Teach­ing in South Korea is hard work

Go! & Express - - IN KING - BRIAN McLEAN

Meet Tris­tan Hogge, a young former Dalian who, af­ter qual­i­fy­ing as a teacher at Rhodes Univer­sity in 2014, is now teach­ing in South Korea.

Tris­tan, whose par­ents are both ed­u­ca­tors, de­cided on South Korea af­ter fam­ily and friends had spo­ken highly of the country.

Based in the cap­i­tal Seoul, Tris­tan teaches English at an af­ter-school academy with an av­er­age of 11 pupils, both boys and girls, per class.

“It’s a long day as in the morn­ings I teach three- to seven-year-olds un­til 2.30pm, then af­ter a one-hour break, I teach eight to 14 year olds un­til 7.30pm,” he said.

He said the Kore­ans re­garded maths, English and Chi­nese calig­ra­phy as im­por­tant sub­jects.

Asked to de­scribe the be­hav­iour of the pupils he taught, Tris­tan, who has been in Korea for three years now, said: “They have a sense of en­ti­tle­ment as the kids all come from wealthy fam­i­lies but they are welld­is­ci­plined.

“Their cul­ture is one of com­plete po­lite­ness and is al­to­gether dif­fer­ent com­pared to Western cul­ture, so it took a while to get used to it.

“I have tried hard to fit into the Korean cul­ture and to learn more about their ways.

“So much so that I have joined a Korean gym­na­sium rather than a Western one and pre­fer to eat at Korean food out­lets.”

He said ac­cord­ing to his con­tract, he had to work four week­ends a year and was al­lo­cated just 10 days an­nual leave.

Asked about his fu­ture, Tris­tan said: “I would like to stay in Korea and teach for another 10 years at least.”

Pic­ture: Brian McLean

TEACH­ING ABROAD: Old Dalian Tris­tan Hogge, who has been teach­ing in South Korea for the past three years

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

50 YEARS STRONG: Gavin and Na­dine Davies (nee Bentz) were mar­ried in King Wil­liam’s Town in the Assem­bly of God Church by Noel Scheep­ers on Au­gust 31 1968. They have three beau­ti­ful daugh­ters: Char­lene, Adele and Ber­nice, and are blessed with five grand­chil­dren

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