Here are some helpful links for sites to check out to find out more about Korea, and teaching English there. Thanks to everyone who has suggested sites for this list!
South Africans in Korea
This is a growing group. When I came to Korea in early 2008, it only had 220 members. Now (early 2009) it has over 500 members, most of whom are living and working in Korea. A good place to ask questions to other South Africans already in Korea or to read information previously discussed on specific topics.
During 2008 some South Africans got together and started arranging events for other South Africans in Korea. They’ve already held a successful braai and dinner. They seem pretty keen to try and form a community of South Africans here, which I think is a great idea.
TEFL sites and Forums
The ultimate ESL site, here you can find better jobs than anywhere else. Check out the forums – there are questions and discussions on every topic you can dream of and even ESL resources available.
The wiki for teaching English in Korea. It has been recently made and is extremely helpful. It’s independent, so not part of a recruitment company, which makes it more reliable. You can also add to it. You shouldn’t come to Korea before checking out this site.
Good reviews of wines available in Korea. Good for those longing for the Cape winelands…
A spot of English
A publishing company that publishes a wonderful English magazine for Seoul every month, has a very good bookshop with every book you ever wanted about Korea in English, from poems to cooking. And they host events throughout the year, show movies etc. A really good site to keep you busy when you live in Korea.
An English book store in Seoul that delivers all over the country. Free shipping for anything over w25,000. The books here are cheaper than some Exclusive book stores I know in South Africa…
The official website with everything about Korea, especially travelling and sightseeing and everything else.
An independent travel website, about life in Korea.
A company that organises tours around Korea on weekends. They cater for foreigners living in Seoul, not tourists, and they are laid back, but well organised. You can always meet many foreigners on their trips and they are not overly expensive. A very good way to get to know Korea and make friends.
A travel agency to book your flights and they also offer tours for foreigners.
Latest exchange rates (with graphs)
Korean Education Departments
Korean Government Departments
The official government website for the country Korea. Everything you might need.
Korean National Tax Service (the site is not so user friendly, but click around and you’ll find what you are looking for)
Korean National Pension Service (Click on the link on the top for the English page)
South African Government Departments