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Steve Miller lives in Dongtan, South Korea where he teaches English, Science, and History to elementary and middle school students. In his free time, he explores Korea and the globe, documenting his travels for his award-winning YouTube channel and the Korean government. His videos have been viewed over 1 million times and seen on CNNGo, featured on Korean television, and honored by The President’s Counsel on National Branding (Korea). The Korea Tourism Organization has featured many of his travel videos and blog posts. He currently maintains a rigorous broadcast schedule of three videos per week and posts blogs for Steve’s videos provide an entertaining and informative vehicle for those wanting to learn more about the amazing world in which we live.

For more up-to-date information and to message Steve, contact him via Twitter or his Facebook page.

Written by Steve Miller

May 17, 2008 at 5:45 am

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  1. Hi Steve,

    Since there is no other contact form on your blog, I figured I could use this one to send you a quick note.

    I thought I’d let you know that I like your podcasts, and even picked one of them (the one on dieting and new year’s resolutions) to use as the audio material for one of my English lessons I teach on

    If you are wondering what the website is all about, it is a free ESL service for Russian-speaking learners of English where I try to leverage what I have picked up throughout my ten years as a Canadian resident, combined with my web-programming skills, to build an online community of enthusiastic English learners.

    In case you want to see how your podcast was used, here is the lesson:

    While the content is mostly in Russian, I am sure you will figure out that the assignment was to listen to, comprehend and transcribe what was said in the podcast. I chose your video because I liked your voice and your manner of speaking.

    I hope you do not mind if I refer to your other podcasts in the future. Over time you may become quite popular in Russia :)

    Thanks for the great work, Steve, and I would love to hear back from you, as to whether you like this idea or not.

    Best regards,

    Ican Zamoranov

    Ivan Zamoranov

    April 24, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    • Glad to know you got some use out of it! Thanks for letting me see the


      April 24, 2009 at 4:47 pm

  2. Hi Steve!

    Thanks for the comments on my blog (, in case you don’t recognize me!)

    I’ve been paging through your blogs…we’ve definitely had some of the same experiences teaching in Korea. Since you seem like a traveler, and I’m always up for tourism :), was there anything in Korea that you really loved or wish you had seen?

    Hope to hear from you!



    May 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    • I really enjoyed my time in Korea and will be returning there June 1st (Dongtan, near Suwon). I really liked Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon. It was rich with History. The other place that really really impressed me was Changdeokgung (the palace with the Secret Garden). The tour gives you a nice over view, but as I recall, on Thursdays, you can roam the grounds without a guide. I really never made it outside of the Seoul area that much, since I was trying to hit as much as I could.

      I’m going to try and hit Busan and Jeju this year, as well as a flight over to Japan. I would recommend going to Everland and Lotteworld. In July, there’s the Mud Festival, which is a blast.

      Well, that’s a start of some of the more interesting things. Oh…. and Seosaemun Prison was really neat too.


      May 19, 2009 at 10:43 pm

  3. Darn, I missed you, I wanted to see if you wanted to have coffee when you were in Korea. I couldn’t figure out how to contact you (youtube is in Korean in Korea), but now I came across your blog. If you have any questions about this region, I might know, might not know. ^^

    Now, I’m finishing up a 27 page essay for my Korean history class titled, “Fall From Heaven, How the Collapse of the Sinocentric System Shapes the Destiny of Korea”. Of course it is a bit amateur, but I feel I am getting strong in this area, as I read multiple sources from books on Chinese, Korean, and Japanese history to be a bigger picture on the topic…

    Joaquín Menchaca

    June 9, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    • I’m still in Korea… Where are you located? I’m in the process of getting my ARC again, so no mobile yet.


      June 10, 2009 at 9:53 am

      • I am in Shinchon. You have facebook? I’m Joaquín Menchaca on there. Search for I’ll add you as friend, and my phone number is on there. Right now I am in final’s week.

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        June 16, 2009 at 7:20 pm

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  9. Hi, I stumbled on your blog after researching for more information about my homeland. After reading your blog I stumbled across (not sure if it was part of your’s or not) a blog about Korean Mt. Dew lol. My boyfriend’s dad is a Mt. Dew junkie and for his b-day in April we thought it would be really funny and cool if we could somehow give him some Korean Mt. Dew haha. I read on the blog that it’s even sweeter than American Mt. Dew so I’m sure it would be right up his alley. If you (or anyone reading this) would have any info as to how we can order this please let me know. I’ve been looking on the net all day now and can’t come up with anything :( My e-mail address is
    I appreciate you taking the time to read this and sorry if it sounds like a really weird thing to ask.


    March 16, 2010 at 2:22 am

    • I haven’t seen it… but it’s probably sweeter since it’s made with real sugar.


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  11. Hey I am thinking about going to teach in Korea and was wondering what schools are worth applying to.

