About Me

My name is Jennifer Baillargeon and after two years of teaching English in Seoul, South Korea, I have returned  to the US, and I am currently working as an ELL Coach in Hartford, CT. My true passion lies in teaching and the study of languages. The purpose of this blog is to help those who wish to take a risk and teach in South Korea. I hope you will find it informative. I still check periodically so feel free to ask any questions or leave comments. Here is the link to my current blog about teaching ESL: http://theeslteacher.edublogs.org/.


19 responses


    I’m very impressed with your blog. I hope to visit it often.

    I bet you are still “time-traveling” =)

    My Skype name is mariannemilano…no surprise there!!

    Talk SOON! love you, Marianne

  2. Hi Jenny
    What a wonderful discription of what you are doing, and where you are
    these days. Really enjoying being there with you through your daily
    life. so interesting.
    Sounds like things are going well. Enjoying the pictures, unbelievable,even though I am not there, that I feel like I am walking along with you. The apartment is so adorable. The school is impressive and the picture that opens up your mail of the city of Seoul. Thankyou for sharing all of your adventures with me. So different from Good Harbor Beach. 8/7-8/15-10
    Best of luck, looking forward to more letters, Joan. Janet, Alicia, Sariah and
    Matthew. Your Mom is very proud of you.

  3. Hi, Jen,

    My neighbor, Pat Sullivan, told me about teaching in Seoul and your blog. I am also interested in teaching English abroad and checked into it a few years back but was unable to pursure it at the time. I will be reading your blog with interest, sounds like you’re having the time of your life. Good luck and may this truly be a life changing adventure.

    • Hi! Thanks for your interest in my blog. If you are still considering teaching abroad let me know and I can give you some helpful information. I also know people who have taught abroad in other countries so I can give you their information as well. It’s a long application process, but now that I am here it is well worth it! I recommend going through a recruiting agency. Korvia is a recruiting agency that recruits English speakers to Korea. They are the most reputable and trustworthy. Visit http://www.korvia.com.

  4. Good Morning Jenny

    So nice to see another email from you. I thouroughly enjoy them.
    Fun on rainy days in the subway, cute picture of you and friends.
    You will be home before you know it. Time goes fast. Could hardly
    believe you have been there a month. Enjoy what you are doing,
    sounds like a great adventure. Keep writing….
    Love Joan Janet Sariah and Matthew.

  5. Hi Miss Baillargeon! This is St. Paul’s 6th grade class!!! We are glad to know you are having fun in South Korea. We also hope you are feeling better. We all wish you were our homeroom teacher this year. This year we had a Walk-a-thon for breast cancer. The school raised $3,000!! We know the whole middle school (and teachers) would love to see you again!!!

    – SPS 6 grade : ^ )

    ps- plz visit!!!

    • 6th graders and everyone at SPS,

      Your words put such a big smile on my face 🙂 I think about all of the teachers and students at Saint Paul’s everyday. The Walk-a-thon sounds amazing. Those are so much fun and it’s great that you raised money for a good cause. When I come home, Saint Paul’s will be one of the first places I visit. Please keep in touch. Even though I am far away I would still love to hear from you and technology has made that incredibly easy! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and God bless!

  6. Hi Jenny!

    You don’t know me, but after reading your blog for the past hour and a half, I feel like I know you! I don’t even remember what it was that I originally googled that led me to your blog. I’m a Canadian girl who is moving to Gangseo-gu, S.Korea in 2 months to start teaching! I’ve been looking up activities, pictures, maps and all kinds of info and I’m so happy to have found your blog! I now feel prepared for what I will experience in Korea, so thanks!! 🙂

    • Hi! Glad to hear that you’ll be coming to Korea. Most likely you will be more in the center of Gangseo-gu than I am. Mok-dong area is really nice. If by any chance you are closer to Gimpo Airport, that’s where I am (Bangwha Subway station) definitely contact me when you get here! Are you going to be teaching through SMOE or through a hagwon? Best of luck with everything!

      • I’m going to be working in a hagwon that’s run by a university. I’m not sure where I’m going to be living yet but apparently it’s right by the school…wherever that is! 🙂 I’d love to meet up regardless! Would you be willing to let me join you at one of your dance classes? I’m mostly a runner and yogi but I danced growing up and recently tried zumba (loved it!). Thanks for the luck and thanks again for such an awesome and informative Seoul blog 🙂 Have a happy weekend!

  7. Jenny,
    I posted a comment on your dance class blog, but I do have a question for you. How did you meet people??? I’ve been here for 2 months and I’ve been having a terrible time trying to meet new people! It’s hard to get out of the work bubble!

    • Trisha, I am teaching here through SMOE so all of the foreign teachers had to attend one week of training at Kyung Hee University. There were about 300 people at the orientation so I met most of my friends through there. I also have a group of Korean friends that I met from going out . There are many groups here formed by foreigners and Koreans so if you have any particular interests like dance or something you can definitely join a group. I find that since everyone is in the same boat here they are mostly open to meeting new people and making friends. Normally I am more of a shy person, but I have learned to be much more outgoing and forward here. Do you work at a hagwon or at a public school? If you ever want to meet up some time I would be happy to!

  8. Hi Miss Baillargeon! Happy Easter! We hope you are having a good time.

    From, Mr. and Mrs.Grant and the little dancer.

    P.S.We hope to see you soon!

    • Thank you! I hope you had a great Easter. You must be looking forward to summer vacation now! I will miss the long summer break this year. Keep in touch and I hope to see you soon too!
      God bless 🙂

  9. Hi Jenny,
    I just moved here to Seoul two weeks ago. I’m trying to find a gym with spin classes. When I googled for information your blog came up. Any chance you can tell me the name of your gym? Thanks.

    • The name of my gym is New York Total Fitness Center and it is located in Banghwa station (line 5). I’m not sure if they are a chain or not but I have heard that many of the major gyms have spinning class. Good luck finding a class!

  10. Hey, Your blog sounds so cool to me! Even I’m Korean and seems you really enjoy here.
    Are you still in Seoul ? Hope you have more fun then. 🙂

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