Teaching in South Korea
Teaching English overseas is a great way to get to get to really know another culture and sometimes will even fund your future travels.
I taught English in South Korea for four months at the start of 1994 and was able to save enough money to keep me backpacking through Asia and the Middle East for the rest of the year and still come home with money. I taught all levels from young children to middle school and university students to businessmen (salarymen). I had no training in teaching English and if I was going to do it again I would definitely undertake some type of TEFL course as it would have made life so much easier.
People asked if I enjoyed teaching children or adult more, they were great for different reasons, with the children I could really see there English develop over the time I was there. I remember I girl who I taught Jayne who was around 6 or 7 really picked up English and the concepts really well. When I left she gave me a gift of 2 little statues in cane baskets.... I still have these in my house today and I often wonder where life has taken her. Teaching adults is also fun and I ended socialising with a number hiking in the mountains outside of Seoul, going out for dinner (& drinks), I even attended one students wedding.