Paid Teach In South Korea

Get Paid To Teach English In South Korea.

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Overview

 

Most teaching English abroad jobs in South Korea are Elementary levels through middle school. GeoVisions Foundation places teachers with highly selective private language schools and schools run by the Korean government as well as English Village and International Schools located in South Korea.

South Korea is a dynamic, advanced country in a class of its own. Korea is a choice destination for an English teacher because the demand for English instruction is well-developed. There is an emphasis on English education placed on the youth in Korean society. Students are genuinely motivated to learn English. Ultimately, English ability can make the difference between a good life and an ordinary existence for much of the population in South Korea.

Fee

$669. Please press the Costs tab (above) to find out why there is a fee and what it covers.

Duration

One-year contract required.

Visa

Not Included. You will receive forms you need to apply for your E2 visa.  GeoVisions and our partner abroad can provide guidance on obtaining your visa.  Please begin looking at the visa requirements for details. 

Eligibility

  • Minimum of a Bachelors Degree.
  • Hold a passport from the U.S. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain or Ireland.
  • Must be a native English speaker.
  • Must be in good physical and mental health.
  • No criminal record.
  • Must be between 21 and 40.
  • No experience necessary. In fact, schools prefer that you have less than five years of teaching experience if you have been teaching.
  • You do not need to know any Korean.
  • Teaching certificate and experience preferred but not required.
  • For degree holders, any degree welcomed but preference given to education and English majors.
  • Positions are for one-year contracts, available on an ongoing basis.
  • Completion of a TESOL or TEFL course is beneficial and may earn you a higher salary, but it is not required.

Start Dates

New semesters begin in March and September.  We do have openings each month so that teachers can apply anytime during the year.

If you have only 1, 2 or 3 months, consider our summer paid teach program in Thailand, summer paid teaching in China, or our volunteer teach programs in Italy or Costa Rica.

Costs

$669

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The fee you pay to teach in South Korea goes to our 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, The GeoVisions Foundation. The program donation for this experience covers our costs of local screening of potential host schools in South Korea and assisting you with the process of compiling the documents you will need. We provide guidance for the correct visa, and assistance in South Korea during your entire stay to make sure what you have agreed to is what happens. This provides you a great deal of security and a social base to grow and enjoy your time in South Korea. If you are from the US, the fee also includes your travel and medical insurance.

We provide 24/7 emergency service, supported by real people. You are supported from the moment you contact us to the time you return and beyond, through our active Alumni Community. Be sure to speak to your tax preparer to see if any of these fees can be deducted as a charitable donation. Also, ask your tax preparer about moving costs and if you can deduct those as well.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time teaching position in South Korea that involves teaching English in a real classroom in a real school. You will earn a full time teaching salary. Currently, our teachers are making from $1,800 to $3,000 USD per month, depending on their experience and location.

You should plan on working approximately 30-40 hours each week, which includes 22-30 hours of instruction each week. If you need to work overtime, you are compensated at $20/hr. USD.

The tax rate in South Korea is 3.5%, which is exempted for foreigners except for Canadians. 4.5% of your salary is matched into the National Pension Plan, and you will receive those funds at the end of your teaching assignment.

In-country orientation is included and customarily conducted by the host school. 

One month salary is paid upon completion of your contract. Income tax is exempt unless you are Canadian. That rate is 3.5%. 4.5% of your salary is matched by the National Pension Plan and paid out at the end of the year. Your contract will include medical and dental coverage. When you depart South Korea after a year of teaching, you will receive a severance fee equal to one month's salary.

What We Include

  • Airport transfer to your school.
  • Job Placement.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in South Korea.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision, and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • Travel and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance for US permanent residents.
  • Important documents, including pre-departure packs, orientation information, and all in-country informational materials.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.
  • International airfare (reimbursed from the school).
  • Work 30-40 hours a week, averaging 22-30 hours of in-class instruction.
  • Free housing, fully furnished accommodations.
  • Twelve paid National holidays.
  • Ten days paid vacation on top of holidays.

What's Not Included

  • Meals.
  • Local transportation.
  • Visa costs.

FAQ

Please call us on +1 (203) 453-5838 if you have questions.

We are asked the same questions each day, so we hope this page of Frequently Asked Questions will be helpful to you. Anyone in our office can answer your questions anytime you call. We want you to make informed decisions, and we will be happy to talk to you anytime.

Why Is There A Placement Fee?

Over the years we have met teachers who have had horrible experiences when they think they are going into a fantastic overseas teaching job only to find out they are not going to a real school, but a corporate school and not a true International school. They have been caught in a signed contract without having visited the school or met the administrators. Where do they turn without a support team whose only job is to look out for you?

At GeoVisions, we have pre-screened the school and the position, and in most cases, we have placed teachers at that school before. We make sure you’re being paid the highest thank you gift from the school as possible. We provide a formal orientation, starting when we pick you up at the airport. You will meet other teachers just like you on the day you arrive. Start enjoying the GeoVisions safety net immediately. We provide guidance with your visa, your formal documents and we make sure your new school is ready to receive you. 

Will Schools Hire Teachers That Are Age 50 Or Older?

