Adventure Teaching

Adventure Teaching

About

We’re passionate about people living abroad! We genuinely believe it is one of the best things a person can do. Living abroad adds invaluable elements to our personal stories; it changes us and enlarges our world view; it teaches us in ways that nothing else will. All of us at Adventure Teaching (AT) have lived and taught abroad. We all used different recruiters, and a few of us landed amazing jobs with reliable employers while some of us had those nightmarish experiences that you read about online... so we started our own recruiting company!

From the beginning, AT has been the program that puts teachers first. You can count on us to be upfront and honest with you. We want our teachers to feel 100% prepared before they depart, rather than sugarcoat things in an effort to get them abroad.

Our goals in helping you get overseas include:
(1) getting to know you
(2) finding you a good fit and
(3) walking with you… the whole time you’re there!

Founded
2008
Headquarters

210-1089 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V6H 1E5
Canada

Reviews

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Daniel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

And nor should they be.

They do their jobs very well in terms of getting you well prepared to leave with a very well-laid out Visa process. They executed in helping me get here almost flawlessly. They can be a little delayed on getting back but that's understandable given the volume of things they have to deal with.

Getting a visa can have a lot of hiccups and they help you deal with them well.

They only thing I found less than necessary was going through the travel agency, who were not so responsive and didn't treat the last minute nature of getting a plane ticket after going through a big visa process urgently enough.

In terms of the school and Hakwon...well...that's another story. This, in my opinion is largely out of AT's specific control. There is A LOT that can make or break your experience. And just like with any job it all comes down to your "management" for lack of a better term.

In my case, I walked into an absolute circus. It was hands down the most stressful 2 weeks of starting a job in my life.

I could write at length as to why. In summery, I was the only native teacher here for 2 weeks and for the grand opening of a Hakwon literally the second I landed. None of this was AT's fault.

The training for the curriculum was also extremely rushed and confusing. Many of the teachers who came together agreed: there needed to have been more time getting settled here and for training.

Believe the rumors, Korea is an EXTREMELY last minute culture.

So all in all, AT did their jobs well.
Hakwons can be a crap shoot and for reasons that are cultural, or totally individual to that school and the people working there.
Public school contracts will always be better than Hakwons (in my and many peoples' opinions). The contracts for Hakwons are pretty intense in terms of "expected teaching hours".

Just know what you're getting into before you decide to do this.

That does't really have anything to do with AT in my opinion. It seems like they were pretty transparent about the whole thing minus a couple of details that may have been important. In my case the fact that my school was brand new, and that one of the original native teachers backed out (well...she didn't back out per se...that's a whole different story I won't get into) making me the only native teacher for the first week of opening and the first week of school which was easily the most stressful working condition I have ever endured.

So...

AT: 9/10
The Korean Side
Apartment: 9/10
Treatment: 9/10
The logistic of their Business: 6/10
Stress from grand opening: 4/10
Oddities I won't delve into: 5/10

Notes: You get sick? Suck it up. I got picked up before school, a shot in my a**, the quickest doctors appointment and pill prescription of my life and I was back in the classroom teaching ON TIME. There are not off days at my location, barring a SEVERE illness.

Also, AT didn't mention this and they need to. Air pollution. It's serious. Don't let anyone convince you it's not. The Korean staff my laugh it off. Utter stupidity to do so.
Get masks and purify your apartment air properly. Look for "Clean Air Ideas Korea" on Facebook for a smart expat community finding cheap ways to deal with this issue in South Korea.

Overall Average: Round up to 8

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Cod sperm and ovaries were the most interesting thing I ate by far.
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Andrew
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure Teaching helped me set up my second trip to Korea, after departing for personal matters a couple years prior. They made it smooth and easy with their easy-to-follow checklists, and answered any questions I had in terms of getting back to Korea to teach once again. The last couple weeks were a bit of a rush after a fair amount of radio silence, but because I was prepared to depart at the estimated time we had discussed, I made it from New York to Seoul without any serious personal or monetary conflicts.
I'm enjoying my new job here in Korea, and am happy with the neighborhood AT placed me in. I previously worked a bit outside of Seoul, and stressed during my application process that I wanted to be placed in a particular area I previously fell in love with. AT did their best to find me an opportunity near there, and sure enough, I'm enjoyed where I've settled in!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Have all paperwork and documents submitted when they ask it of you. Though they do a great job of outlining a timeline for you, there isn't a whole lot of wiggle room left for sending documents back and forth, aquiring info, etc. If they ask you to get on something, it's best you jump on it ASAP.
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Aaisha
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I applied with my partner and AT was accommodating in getting us placed together. We also go to choose the area we got placed in, which helped to prepare for the trip. We were told to expect a delay in communication between us, AT and the school we were going to be placed with, and as expected there were months of silence. Then a rush of two weeks before the flight to a new continent. We were sent many helpful emails about the culture, food, language right down to what to remember to pack. We were helped throughout the process of getting all our documents in order and sending them to the correct places. Adventure teaching is really helpful but you need to remember that this is YOUR adventure and YOU are in charge of getting your things in order on time etc. AT is a way to make your adventure run smoothly. It is definitely an adventure!

