Subin Choi is a Seoul Women's University graduate that lives and works in Seoul, South Korea. She is the head of our Korean management team in Korea where she works directly with Travel and Teach's schools in cities across Korea.
What is your favorite travel memory?
Busan!! I was very impressed with the harmony that exists between very modernized buildings, the ocean, and nature. The food was also so amazing, with such a huge variety of seafood and their unique 'Busan style' barbecue.
I also got lost a couple of times, but the local people were so friendly that every time I asked for help, they were more than willing to help me find my way.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Since I have been working with Travel and Teach, whenever I see foreigners in Korea, I have a different perspective of them where I want to help welcome them to my country and be as nice to them as much as I am able to. Before working with Travel and Teach, they seemed like strangers, but now I have a soft spot for them :)
Also, since we are dealing with teachers from many different countries, it made me very curious about these different places and I, therefore, spent time learning about their countries and cultures, which I find fascinating. I hope to visit these countries in the future.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
The stories I most enjoy hearing are where teachers, who knew little to nothing about Korea before they came to Korea, go home and then want to come right back because they fell in love with Korea and our culture. Hearing that that warms my heart as a Korean :)
It seems that most people who teach in Korea come home with amazing memories, so that is a part of my job that I find very rewarding.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I would choose the learning the Korean language program that we offer through Beeline Language, as I think the most important thing to do before coming to Korea is getting acquainted with the culture and the language. When our teachers do this, they always thrive in Korea. When they do not, life is just a bit more difficult - not impossible, but definitely harder on a day to day basis.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
What makes our company unique, in my opinion, is that we are very picky with the schools that we work with. If a school doesn’t meet our standards, we simply will not work with them, as we would never want one of our teachers to be unhappy at their workplace in Korea. This is something I was taught when I started working with Travel and Teach and this has not changed.
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
There is a Korean expression that says “Never lose sight of your original intentions’. The mission from the very start when our owner, Shane, created this company, was to make sure our teachers had the best experience possible in Korea. We have striven for almost 20 years now to maintain this as our number one goal.