According to a recent story from Radio Free Asia, English teachers, even American nationals, are needed in North Korea. Organizations including the Mennonite Central Committee (in the U.S. and Canada), the New Zealand-based NZ-DPRK Society, the British Council, Canada’s Trinity Western University, and Global Resource Services in the United States have all sent, or plan to send, English teachers to North Korea. Some positions are paid, others are voluntary.
Anyone wishing to head North may first want to read this account of a British editor and sometime English teacher’s year in Pyongyang. Though a bit dated (he was there from 1987-88) it is still a great read. And, at free, you can’t beat the price.
Keep in mind that if you go, 1.) you’ll forever win the pretentiousness game when it comes to North Korea (“Interesting opinion professor, but when I was living in the North, I actually learned that …”). 2.) You won’t be seeing much of the Internet (which many may consider a blessing). 3.) You should be able to get a book, or at least a decent series of blog postings, from the deal.
One reply on “Bored? Tired of the Internet? Try Teaching English in Pyongyang”
Hi, I’ve studied the last 12 months in becoming a qualified english teacher abroad. I hold my Advanced TESOL certificate and private tutoring certificate. I am very interested in teaching english in North Korea. If you have positions available let me know and I can forward my résumé and certificates via email. I look forward to hearing from you, thanks Matt