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Will My School Provide a Free Airfare When I Teach English in Korea?

Let's explore the prevailing practices regarding airfare provisions for English teachers in Korean schools.

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South Korea has emerged as a popular destination for aspiring English teachers due to its vibrant culture, technological advancements, and high demand for qualified instructors. One question that frequently arises is whether schools in Korea provide free airfare to teachers. Let's find out together.

Free Airfare & Teaching English in Korea: is it Standard Practice?

Yes, it is standard for schools to provide airfare (and housing) to foreigners hired to teach English in Korea. However, there will be conditions and stipulations attached to the provision of your airfare that will be outlined in the contract that you sign, and remember that contracts do vary.

Read more: Where Do Schools Provide Free Airfare To English Teachers Abroad?

Here are some points to remember regarding airfare for English teachers in Korea:

In many cases, teachers are required to purchase their ticket up front and will be reimbursed during their first several months teaching English in Korea.  In limited cases, the school purchases the English teacher’s airfare prior to departure.

It is also standard for schools to provide an airline ticket stipend for the teacher’s return trip to their home country upon completion of their contract. Teachers must complete their contract to receive their return ticket.

The teacher’s school will typically make all flight arrangements in the most cost-effective way possible.  This means that the teacher will fly coach and flights will usually include connections.  Also tickets will typically be issued electronically and will be non-refundable.

If you do not complete your contract, your school may retain your remaining wages to cover the cost of your initial flight. Some schools may also withhold a small portion of the teacher’s wages for up to the first six months of the contract as collateral to ensure that the teacher honors their contract and that the cost of their flight to Korea is earned.

If you are hired to teach English in Korea, the terms of your transportation to and from Korea will be outlined in your contract.  You should carefully review your contract and clarify any questions regarding your airfare with your school before you sign your contract.  Also, if you are working with a recruiter, they may also be able to help clarify questions regarding the issue of airfare.

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