)

Timeline question concerning Hagwon March intake
I’m a duel citizen living in one country and planning on finding a job in Korea with another. (16 comments)

“Honbap” Culture, Dining Alone
I will be traveling to Seoul, alone, in December. I’ve been there before in 2012 but at the time (10 comments)

October 4, 2017

Applying To Epik From Within Korea
I am currently teaching in a hagwon in Gyeonggi-do. My plan is to complete my contract here, and apply for a job with EPIK (2 comments)

Which East Asian country is the best place to teach English, Korea, China, or Japan? (8 comments)

Issues withdrawing money from ATM’s in Korea?
I’m from The Netherlands and my Meastro debit card is activated to be used in South Korea but then I saw the (Global) ATM’s (4 comments)

Langcon Gangnam (Daechi-gu)
I have an interview with Langcon in Gangnam (Daechi-gu) Has anyone heard anything about this branch? (4 comments)

Long timers….has the threat of war ever been this serious? (3 comments)

October 3, 2017

Can I teach adults on evenings/weekends with an EPIK/GEPIK/SMOE contract?
I understand that private tutoring is not allowed or has to be approved by the school. But if I want to also teach adult… (10 comments)

Where is the Korean Visa types information manual online?
It looks like they revamped the home page of Hikorea. I am looking for the latest versions of the Visa manual and Sojourn manual… (4 comments)

Netflix Problem in Korea
I have a problem with netflix at my current internet connection and I was wondering if anyone has similar experience and was able to fix it. (26 comments)

Labour board claim replied but that was all
I claimed 30 days pay and the LB replied and said it depends on the situation around the ending of the contract as to whether I am entitled to 30 days or not. (7 comments)

Jeju Taxi Driver – Mr Baek
My girlfriend and I went for a few days trip to Jeju during Oct 2015. We came across this very nice Jeju English speaking driver, Mr Baek Hong Sik… (26 comments)

Any advice you can give a newcomer teacher?
Hey everyone, I’m set to fly out to Korea sometime mid-November. I’ve been quite nervous ever since I signed my contract… (12 comments)

What is it like to work for Pagoda English in South Korea? (2 comments)

Number of marriages in South Korea hits lowest point since 1974
The number of marriages in South Korea totalled just over 280,000 last year, its lowest level since 1974.The phenomenon resulted from a combination of factors…(15 comments)

US versus Korean Universities?
Anybody know the similarities between American Private universities and Korean Private universities? (3 comments)

October 2, 2017

My school asked for an FBI background check and diploma, but I never gave it to them.
When I got hired for my current job at an international school, they of course asked me for FBI and diploma

Korea Childcare
Can anyone tell me about childcare in Korea? I have a 1 year old and I’m curious about childcare there

Pension Contribution calculations Income vs Average Wage …
Pension contributions are based upon all income received by the employee.

Roughly 50% of Korean men admit to having an affair (including prostitution). The other 50% were suddenly very quiet. 

Renewed my contract but now want to quit 
I will be completing my first year on Oct 13th, and I renewed my contract back in September thinking I will continue at my school…

Canadian 3-year General Degree
I was just wondering if I can teach English in Korea with a 3-year “General” BA degree from a Canadian university?

KTX from Incheon airport or Seoul station
We will be arriving around 5am at Incheon airport. Is it better to go straight to Busan

Why are all teaching jobs in Korea only for single people?

October 1, 2017

Advice on Starting Job
I am a senior undergraduate looking to get a job teaching English in Korea. I have lived in Korea before for about 6 months and loved it. 

Travelling during Chuseok 2017
Some of the tourist destinations and markets during Chuseok (October 3-6) will be closed, right?

English speaking church in Ilsan?
Hey guys. Just want to put this out there. If anyone in the area is looking for an English speaking Christian church service

Car Loans For Foreigners?
Can someone get a car loan with an e2 in Korea? I don’t want to buy a junker for 1 or 2k, I’d rather get a small loan for about 7-8k and make payments for a year or two on a decent used model. But can it be done?

Pension Contribution calculations Income vs Average Wage …
Pension contributions are based upon all income received by the employee. So any Housing Allowance, car allowance,

Jobs for F4?
Korean-American/f4 visa/no college degree/English teaching opportunities? 
Hello. I came to Korea a little more than two months ago to visit family with the intention of staying

American things difficult to come by in Korea
I’m living in Seogwipo on Jeju Do and so far so good! I have some friends and family back home looking to send me a care package

Korean Care Package?
I was wondering if anyone sent a “Korean package” home that includes snacks? 

Neighborhoods of Seoul
Can anyone please provide a breakdown/description of the areas of Seoul? Are there any neighborhoods that aren’t particularly safe?

Filing Taxes from Korea?
I’m curious about the whole tax situation. I’ve been in Korea since Nov 2015 and I haven’t filed my taxes since I’ve been out of the country

September 30, 2017

Dear fellow teachers, what are things you do to not get sick while teaching in Korea? Flu/cold season has hit our school hard

Gepik schools going over to Epik?  Does anyone know if schools that are funded by the city/city-hall will be safe from this change over, at least for the next year?

What are some good places to eat vegetarian food in Suwon, South Korea?

