Articles written by Korvia as well as other contributors addressing topics related to teaching English in South Korea as well as others.

Survival Korean: Useful Phrases for New NETs

So, it’s finally happening. You’ve got your contract in hand, your plane ticket purchased, and you’ve been practicing your polite bow in the mirror for weeks. You’re all set to leave familiarity behind and embrace life as a teacher in Korea. Or almost, anyway. If I could give one piece of advice to new expats, [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|Editorials, Featured Articles, Guides, Living Guides|2 Comments

How to Teach English Camp in Korea Like a Pro

Just as your excitement grows for the end of teaching a semester, you’re thrown a curveball by the co-teacher. “You need to have a lesson plan for a two-week English camp by next week.” The anticipation dissipates. The clouds darken and that smile turns into confusion. English Camp? This was how I felt when I [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Editorials, Feat. Editorials, Guides, Living Guides|2 Comments

Why Korea Might Be the Best Place to Teach English

You just graduated from college and have student loans to pay off You want to experience something new while being financially responsible You want to start your teaching ESL career If any of the above describe you, teaching English in Korea might be a great option for you. Since the [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|Editorials, Featured Articles, News|0 Comments

My Story of Using a Tax Professional to Tackle My US Taxes from Korea

“Please provide tax records for the 3 most recent tax years.” My stomach curled. I’d been living in Korea for 4 years and had never filed any US tax returns. I poisoned myself with the idea that it would be easier (and better) if I filed all my missing returns once I returned home. If you read my [...]

By | February 23rd, 2016|Editorials, Featured Articles|0 Comments

Q&A: Essential Tips for Filing US Taxes from Korea

Every year in March, expat communities in Korea go ablaze with countless English teachers from the US seeking tax advice on how to file their taxes. Both good information and false information gets circulated and while a good number of teachers file their taxes correctly. However a good other portion does not, and another portion often does [...]

By | February 15th, 2016|Editorials, Featured Articles|0 Comments

Closing Thoughts: My Experience on Jeju Island

Thinking back to life when I was in my early twenties and stateside, I often find myself laughing at how much has changed since then. I regularly remind myself to be incredibly thankful for everything I have here on Jeju Island.   In the summer of 2012, I graduated from Winthrop University in South Carolina [...]

By | December 30th, 2015|Editorials, Featured Articles|0 Comments

The Top 5 Most Successful Korean Films of 2015

Simon McEnteggart from the Korean movie review site Hanguk Yeonghwa gives Korvia.com his list of the top 5 most successful Korean films of 2015. As 2015 draws to a close, so too does the Korean film industry stop to reflect on the biggest and most successful cinematic releases of the year. Commercially, [...]

By | December 28th, 2015|Editorials, Featured Articles|0 Comments

Pros and Cons of Teaching Kindergarten in South Korea

Most English teaching jobs in South Korea are at private kindergarten academies. For many new teachers, their first year of teaching will be at one of these academies. Teaching small children can be a daunting prospect for many first time teachers with no prior experience working with children. However, if you love children and have [...]

By | December 23rd, 2015|Editorials, Featured Articles|0 Comments

What English Teachers in Korea Want for Christmas

The following article was written by Korvia.com contributing writer Michael Smit and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Korvia Consulting or its partners. -- It turns out Santa Claus is real. Who knew? I ran into him at Starbucks in Gangnam. I asked Santa if I could take a selfie with him, but [...]

By | December 18th, 2015|Editorials, Featured Articles|3 Comments

K-ristmas Love: Holiday Couple Culture in Korea

Bundle up in your warmest coat, slip on some comfy gloves, blast Dean Martin’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” through your headphones and then take a stroll in Seoul. What will you see? Pure love. I’ve been shooting in Korea for a few years now and the Christmas season has always been the most enjoyable. Couples [...]

By | December 16th, 2015|Editorials, Featured Articles|1 Comment