Teach English in South Korea
South Korea is a highly-developed nation famous for its well-educated citizens, vibrant pop culture and art scene, and of course exporting cutting-edge technology. The beautifully varied landscapes, rich history, and compact size make South Korea a great base for ESL teachers. You will have the opportunity to explore a new culture and travel around easily! Read on to learn more about teaching in South Korea.
Salary, Benefits and Types of Jobs Available in South Korea
The going wage for foreign English teachers in South Korea is $2,000-$2,500. Costs of living in South Korea are high compared to those in China however, the higher pay scale balances the discrepancy. This provides a comfortable life and ample opportunities to save and pay off student debts. Even your apartment and flight to South Korea will be covered by the school! An extra month’s pay often paid out as a completion bonus at the end of your contract, helping your travel/savings fund even more.
Qualifications for Teaching English in South Korea
All you need to work in South Korea is a degree and a passport from an English speaking country. Having a TEFL certification is a preference but not a requirement for teaching in South Korea. You’ll usually be expected to complete a course of 100 hours or more, but you can get that done after you’ve applied and before you’ve arrived in South Korea. We recommend a course with an in-class component to make sure you have some classroom experience with non-native speaking students. You don’t need to speak any Korean for work, as schools expect you to communicate almost exclusively in English – but spending time learning the basics will definitely help enrich your experience outside of school hours.
South Korea is a big expat centre. Most likely, soon after landing here, you will make lots of international friends that are going through a similar experience. Living the expat lifestyle is easy here. This gives a certain comfort, but try to make sure you’re also getting out there to see the country’s sights and meet South Korea’s people. They are among the most hospitable in the world, if a little shy with foreigners.
You will need to apply for a visa yourself, but Footprints Recruiting can make the process painless to make sure you get to South Korea without any snags. Korean consulates are widespread – it’s a good idea to locate your nearest one as you’ll be dealing with them often.
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