Reporting Birth Abroad – Has anyone had any experience reporting a birth to the US embassy? It seems pretty straight forward on their website, but I’m looking for…

Salaries stagnant for the last 20 years

Here’s a new one. My telecom company called me today to inform me that I had won a bluetooth headset but because I’m not Korean they would give it to the next person they picked.

Hi there, Besides immigration, are there any other agencies we need to report a new passport number to?

Advised to Stay in Itaewon But Not Sure If Right For My Neds. My independent research is showing the area to be a bit “seedy”

September 29, 2017

This question might have been asked before but I can’t find it here so I am asking again. I have to sign up for national health insurance as my private insurance paid by my university…

Every Hagwon job I interview for has terrible reviews online. I’ve worked with recruiters on Daves ESL cafe and craigslist that have set me up with interviews and contracts for Hagwon jobs 

Hello Everyone. So I am preparing to get my pension and any papers that I would need in Canada to report my income that I made in Korea IF I am deemed resident for Tax purposes.

Incheon Airport English Friendly? I will be making a connection in Incheon after 25 hours of plane/airport time so I may be a bit weary. Is this airport english friendly?

For those looking to stay in Korea without teaching, what are you doing?

What is your favorite Korean restaurant in Seoul, South Korea?

I had to renew my passport while living here on an E2 visa, and no one told me that you need to inform immigration about the renewed passport info…

Switch to a D-10 Visa or just get a new E2 Visa?? Okay, I’m in a bit of a sticky situation now. I finished my last contract on May 7, on that day I moved to a temporary place in Seoul 

Train to Seoul – I land in Gimhae airport (Busan) at 11:55. It’s my first time going and I was wondering if going through custom takes long?

Will your university allow for travel outside of Korea during the upcoming Chuseok holiday?

September 28, 2017

HOW DO I CONTACT THE LABOR/LABOUR BOARD?

HELP! Bad experience with KIRS, need advice! I applied to GOE and was accepted for a November position. I was working with KIRS. 

Advertising and selling cigarettes on campus: is it common? Is it legal (anyone knows the Korean laws? they don’t sell alcohol, is it forbidden on Korean campuses? 

Why did you leave your job in Korea? If you have ever resigned from an expat teaching job in South Korea, even if you are still in SK at a different school…

I noticed when living in Korea and every time I go back for a visit that Koreans seem to love bright white fluorescent lights. Even in their homes. 

Hi there, Besides immigration, are there any other agencies we need to report a new passport number to?

Anyone know anywhere that does phone repair in Cheongna?

Advanced train ticket Busan-Seoul in Oct – I am trying to book trains tickets from Busan to Seoul on the 6th October 2017 on Korail.

Busan Global Village Experiences – I have been applying to jobs in the Busan area for the last few weeks, and have received an offer from Busan Global Village. 

Is it legal for universities here to record lectures without the teachers’ permission, and to not even tell them that they have installed a camera which is switched on?

September 27, 2017

At which Year did you Officially BURN OUT? For me it was cool, even doable for the first 5 years. Then year 6 hit me like a ton of bricks.  

Is it possible to get hired teaching English in Korea without previous job or teaching experience?

What are the best restaurants to try when visiting Daegu, South Korea? What should you try while you’re there?

SK Telecom Prepaid data sim card- Has anyone bought SK Telecom’s prepaid sim card at the counter at Incheon airport?

E2 visa holders earning money off Facebook and youtube

Can I make a cafe in south korea as a foreigner ? so I want to go to college at Yonsei and when i’m done with college could i run a cafe.would they allow it? 

Is it possible to get hired teaching English in Korea without previous job or teaching experience?

I have made an improvement list for my hagwon. I feel after working at 2 hagwons before my current one, as well as 3 schools 

Passport photos – t says 31mm-36mm for the face height, would this include the top of the head.(above the hair line to to top of head?

September 26, 2017

Korean Air pilots gave official notice that they intend to start a one-week strike on Oct. 1, during this year’s unusually long Chuseok holiday…

Advice for getting a job in Korea as a black woman? I’m here to get any sort of advice I can about getting a job in Korea as a black person. I’m not black myself but…

Hi Everyone, I would like to find out which is better. Korean Pay as you go sim card to be online all the time or just buy a wifi device for my phone. 

I’m about to make money from freelance work I did while not on my E2 visa

Taxi from Busan KTX Station – Where should I get a cab from the station? Is there a clearly marked taxi stand and does anyone know what is…

Is there an English church in the Changwon area?

Why do Korean guys only Date Korean girls ? Can someone explain this? What’s the truth?

After finishing my contract and leaving the country, how do I apply for pension? How do I know if my employer paid into it?

Discussions about legal issues regarding visas

Which city is the best to live in South Korea?

Where is the Korean Visa types information manual online?

Can hagwons change national holidays?

Just curious, what’s the rental price (jeonse or wolse) of an apartment around 23 pyeong in Cheongna? Thinking of moving there.

September 25, 2017

From the time you had all your papers needed for the E2 ready, how long did it take you to find a suitable job (hagwon)? 

What are some ways to minimize living costs in Jeonju, South Korea?

