Ask them every single question you have, it is better to ask and have the answers than to be filled with unnecessary anxieties. Please, when coming to Korea, do your research, both on the culture and customs, but also the weather. The weather in Korea goes quickly from one extreme to the other and you really do need appropriate clothing for a very, very hot and humid summer and an incredibly cold winter.
Every school is different here in Korea. But for me, I work Mon-Wed-Fri 1:30 pm-10 pm and Tue-Thur 1:30 pm-9 pm. I teach ages 7-16 English. I generally work from textbooks so I don't have to plan a full lesson, although honestly, I would prefer to do my own lessons.
I get a 50-minute break halfway through my day. My school does not provide lunches for me, although we do sometimes go out for meals and get deliveries together.
My biggest fear was just being able to survive here in Korea, like know where the supermarkets were, finding friends and getting around. But I've been very lucky in that Gongju has a small but wonderful ex-pat community who are so willing to help you and also have drinks with you after work.
Another fear, however, was how I'd be perceived here. I am a plus-sized girl with piercings and tattoos. Koreans are generally very slim and petite and they are all very uniformed in how they dress and present themselves; tattoos and fatness are things that have a bad stigma attached to them. Although I have had some comments and I do struggle to find clothes, my experience has overall been ok.
Here are some helpful tips for coming to Korea.
1. Please bring clothing for all weathers; the summers are horribly humid and hot, but the winters are freezing.
2. Set up a bank account ASAP; having a card makes life easier.
3. Daiso is a shop that will sell all the home things you will ever need and it's cheap.
4. Learn the language, even if it's just the basics.
5. Learn the culture and history of Korea; it's incredibly important when addressing people and going into buildings.
6. If you are plus-sized, bring your own clothes; you will struggle to buy clothes especially if you are over a UK size 14.
7. That also goes to shoes; if you are over a UK size 5, you will struggle buying shoes.
8. You might find it nice to have some food you're familiar with, so bring packets of herbs/spices, etc., as you'll struggle to find it, especially if you're in a smaller city.