My name is Rebecca Neri. I am an English teacher in Changwon, South Korea. I am currently at a private afterschool program where I teach children ages 6 to 16. I am originally from Trenton, Ontario, Canada.
I came into teaching in a roundabout way. It was something that always interested me but not one that I thought I could do. I went to university and studied Anthropology and Archaeology, things I am still incredibly passionate about. However, I graduated right when the recession hit and even in the best of times jobs are few and far between in my field. I was working at a call center to make ends meet, but they weren't and I knew I had to make a change in my life.
I came to Korea not knowing what to expect, except that it was away and I was making money. To my surprise I discovered that I really enjoyed teaching English. Once my first contract was up, I went home and took a CELTA course. Once I was finished, I was at a loss as to where to go next, so I decided to come back to Korea. I took over a friend's job in a different school. While I love it because the students, are for the most part, much more enthusiastic and talkative, I find it difficult sometimes to engage them. Korea is a very high tech country and my school is decidedly low-tech (I have a chalkboard and CD player) so they are used to powerpoint presentations, videos, etc.
I am very excited to meet other teachers from all over the world.