Gifts are good. Everybody likes them and they’re a great way to ingratiate yourself with the boss. Think distinctive local produce.
Aussies could bring chocolate covered macadamia nuts
A photo album or PowerPoint presentation consisting of family, friends and your local environment is a great way for students and co-workers to gain a deeper understanding of who you are and where you come from. Like everybody else on this screwy planet, Koreans can have some pretty strange ideas about foreign places and cultures. This is one way to open their eyes and let them see that the similarities aregreater than the differences.
If working with kids it’s a good idea to bring heaps of flashy stickers as rewards for good behavior and excellent work. These can usually be had for a few bucks at your local dollar store. Hold off on buying bigger purchases like board games or flashcards until you’ve had the opportunity to talk with someone on staff, as there’s no point duplicating what they’ve already got.
Little treats for you aren’t a bad idea either. A jar of Vegemite, a kilo bag of Reese’s Pieces or a duty free bottle of Baileys can help take the edge off a day spent fighting the evil forces of kindergarten. They also come in handy when trying to lure a love interest into your lair, though to be honest a spread made from brewer’s yeast probably has limited appeal compared to chocolate or alcohol.
With a few exceptions, this whole chapter boils down to three easy questions. Is this item essential? Will I use it? Can I buy it there? If you rigorously apply this line of reasoning to everything you’re thinking of bringing you should be able to pack two bags that won’t blow your luggage allowance.