Hey Travelers! In this article and video, we will hear about the amazing journey of Paige Miller, a black expat who lived in Asia. Paige, also known as Soulful Paige, is an English teacher who spent three years in South Korea as part of the EPIK (English Program in Korea) program. We will learn about her path, her teaching experience, and her unique perspective as a black expat in Asia.
Paige’s story begins with a desire to study abroad. Initially, her university did not offer a program for South Korea, but a twist of fate brought her the opportunity. Inspired by friends, Paige decided to pursue teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) certification. Her original destination dreams included Spain and Italy, but South Korea eventually won her heart due to the many benefits the program offered.
As Paige started on her TEFL certification journey, she was not fully committed to S. Korea at first. The TEFL certification opened doors to various countries, but it was South Korea that aligned most closely with her long-term goals. A recruiter named Alistair, working with “Korean Horizons,” assisted Paige in navigating the complex application process and securing her teaching position.
The application journey required an interview. Paige’s perseverance paid off as she received the exciting news of her acceptance into the EPIK program. However, there was a lengthy wait to secure a school placement.
Paige’s timeline from her application to her arrival in Seoul spanned approximately six months. This whirlwind journey involved visa arrangements, packing, and tying up loose ends. The excitement built up until she finally landed in Korea, where the true adventure awaited.
EPIK offered numerous benefits that drew Paige to South Korea. These benefits included rent-free housing, increased pay with each year of service, bonuses for teaching, and proximity to neighboring countries for affordable travel. Additionally, having a co-teacher provided invaluable support in the classroom.
Paige Miller’s journey to becoming a Black expat in South Korea is a testament to the possibilities that open up when one pursues their dreams with determination. Her story highlights the accessibility of opportunities like EPIK and TEFL certification for those seeking to teach abroad. South Korea’s blend of cultural richness, professional growth, and the chance to explore Asia made it an enticing destination for Paige and many aspiring expats.