    Mike Carroll

    March 27, 2010 at 1:19 am

    • Unfortunately I can’t answer that in a blanket statement. I would advocate doing research on all schools and branches at sites like Dave’s ESL Cafe to get feedback from numerous teachers.


      March 27, 2010 at 8:42 am

  12. I was wondering what schools you have taught at and what your thoughts on those schools were.


    March 29, 2010 at 7:21 am

    • I’ve worked for two school here and have seen contracts for many more. While I won’t name names, I will say that it really doesn’t matter that much. A well known chain can have a crap branch and an unknown mom & pop hagwon can be the cat’s meow. In my opinion, the best thing to do is research a specific school.


      March 29, 2010 at 7:25 am

  13. Hello, I’m Kim Jin-Hee and I am a script writer at Arirang TV.

    We are looking for someone to join us on our new program called and we would like to have you parcipate on our show!

    Our program features information on Korean culture and much much more seen through the eyes of foreign residents living in Korea.

    The program is 5 minutes long. It will be a great opportunity to create some fun memories of your life in Kores.

    My e-mail address is

    My phone number is 010-4546-7696. but I can’t speak english very well. Please leave your message. :-) I will be thrilled to hear from you.


    May 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    • Messages sent. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!


      May 19, 2010 at 7:31 am

  14. hello, my name is andrea laguna, I just found your bog and youtube videos about korea serching for korea information on internet
    the thing is, I am living in southamerica, asuncion paraguay, I do acctualy work in a radio station, but I always liked cultures and arts, as my hobbys
    I have friends in south korea and they told me about the beauty of the place,
    My only problem is that plane tickets to there from southamerica are very expensive around 2000 dollars or more , so I was wondering if you could help me giving me some information about some exchange or entity dedicated to cultural exchenge or similiar interest so I can go to korea and maybe work or made as a cultural work and get the plane ticket paid by doing so,,,Thats all I need, cause I will stay at my friends house over there
    any way
    I would appretiate any help you could give me,
    Just for the record, I do speak spanish and english
    thank you
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    May 20, 2010 at 11:51 pm

  15. hi steve

    i’m really enjoying your blog/vlog and i must say they’ve been both interesting and helpful. i’ve just been offered to teach in hwasung dongtan (i’m not sure which is county and which is town) but i was wondering if you could share some of your thoughts on what it’s like to live in dongtan.

    you mentioned in one of your entries that it lacks amenities, and i was wondering if amenities like theaters restaurants bars etc., were hard to access in dongtan. is dongtan a city of families or elders or college students… pros and cons of living in dongtan compared to seoul for instance..

    i’d really appreciate your help as to giving me some insight and help me make my decision on taking this job. my email is

    thank you!


    June 27, 2010 at 4:07 pm

  16. Hello Steve ! :’D
    reading and watching your experiences in the internet, makes me wanna take the same route and live in korea ^^
    do you know if there is a way to teach korean the german language? My parents are vietnameses, but i was born in Germany, do you know which graduation degrees I need?. Oh and how long are you staying in Korea? Are you going to live there forever? Isn’t it sometimes lonely there? (no parents and friends from the US?)
    anyway i wish you happy days ! ;’D


    July 4, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    • I’m not sure about the requirements for teaching languages other than English, but would assume they are the same as an E-2 Visa. Jo and I plan on staying in Korea for a long while. We enjoy it here and have a great time. As for it being lonely, I keep in contact with friends and family on a regular basis and make the trip back ever few years. It really isn’t any different than being on the opposite coast of the US.


      July 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

  17. thank you for the information, by the way how long have you been studying the korean language?
    Is it difficult for you to learn?


    July 6, 2010 at 1:10 am

    • I have been learning it for for over a year. By that I mean I’ve spent some time learning it, but not a real concerted effort. I find it quite easy when I put my mind to it!


      July 6, 2010 at 11:45 am

  18. You have my dream job – honest. Basically, I am from Canada and I want to teach in South Korea. However, I don’t know I am going to get accepted for I speak English with a French accent. By any chance, do you know if my English speaking will affect my chances of being selected? I am graduating from High School next year (peace out high school), and I am planning on majoring in English and education. I don’t know if my major would help me lose my accent ( I genuinely hope it does) ; however, my writing is pretty good, provided that I have been living in Canada for less than two years now, and went straight into regular English (not ESL).


    July 17, 2010 at 7:03 am

    • Dean, schools hire teachers from all over the world, not just North America. In fact, I’ve met teachers with very strong Aussie, New Zealand, and Irish accents. Just put your best foot forward in the interview and I’m sure you’ll do fine!


      July 18, 2010 at 9:23 am

  19. Have you anyn knowlege/ experience with the ability of one (American) to bring their dog with them when coming on a teaching Visa- Does the gov. allow it? Do the appartments?

    M. Rivera

    September 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

    • There are regulations in place that allow foreigners to bring their pets with them. Check with immigration and customs for the latest regulations. I know of one teach that brought her dog from San Francisco to Korea in 2009.


      September 23, 2010 at 10:56 pm

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