What is a Hagwon for Teaching English in South Korea?

South Korea is one of the largest and most popular job markets for those looking to teach English abroad. With thousands of opportunities spread throughout the country, you might be wondering who exactly your employer will be. While public schools employ a small amount of English teachers each year, the bulk of jobs will be found at Hagwons. “Hagwon” is the Korean language word for a for-profit private educational institute (school). So, essentially, hagwons are private language centers or academies that operate like businesses and apart from the South Korean public school system.

Traveling Abroad – The Advice You Didn’t Know You Needed


By: Cassie Wells

It’s good for you. It changes your life. It expands your horizons. It fills your heart. I could be talking about a multitude of things here… broccoli, puberty, math, or puppies. However, I’m talking about travel. Some consider travel a luxury while others consider it a necessity. Personally, I think it’s a little bit of both. I went from having never left the country in my mid 20’s to having traveled to about 20 countries in my early 30’s (notice how I said early 30’s…really hanging on here!).

I have learned a lot about how to pack just the right amount, how to ask for help in a few different languages, and how to turn strangers into friends. I’ve also learned that travel isn’t always what it seems. I’m not just talking about glossy Instagram pictures, either. Let me explain. Travel can be some of the best experiences of your life and sometimes the most challenging. There are many highs and lows. Travel makes you fall in love and breaks your heart all in a single day. I wanted to share some travel truths for those looking for an honest advice........

What Are Salaries & Benefits for Teaching English in South Korea?

How much money can you make teaching English in South Korea?

First-time English teachers in South Korea working in public schools through programs like EPIK typically earn monthly salaries between 1.5 to 3 million won ($1,150 - $2,650 USD).  English teachers at private schools (Hagwons) earn from 1.9 to 2.4 million won ($1,600 - $2,000 USD) monthly. Public & private schools typically provide free housing and flight reimbursements.

5 Tips for Budget Travel in Latin America


By: Cassie Wells

Latin America offers some of the world's best in cuisine, nightlife, the outdoors, and also opportunities to become fluent in Spanish or Portuguese.  If you are teaching English in Latin America, traveling and exploring the region's culture and beauty will certainly be highlights of your experience. But, from the heights of Machu Picchu in Peru to the sun-kissed beaches of Costa Rica, it’s a lot of ground to cover and with a travel itinerary spanning multiple pages, you might worry that you’re bank account will cut your trip short. Here are some tips to keep your budget in check and your travel goals attainable.

Webinar? Webcast? Webba-what?

By: Cassie Wells

Technically, a webcast  - also known as a "webinar" - is an event that is broadcast live (or on demand) over the Internet. International TEFL Academy hosts frequent webcasts, giving YOU the opportunity to get to know us and learn all about teaching English abroad. Working all week? Busy school schedule? Not located near our headquarters in Chicago? Our webcast let’s you tune in live, and get up-to-date information on international job markets, TEFL certification options, and there is even time to ask experts in the field any lingering questions.

How I Had the Best Year of My Life While Paying Off $10,000 in Student Loans

When I first heard about teaching English abroad, I unknowingly filed it under my “things I wish I could do if I made more money” tab in my brain. There it would sit, or so I thought, with other charming files like “becoming Beyonce” and “buying an island and filling it with stray dogs/cats”.  What I didn’t know at the time, was that it is actually possible to teach English abroad even if you don’t have oodles of cash lying around. Yes, even me, a Midwesterner who had never been overseas with big student loan payments. I was able to have one of the best years of my life teaching English in South Korea and I was even able to get my act together financially by saving money and paying off $10,000 in student debt. Who would’ve thought, right?!