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Elizabeth
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My husband is in the Air Force and was stationed in South Korea. As soon as we found out it was unaccompanied, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I'm a certified teacher in the states, and this program was so helpful in finding me a placement as soon as possible. Not only did they help me find a school to teach in as fast as paper work can go, but they also were able to place me only 2 hours from my husbands Air Force base.

What would you improve about this program?
Expanding their teaching sites to areas closer to military bases. Contacting schools about applications (interested teachers) instead of waiting to hear back from the schools.
Juanita
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure Teaching really reached out and helped me with every step of the process.

They sent me an email the minute they received my application (took 1 day) and called on time for the scheduled interview. I applied to 3-4 different recruiters to get a variety of job opportunities, and told every recruiter that I wanted to work in/near Seoul. AT was the only one that was able to send job opportunities to me within the first week or two, and made sure it would be in/near Seoul. Another thing I really appreciated was that they were willing to work with me when other recruiters wouldn't due to being Asian - even though I was born and raised in North America. Supposedly some academies are picky about only hiring people with a "western" face.

Robyn was really on the ball with replying to all my emails within 24 hours, even the smallest questions. Occasionally I would call the office instead and they were always quick to answer the phone as well.

When the constant emails drop off for a little, she told me it would happen ahead of time so I wouldn't have to worry.

I was able to secure a job, fly to Korea, and start working within 3 months of applying to Adventure Teaching.

I highly recommend working with Adventure Teaching!

What would you improve about this program?
It might be helpful to post videos on the website to show future participants what a day in the life of an EFL teacher looks like.
Response from Adventure Teaching

Hello Juanita,

Thank you for your review, we are thrilled to hear that you are enjoying your teaching position Seoul. We really enjoyed working with you!

Thank you for your recommendation. We are currently working on creating more interactive ways to connect with teachers. We really like your recommendaton of creating a video to provide a day in the life experience of an ESL Teacher.

We hope you really enjoy oyour time in Korea!

Adventure Teaching Team

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Catherine Waple

Catherine Waple is an EFL Teacher currently living in South Korea. She is an enthusiastic new teacher who began her career this year. She loves teaching English and learning about other languages. She likes watching her students learn and master the difficult English language. She is enjoying her time in Korea and hopes to see more of Asia during her vacations. In addition to languages and travel she also enjoys gaming and holds a degree in Game Development from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
south korea, Studio Ghibli, seoul

Why did you decide to teach abroad through AdventureTeaching?

When I finished college, like many recent grads, I felt lost. I didn't know what to do next in my life. I couldn't get a job in my major and my loan payments were looming around the corner, and I was stuck at my parents’ house. So I fell back on my next interest: the Chinese language and travelling. I always wanted to see Asia, and what better time than now?

I searched online through job boards and found an ad from Adventure Teaching. I applied and was admitted. I got lots of help and directions on what to do next, like taking an online TEFL course and the visa application process.

Although I originally applied to teach in China because I have some experience with the Chinese language, Adventure Teaching informed me that I must be at least 25 and have at least two years of teaching experience, so they suggested I teach in South Korea, a country in which they have a lot of experience with placing teachers. So I kept an open mind and agreed, and here I am in Korea, happy as a clam!

What made this teach abroad experience unique and special?

The most special thing about this teaching abroad experience is that it is the next chapter in my life. It is the first thing I did, and am doing, after finishing school. It’s the first thing I really did with my adult life. I have everything I wished and hoped when I was just a few years younger. (Well, except a cat, but someday I will be able to have a cat!) When I look back at how far I've come from where I used to be, I feel really good about myself. I feel like I succeeded at something.

