Teach English In South Korea

Starting salary $20,000 to $25,000 USD Per Year

Additional Benefits: Rent-free, fully-furnished housing; airfare reimbursement; health insurance; paid holidays and vacation days during the year.

 

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On May 6 Our First Group Of English Teachers For This Program Flew To South Korea To Begin Teaching. School in South Korea has begun. We will continue placing teachers into the summer and fall.

Overview

South Korea is a dynamic, advanced country in a class of its own. It's 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.

How Do I Get Started?

  1. Fill out the very brief form on this page. It won't take 30 seconds.
  2. If you've just started your research, we recommend that you read this post, which is our definitive guide to teaching abroad.
  3. When you're ready to have your questions answered and go through some plans, schedule a call with us. There is no obligation when you speak with us. We're here to answer your questions.
  4. Fill out and submit your application with your $350 fee. Why is there a fee? We provide pre-departure assistance, airport pickup, orientation on arrival and a high level of support throughout your experience as well as visa guidance.
  5. Fill out our supplemental application and upload the required documents like a copy of your passport, your transcript, photos, medical form, etc.
  6. Begin your interviews with schools in South Korea.
  7. Next you will receive personalized, step-by-step guidance with document preparation for your visa after you accept a teaching position with the school of your choice.
  8. Arrive in South Korea, begin your new teaching job and collect your first paycheck.

What Happens When I Arrive In South Korea?

  • We'll meet you at the airport and transfer you to your temporary housing, while you choose an apartment you want to call home. Staff at your school help you navigate the apartments and locations. Your apartment is fully furnished and rent-free.
  • Orientation begins.
  • GeoVisions Foundation's 24/7 support from the moment you depart your home.
  • You have already begun to see the world and get paid.
  • The work experience you are receiving in South Korea is envied by future employers.
  • You should plan on working approximately 30-40 hours each week, which includes 22-30 hours of instruction each week. (Individual contracts may vary.  Please read through your contract when offered a position by a school.)
  • GeoVisions Foundation's 24/7 support from the moment you depart your home.

Duration

One-year contract required. An extra month of salary is paid upon completion of your contract as a bonus for finishing.

Visa

You will receive forms you will need in order to apply for your E2 visa.  We can provide guidance on obtaining your visa.  Please begin looking at the visa requirements for details. 

Eligibility

The most important qualification required by the schools in South Korea is that you must be a native English speaker.

The schools also want to see that you have a desire to change lives and have an unending curiosity for cultural exchange. You don’t need prior teaching experience, a degree in education, or even plans to become a teacher.

  • Hold a passport from the U.S. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa or Ireland. In addition, you must have been in school in one of these countries 10 years, which includes high school and university.
  • Must be in good physical and mental health.
  • Clear criminal record.
  • Must be between 21 and 55.
  • 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.
  • Bachelors degree or higher in any subject is required.
  • A commitment to 12 months of employment.
  • TEFL certification is required. In fact, schools will assume you will have it by the time you begin your interviews. Applicants who already hold a degree in education, or who can provide signed original letters confirming 2+ years of full-time teaching experience, may opt out of the TEFL course.

Start Dates

Intake dates:

  • February (largest intake). Applications should begin 6 months in advance.
  • May. Applications should begin at least 3 months in advance.
  • August (second largest intake). Applications should begin 6 months in advance.
  • November. Applications should begin at least 3 months in advance.

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Fee

$350. If you need to be TEFL Certified, the total fee is $999 and includes our 120-hour accredited online TEFL.

