I haven’t publicised too much about my new plans as I didn’t want to jinx it before I actually knew it was happening… But now I know it’s happening I can broadcast it to the world! Ha.
I decided in the end that working as a teaching assistant in a local primary school wasn’t for me. I know I would have loved the job and working with the kids, but it was absolutely no pay and living at home has been a shock to the system to say the least, and so I just felt if that was what my life was going to be like for the next year or so (aka depressed with no money), I would be in a bad place, to put it bluntly!
SO. I started looking for other options. Other options being not in the UK, because clearly that would be far too normal for me.
My plan is to do my teacher training and actually become a qualified teacher and so I knew I still wanted a job doing something like that, but I didn’t want to live at home whilst I was saving, and I still wanted to earn reasonable money so I can actually save. Naturally, this is when South Korea popped into my head…and then just didn’t leave.
It’s been a pretty stressful couple of months trying to make a spontaneous plan come together, but I am pleased to announce that it finally has; I got a job offer last week, the ball started rolling straight away with sending documents and paperwork and visa stuff, and as soon as I get my visa back from the Korean Embassy, I FLY OUT NEXT WEEK.
What. the. deuce!
I’m going to be living in a city called Cheongju about two hours from Seoul. I’m going to be teaching at a Hagwon school (private school) from 9am to 8:30pm Monday to Friday and teaching kindergarten, elementary and middle school students (oh god I hope the teenagers don’t bully me hahaha!), and I’ll have my own single studio apartment which I have no idea what it will look like and I’ll probably be sleeping on my clothes until I find somewhere I can buy bedding! Excellent.
So it all fell into place :) While I was hoping and waiting for the job offers to come in I kept saying to myself if it’s meant to be it’s meant to be, if it doesn’t work out then it’s not, so I’m so glad it has as I really do think I’m doing the right thing for me right now.
I wasn’t planning on leaving the UK when I got back for a long time, but things change and you realise that you have changed too. How could you not after being away for such a long time.
I have loved being able to see my family and friends and know I could have never gone straight from India to teaching in South Korea, I needed this and needed to be at home. But now I’ve realised although this is a home, it doesn’t really feel like my home, and I’m going to try and figure out what I want and see where it takes me.
I’m super excited but actually a little bit nervous now as it’s all become real very very quickly, (and I literally get in late Saturday night and start work on Monday morning! No biggy!), but I thrive off the adventure and not having a bloody clue where I am or what I’m doing; starting from scratch creating a life in a country I’ve never been before, knowing absolutely no one there and not having a clue how to speak the language…
Oh bloody hell!