“Enrich your life by teaching in the R.O.K.”
Destiny Nation: Korea is familiarity, stories, and information. Tom Gates spent 4½ years teaching English in South Korea and through it all shared his experiences on his website and YouTube channel by the same name, the Red Dragon Diaries. During his time in Korea, Tom received countless comments and questions about the experience of teaching and living abroad.
Teaching English in South Korea has become one of the very top choices for ESL teachers in recent years. Regardless of how many internet forums, videos, and blogs there are on the net, people still have questions and concerns. Packing up your life to travel to the other side of the globe is no small endeavor. It means different things to different people and the level of stress associated with it varies widely as well.
Tom has written over 300 blog posts and created just as many videos that were indicative of his life in the Republic of Korea. This included daily life, teaching tips, martial arts training, food, and travel. However, most people cannot wade through everything to find the answers they are seeking.
As it became an increasing challenge to answer everyone’s questions, he decided to put his knowledge and experience into this book. It’s part self-reflection, part job hunting resource, and part mental preparation for those wishing to teach English in South Korea, and even the curious window shopper considering the endeavor.