Nashila Premji – South Korea
My experience as an English teacher here in Korea has lived up to expectations and beyond. Everyone here has been extremely welcoming and friendly, especially being placed in a more rural environment I thought I would be isolated and struggle with the language barrier. However, this has not been the case and I have been able to pick up reading the Korean alphabet quite quickly and actually being in rural Korea has been a motivating factor to want to learn to speak the language more.
Having completed the 120 Hour Course with TEFL Graduate I have been able to put use what I have learnt in a more dynamic and practical way. The course was easy to navigate and the modules were clear, concise and straight forward, which made the course more enjoyable. I also enjoyed the fact that you could complete the course at your own pace and around your own schedule, making it flexible and the support team were quick to respond to any queries I had throughout the course.
Lastly, my experience with Korean Horizons from start to finish was highly useful. Alistair, in particular, was very helpful and supportive in resolving any issues I had and managed to successfully get me to Korea in time for the EPIK orientation, despite receiving my visa a day before I flew out! The process of applying for an EPIK position was lengthy and at times stressful, however Alistair was quick to respond to my emails, eased any concerns I had and helped me successfully prepare for my interview.
Also, the Korean Horizons Facebook group was useful and provided a sense of a community and support system for other foreign teachers to share their concerns and offer advice to anyone who needed it. It was also especially useful to receive expectations and various experiences from foreign teachers who had already taught in Korea.
Overall, I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking of becoming an English teacher abroad, as it’s an opportunity of a lifetime!