I never thought I’d be good working with kids. And I didn't know any Korean. I still don’t, but hopefully that will change! But I kept an open mind and tried anyway. And the kids love me and I really enjoy my job, my school, and my coworkers. The most important thing about this experience is that I get to pass on my love of learning languages to other kids, and hopefully inspire some of them. When I finished college I missed the comfort of the classroom, it’s really no surprise I ended up back in school, on the other side of the desk!

How has this experience impacted your future? (Personally, professionally, academically, etc.)

This experience basically begins my teaching career. As it’s the first job out of school I have, I can gain experience in this field, and begin a track record that future employers can see sets me apart from other applicants.

I can continue teaching or perhaps go into a related field. Employers really look at the number of years of job experience you already have, and this experience was a blessing for me because now I can start racking up years and begin my professional life.

I hope to never feel the pain of a fresh college student with little to no experience trying to apply for jobs again.

Now that I have the experience I do, my future career and job outlook seem brighter.

In the long run, this experience helped me grow a lot. I tried new things, did things I swore I’d never be able to do, and learned as much as I taught. You never really do stop learning. I've gotten braver and am more focused on accomplishing my dreams in life, even if they take a while or seem scary to do.

I’m so glad to be able to sit here and say, “I've been to Asia” rather than the alternative, dreaming and never doing. But I’m not done here yet, there’s still a lot I want to do here! I’d like to stay in Korea for another while at least!

What is one piece of advice you would offer someone considering teaching abroad in South Korea?

My first piece of advice is that, if you've never made a major move before, moving is expensive! Especially if you are moving internationally! Moving is also a pain. Especially if you are moving internationally! Be prepared for the stresses of moving (even with only a few bags), a new country (The culture shock isn't quite as strong as I thought it would have been. However it may affect everyone differently.), a new job, new people, etc. Have more finances than you think you need because settling in will be more expensive than you think it is. It’s not really a fortune, just be prepared and have some extra money to help get you through those first few months.

My other piece of advice is that Korean cities aren't as different as internet searching might make it seem. Like any city, it’s pretty up to date. There’s tons of chain stores you’ll recognize (Well, at least if you’re American. I’m not an expert on other international chains, but I wouldn't be surprised if you see something familiar too!) There are only a couple small things like learning to control the water heat or the washing and drying machine or how to pay your bills (mine are super easy I just hand them to the front desk and they take the bills out of my paycheck). For me, setting up a phone and internet was WAY easier than trying to do the same thing in the States. So don’t sweat it, stay calm, take things one day at a time, and you’ll be fine! Oh, and it's possible, depending on how things work out, you may go the first month without internet in your apartment. I wasn't expecting that, so just a heads up! Thankfully I was able to use the internet at work on my smart phone. And of course my phone didn't work upon landing so you won't be able to make calls either until you get hooked up with a Korean phone!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Justin Woodside

Job Title
Visa Process Expert
Justin Woodside Portrait

What position do you hold at Adventure Teaching? What has been your career path so far?

I hold the position of Visa Process Expert at Adventure Teaching.

My career path has been nothing short of unconventional. I've spent a great deal of my career path coordinating non profit career development programs, creating and managing small business endeavors and even working as a fisherman in Bristol Bay Alaska. My career path has been a true adventure!

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where? What inspired you to go?

I taught abroad for over two and half years in Gwangju, South Korea. I was inspired and brave enough to expose myself to the Adventure of a lifetime! I have a strong heart for traveling and living abroad in an adventurous fashion with unknown factors. An old friend of mine connected me to AT and that was the beginning of a life changing experience!

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had told you before teaching abroad?

My one piece of advice I wish I would have been told before going abroad is to listen and embrace more. It's hard to do either of these too much! It's critical to listen, embrace and enjoy a new experience and culture abroad.

In your opinion, what's the most exciting part about working for Adventure Teaching?

The most exciting part about working for Adventure Teaching is that you can actually be a catalyst for teachers experiencing a whole new adventure while being at the forefront of life change in the lives of others!

Which teach abroad destination is most underrated? Most overrated?

I think the most underrated teaching abroad location worldwide would probably be Hungary. I would argue that Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities and riverfront in all of Europe.

Conversely, the most overrated teaching abroad destination I think would be probably somewhere in the U.A.E. There is a lot of opportunity and beautiful architecture but boy is it hot there!!

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