Are there any dog parks in Cheongna? If not, is there anywhere safe for off leash runs?

Hey guys. Does anyone know of any small computer repair shops in Ilsan that deal with Macs? 

Has anyone tried HESS International Education Group?

Hi. Will the Jinhae Lotte mart be open today?

I need an English dentist in Cheongna!!! Can anyone help with a location or phone number…. please!

What is it like to live in Gwangju?

Pension Refund and checking your balance

Public transport & taxi on Jeju – Hello! I’d like to know if it is expensive to travel around Jeju using buses and taxi and if it is realistic…

How do the general public of South Korea feel about tattoos? I know that they’re a pretty conservative country and their whole view on body modification is pretty negative unless it’s plastic surgery.

Has anyone ordered off Amazon while living in Korea? What is this Customs Id number they require? Is the number required for all items bought through Amazon? 

September 24, 2017

Worth teaching in Korea now, on verge of nuclear war?

Seoul Metro is considering operating its subway line No. 2 around the clock…

Obtaining Korean Citizenship

How do you meet foreign friends? Aside from language exchange, are there any other ways to meet new foreign friends in Korea?  Maybe phone apps?

Need advice for diplomatic talk with boss 

Are there any escape plans in place for foreigners living in South Korea? I’m a British Citizen studying at a private university situated near a US Military base in a rural area away from the major cities…

How should the U.S deal with the N. Korea situation?

I’ll be moving back home in April of 2018, but I need to start shipping things back home, as I’ve accumulated a bit of stuff in the past 4 years.

New E-2 Guidelines?

What is it like to live in GangnamSeoul?

Check out Toi Toi, located on the main strip in Itaewon, near McD’s. By far the best Vietnamese I’ve tried in Itaewon…

Should I add Jeju to my Korea trip? Here’s what we like..

Tuition fees at Korea’s state-run universities are the sixth most expensive in the OECD and at private universities the fourth most expensive even though few feature prominently in global rankings.

September 23, 2017

Epik teachers forbidden from owning pets. 

Basic Pension, Health, Holidays and Taxes in Korea 

A question for those that pay into the “Private Teachers’ Pesnion / tp.or.kr). I might be leaving Korea next year and hence am working out what I’m likely to receive.

What is it like to live in Gwangju?

EunHye Elementary School Slave contract BEWARE!

ESL job market in Korea 2017

Korail pass or no?

Getting a Masters in TESOL?

Some changes in the Korean marriage law have come down the pipe.

Has anyone taught before in MICA international school and can share their experience?

GUIDE: AUTHENTICATING A BACKGROUND CHECK FROM WITHIN KOREA

Has anyone taught at Busan Global Village?

Gyeonggi Elementary Teacher’s Dispute

Considering the recent closure of Spanish restaurants Mi Casa and Alma, lovers of authentic Spanish food should know that they need go no further than El Tapeo in the environs of Nakseongdae Station to get their fix. 

Am I in danger of losing my job? 

Koreans would you date an average white girl over a korean girl?

September 22, 2017

Is anyone considering going to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games. I would simply because it’s the Olympics. But it also seems like such a pain, and expensive too.

Just How Bad Do I Have It?

How do Canadians send money home? What is the cheapest way to send oh and my bank is Nonghyup.

I ate kimchi today

What advice would you give to someone who is moving to Changwon, South Korea?

Advice on Hagwon Branch

Are there clouds in korea?

Anyone currently in EPIK??

Just a question regarding North Korea

Questions about TEFL and EPIK

I am shocked! The Koreans have done it again and bought to Seoul another American favourite: Chipotle.

Which are the different suburbs of Busan, South Korea?

Yonsei University at Wonju?

The differences teaching English in Japan versus teaching in Korea

Neighborhoods of Seoul

Where is the wifi

mobile phone system

Hey folks I taught at univs in Korea for 15 years from 96-2014, well after a couple of years back in Austin trying to get a teaching job,

September 21, 2017

What kinds of questions should I ask current hagwon teachers? 

DYB – Daechi

Is it true that Busan has the prettiest people in Korea?

Hongdae nightlife solo female early 40’s

This video happened right outside of Sam Ryan’s in Itaewon last week…still crazies everywhere drunk…be careful ya’ll

Why do foreigners have so much trouble learning Korean?

Anyone used KIRS recruiting?

Recommended ATM in Seoul for Cirrus debit card

I read the contract review sticky, but….. 

‘Seoul’ = Worst weather of almost any country?!?

Has anyone else had issues using their Canadian debit cards on Plus Network machines lately?

Is health insurance provided or covered when teaching English in Korea? 

How much does it cost to go to korea for eyelid and nose surgery? (plastic surgery)?

Is anyone applying to TaLK for the Spring 2018 term? 

American Spousal Visa

How many apostilled degrees do I really need?

How This North Korean Crisis Is Different

Hi folks. Is anyone here able to recommend a beginner conversation textbook for adults? Something that someone can self study. 

September 20, 2017

Experience with a Hagwon called “The Lab, Language Institute?”

Has anyone else had issues using their Canadian debit cards on Plus Network machines lately?

Should South Korea evacuate the people of Seoul to move?

Hawgon making me interview my own replacement?