21-45 years of age is the current limit.  If you are over 45, give us a call.  Sometimes we can place you. It just takes longer.

What are the mandatory documents I need to apply?

  • Original degree or letter of completion from university or college. 
  • Sealed transcripts
  • Passport
  • Government-issued criminal background check
  • Letters of reference
  • TESOL or TEFL certification if you are certified
  • Resume and cover letter

What are the hours I will be teaching?

Working hours: 30 – 40 hours per week, averaging 22~30 hours of in-class instruction.
 
– Overtime (if applicable) is paid out at $20/hr. +

What do I do about my student loans?

Many of the teach abroad programs GeoVisions operates pay more than enough to take care of your student loans. Some pay enough to live comfortably, but depending on your monthly loan payment, it could be close.

GeoVisions will work with you to provide official documents from your school and GeoVisions. However, ultimately, it's going to come down to the loan provider to make the final determination.

Many participants end up putting their loans on forbearance if their salary doesn't leave them enough funds to cover their loans.

The teach abroad programs that pay the most and where teachers have consistently been able to stay current on student loans are in Taiwan, South Korea and in some instances, China.

Gallery

Here are a handful of photos to give you a sense of this program.

You can also find more photos, stories, and video through our Facebook PageInstagram and YouTube channels and our Blog.

As you view more photos and video, consider the program benefits. A second home with new friends, becoming more independent and confident, improving your Korean since you're now living like a local and helping your community and students realize their goals of speaking English. Add an international reference to your resume which helps with future job applications because of your experience teaching English in a community in South Korea and you're ahead of the game.

What Our Teachers Say (Click to see all reviews on GoAbroad.com)

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Moving to South Korea is a complete culture immersion, everyday is a new adventure. I have gone to Busan, Daegu, and Gyeongin. My goal is to explore as much of South Korea and nearby countries as possible.

Kelly, August 17, 2016

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I have been in Korea for several months now and the experience has been amazing. I am really loving it. GeoVisions was extremely helpful and their local team, especially Cid, helped me get all settled in. My apartment is great. I have already made many friends with some fellow teachers and have had a chance to explore but the weather is still quite cold. My overall experience with GeoVisions was excellent and I would highly recommend people to go the route of a local partner. I was so nervous and didn't know what to expect but they were very patient in walking me through the process.

C. Miller, July 30, 2014

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I always thought that I needed to already know the Korean language in order to apply to teach in Korea. Thank goodness to this program for making me more confident and prepared for the journey ahead!They have prepared me by letting me participate in their TESOL and Korean Cultural Foundation course. These courses breakdown the country of your destination into simple science --learning the culture, language, teaching methods, and faux pas to better navigate the different social circles you will encounter.I am teaching in South Korea now, and the constant check-ups I receive from Jodi at GeoVisions makes me feel like she is genuinely looking out for me. I highly recommend the program.

Lasalle, July 30, 2014

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When I first was considering teaching abroad I was actually thinking about going to Thailand but the more Jodi at GeoVisions told me about Korea and what it has to offer, the more hooked I became. The process took a long time but whenever I had any questions or concerns, I got a quick response from GeoVisions.I took the online TESOL through their partner XploreAsia and it really helped to prepare me. My trainer, George, was great and I met other teachers on the course and we still keep in touch.I arrived about six months ago and I teach at a Hogwan in Busan. It is about as far away from Seoul as you can go but I don’t mind. I like that it is a much smaller city and the country side around the city is so beautiful. The great thing about South Korea is that everything is pretty compact so it only takes about two hours on the high speed train to get to Seoul.I definitely recommend going through an agent like GeoVisions because they were helpful in the interview and preparation. They also helped me prepare for my trip and their partner on the ground picked me up at the airport and helped me settle in to my new apartment and town. They also have a party for their teachers every few months. I haven't been able to attend one yet but I will one of these days.

Adrian W., July 30, 2014

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After completing my Bachelor of Arts degree in April 2012, I decided to pursue the idea of teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea. In July that year I submitted my resume alongside the application form to GeoVisions to go teach in South Korea. Shortly afterwards I was contacted by their partner in South Korea, XploreAsia. For those who are interested in teaching in South Korea be aware that the application process is arduous. However, the team at GeoVisions and XploreAsia are encouraging and helpful. I am grateful to them for their support.I was posted at Hongwan High School, which is located in Buyeo County in the Chungnam Province. It is a technical high school mainly comprising male students, so I often feet overwhelmed. Whenever I feet down I re-read an email that my agent sent me before coming to South Korea, which explained that living and working in a quaint town is more rewarding than living in a cosmopolitan city like Seoul and that the challenges I have faced with only make my experience more meaningful and memorable.Although teaching low-level students was a challenge, there were moments when the students surprise me. Teaching is an enlightening experience and living in a rural area is peaceful and I have been exposed to the essence of Korean life.

Mark J., July 30, 2014

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I think the most memorable experience was my first time doing karaoke with my Korean friends and co-workers. I really wanted to travel and go to Asia because I have heard so many wonderful things. Korea was my ultimate pick because the salaries are good and I love Korean food.My accommodations were excellent. Nice, clean and password key-less lock. It is a little small but accommodations are so expensive in Seoul.

Colleen, April 2, 2014

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