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Teaching English in South Korea

The peninsula of South Korea is a fascinating land of ancient ruins, natural wonders, and bustling modern cities, with a rich history tracing back some half a million years.


 

South Korea TEFL Facts:
Your English Students
  • K-12
Best Time to Get Hired Positions available year-round
Typical Start Dates Positions available year-round
Length of Commitment 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules 25 – 35 teaching hours per week; classes can be anytime throughout the day or evening Monday – Saturday
Average Pay $1800 – $2200 USD per month

Bonus at completion of contract (most schools)

Average Cost of Living $500 – $700 USD per month depending on lifestyle and location
Requirements Benefits may include
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
  • Native speaker or fluent in English
  • Free housing
  • Visa assistance
  • Vacation days and holidays (approx. 10+ vacation and approx. 14 holidays)
  • In-country orientation
  • Travel stipend for off-site classes
  • 50% health insurance covered by employer
  • Reimbursement of Emergency Travel Insurance
  • Reimbursement of airport pick up

Demand for English Teachers

With an estimated 100,000 institutes offering English lessons and a government actively promoting English teaching in public schools, South Korea is one of the busiest teaching hot spots in the world. The country is quickly becoming an electronic and technological giant, and the increasing international trade translates into a growing need for business English. But the desire to learn English isn’t limited to company executives—in fact, parents often enroll their children in private language schools from a very early age, sometimes as young as five years old! With almost everyone looking to learn English, your students in Korea can range from corporate professionals to elementary school children.

Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations

Most teaching opportunities in Korea can be found in large cities, such as the capital, Seoul, in the north and the metropolis of Busan on the southern coast. No matter where you teach, South Korea offers TEFL teachers plenty to rave about: high wages compared to the cost of living, guaranteed housing, and additional benefits like airfare reimbursement.

South Korea

South Korea Overview

The republic of South Korea is located on the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula, sharing a border only with North Korea. The country is comparable to Britain in terms of size and population density, and has one of the most ethnically homogeneous populations in the world. Aside from a small Chinese community (about 20,000 people), virtually all Koreans share a common cultural and linguistic heritage. Modern South Korea is among the world’s most technologically advanced and digitally-connected nations, a global leader in electronics, digital displays, and mobile phones. Currently, about half of South Korea’s residents reside in Seoul or the surrounding areas. Geographically, South Korea is characterized by hills and mountains throughout about two-thirds of the country. Wide, coastal plains comprise the western and southern regions.

Download our South Korea country guide!

Topics covered in the South Korea guide are:

  • Country Description
  • Culture
  • Language
  • Things to do and see
  • Currency/cost of living
  • Sample cost guide
  • Demand for teachers
  • Major TEFL cities
  • Typical students
  • Typical salary
  • Teaching hours
  • Typical contract length
  • Peak hiring season
  • Preferred hiring requirements
  • What employers provide
  • How to find jobs
  • Interview tips
  • Work visa process
  • Recommended TEFL courses

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