Teaching Abroad Opportunities

Submitted by Joe Bishop and Myung-Sook Koh | Published November 2, 2011

International Education in Sumy, Ukraine

Deadline: December 15, 2011

Dr. Joe Bishop will be leading a study abroad trip to Ukraine during winter break 2012. Undergraduate and graduate students will be able to select from a number of one-to-three credit options for registration. The nine day trip to Ukraine will introduce participants to Ukrainian culture and society in the Sumy region, east of Kyiv. Participants will stay in the homes of families who have children studying to be English teachers at the local university or children studying English in local high schools. Students will receive basic Russian and cultural lessons, participate in a number of cultural and historical excursions, and observe and assist with teaching in English classrooms at both the secondary and tertiary level. For more information, visit the Office of Study Abroad or download the Sumy, Ukraine flyer [PDF].

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)

Deadline: March 30, 2012

Do you want to explore other countries but don't want a complete break from your program and career? Here is the perfect opportunity for you! The Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program offers a paid teaching internship in South Korea that will enrich your teaching career and professional experiences while providing you international fun in a culturally and linguistically different setting.

For the TaLK Program, the Korean Ministry of Education (KME) recruits pre-service, native English speaking teachers who are junior or above status. So far, Eastern Michigan University has sent 51 students to Korea as part of the TaLK program. Each participant receives travel costs and housing benefits (from scholarships) adding up to more than $10,000. Currently, 16 TaLK scholars are teaching in Korea and a new group of 16 students are waiting to begin their journey in February 2012.

This is a great opportunity for EMU students, regardless of their majors. They will teach Korean elementary students in rural areas for three hours a day, five days per week for five-to-six months. They will receive one (1) month of orientation in Korea before beginning their teaching. Additionally, they will attend preparation classes led by professor Myung-Sook Koh in the Department of Special Education. For more information, contact Dr. Myung-Sook Koh by email at [email protected] or visit the Office of Study Abroad.