Stay Calm and Go to Korea!

This is an intriguing account of how six 18 years old (2014 matrics) decided on a different Gap Year.

Not the usual “Let’s go to Europe and see London, Paris, Amsterdam …on a budget”

And so, they stayed calm and went to South Korea.

Let’s see what they let themselves into. Korea is that hidden-away country wedged between Japan, North Korea and China. It’s the size of the Western Cape, crowded with 50 million always industrious, innovative and fiercely proud Koreans.

Welcoming the 1st student group at Seoul-Incheon International Airport are, from left: Admin Managers Oh Hye Jin and Prof Woo with students Montana Fenton, Prof Rob MacFie (Canadian), Tegan du Toit, Caitlin Charles, Heleen Sonnekus, Jo-Anne Dickason (all York High) and Gillian May (deputy head girl at Uniondale High).
Welcoming the 1st student group at Seoul-Incheon International Airport are, from left: Admin Managers Oh Hye Jin and Prof Woo with students Montana Fenton, Prof Rob MacFie (Canadian), Tegan du Toit, Caitlin Charles, Heleen Sonnekus, Jo-Anne Dickason (all York High) and Gillian May (deputy head girl at Uniondale High).

Leaving behind a hot South African summer in early January they landed in mid-winter and without further ado were engaged in teaching English at Geochang College’s [gc.ac.kr] Winter English Camp. Pressed by the eager-beaver Koreans wanting to improve their English the girls have established themselves as excellent teachers, are developing good teaching skills* with their charges and are seen as welcome ambassadors from South Africa. (*great for the CV or future university application).

The girls are staying in College residences, sharing space with other nationalities (Koreans, Chinese). They are extremely safe in a well-run country that has no power outages!

The purpose of the trip can be summarised: an opportunity to learn a new language, experience its fascinating culture, food and way of doing things. To pay for their Korean lessons they are invited to teach English to the little and not-so-little Koreans (ages 7 to 20) and get paid for this rewarding activity. And after all expenses saving money is possible for the prudent.

A Gap Year does not have to be a year; a flexible period of six to twelve months is acceptable at Geochang College.

The next group of South Africans is planned to arrive in Korea in July. You are invited to apply for one of only ten openings. Acceptance is through the College and its Skype brief interview.

Contact Alex 078 946 0906 or alex@studyteachkorea.co.za

www.studyteachkorea.co.za

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