Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul, South Korea

Citlali P.

Teach In South Korea Program South Korea
Hometown: Pico Rivera

Hello my name is Citlali Patino. I am from California in the United States. I have a B.A in Psychology and I have been working in the educational settings for about 5 years. This is my first time writing blog post, however it was because of a CIEE participant blog that inspired me to apply to teach aboard in South Korea. This is my first time traveling, teaching, and living aboard. I hope that my advice and insights can help inspire someone who might be thinking of trying this program out. 



CIEE: What's It Like Teaching English in South Korea?

By Citlali P.

I arrived in South Korea during the fall and landed in the second Semester. It was an awkward start to my teaching journey, but I recently started Semester 1 in my elementary school. Being an English teacher is restless. From lesson plans to desk warming, something always needs to be done. A lot of things have changed for me since my first Semester. I have gained insight into school life in South Korea, learned how to improve my lessons, and connected better with my co-teachers.

CIEE: Top trips to go when teaching aboard 

By Citlali P.

The best thing to look forward to when a long weekend or break comes up when teaching aboard is the opportunity to travel around, discover new places, and have fun. There are different types of trips to take when teaching aboard. You can take one for a weekend getaway, one for just a day, or one to another country.

Living in Yeosu (여 수)

By Citlali P.

If someone were to ask you to name one city located in South Korea, perhaps the first cities to cross your mind are " Seoul/서울" and " Busan/ 부산." These are the foreigner-friendly hotspots. They have excellent nightlife, shops, and fun activities to do. This was me before I was placed in the beautiful city of Yeosu (여 수) to begin my teaching abroad journey. As someone who started with limited knowledge of Korea, I didn't know what to expect from a city I never heard of. I want to introduce this underrated city I have called home for 6 months, which now holds a special place in my heart.

What’s Next: Steps After Accepting an EPIK Placement

By Citlali P.

Remember feeling nervous about your interview with EPIK and that nervousness you felt waiting on the results. Not to mention waiting weeks and weeks to see where your journey would start in South Korea. Now, you finally have your placement to begin your journey as a native English teacher in South Korea, but what now? Can you purchase your plane ticket to South Korea now? Sorry, not quite yet. Before looking up the cheapest flight, you must complete a few things.

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