Teach English in South Korea
If you are thinking about teaching English abroad we highly recommend South Korea as a destination. You can expect some of the best wages in the world and also lots of jobs available all year round to international staff in places like Seoul. Teaching in South Korea is a fantastic cultural experience which will be a life changing experience.
Teaching, Language & TEFL Jobs in Korea
Guide to Teaching in Korea
So you want to take a job teaching in Korea. You are ready to pack up all of your worldly possessions, say bon voyage to your friends and family and fly halfway around the world. Now what? But what is it really like teaching in Korea? What are your responsibilities? What are you expected to teach? Who is in charge? Are you going to be all alone in a room full of Korean kids? Browse our guide to find answers to these questions and more. We give you a heads up on what you should be teaching, how to deal with your Korean co-workers, and how to put together a lesson plan. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Top Reasons to Teach in Korea
- South Korea also has one of the largest job markets in the world
- High wages compared to other worldwide destinations
- Exciting new culture
- State of the art modern technology
- Friendly locals
- Children and adults are very respectful and keen to learn
- More teaching jobs available to apply for than in most teaching abroad destinations
- Facsinating places to see in your spare time
Best Places to Teach in South Korea
You can find most teaching jobs in places like:
You can apply for jobs on the internet on websites like ours or you can view job boards and seek assistance from a TEFL course provider. The cities are large and fascinating whilst you can find work in more rural areas which will be in more peaceful surroundings. Most of the jobs are located in the cities you can expect more private lessons with adults learners.
Teach English in Seoul
Seoul is a facsinating city and has been the capital of South Korea for over 50 years, the city is modern and appealing and its easy to see why so many people fly and teach here. This is the best place to get a TEFL job in Korea.
What to Expect
You might find yourself with free time during the day as a lot of people in South Korea learn English at nighttime academys called hagwans. You will be able to lead lessons helping locals improve their English written and conversational skills. The hours you work really depends on the job, some language schools will require you to work around thirty hours on a normal contract.
Salary for Teaching in Korea
How much you earn really depends how many lessons you are teaching and if these are at schools or leading private lessons. South Korean TEFL salarys are very good compared to other countries, expect around 1-2 million won around one thousand pound per month in schools. This is usually paid in cash at the end of the month whilst also tax is very low, around 3 - 6% so there are plently of opportunities to save money. On most jobs you will earn well over $1,000 per month and if you can find cheap accommodation you should be able to save a lot of money.
How to Apply
To qualify for a lot of jobs in South Korea you might need to pass English tests, some instutions only want the best quality instructors. Schools and language centres hire TEFL teachers in South Korea, usually it is military personal and potential English teachers who need tuition. A lot of kindergartens, government schools and universites also hire English teachers, you can also top up yout salary by giving lessons after schools hours in private language centres.
You can apply to teach in Korea all year round on our website, companies and language schools usually hire foreign throughout the year. A lot of companies hire with starting dates in January and February or if you are looking to teach in a university they usually hire around easter / summer time. By viewing our website, online job boards or applying locally you should be able to find esl employment, thousands of jobs are advertised every month and salaries can be high. If you would like more information about getting TEFL certified before arriving or in South Korea get in touch with us today and we will be happy to help, you can also apply to courses direct on our website.
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Korea Teaching Reviews & Experiences
If you have ever been to teach in South Korea and would like to add a review, write about your experience or share any recommendations please contact us,
Teaching in Seoul
"I began by teaching in a private English school in Daejeon (the fifth largest city in the country at the time!). It was here, one morning at a Dunkin Donuts while planning lessons, that I looked out the window and decided this was the career for me! During my 1 1/2 years with the company in Daejeon I learned what I couldn't learn in university. (There was no undergraduate program at my university for those interested in TESOL). I taught Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, and Pronunciation. (It's tired not Tared! - I know how I sound.) I even taught business English at companies and, for a brief few weeks, taught English (played games) to a toddler. I finally realized I was exhausted from the schedule, 6:30am - 11:00am and 4:30pm - 10:00pm every night, and decided to change jobs and move on up to Seoul!" - Joshua Stone, USA
What is it Like to Work as as an English Teacher in South Korea
Emma Lander decided to have a change in direction and is now living and teaching English in Seoul, South Korea. Read more information how she is finding the experience...
When I arrived home after a summer away I decided it was time to do it properly and I started to look for a long-term job; somewhere completely different, somewhere that would kick me right out of my comfort zone and into a whole new adventure. Now I live in Seoul, South Korea, and I have been here for just over two months.
I teach in a private school (called a Hagwon) and my hours are 2p.m until 9.30p.m. My students range from elementary to middle school level and I was taking my own classes within two days of starting the job. It’s a pretty sweet deal – you sign up for one year and you get free housing, free flights, severance pay (so you work 12 months but get paid for 13) and 50% of your medical insurance. I get paid over £1,000.00 a month ($1,500.00) and my bills come to around £20.00 ($30.00). I am in the fortunate position where I can save heaps of cash but still afford to have a great time whilst I’m here.
And the best thing? I’m in a new country, experiencing a new culture and I have no regrets. TEFL is, so far, the best thing that I have ever done. I plan to let TEFL take me around the world because visiting a country is one thing, but living it is something else! If you’re thinking of doing a TEFL course, don’t think just do - I promise you’ll never look back. When I secured my first teaching job back in 2011 I promised myself I’d never get stuck in the rat race again. This is a promise I do not intend to break and it’s thanks to TEFL that I can say that.
Why You Should Teach in Korea
Kenneth Quillinan provides an insight into the culture and shared his experiences of teaching in Korea.
‘’Korea? Seriously? Are you mad?? Why are you moving there??....’’ These were the four most popular reactions I received when I informed my family and friends of my decision to move here in December 2009. Obviously, I was not aware of what to expect when I landed, but with the economic situation in Ireland showing no signs of recovery I felt I had no choice. It was March 2010 when I finally set foot in a snow-filled Daegu; not the weather I expected to see, but at least it was not raining I suppose…
After researching for hours on end (YouTube videos being my main source for information) about what to expect and how to adapt to the Korean lifestyle, I believe I sidestepped the full wrath of the inevitable culture shock; an ‘issue’ that so many people seemed to be worried about. Clearly, there were a few customs/observations that left me perplexed initially, but I was well aware of the fact that I was a long way from home and I not only needed to accept but more importantly respect the culture that was part of my adopted country.
My initial plan was to come to Korea for one year, experience its culture and traditions, and then move onto another country. This plan was not set in stone and as the days passed and I became more settled, the realization began to dawn on me that maybe Korea is meant to be my home! As this continues to become more apparent, there is one question that crosses my mind on a regular basis, ‘’Why do so many people from different countries/cultures make a general assumption about each other?’’ To be perfectly honest, I used to be one of these people, who jumped on the bandwagon regarding this issue, as I lacked the knowledge to have my own personal opinion, like the majority of people lack when they jump to their ‘own’ conclusions.
It goes without saying that living in a foreign country definitely broadens one’s mind. So as my family and friends still continue to question me about why I am still here, I will continue to enjoy my adopted country and the lifestyle it has offered me for the foreseeable future. I have never once regretted my decision to move here and sometimes wonder where I would be if I never came to Korea. Maybe I would be still be back at home wondering what it would be like to be here, or maybe I would still be sitting on the bandwagon with some of my family and friends continuing to make uneducated assumptions about foreign countries.