Have you ever had the experience to teach Spanish abroad? or Just make friends to discover a culture?
Laa Global members have done. Here you can read a briefly experience that introduce to you why Korean people love it.
Korea is not noisy northern neighbor compare with an open culture to express even friendship, and it usually got my attention; first time when I visited South Korea in 2008 it was an impressed moment or pretty awesome experience because in Latin America for example we just open our heart and welcome to anyone, anything in any place. So, I had to learn little by little in order to understand why Korea has survived Japanese colonization, Soviet meddling, and some sixty four years of North Korean threats. Nowadays Korea has become the world’s 12th-largest trading nation, which mean a huge necessity to improve Korean and foreign cultures, but also business, communication manners, international relations, etc, with the exterior world.
As South Korea produces not only the LG TVs, Hyundai cars, Posco Steel Makers and Samsung phones that we use every day. Korea is also known by its fever of K-Pop where absolutely so many stars decided to take over the world with famous songs on YouTube videos, you might remember Gangnam Style, does not it? and some of their famous films which are receiving a global acclaim. However, there is a lot more to South Korea than technology and Gangnam Style, for example, my personal experience is the opportunity of teaching Spanish language; I visualized the potentially market to introduce the Latin America Culture, customs, etc. In the early stage of this teaching journey I used to get small groups who usually invite to study in coffee shops located everywhere in Korea, and basically those became my working places in the beginning; some time later moved into Spanish Academies located mostly in Seoul and Suwon cosmopolitan area from Gyeonggi-do. After having a considerable number of Koreans with a great domain of Spanish, I felt I was doing something social as well, then a Korean friend introduced me with the Seoul Global Center to start a business seminar and complete a full English course to graduate as a business entrepreneur, and promote my company businesses, some time later in conversation with a Russian friend, she recommended to me a museum and see how to teach more about cultural stuff, I did not know at that time it was going to be the place where I got the title “Famous Spanish Instructor” a great distinctions for working in one of the biggest cultural museums in Seoul”.
Koreans certainly wants to learn Spanish, even though English language force them to give a PLUS priority, however, it was not a matter at all, I just had to deal with that situation and create new and attractive strategies such as, low price, convenience, fun method, availability to study anywhere, anytime, and anyhow service, oh God, guess what? yeah, it worked ! I got pretty much acceptable reputation in some suburbs located in Seoul. Then, the time for me to move and decision to go further and experience a new strategy arrived. So, I opened “Online Teaching” to approach the language in other areas of Korea, it was amazing to receive daily contacts asking the way to teach and hire the service. I catch the entirely Korea just for me since there were more native speakers but none of them with the idea of doing business, they rather just want to “earn some money” but I did in behalf of opening something big and formal.
Spanish language is a great market in Korea if you know how to merchandise it and procure always to offer a creatively service. To be honest I have also the experience of drinking Soju, as you might know drinking is a way to modest and let the intention on the table of teaching or doing business or just sharing with friends to get more involve with Koreans, my case of drinking was to learn from them and offer Spanish while being hanging out, then the relationship become really tide.
What did I drink? I drank Soju, which is the best known liquor from Korea. The distilled, vodka-like, rice liquor with high potency and often flavored similarly is totally a new experience. It is smooth and clean in taste, which makes it easy to drink in combination with various Korean dishes. The main ingredient of soju is rice, almost always in combination with other ingredients such as wheat, barley, or sweet potatoes. Soju is clear-colored and typically varies in alcohol content from 10% to 25% proof. It was first known to have been distilled around 1300 A.D.
Remember, next time when you visit Korea for any reason you might need to understand culture, manners, and include in your plans “drinking for a good friendship and long term advocacy to success”.