Express bus from Busan to Jeonju

Reporting Birth Abroad

EunHye Elementary School Slave contract BEWARE!

Is basic dental work a good option in Korea? I’ve been eyeing teeth whitening and a regular checkup nothing major…

Neighborhoods of Seoul

Contract review, thanks in advance!

Is anyone else obsessed with Kpop?

So what’s the fate of English education in Korea?

What advice would you give to someone who is moving to Daejeon, South Korea?

I am looking for a native Korean speaker to do a language exchange with in Daegu

What is the best Master’s program to study if you want to up your qualifications and work at a Korean university in the next 1-2 years?

September 19, 2017

What are some good apps here in Korea that are good at finding specific restaurants. 

the migration has started

What s the drinking age in South Korea?

F-4 Visa? Before applying for jobs or after?

How does one get Amazon orders into Korea? UPS i-parcel just emailed me this request to submit my PIN or register for one with the Korean customs.

What is Daegu like?

Expat Hell on lockdown?

Please share any tips, advice, or warnings for using taxis here. Think about newcomers to Korea.

Does EPIK include bedding, towels, etc. to new teachers?

Timing for catching the KTX train at Incheon Airport.

Is Seoul a nice place to live in?

What is it like working for Poly School Korea (Daegu)?

I was contacted by Moira Donovan from CBC Radio in Halifax. She would like to speak with a Canadian expat- ideally, someone from Nova Scotia – currently living in South Korea about their perspectives on escalating tensions in the region.

Busan Dentist

Korean Wife moving to Canada /Medical Care/Working/PR

I am applying to university jobs for the spring semester. Any info/advice on interviews and lesson demos would be greatly appreciated. 

It’s no secret that wages for NETs at hagwons and even public schools are hopelessly lost in the distant past.

Korea prepaid SIM card – YASSGO

I got my FBI check apostilled. Do I need to get it notarized? Even the FBI wouldn’t do it. Should I just get it notarized?

How do the general public of South Korea feel about tattoos?

Would it be stupid to try and apply for EPIK Spring 2018 right now?(Newbie)

Koreans and…obstructing doorways. 

South Korea for Chuseok

looking for recommendations for good elementary schools in Korea- Seoul preferably – need a job by the end of october

Can I get some input on a contract?

Remote island jobs

Health check include HIV test?

Does anyone know what the Chungdahm branch in Ilsan is like?

Can you apply for EPIK while also looking at Hagwons? 

How is life in Seoul, South Korea for foreigners?

Anyone has experience with Seoulesl recruiting agency?

How much money? (saving and budgeting) 

National Insurance Backpayments- switched D10 to E2 Visa

[Life in Korea]

Nintendo Switch in Korea

Banned from Waygook

First time travelling to South Korea, any tips please!!!!

What are the biggest bookstores in Seoul?

Does anyone happen to know how much of a prescription medication you can bring from Korea to Canada?

Avalon job offered, asked to sign contract before being given location? 

What exactly is a couple position?

Severance Pay Question – Any Tips? 

[Contract, and Job Related Issues]

Toxic workplace atmosphere 

University degree and CBC authentication process 

[Contract, and Job Related Issues]

What can be identified as Korean counter-culture? 

SIXT Car Rental in Jeju – Anyone used them?

Does my pay seem right? 

Thinking of returning after 6+ years–how has it changed?

[Contract, and Job Related Issues]

Re Entry into Korea Three Years Later

Ramifications of giving EPIK 30 day notice instead of 60 

E-spirit English Institute

KFC Canada speaking English only bad or good? 

Private Kindergarten Strike

The funniest thing you’ve said to your students that came out wrong… 

taking makgeolli in suitcase 

Update! AKA my horrible hagwon experience

For those that have left SK long time back, experiences and perceptions. 

Is this a good offer for a Uni?

How long from apartment to school? 

Searching for a hagwon job WHILE IN SEOUL with an F4 visa

Last Bus From Incheon Airport

Would I be an idiot to come to Korea at this time? Kinda freaking out about North Korea
September 17, 2017
So I’ve got a job and I’m going through the Visa process but with the current North Korea stuff…
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What should I know before moving to South Korea?
September 17, 2017
Okay so you want to move to SK? Sounds like a great idea! I hope you find new experiences exciting…
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Looking for an ESL conversation book…
September 15, 2017
I don’t know if anyone can help me. I am looking for an ESL conversation textbook. It’s quite popular in Korea…
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Info on DYB hagwon?
September 15, 2017
I am in the process of accepting a position with DYB and so far everything seems pretty legitimate. This being said…
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Hagwon kinder pay vs hours
September 5, 2017
I have two kinder offers in Seoul, one 2.1 for 9:30 hours a day, the other 2.4 for 10:30 hours a day? both are 30 teaching hours.
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Need help with Korea EPIK 2018 application?
September 4, 2017
For some reason I thought the application would be posted sometime in September so I did not check their website etc…
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Can my landlord show my apartment?
September 4, 2017
Hey all. I’m worried my landlord is going to have random people look at my room while at work even though I have another year on the contract…
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English Teacher Turns Entrepreneur in Korea (NEWS)
September 3, 2017

Mark Boesch, from the UK arrived in Korea in 2007.  He worked various jobs for Samsung and Hyundai and also contributed to a local English speaking radio station. Later he worked as an English professor at Myongji University in Seoul. Recently Mark and his two business partners from the US and UK signed a contract to nourish NBC broadcasting staff and athletes with sandwiches and salads while they’re in Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Mark’s company has five different food brands. Read More…..

