I’ve recently obtained a TEFL certificate, and am considering South Korea as a place to find employment. I stumbled upon the advice section of this site. None of the negative things found in that section really surprised me; and as long as I can shove back, I figure I’ll be okay.
As far as my background is concerned, I have a master’s degree, and have worked in a fairly demanding field (12-to-18-hours-a-day demanding). Which leads into my first question: what kind of work should I seek? I tend to not like young children. Should I aim for high school or university work (provided I can even find either)? What are the pros and cons of either?
Additionally, I read a lot in the advice section about drinking and partying pretty much being the only things to do during one’s spare time. I don’t drink and abhor parties, so just how much dead time is there in this particular profession? Let’s say I were a "hobby novelist" (I’m not, but just for the sake of the example): with the time I’d not spend drinking or partying, how much of a standard novel would I be able to belt out during a standard contract period – provided a somewhat regular schedule was established for the writing process?
As far as the discrimination is concerned, how much of it is malicious? I can handle the cold shoulder or the stink eye or passive-aggressive actions. Until I see otherwise, I pretty much expect it. Do they go much farther beyond that? Just how bad can it get?
Thank you to anyone who takes the time to answer my questions. In the meantime, I plan to continue my research on that particular country..