Presenting: Karla Aguilar Perez – World Traveler, Philosopher and English Teacher in Korea

15. Somehow you ended up back in Korea where you still are now. What is your life like there? Why is Korea so special to you?

I had started to apply to several schools in many parts of the world but yet something was calling me. I was debating between going to the Republic of Georgia and South Korea. I had two job offers and it was my call.  My heart chose South Korea, not only because I had had a great experience in the past but I believe there are some important lessons I need to learn.

I am having just a great time! It has been almost 5 months and time is just flying!  I did trust my instinct and I am glad I waited to choose the school I teach at.  I teach both Kindergarden and Elementary students.  I was offered a very nice package including a brand new apartment which is a plus that I discovered on the first day.  I am very close to Seoul, which makes it more exciting. My town is a little quiet but that is something I need right now. I can have the best of both worlds.

On my free time I am always looking for places to visit, in my area or around Seoul. There is just so much to see and do but so little time.

Korea is very special to me because I feel so alive, my senses are heightened and I feel like I am in the right place, at the right time and I know that everything is happening for my highest good. Whatever I learn or experience here, I will use it anywhere I go. Its helping me become stronger and be the best I possibly can.

Barcelona, Spain. Image by Karla Aguilar Perez.


16. What are your short and medium plans in Korea and beyond?

I plan to travel to different parts of the country when time permits. Some people just get away but they don’t truly appreciate what’s in their backyard. So I will go out and explore more because I know I will be pleasantly surprised! Like Mark Twain says: Explore, Dream, Discover!

Upon completion of my contract, in March 2012, I will go back home for a week or two then I will go volunteer as a teacher either in Central or South America. I have always had this dream & desire to do it, so chances are I will. I will also go back to Europe where I will spend a month or two travelling.

I will then concentrate on my Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and more 😉

Playa Blanca, Costa Rica. Image by Karla Aguilar Perez.


17. How has travel and living in foreign cultures changed your life?


It has certainly opened my eyes and has taught me so many important and unforgettable lessons. I have grown in every level, seen the world with new eyes and learned to appreciate even more who is in my life and their purpose. I am also grateful for every single experience as it has helped me become who I am today. Without these life experiences I would not be where I am today. Every foreign culture has its own gifts to share with the world, and I’ve been very fortunate to have been able to give and receive. I believe that everything happens when it must and I have learned to trust life. The universe orchestrates things on our behalf.  I am a student of life and it is incredibly good to me. For that I bow in gratitude.

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