Gyeonggi Elementary Teacher’s Dispute
September 3, 2017
Can any of you put me in touch with the teachers or a teacher involved in the Gyeonggi Elementary School dispute with Soo Yong Joo?
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Time runs out for Americans in North Korea as travel ban goes into effect (NEWS)
September 1, 2017
For the scores of Americans who live or work in North Korea, time is up. The Trump administration’s ban on travel…
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E2 visa related issue (advice required)

May 30, 2017
Hi everyone. I’m new here at the forums, and I am here to get some visa related advice. I will need to explain my story…
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Monday morning quarterback co-teacher
May 30, 2017
I have a co-teacher that wanted me to write a few questions from the chapters in the book. I tried to get her to tell me…
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Anyone try wifibaby pocket wifi in Seoul & Busan?
May 30, 2017
I come across this website in Singapore that offer pocket wifi at good price. Anyone try it before…
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Where are all these “better jobs” that everyone talks about?
May 30, 2017
I’ve been looking for jobs in Seoul and going through a ton of recruiters, looking on…
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Can any one help me to locate an english driving school in Daegu? Or school with manageable english?
May 30, 2017
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Can someone tell me how to dispose of a piece of furniture in Korea? I’ve seen furniture that has a sticker on it, but not sure where to get the sticker.
May 30, 2017
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Teaching ESL with a wife and kids
May 30, 2017
Hey guys, I taught in Korea from 2008 until 2011, I met my wife there, an American who, like me, taught there for almost 3 years.
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Finding public school positions from within Korea
May 30, 2017
Is this at all possible? I have lived and worked at hagwons in Korea for many years and would like to try working…
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How difficult was it to find a school that could provide housing for pets/ how hard was it to find housing that accepted pets?
May 30, 2017
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What exactly are the tests in the ‘medical test’ for working in South Korea?
May 29, 2017
Moving to SK soon and need to know about the ‘medical’ (drug) tests- what procedures
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There have been some major changes in the way the Seoul Office of Education views afterschool programs and E2 visas…
May 29, 2017
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What can the U.S. learn from South Korea’s hagwons, where teachers are rated, can make $4 million dollars per year, and can be easily fired?
May 29, 2017
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I currently have an F6 that will expire in March 2018 (have been on it for 3 years) and I’m going through a divorce...
May 29, 2017
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Where is the wifi in Korea?
May 29, 2017
I was wondering if it’s easy to get wifi on the go in Korea, or would it be more convenient to get a wifi router/ SIM card data…
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How can I report a change of address to immigration without going to the immigration office? Is that even possible?
May 29, 2017
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Thinking of returning to Korea after 6+ years–how has it changed?
May 29, 2017
Hi all; I taught ESL in SK from 2007 until 2011 and then left for Istanbul/Malaysia etc. In 2015 I returned to my…
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Does anyone have a good recommendation for a business English book?
May 29, 2017
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Advance booking of KTX train tickets Seoul to Busan?
May 29, 2017
We are travelling to Busan from Seoul on 10 Jan (Thursday). We should arrive Seoul station…
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I am planning a trip to Japan next week – I was wondering whether it is best to change my Won to Yen in Korea or in Japan?
May 28, 2017
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Caution about recent immigration crackdowns
May 28, 2017
There have been stories of teachers being deported/forced to leave their jobs here due to…
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Hey Gangneung peeps,what’s the best bus booking app? Preferably in English…
May 28, 2017
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What do you like and dislike about Korea?
May 28, 2017
I’ve lived in Korea for fair amount of time (15 years) and I will try to explain the aspects…
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I just moved to Ulsan 2 days ago. I want to buy a kettle, iron and some groceries. Can anyone please recommend a store here in Nam-gu?
May 28, 2017
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Princeton Review hagwon?
I have noticed TPR Korea recruiting heavily on this and other boards and I would have to recommend that people think very carefully…
May 28, 2017
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My husband and I will be travelling to Seoul, South Korea this fall for the first time, to visit our daughter who is teaching English for a year there.
May 28, 2017
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Driving a rental car on Jeju Island
May 28, 2017
I am considering renting a car to drive around including to and from Airport since we plan to stay at the Hyatt in Seogwipo…
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Can I please get some help and review on my wife’s contract. The school is Mapo Poly. The questions we have so far for the employer are…
May 28, 2017
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Hi, I’m looking at swapping my home vehicle license for a Korean License. Can anyone give me more information about the ‘Embassy certificate of license’.
May 28, 2017
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I know some of you guys have a trouble when you go to the hospital in Gangneung because of communication problems.
May 28, 2017
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Severance pay if hagwon closes
May 28, 2017
I’m working at a hagwon now, and I’m about to finish my first contract there. The owner and I have verbally…
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I have an F2 visa.  I wanted to ask everyone’s opinion on pension and insurance. The After School company I’m going to sign with has given me the option…
May 28, 2017
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Tattoo removal recommendations in Korea?
May 27, 2017
If you decide to get removal, can you fill me in about it? Like if it’s significantly cheaper here or the pain level…
