My Path of Least Resistance
Immersed in a new culture.
I started teaching English in Jinhae, South Korea December 2015. Completely by chance, I started teaching at two middle schools. Since the first day I have continued to level up. Partly due to the mindset I came here with, but also what the South Korean environment provided. It has been anything but a straight line up as you will read about, but trending up for sure.
Like most of my friends, I found myself in business classes in university.
Economics and Finance.
Follow the money.
Money and happiness are directly proportional; right?
I struggled to get through college not for a lack of aptitude; but for a lack of effort and interest.
I limped to the finish line.
Slothing my way to the next step;
a corporate position in the world of procurement. I wanted out on day #1 but stuck around for almost two years. Working in South Korea has taught me about my corporate position. It was not the job, but my relationship with the job that was the problem.
Enough about the past(at least for now.)
How did I end up in South Korea teaching English?
I did not have much of a plan when I quit my job in procurement. I moved across the country; from Rhode Island to San Diego. Perfect weather, surf, and vibes would be an instant cure for my perceived brokenness within.
It would be like magic!
The problems I had were still inside me.
While scanning for the next career move, I found a posting about teaching English. I spoke with Jessie Smith in December 2015 who works for International TEFL Academy. At the time I was still committed to finding the “next step” stateside. I forgot about teaching English and left San Diego after only two months.
I moved to Portland, Maine to live with my girlfriend, at the time. She still had so many things to teach me. I hope I taught her as much as she taught me but I don’t think that is possible.
After 5 months of working a few part time jobs, I reached out to International TEFL again. This time I signed up for the online course. This bought me 3 more months of hunting for the “next step” in Maine. I am currently writing this in Jinhae, South Korea so we know how that hunt turned out. Not so good but it was a blessing in disguise. This year has been the best grab bag of experiences.
- Comfort Zone expanding just by living daily life
- Most productive year of my life.
- More appreciation of the little things in life.
- FUN FUN FUN – Some weekends I experience something I have done since a child like playing basketball, while other times my hair is blown back by a brand new Korean journey.
- many many many many (there isn’t enough manys in the world) MORE
Do you have unanswered questions about:
Teaching English and/or South Korea?
Do you have ideas on how I can help you?