Your Fee Guarantees These Benefits

  • Airport transfer to your school.
  • Job Placement with a starting salary of around $25,000. You should plan on working approximately 30-40 hours each week, which includes 22-30 hours of instruction each week. (Individual contracts may vary.  Please read through your contract when offered a position by a school.)
  • BONUS: An extra month of salary is paid upon completion of your contract as a bonus for finishing.
  • Up to 4.5% of your salary is matched by the National Pension Plan and paid out at the end of the year. A great way to save a lot of money while you're in South Korea.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision, and guidance throughout your stay.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • International airfare (reimbursed from the school). You will need to purchase your airfare and have it reimbursed in South Korea.
  • National health insurance and dental insurance (provided by the school)
  • Fully furnished, rent-free accommodations (provided by the school or the school will provide a stipend for housing if noted in their contract.)
  • 24/7 support in South Korea and from our offices here.
  • Someone assigned to help you with housing.
  • New teacher orientation.
  • Twelve paid National holidays.
  • Ten days paid vacation on top of holidays.
  • Visa processing documentation and assistance from South Korea.

* Note all benefits and holiday details in your contract.

What's Not Included

  • Meals.
  • Local transportation.
  • Visa costs.

TEFL Certification

TEFL certification is required. In fact, schools will assume you will have it by the time you begin your interviews. Applicants who already hold a degree in education, or who can provide signed original letters confirming 2+ years of full-time teaching experience, may opt-out of the TEFL course.

Application Process

You can fill out and submit your application anytime using the red button below. If you prefer to speak to someone first, schedule a call and find a day and time convenient for you.

When you're ready to apply, fill out and submit your application (red button below) with your $350 fee. What's included:

    • Airport transfer to your school.
    • Job Placement with a starting salary of around $25,000. You should plan on working approximately 30-40 hours each week, which includes 22-30 hours of instruction each week. (Individual contracts may vary.  Please read through your contract when offered a position by a school.)
    • BONUS: An extra month of salary is paid upon completion of your contract as a bonus for finishing.
    • Up to 4.5% of your salary is matched by the National Pension Plan and paid out at the end of the year. A great way to save a lot of money while you're in South Korea.
    • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision, and guidance throughout your stay.
    • Pre-departure assistance.
    • International airfare (reimbursed from the school). You will need to purchase your airfare and have it reimbursed in South Korea.
    • National health insurance and dental insurance (provided by the school)
    • Fully furnished, rent-free accommodations (provided by the school or the school will provide a stipend for housing if noted in their contract.)
    • 24/7 support in South Korea and from our offices here.
    • Someone assigned to help you with housing.
    • New teacher orientation.
    • Twelve paid National holidays.
    • Ten days paid vacation on top of holidays.
    • Visa processing documentation and assistance from South Korea.

Next? Our Supplemental Application

After you apply, you'll receive our Supplemental Application with more detailed information about yourself and your qualifications. In this supplemental application, we will need you to upload a copy of your resume, passport, a copy of your degree and your TEFL Certification.

Interview

You will be interviewed twice. The first interview will be with a staff person here at GeoVisions Foundation. And the second interview will be with the actual school in South Korea.

A final decision will be made within 2 weeks of your second interview. When you're accepted, that's when you'll begin your visa process.

E2 Visa

Once you receive your contract you will need to apply for your E-2 Work Visa at the nearest Korean Embassy or Consulate. Download the application from the consulate website. It will only take a few days to get your visa once you apply.

The school and recruiter in South Korea who hires you will provide all of the documents and instructions for applying for your visa then.

When you receive your visa, you can buy your airline ticket and travel to South Korea to begin your teaching adventure.

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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.

Will Schools Hire Teachers That Are Age 50 Or Older?

Under 55 years of age is the current limit. This is a visa and work permit issue as those regulations have changed.

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
  • 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, 2019

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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, 2018

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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 Rebecca at GeoVisions makes me feel like she is genuinely looking out for me. I highly recommend the program.

Lasalle, 2018

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When I first was considering teaching abroad I was actually thinking about going to Thailand but the more Rebecca 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 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 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 into 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, 2017

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After completing my Bachelor of Arts degree, 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.
For those who are interested in teaching in South Korea be aware that the application process is arduous. However, the team at GeoVisions is encouraging and helpful. I am grateful to them for their support.

Although teaching low-level students was a challenge, there were moments when the students surprised 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., 2019

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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, 2019