Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Position in Daegu City, South Korea

Who's tentatively employed? THIS GUY

After a few good weeks of searching and sending my resume across the world, Wonnie found a great opportunity for me in Daegu City.

Daegu City skyline.
Located in the southern inland region of the peninsula, Daegu City (alternatively spelled Taegu) is one of the largest metropolitan cities in the country and is located relatively close to the cities of Ulsan (where Barbara from my course is teaching) and Pusan (where I know few UMass grads are also teaching).

I interviewed with the director of the school, Hee Yong Lee, via Skype (I've provided a link for those that don't have it/never heard of it - it's your key to video chatting anytime anywhere FOR FREE). I learned about 10 minutes before the interview that Mr. Lee had read this blog. Oh boy.

Naturally, I was less-than-comfortable at the thought of the impressions a potential employer could get from reading. To my pleasant surprise, he was very easygoing, assuring me that nothing here at keithteachesenglish.blogspot.com would prejudice me in consideration for the position. I was pleased to learn that he also has a penchant for the booze (he merely asked that I not drink too much on weekdays). He even threw in some jokes about my chops. Awesome.

I thought the interview went quite well, and I told Wonnie I was very interested. The next day, she got back to me with great news - my first job offer! She attached pictures of the school and the apartment that I would live in.

My contract does not begin until the beginning of December. Provided my visa is approved and they don't have second thoughts, from December 2009 to December 2010 I will be living, teaching, and rocking in Daegu City, South Korea. South Korea here we come!
Ah. Students hard at work. A welcome sight. Most of the students at the school are elementary English learners between the ages of 7 and 14.
The hallway.
The director with his adorable child.
The apartment.


  1. Whoa! I have a friend who just taught In Daegu last year! You should check out her blog, she has tons of pictures and stories and such. She actually just moved to the Czech Republic to teach in Kolín, hah.


    In any case, congrats on the job!

  2. to begin:
    a) that apt kills my apt. Well done.

    b) that child is the poor-mans, trailer living version of a Japanese child.

  3. Hi Keith,
    Well, you were right, the apt. somewhat resembles a little more than a closet, but in any case, it is still more real estate than your room in Duxbury!

    I suspect you won't have any issues with those extremely "industrious looking" students....on the other hand, they may look focus once they lay eyes on your handsome face :)

    I sent a gift from LLBean....let me know when you get it.