Teaching English in Korea
Teaching English in Korea
The job market for teaching English in Korea is currently one of the largest and strongest in the world. Those looking to teach English in Korea can find teaching opportunities here year round, interviews are conducted in advance over the phone and via e-mail.
In most cases, those teaching English in Korea receive free or reimbursed airfare, and South Korean schools typically provide free housing. A typical contract for an English teacher in Korea offers a free return flight, paid vacation and 1 month salary bonus (around $ 2,000 USD after 12 months.)
A generous salary of $ 1,800 - 2,200 a month (depending on exchange rates) with only 5% taxes, enables English teachers in Korea to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle, as well as an opportunity to save up to $ 1,000 USD per month after expenses. Language schools in Korea typically require 25 to 30 hours of teaching per week plus prep time, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore. English teachers in Korea also receive 10-20 days of paid vacation per year in addition to 15-18 national holidays.
English teachers must have a bachelor's degree to teach English in South Korea, and TEFL TESOL certification is required. Major cities for teaching English in South Korea include Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Ulsan, Gwangju, Daejeon, and Daegu. There are over 10 cities with a million people. Seoul is one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world with approximately 25 million people and over 1,000 English language schools. There are an estimated 25,000 English teachers in South Korea working each year and demand shows no signs of slowing.
An estimated 2,000 - 3,000 new jobs are available each month due to Korea's national stress on education for children and adults. South Korea boasts one of the top ranked educational systems in the world. The country's massive educational investments has enabled it to become of the great economic success stories in history as South Korea has risen from the ranks of the Third World to become one of the largest and most technologically advanced economies in the world in just a matter of two generations.
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Feedback from International TEFL Academy alumni who are now teaching English in South Korea:
- Seoul, South Korea English Teaching Q and A with Laura Nalin
- Seoul, South Korea Q&A with Delia Nugent
- South Korea Q&A with Christie Halstead
- Changwon City, South Korea Q&A with Thomas Joiner
- South Korea Q&A with Thomas Gronemeyer
- Busan, South Korea Q& A with Anne Shelton
- Yongin-Si, South Korea Q&A with Hannan Lobban
- Daegu, South Korea Q&A with Nicole Caplan
- Anseong City, South Korea Q&A with Chris Schannauer
- Guri, South Korea English Teaching Q&A with Denise Leinonen
- Daejeon, South Korea Q&A with Jessica Montgomery
- Daejeon, South Korea English Teaching Q and A with Emily Horne
- Dongtan, South Korea English Teaching Q and A with Nicole Alexander
- Teaching English Abroad: What's in it for you? - Tommy Joiner
- Picking Up Peter Pan Syndrome - Teaching English in South Korea - Michael Geer
- Two Winters - By Charlotte Hammond
- Teaching English in Seoul: Before and After - Cameron Shenassa
- The Key to a Native's Heart - Jack Spilman
- Teaching in South Korea: How Living Abroad Heightens the 5 Senses - Megan Tighe
- Teaching English Abroad: I Did It, You Can Too! - Jessica Montgomery
- The TEFL Experience in South Korea - Tim Winfred, published on My International Adventure website
- Trusting Yourself and Letting Go – Teaching English Abroad in South Korea - Krystle Radtke
- The Difference Between Studying Abroad and Teaching Abroad - Kirsten Iverson
- 10 Things They Don't Tell You About Living in South Korea - Cassandra Simons
- Teaching in South Korea: My Journey from TEFL Course to Classroom - Cassandra Simons
- Heart and Seoul - Teaching English in South Korea - Elizabeth Feyh
- Laura Nalin: http://willfulandwildhearted.wordpress.com/
- Chris Schannauer & Jennifer Burdge:
- Tommy Joiner: http://lifeabroadtommyj.com/categories/korea/
- Maggie Smith: Http://maggiemoodoeskorea.blogspot.com/
- Tab Burnett: http://blog.travelpod.com/members/tabburnett
- Nicole Nugent: http://www.thekimchikhronicles.blogspot.com/
- Jessica Montgomery: http://jmoinkorea.blogspot.com
- Chris Cleeson: http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Chris-Gleeson/
- Joshua Zink: http://www.mystoriesofkorea.blogspot.kr/
- Charlotte Hammond: http://thehammondatlas.com
- Sarah Holzhausen: http://literallyseetheworld.com/
- Anne Shelton: http://awkwardannesadventures.wordpress.com/
- Nicole Caplan: nikkiabroad.wordpress.com
- Rose Corbett: http://www.rosecorbettphotography.com/korea-2/
- Cassie Simons: https://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/cassiesimons/
- Emily Horne: http://onlygettingstranger.
- Kimmy Nguyen: http://kimmyonaquest.com/
- Krystle Jane: http://chronicles-of-a-wandering-musican.blogspot.kr/
Requirements to teach English in Korea
- Education: BA/BS is required; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification in any of our Worldwide TEFL locations or by taking the Online TEFL Class.
- Citizenship Requirements: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Austalia, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korean
- Peak hiring months: year-round
- Types of jobs: English language schools, children and adults. Public school children.
- Typical hiring process: phone/e-mail in advance
- Average teaching hours per week: 25–30 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
- Types of students: business professionals, children
- Cost of living per month: $600 - 900 USD
(721,900-1,031,280 KRW) Plus housing
- Average monthly pay: $1,550 - 2,000 USD (1,800,000 - 2,300,000 KRW) Plus free Housing
Can save $1,000 USD/Mo
- Start-up cost: $700 - 1,000 USD (814,000 - 1,161,000 KRW)
- Potential to save: can save up to 1,000 USD/month
- Accommodation/housing benefits paid: yes, paid or subsidized. Typically 1 month bonus pay at end of 12 month contract
- Medical Insurance - co pay, national health insurance
- Vacation - paid 2 weeks & sick days
- Flight reimbursement: yes - departing, paid in advance for return flight at end of 12 month contract.
Interesting Facts About Life in South Korea
- South Korea was the first country in the world to introduce high-speed fiber-optic broadband internet into every primary and secondary school.
- The martial art of Tae Kwon Do originated in South Korea.
- Baseball was introduced to South Korea more than 100 years ago, it has since become the country's most popular sport.
Teaching English in Korea...
Having recently surpassed Japan as the most technologically advanced country in the world, South Korea manages to lead the race toward the future while keeping a firm grasp on its storied past. While in South Korea, take in its amazing cuisine, including the country’s world-famous barbecue, gogigui, and kimchi, a spicy, cabbage dish that some consider one of the healthiest foods in the world. Other attractions include Korea’s extensive coastline and the historic and cultural treasures of cities such as Busan and Seoul. If you like getting dirty, take part in the Boryeong Mud Festival, which attracts more than 2 million visitors per year.
Contact International TEFL Academy today to speak with an advisor to find out about our online course, multiple on-site TEFL classes or request a brochure to learn about TEFL training courses and a comparison of the most popular countries to teach English.