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Guide To Teaching English in Korea

Ok. So I’ve been getting lots of emails/requests to write a post on how to get a job teaching English in Korea. With the global recession and peoples yearning to travel, its a brilliant option and one YOU should seriously consider! Another great option is to head to China, where there are also lots of well paid teaching jobs.

Teaching English in Korea

Step 1: Looking for a job

There are LOADS of jobs out there and LOADS of places to search for one. The best places, in my opinion are:

1. By far the best site to search for a teaching job, be it in Korea or elsewhere in the world. I have actually landed a job in Ireland from this site plus got offered a job in China and Australia which I sadly had to turn down due to other commitments. It lists hundreds of jobs, is really well laid out and is easy to use. Sign up NOW!

2. Daves ESL Cafe. The Bible for future and current Esl/Tefl teachers. Daves ESL cafe is an awesome resource for looking for a teaching job. It also has great forums which will answer ANY and EVERY question you could possibly want answered related to teaching or living in Korea.

3. Tiger English This is an Irish company and great for fellow Irish people looking to move to Korea. They are a recruitment company and processed everything for me, including finding me a job, organizing my Visa, booking my flights etc. I would have been lost without these guys.

Step 2: Choosing a job

That’s right. You will probably get LOTS of job offers and have to decide which one to take. Factors to consider are;

1.Pay. You should be offered at least 2 million won/month. In fact you should be looking at 2.2 million won + a month.

2. Holidays. Ask about your holidays. If you are lucky you will get all public holidays plus a week in winter and a week in summer. If you work for a Hagwon (private school) probably less and if you opt for a public school probably more.

3.Free Flights. Nearly ALL schools should pay for your return flights. If you are lucky they will pay for them in advance. Otherwise you pay and they pay you back after 3 months or so.

4. Accomodation. Make sure your school pays for your accomodation. Most schools do so should not be a problem. But also ask if it is furnished as this can set you back a lot of money on arrival if it’s not. Also make sure its not it the middle of nowhere. The nearer to a subway station or bus stop the better!

5. Public Vs Private. It’s your choice. Public means more holidays but often less pay. Public means classes of 30+ students as opposed to 5-10 in a Private school. Private you teach alone, public you may have a co-worker. Public means LOTS of co-workers, private not so much. Also students in private schools have a higher level of English so it can be easier to communicate. Public schools often give you a laptop, private schools often don’t. It all depends so do your research before you choose which is better for you.

Step 3: Preparing your Documents

This is probably the most difficult and time consuming aspect of the whole process. You will need;

-Your original degree.

-University transcripts in a sealed envelope.

-A criminal record check with Apostille stamp from government of your country.

-Full medical check up.

You will need to go to Korean Embassy to appy for Visa and for an interview which is easy enough.

Right, so it looks like you are ready to go. Now all you need do is read THIS post on how to make friends in Korea, read THIS post on how to learn/speak Korean and you’re all set!!

Anya Khomutnyk

Sunday 15th of January 2017

Hi Janet,

Can you please recommend any websites where I could look up some TEFL internships? I got my certificate a few weeks ago and would love to get some hands on experience before applying for a job. There are seem to be so many different companies offering the internships, but I don't feel very confident about a lot of them. I am interested in going to teach in Korea, but they want experienced teachers. I don't have any experience yet and am eager to go through internship first.

Look forward to hearing from you, Anya

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Tuesday 16th of November 2010

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Monday 27th of September 2010

Glad you liked it. Janet


Monday 27th of September 2010

gonna send this to my mom

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