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Should I teach in Korea or China?
Are teaching contracts (pay, hours, working conditions) honoured equally/more often in China than Korea?
May 27, 2017
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Foreign teacher in Korea accused of illegal wage skimming
May 27, 2017
Seems like a private elementary. Not surprised that they’d screw teachers…
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Korea driving gps/map in english app
I will driving car in south korea. need ” english ” gps/map app. Google map only for public transport. i need the map can driving own car…
May 27, 2017
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Does anyone know if there is a specific envelope for mailing passports?
May 27, 2017
We just bought a normal envelope and then asked for registered mail…
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If we mailed in our taxes for this year, how fast are we supposed to get a return/when will they be filed into the system? I’m trying to do my…
May 27, 2017
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Friend failed drug test
May 27, 2017
My friend recently came to Korea and then failed his drug test (THC). He can get a retest next week…
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Hi guys I got a tax bill from 2012 (yes 2012…). It seems the company I worked for never paid the taxes that they’d taken from my wage…
May 27, 2017
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Mailing documents to South Korea from California inquiry. My family in California is trying to mail my apostilled/notarized copy of my diploma to South Korea…
May 27, 2017
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Has anyone here left Korea and collected your pension at the airport?
May 27, 2017
What I want to know is the NPS office in the airport (where you do the withdrawal) in the main area…
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Failed Medical Check?
May 27, 2017
Just finished my medical check up at the hospital but I failed my urine test because I had higher levels of occult blood…
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 I need to get a crc and vulnerable sector check done for Korea. However once again the rules have changed and a vsc…
May 27, 2017
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I am a U.S. citizen living in Korea for over 4 yrs. I have made no money in the states through this time and haven’t filed US taxes since…
May 26, 2017
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Moon Jae-In to Shut Down English Teachers?
May 26, 2017
There have been a lot of rumors and whispers about Moon Jae-In’s administration being against keeping the foreign English…
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At 41 should I really leave my job and teach in South Korea?
May 26, 2017
Im a bit tired of New York. I have always tried to live in Europe and teach but never been accepted even though…
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Gift/Food into Korea
May 26, 2017
Would to ask if we are allow to bring in vacuum packed bak kwa (pork jerky) into Korea? Will like to gift it to my friend…
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Caution about recent immigration crackdowns
May 26, 2017
There have been stories of teachers being deported/forced to leave their jobs here due to crackdowns…
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Any recommendations for an OTC cough syrup that one can find easily in any pharmacy? (Please no “recommendations” for going to a US military base).
May 26, 2017
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Are all recruiting agencies basically the same?
May 26, 2017
I am an ESL noob who is looking for my first hagwon job. Through the job posting page in this website
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Is being born in an English speaking country always required to teach English in Korea?
May 25, 2017
You don’t have to be “born” in an English speaking nation, but you…
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How picky is too picky?
May 25, 2017
My wish list is a position in Busan, and any age group as long as it’s not kindy. I’ve got a CELTA and 4 years of experience…
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Anyone know a good dentist that speaks a little English and is open on Saturdays in Bucheon?
May 25, 2017
I go to 밝은 치과 which is on the intersection beside Bucheon station and the dentist…
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I am now looking to work in Canada so I need a Korean national police background check, but no longer have my ARC card or number. 
May 25, 2017
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How to get a pre-paid SIM card in Seoul
Just thought I’d post online how to get a SIM card for your phone in Seoul. I’m staying for three months for travel…
May 25, 2017
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Teaching opportunities after breaking a contract
Late last year I pulled what many of you know as a midnight run. I was unhappy, desperate…
May 25, 2017
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Prescription glasses in Seoul…
May 24, 2017
I’ve read in travel blogs that it is cheaper to buy prescription glasses in Seoul, especially in…
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A comparison of schools and locations in Busan…Anyone have any opinions on the following (about the school or location)? I’m just reviewing…
May 24, 2017
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A word about visiting the Seoul Immigration office in Mok-Dong… You cannot get any papers, applications, done without first making an online reservation.
May 24, 2017
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Have any of you applied for TESL Canada certification while you were still in Korea? Can you tell me about the process?
May 24, 2017
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I’ve been having some minor back pain. I think it’s a combination of previous injury and sitting in a bad position . Can anyone recommend a doctor in Ulsan?
May 24, 2017
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HELP!!! Just Fired Without Notice
May 24, 2017
I was just fired without notice from my hagwon – they told me not to come back to work. I had previously given them notice…
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I am wondering about the foreign community in Ulsan. What are your thoughts? How supportive and strong is it?
May 24, 2017
One of the things I missed most about Ulsan when I left was…
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What are your methods of disciplining kids when they won’t behave? Am very curious about some of your strategies.. 
May 24, 2017
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Can anyone give me directions on how to get Costco Uijeongbu?
May 24, 2017
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Does anyone know of a climbing gym in Incheon? I’d be super interested in joining one especially if I had someone to climb with.
