I am very happy to say that I consider most of the teachers we have helped to be personal friends. Since this process takes 4-8 weeks from the moment someone applies, there can be quite a few emails during this time. From the most basic questions when they start, to the thank you emails we receive after they land, this is by far the most rewarding job I can imagine all because of our teachers. Both Aggie and I LOVE reading our teachers blogs, or watching them connect to each other through the joys of Facebook.
The majority of our teachers are single, but we have a nice blend couples (more than most recruiting companies I suspect) since this is the situation my wife and I were in when we went to Korea. While most teachers are in their 20s, we have helped some teachers in their 50s and a few in their 60s!
The most common trait I am sure is that they are open-minded. They have the mind-set of wanting explore new countries, meet people from all over the world, and admittedly save a few pennies while theyre at it. Since they have all been new to Korea at one time, I believe they appreciate what new teachers are going through, and are readily willing to lend a helping hand.
With well over 200 teachers in Korea, in all major cities all over the country, I believe this network will help others feel comfortable from the moment they land. I always try and connect teachers to others in their school, or area, even before they get on a plane.
We have also hosted several Teacher parties, which is a great way to invite everyone together for a night out. There is currently an ongoing group in the city of Gwangju that is hosting a Monthly Foreigner/Korean Dinner, to help bring people together as well. Maybe you will want to start the same thing in your city when you land in Korea?
If you would like to be part of our team, we would be happy to help you in any way that we can.