December 9, 2012 § 1 Comment
Why on earth are you going to Asia?
This one’s relatively straightforward. South Korea, Japan, China, and other Asian countries want native English teachers so badly that they are willing to pay for your flight, your apartment, and your salary if you will just come and teach. Their requirements: a bachelor’s degree in anything. This is really such an insane opportunity. I don’t even think I grasped how good it was until one day I had an accidental office meeting with a representative for the Fulbright scholarship program at the school. (Long story. Wrong office. Good times were had by all). He was trying to get me to apply, because if I was somehow able to win this prestigious award– I could go to ANY country I wanted and teach. He gushed about how I would be able to live in that culture for the year and have all these great, enriching experiences, all while shaping peoples’ views of America and Americans.
Guys, this is like having a Fulbright scholarship just dropped on your head for no good reason. And I’ll be darned if I’m not going to run with it.
So… Why Korea?
(jokes, jokes). ( No, but seriously).
Well, Why not Korea?
This one is a tad less clear I guess. The main reason is just that Korea happened to be the country that got to me first. I stumbled on Korean media one day (a late night hulu escapade led to beginning a Kdrama that I honestly wouldn’t have gotten through if I didn’t have a weird need to finish movies once I start them). The culture differences were so intriguing to me that I just started researching and researching and getting more and more involved in this whole different world. Maybe it could have been Japan. It just wasn’t.