Do you have the desire for travel and life changing adventures abroad?
If yes, then spending a year or more teaching English in South Korea could be the answer to your dreams.
Not only does this wonderful opportunity give you a chance to spend an enlightening year immersed in this beautiful culture, you also have the chance to save enough money during your one year contract to travel for two more, or pay off your students loans.
From experience, we at INTESOL also guarantee that studying a TEFL course and teaching English in South Korea will provide you with expansive life changing experiences that will help you in all areas of your life.
Next start date August 2015
Why choose the Teach Korea TEFL Programme?
Since the 2013 intake it has been compulsory for teachers in the EPIK program in South Korea to have a TEFL Certificate of at least 100 hours, with preference given to certification that includes at least 20 hours of observed, in-class teaching practice.
Every year more and more English teachers apply to teach English in South Korea for the EPIK program. Due to this increase in teacher supply, schools have found that they now have more teachers to choose from and so have become more stringent in their requirements, in particular public schools that are part of the EPIK program. It is now practically unheard of for a teacher to be hired without TEFL certification, even when the teacher has previously worked for EPIK.
To meet this demand for certificated and accredited English teachers in South Korea INTESOL is proud to offer the Teach Korea TEFL Programme.
This full service package includes:
- The Accredited Online 120 Hour Certificate in TEFL + Young Learners Module (for those not yet TEFL qualified). The specialised young learners module is ideal to prepare you for the teaching environment in South Korea, where you will be mostly teaching young learners.
- Placement service for the EPIK program with one of our approved and verified EPIK recruiters.
- Games and Lessons pack. The perfect games and activities to help make your classes fun!
This fully comprehensive package not only provides you with an internationally recognised TEFL certification that is valid for life, it also includes a full recruitment service for the EPIK program in South Korea!
Programme Fee (payable for the TEFL Course)
Why Teach At EPIK Public Schools?
- Earn a minimum of 2 million KRW per month, with low or no tax!
- Free, furnished apartment.
- Free airfare.
- Settlement allowance and completion bonus of one month’s salary.
- Free medical insurance.
- Teach only 22 hours per week.
- Korean co-teacher in every class.
- Full training and orientation program upon arrival in Korea.
- Generous vacation time.
Settlement Allowance – 300,000 KRW (one-time payment)
All EPIK teachers, regardless of level, will be provided with a settlement allowance of 300,000 KRW within the first month of their first contract only.
Free Furnished Housing
A leased house/apartment/studio-type room as well as basic household goods will be provided by your MOE/POE.
Basic household goods include : a bed, a table and chairs, a wardrobe, a gas stove, a refrigerator, a washing machine, a microwave oven, and a TV set.
Utilities and maintenance fees are not provided for and are the responsibility of the EPIK teacher.
Due to variations in housing costs in different regions of Korea, the size and location of the
supplied housing can differ between each MOE/POE.
If housing is unavailable, a monthly rent of 400,000 KRW will be provided by your POE, in lieu of
free furnished housing.
All EPIK teachers, regardless of level, who successfully complete their contract will be entitled to
receive severance pay. Severance pay is equal to approximately one month’s salary.
All EPIK teachers, regardless of level, will be provided with 1,300,000 KRW as the Entrance
Allowance at the end of their first contract month. Note : The Busan MOE has a different policy
than other Offices of Education. As such, all teachers placed in Busan will receive their Entrance
Allowance after 6 months.
To prevent early termination of contracts, the Entrance Allowance is issued as a form of a loan
from the employer to the EPIK teachers. In the event that the contract is terminated within six (6)months of its implementation, including renewal contracts, regardless of course or grounds, the
EPIK teachers will repay the above-mentioned loan to your school immediately.
2,000,000 KRW will be provided upon successful completion and renewal of your contract with the same POE. In this case, the other allowances (Settlement, Entrance, and Exit) do not apply.
Compulsory Medical Insurance – 50% of your premiums paid by your employer
Pursuant to the National Medical Insurance Act, 50% of your medical insurance premiums will be paid by your host MOE/POE. Current medical insurance premiums are total approximately 5.89% of your salary and are payable monthly. Half of this amount, about 2.945%, will be paid by your host MOE/POE, with the remaining amount being deducted from your monthly salary. This medical insurance will allow you to receive medical attention and prescription medicines at a fraction of their original cost. In the event that EPIK teachers have dependents living with them in Korea, their MOE/POE will continue to pay 50% of their medical insurance premiums for both the EPIK teacher and his/her dependents.
