Nelson Mandela once said, “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” This quote always resonates in my mind when I return home. Living abroad has changed our outlook on the world and on life itself. We’ve discovered that there’s an abundance of wisdom throughout the world, and our views and insights are not limited to the parameters of our birthplace. It’s always wonderful to see family and friends after being away for a year, but after a few weeks, I’m ready to return to our home in Korea. Going home this past January, I began to think about my place back home and if I really wanted to go back to how life used to be.
First, let me mention that applying for jobs in Korea will be extremely challenging if you have children. Many schools consider those with children to be ‘high risk.’ They are concerned about who will care for your children while you are working, and what will you do if your children happen to get sick.
I personally believe that those individuals who come here with their children tend to be more responsible because we have so much more to lose, and I think we tend to stay longer due to the fact that we have our family here.
Just because it is more difficult to get employed here doesn’t mean it isn’t possible. You will be rejected many times, but you must not let that discourage you. When we tried to come back our second year, it took us almost 8 months to get a job offer. If you really want it, you have to be persistent. Don't give up!
Time has been flying incredibly fast, and it’s already December! The season’s first snowfall has finally came upon us, and it brings the reminder that Christmas is right around the corner. We’ve spent many American holidays in Korea, and this is how we like to spend them here as a family.
1. Free Housing
If both parents in the household are teaching, you’re eligible for FREE family housing. This means that your employer will have to supply you with at least a two bedroom apartment. Nothing is better than FREE RENT!