Teaching Jobs in Korea- Public vs Private language schools (hagwon)
We have compiled this information for the benefit of the the English teacher expat community in Taiwan. We assume no responsibility for the professional ability or reputation of the persons or medical facilities whose names appear on this list. This list is by no means exhaustive. A survey of most large hospitals reveals that huge numbers of physicians have received training abroad – most of them in the U.S. In every major medical center in Taiwan, there are Western trained doctors too numerous to mention. These hospitals are listed in alphabetical order by name of hospital. Look closely at the address listed to determine which one is closest to you. Each of these hospitals is listed only because they were recommended in the ex-pat community. There are other hospitals in Taiwan that might be equally as good or better. If you come across one in your travels that you think merits inclusion in this list, please let us know.
|Public Schools||Private Language School (hagwon)|
|Salaries (range)||1.8-2.7 million won (based on qualifications, experience and location exclusively)
– documentation required for proof or experience/certifications.
|2.0-3.0 million won (based on qualifications, experience and work hours). Varies from school to school|
|Bonuses||-One month severance at end of contract
-W300,000 settlement bonus
-renewal bonus of W2,000,000 with EPIK
|One month severance at end of contract|
|Taxes||Tax free (Canadians pay standard 3-5%)||All nationalities pay standard 3-5%|
|Housing||Always single furnished (unless couple housing requested for married couples)||Some single, some shared, sometimes stipend|
|Working hours||9-5ish (could be 8-4), Monday to Friday. Standard 40 hour work week. NO weekends.||Varies: daytime, afternoon/evenings, rarely weekends. Standard 40 hours at work to be expected.
Some 9am-6pm, others 3pm-10pm. Schedules could change
|22 teaching hours/week||30 teaching hours/week|
|Airfare||1.3 million won reimbursed for each flight (paid within a month of arrival)||Some schools pre-pay for airfare, others reimburse|
|Orientation||1 week comprehensive training (sometimes not for those arriving later
or outside of normal hiring periods)
|Some schools have 1 week, others are usually a couple days in the school
with other teachers learning curriculum etc.
|Medical Insurance||Always 50% of monthly premiums of national plan paid for (4.48% of monthly salary)||Usually 50% of monthly premiums of national plan paid for- some schools have their own policies
or don’t cover medical – you would know in advance
|Vacation||18 business days (some areas have up to 5 weeks!)||8-10 business days is normal|
|Co-workers||1 Korean English co-teacher in the class with you. Usually no other native
English speakers in the school with you.
|At least one other native English speaking teacher at the school with you. Sometimes as many as 20.
Rarely have another teacher in the class with you though.
|Location||Can vary- specific location not known until orientation. Usually a city or province
is confirmed ahead of time.
|You will always know exactly what school you will be working at.|
|Class Sizes||Often about 30-40 students||Usually no more than 15 students|
|Organization||Very organized – government schools and are very structured with fantastic support||These schools are private businesses and at times subject to schedule changes
and changes due to parents requests etc.
|Curriculum||Pre-determined curriculum for you to follow- sometimes varying level
of students in the same class/grade.
|Curriculum is usually pre-developed, classes are often determined by skill level as well as age.|
|Work Environment||No pressure to retain students- not profit motivated||Success of business is based on student numbers and satisfaction of students/parents.|
|Visas||Some more paperwork initially, but no personal interviews at Korean consulates.||A little less paperwork, but usually the necessity to have an in-person interview at
a Korean consulate (at your own expense).
|Hiring Period||Hiring mostly at end of February and end of August. Positions sparse the rest of the year.
Can plan ahead if you apply early.
|Hiring every month of the year- more positions in August and February. Sometimes more rushed hiring process.|
|Holidays||2020 – https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/south-korea/2020
2021 – https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/south-korea/2021
2020 Holidays in Korea – https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/south-korea/2020
2021 Holidays in Korea – https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/south-korea/2021