The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in South Korea

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in South Korea

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in South Korea

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in South Korea

Finding a teaching job in Korea is becoming more popular with the current employment situations in the west, making it a more competitive market.  However, it is still generally quite easy if you have a certified degree from any university, your first language is English and your willing to do the necessary research.

Choosing the right job for you is a little more complex. It’s difficult to know if the school will check all the boxes.

Friendly Co-Teachers

Reliable Payments

Good Location

Decent Apartment

Decent Salary

The list goes on….And I’m sure just like me, you will have a million questions before you make any decisions.

Once you narrow your search, it really comes down to taking a leap of faith and going with your gut.  The worst that can happen is you get an awful school, you change your mind or you decide teaching English isn’t for you.  With anything in life, a U-turn is always within sight and you can just as easily pack your bags and head back home.

It’s as simple as that!

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in South Korea

Lets start with the basics for finding the perfect position….

 

Helpful sites to narrow the job search:

seoul.craigslist.co.kr

hiexpat.com

worknplay.co.kr

eslcafe.com

seoulesl.com

gone2korea.com

thinkoutsiderecruiting.com

epik.go.kr

gepik-tek.weebly.com

english.sen.go.kr


THE FACTS!

You have two choices when it comes to teaching English in Korea.  A Private School or a Public School.

1. A Hagwon학원

A Hagwon is what’s known as a private school or an academy in Korea.  If you secure a job in a hagwon the hours will vary greatly. Some jobs will be 9am-5pm while others may be 6pm-10pm or 7pm-11pm.  Do not be put off by this unusual finish time, especially if the location is Seoul (It’s the city that never sleeps).

The normal worker-bee expects to work a 9-5 pattern, home in time for dinner on the table.  Seoul is the city of lights and the city comes alive at night.  Embrace this new lifestyle!  Order coffee @11pm, eat ice cream @2am, drink Soju and sing until your hearts content in a noraebang 노래방(Korean singing room) until you stumble into the morning sun.  This is accepted…better still ..expected!

Most hagwons will offer:

A single furnished apartment (normally within walking distance of the school).

A one-way flight ticket from your home country.

A salary starting from 2.1million won (depending on experience).

Pick up from the airport.

1-2 days training (again depending on experience and school).

50% medical insurance.

A 1 year contract with a completion bonus of 1 months salary.

Paid public holidays.

2 weeks vacation (depending on the school).


2. Pubic Schools

There are three options when it comes to applying for a public school job in Korea.

SMOE (Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education) – (Jobs in Seoul)

GEPIK (Gyeonggi English Program in Korea)      – (Jobs surrounding Seoul)

EPIK (English program in Korea)                           – (Job in the rest of Korea)

In a public school job you will rarely work past 6pm.  But there are other pre-requisits of gaining such a position.

A teaching certificate is required. (various options include a TEFL certificate/ 120 hours of teaching)

You cannot choose your location within Seoul. You will find out after orientation.

You will teach from 3rd graders upward. (If its a kindergarten position you want, a hagwon is your best option)

You will have more students in you class (approx 30-40)

You will have a Korean co-teacher sit in on all your lessons (mostly for your assistance)

Most Public Schools will offer:

A single furnished apartment (normally within walking distance of the school).

A one-way flight ticket from your home country.

A salary starting from 1.8 million won + (depending on experience).

Pick up from the airport.

1-2 days training (again depending on experience and school).

50% medical insurance.

A 1 year contract with a completion bonus of 1 months salary.

Paid public holidays.

14-20 days vacation (depending on the school).

The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in South Korea

Lastly I will leave you with some top tips: 

Apply in January/June to be ready with documents in March/August.

Check the Korean Embassy website regularly for updates on required documents.

Ask for an email address of a co-teacher. Email for recommendations or questions you need answered.

Try to negotiate your salary (Ask and you shall be given).

Getting TEFL certified may increase your chance of a higher paid position.

Good Luck ~ Leave a comment below and let us know if you found this helpful 

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