Korea TEFL Guide
This Korea TEFL guide may encourage you to apply for a job teaching English in Korea.
Check out the link to see what is on offer there.
Why Teach English in Korea?
Many people head to Korea to teach English with the idea that they want to save money and Korea is an excellent country for saving money. You can save money and have a great quality of live, versus some places where you can save a lot of money but might live in a quite restrictive culture (did I say Middle East?).
But once actually in Korea, most teachers find that it is a very welcoming country with deep respect for education and interesting culture forged by its two historically powerful neighbors: China and Japan. Add in good food, great nightlife and a transportation system that makes it easy to go anywhere in the country for a very reasonable price and you can have a pretty nice life teaching English in Korea.
On a different page here we write about the Best Reasons to Teach English in Korea. There are too many to put them all here!
Koreans will proudly tell you that they have four seasons and indeed they do. Winter can be bitterly cold up in Seoul, so head down to Pusan (sometimes Busan) or Mokpo or Jeju/Cheju it you prefer to avoid snow and ice.
Wages and the cost of living in South Korea
At first glance wages in Korea can seem just okay, somewhat modest. But when you add in typical benefits such as free accommodation, reimbursed airfare (usually at the end of your contract), and a one-month bonus for each year worked there (at the end of your time in Korea), low income taxes and generally low cost of living, well . . . if you don’t save US$1000 a month while you are there, you just aren’t trying.
Teaching English at the Korea public schools are some of the best jobs in the country and we have arranged for a good recruiter to help you with those placements. Just click on the link in the last sentence and you can learn what they have to offer.
Wages typically start around US$2000 and go up to about US$2500 depending on the job, your qualifications and even the city. Public schools tend to pay more if you are willing to work in the smaller cities (a “small city” in Korea can be a half million people).
Korea tends to hire from abroad. The interview and visa process can take up to two months, so plan ahead if you want to catch the start of the school year or mid-year. Semesters start in March and September, but demand is heavy all year around as the language institutes are packed with students during the school vacations.
Korea TEFL Guide