May 24, 2017
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Is Seoul ALL that great? I’ve lived in Korea for four years altogether, all of them spent in Daegu; I’m back in the UK right now and for better…
May 24, 2017
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Anyone know where I can find a De-humidifier and maybe some plants in Ulsan? Need to start freshing up my apartment. My noise is constantly blocked…
May 24, 2017
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Hi guys, I want to get a dog when I come back to Korea in the fall. Is it easy for expats to adopt or purchase one?
May 24, 2017
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English speaking hairdresser in Busan? Does anyone currently get their hair cut in a salon that has a fluent English speaker?
May 23, 2017
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Tattoo removal recommendation in Korea?
May 23, 2017
If you decide to get removal, can you fill me in about it? Like if it’s significantly cheaper here or the pain level…
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Korean Pension Contributions For UK Citizens
May 23, 2017
As I understand it, North Americans can get their Korean pensions contributions returned to them when they leave Korea,
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Does anyone know the best way to get an English teaching job in South Korea for 3 months or so? I have a CELTA qualification.
May 23, 2017
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Does anyone know a speedy dry cleaners around bucheon city hall?
May 23, 2017
There’s a dry cleaners in the same building as Ho Chicken… but I don’t know if it’s…
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Hello! I’ve been in Korea since August and am curious about the forms and documentation I need to file my taxes…
May 23, 2017
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Is there a way to rent a phone in korea? I have someone coming to visit and Ill be at work during the day so I thought it would be good if…
May 23, 2017
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Possible to teach in Korea without a degree?
May 23, 2017
Im a native english speaker but i know a little korean….are there any options for me?
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Is Busan a good place to teach English as an expat?
May 23, 2017
Yes I would say it is one of the top places to teach English. Busan is a clean, safe…
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Do I have more leverage by moving to Korea BEFORE finding work?
May 23, 2017
My girl friend and I are wanting to teach in Jeju city but most the jobs I’m finding are with recruiters
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Best institute for adult ESL?
May 23, 2017
I have an interview scheduled with Pagoda but after reading all the horror stories on here and other forums
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Anyone visited DMZ despite the recent tension?
May 23, 2017
I have made reservation for a DMZ tour next week, however, I like to check if anyone visited DMZ recently despite..
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I’m 35. Am I too old to teach in Korea?
May 23, 2017
I have 8 years of teaching experience in Korea, but I’m now back home in Canada. It’s so boring…
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Does anyone have experience with Worwick Franklin Institute?
May 23, 2017
I’ve got an interview tomorrow and the very few online reviews I’ve found are…
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Is anyone familiar with RBI Korea?
May 23, 2017
I came across RBI Korea but their site is pretty bare-bones while it’s apparently under construction…
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Just to confirm the documents needed for 2016 US tax filing for Expats.
May 23, 2017
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Teaching for the First time
May 23, 2017
You guys probably get this a lot, but I just finished up my bachelor’s degree and I’m planning…
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Have any teachers used Korea Horizons as the recruiter for the EPIK program?
May 22, 2017
Alistair of Korean Horizons will take care of you. Korean Horizons helped me throughout the application process, from the start to the end…
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I’ve found that there is DHL post service in Ulsan KTX station , has anyone tried it ? And could you please share what is the approximate pricing for that…
May 22, 2017
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Anybody worked at GNB Korea hagwon?
May 22, 2017
I’ve been offered a job at GnB academy in Beomeo. Does anyone have any info on the academy?
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Has anyone recently renewed their F6? Just wondering what documents I need to take. I know I could call immigration, but there is always a long wait…
May 22, 2017
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Should I rent a sim or rent a wifi egg for 8 days in Korea?
May 22, 2017
I’m going to Korea this July. I need to access the internet since I’m gonna rely mostly on google maps…
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EPIK Background Check Question
May 18, 2017
So I’ve been preparing all of my documents for EPIK, and I recently submitted my fingerprints to Accurate….
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Any good parcel forwarding services in Korea?
May 22, 2017
I recently heard about parcel forwarding services being a good way to save on international shipping fees, and/or website orders that don’t…
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For those in Bucheon with pets, do you know of a trustworthy vet that speaks at least some English? The vet I’m bringing my dog to now seems…
May 22, 2017
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Switch to a D-10 Visa or just get a new E2 Visa??
May 18, 2017
Okay, I’m in a bit of a sticky situation now. I finished my last contract on May 7, on that…
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Can you use a TEFL job in Korea as a starting point for a brand new career? I graduated last year with an Electrical Engineering degree, the job hunt…
May 18, 2017
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Can one please suggest an Eye specialist in Ulsan around Samsan-dong? I am facing severe dryness in my eyes.
May 22, 2017
Here is a reputable Eye clinic in Samsan-dong. 201 Samsan-ro…
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Do I need to know Korean to teach English in Korea?
May 18, 2017
Definitely not. In fact, I’d say it’s actually a disadvantage in a lot of ways. Surprising? It was to me at first. Here’s why…
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How to collect pension at airport and return the next day…. This is mainly for people who plan to stay in KOREA but need/want their cash!
May 18, 2017
