Travel, Teach, Live in Korea
To impress your co-teachers and even co-workers is easy when you know what you're doing. Here are some ways of going about it that you can easily make a part of you so that attracting their kindness will be easy, especially when you need it if you get sick, need a break or you're just having a hard time, which in a continent on the other wide of the world is possible.
Say "hi" In The Morning: In Korean, a morning greeting is "An-yung-ha-se-yo". Everyone knows that. But do you say it in the morning accompanies with a nice bow? The deeper you bow, the more respect you give. Elderly men love that. In fact, you could tell an old man that his fart smells like sweet rose-bud perfume and he'll love you all the more. You can never be too respectful in Korea, especially to the elderly.
Say "hi" Korean Style: If you listen carefully, you'll notice that Koreans in fact say "An-yaw-se-o" and not the long version we're talk on every second website: "An-Yong-Ha-Se-Yo". If you say it the Korean way, it instantly positions you as a knowledgeable foreigner who knows how to greet someone. If you greet everyone like this ever morning and continue to do so all day long in the halls, you'll earn massive brownie points.
Offer to Help: I don't want to appear like a complete jerk, but you have to realize that there is not a lot you can do to help your co-workers or co-teachers. You don't speak Korean, you don't know the way and you probably can't lift a heavy box. But that doesn't mean you can't offer to help even though you know the answer is no. Be prepared that they say yes though!
Make An Effort To Speak Korean: Koreans love hearing you stumble over your limited Korean in an effort to come to their level (or whatever) and converse with them. They're also aware that you, in a foreign country have no obligation to preserve your dignity and you can afford to stumble over you words. Koreans on the other hand have their peers and surroundings to impress at all times. Switch to Korean instead of expecting them to make an effort to speak English. You'll see with time they'll respect you and say "hi" to you in English in the morning. What a tradeoff!
Do these three four things and without even putting in any effort you'll win the respect and kindness of your co-workers. They'll be less likely to argue with you and more willing to help you out with the personal project you're using school materials for. Try it out!
Daniel has been teaching since he was a kid and traveling for 5 years. He was accepted to teach in Korea in 2009 and he's been loving it since. Dan teachers Native English Teachers how to survive in Korea by cooking, giving and being loving at their schools. Join his free newsletter here: http://www.survivalinkorea.com.