Fintan prepares to teach English in South Korea

Fintan Maher from Rathronan, Clonmel is preparing for the experience of a lifetime later this summer, when he departs for south east Asia to teach English in South Korea.

Fintan Maher from Rathronan, Clonmel is preparing for the experience of a lifetime later this summer, when he departs for south east Asia to teach English in South Korea.

The recent graduate of the University of Limerick is leaving Ireland for South Korea in late August or early September to teach English as a foreign language.

23 year-old Fintan learned about the opportunity of teaching abroad while attending a career fair at the University of Limerick.

“The chance to travel and experience different parts of the world is at your fingertips if you take on TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). I can’t wait to explore what Korea has to offer, like the massive mud festivals and Buddhist temples”, he says.

Since Fintan already had his degree in Music, Media and Performance Technology from the university, the only thing he was missing to start his adventure was his TEFL training certificate.

As he began to research his job options he used the English programme In Korea, or EPIK website. EPIK is a government-sponsored programme designed to advance the English-speaking abilities of Korean student and teachers.

Through the programme Fintan’s accommodation is provided and the cost of his flights will be reimbursed in his first month’s salary. His teaching contract lasts for 1 year, with a salary of €1200 per month, based on teaching 4 to 5 hours per day.

When asked what part of the TEFL course he enjoyed most, he replied “The most enjoyable part was the teaching practice, coming up with a lesson plan and carrying it out. Taking part in other people’s lessons was a great laugh too.”