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Hello! I’ve been in Korea since August and am curious about the forms and documentation I need to file my taxes. I worked as a teacher last year and started off in Busan, then came to Seoul in February…
May 18, 2017
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Any recommendations for an OTC cough syrup that one can find easily in any pharmacy? (Please no “recommendations” for going to a US military base).
May 18, 2017
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Does anyone know a good (and inexpensive?) translator /notary for immigration documents in Seoul?
May 18, 2017
Korean to English? Check the embassy website, maybe the Canadian and British embassy sites too…
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Getting from Incheon airport to Daegu
May 18, 2017
I’m flying into Seoul at 9:10pm on a Friday, and want to know the best way to get to Daegu. I hear that the bus is easier because the bus station is right there…
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I need to get a medical check within the city for my new job..
May 18, 2017
Can anyone recommend a cheap clinic or hospital in Bucheon, they have used within the last year?
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Do I need a winter jacket in Korea?
May 18, 2017
I will be travelling to Seoul in mid November. I wonder if the winter jacket sold at Uniqlo (Ultra Light Down) is good enough…
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Can anyone recommend the best hagwon for teaching adults?
May 18, 2017
Hey all! I have an interview scheduled with Pagoda but after reading all the horror stories on here and other forums I am a little disheartened…
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What’s it like living in Nowon?
May 18, 2017
Hi all, I have an interview with a school in Nowon, Seoul tomorrow. I had accepted a position in Gangnam but due to a schedule change this isn’t available…
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How to get from Busan to Incheon airport by KTX?
May 18, 2017
Hi guys, Is it possible to reserve a seat on a KTX train at a specific timing from busan to incheon airport in advance.
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Where is the pension office in Busan?
May 18, 2017
Kyungsung University Subway Station Exit 2. Maybe floor 7 or 8. Just look for the NPS sign. Simple and easy to apply for your refund…
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Hagwon won’t pay me for my first month.
May 18, 2017
I just need a bit of advice from those in the know and kind enough to provide it.  I hold a F6 visa and I recently started working for a school on August 29th 2016.
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What’s the ESL job market like in Korea in 2017?
May 17, 2017
What do you think about the current ESL job market in Korea for this year? I’m instead tutoring German to university kids since last December…
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Hungry students in Daegu?
May 17, 2017
Hi guys I have a problem. I’m teaching at a pretty good school doing kindie and after school. My kindie classes are fine but it’s my after school program that has a problem. It’s snacks.
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Getting a dog in Korea?
May 17, 2017
Hi guys, I want to get a dog when I come back to Korea in the fall. Is it easy for expats to adopt or purchase one? Not sure of the process since I’ve never owned a dog before…
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Buying cigars in Korea?
May 17, 2017
I am living in Daegu and I am wondering if anyone knows a place that sells cigars here in daegu or a company to order from who deliver to S.Korea.
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Planning to teach in Korea and bring my partner (who doesn’t teach). Possible?
May 17, 2017
I plan to teach English in South Korea this upcoming year, my boyfriend plans to go with me. I know that my housing is going to be paid for…
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Any reviews of SLP hagwon in Korea?
May 17, 2017
Nothing inherently wrong with the school. Understanding, fair, and generally nice to work with. The living situations are cramped…
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What’s Woosong University like?
May 17, 2017
Just wondering if anyone knows anything about Woosong University? My wife is thinking of applying to teach as a content teacher…
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Moving to Korea and have some questions about food intolerances…
May 17, 2017
I can’t have dairy or bread that contains yeast and I read something online recently about rice bread being available in Korea. Does anyone…
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Need a SIM card in Korea. Any suggestions?
May 17, 2017
Korea is so well connected. In my 3+ days here, I think I lost cell signal a grand total of half an hour, once. I was on the wrong side of a mountain…
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Is it dangerous to travel to South Korea these days?
May 17, 2017
I’m living in South Korea, and I can clearly say to you NOT NOW, I think you cannot come to Korea in Next month…
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Leaving uijeongbu. Two cats to give away…
May 17, 2017
Hey uijeongbu – my brother and his family are leaving at the end of July. They have two adorable cats they are hoping to find homes for.
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Is there any way I can work in Korea and use buprenorphine?
May 17, 2017
Buprenorphine is a maintenance drug to help people abstain from opiate drug abuse. It is a schedule III drug…
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Anybody taught at YBM Education Korea?
May 17, 2017
Boss was a liar and emotionally abused some of my predecessors. He yelled at every single one of the foreign teachers except me…
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How can I find online students to teach English?
May 17, 2017
Do you mean Skype? Do you find this work reliable and profitable as a professional regular income?
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Teaching English in Korea but suffer from seizures.. 
May 17, 2017
I’m thinking about teaching ESL in Korea but my main obstacle is my health…
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Can I still teach English in Korea even if I don’t have a BA degree? 
May 17, 2017
Hi, I’m 22 years old and am just tired of schooling…
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Teach English Online | $22 USD Per Hour

Having issues with my co-teacher who complained about my teaching methods… 
May 16, 2017
I teach at a middle school and receive no help from the co-teachers….
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Is Pagoda English institute a reputable hagwon in Korea? 
May 16, 2017
You make a bare minimum of 2.1-2.3k per month, you have disgusting hours…
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