EPIK Orientation – An excellent transition and networking opportunity
All EPIK teachers, regardless of level, will receive orientation and training related to living and
teaching in Korea. During this orientation, EPIK teachers will be exposed to various subject areas and activities.
The orientation is conducted by EPIK at the orientation place prior to your contract start date.
The orientation period is not included in the term of employment and, as such, is unpaid.
Orientation is mandatory for all EPIK teachers. If you are not present at the orientation, you will
not be eligible for employment.
Lodging and meals will be provided during the orientation free of charge for all EPIK teachers.
Introduction to Teaching in South Korea
Korea, ‘Land of the morning calm’ is a country of great contrast. You will find high craggy peaks, lush forests, tremendous waterfalls, boulder-strewn white water rivers, beaches, ancient temples, high technology, and ancient oriental tradition.
In the last 25 years Korea has gone through a period of rapid growth. International names such as Hyundai, Daewoo, Samsung, and Gold Star/LG all began here. South Korea is now considered a recently developed nation with over 60 million inhabitants.
South Korea is playing an ever more important role in World politics and the market place. Entering the world stage has created a massive demand for English language teachers. At any one time there are thousands of English teachers living, working and experiencing South Korea.
The rewards available to the native English speakers match the demand. The wages and benefits for ESL/EFL jobs are some of the best in the world, with many opportunities for entry-level teachers.
Many teachers come to South Korea to experience adventure and save money. Whilst on face value the wages in South Korea may seem comparable to what you would earn at home, you must consider the low cost of living and the low tax rate of around 5%. With the addition of free housing, airfares and even food in some schools, it can sometimes be hard to spend money!
In general, the capacity to save money as an ESL/EFL teacher in Korea is very high. Your average expenditure is likely to be 25–30% of your monthly income. This makes teaching English in Korea a popular choice for graduates with University debts, and travellers looking to fund their next big trip.
What is South Korea Like?
South Korea is different, very different. It is safe to assume that everything will be the opposite of what you are used to back home. But it is this very aspect that makes for a unique and memorable experience. The joy of discovering all that is new is the secret to loving South Korea.
Teaching English in South Korea requires an open mind and a willingness to fit in. Many teachers arriving in South Korea for the first time experience culture shock. This is normal and with a little time you will adjust.
Before you decide to accept a position in South Korea, consider the following: If you choose to live and work in another culture, you must respect that culture and accept the fact that customs are not the same as in your own country. Too many teachers arrive in South Korea unprepared for the change, and unwilling to make any compromises or adjustments. Two vital ways to get the most of your experience is to be prepared and be open-minded. If you focus on these, you are likely to have a very enjoyable experience in South Korea.
Koreans are extremely generous and sincere people, and they don’t admire selfishness. You will often be treated as a guest in their country. There will come a time when your Director, fellow teachers and friends will want to socialise with you. Of course this is not compulsory, but by offering your companionship you will build many bridges.
Those that have experienced South Korea comment about the greater understanding they gain of themselves and the world they live in and the life long memories they are left with.
Is Korea safe?
South Korea has always been a popular place for female teachers to work. Women often comment on the safety of South Korea. Not surprising when you read that the country is one of the most law-abiding nations in the world. This can be partly attributed to South Koreans ancient beliefs in Buddhism and Karma, where one is taught not to do bad things towards another. Korea has a matriarchal society. Whilst men hold many positions of seniority, it’s obvious that women clearly ‘wear the trousers’ in Korea.
Following World War II, Korea was split, with the northern half coming under Communist domination and the southern portion becoming Western-oriented. An armistice was signed in 1953, splitting the peninsula along a demilitarized zone at about the 38th parallel. Thereafter, South Korea achieved rapid economic growth with per capita income rising to roughly 18 times the level of North Korea. Today South Korea is regarded as a safe, peaceful, recently developed nation.
Can You Save?
Well, this really depends on your lifestyle. But, for those dedicated to leaving South Korea with a bundle of cash, it is possible to save 75% of your income. Plenty of money to travel, pay off debts or just live the champagne lifestyle for a while.
There is a large ex-pat community in South Korea. You will be sure to find fellow foreigners with similar interests to share your experiences with. You will also find that Koreans are always warm and welcoming and are usually keen to make friends with foreigners.
There are many leisure pursuits you can get involved in during your spare time. You can go hiking in the spectacular mountains, learn a martial art (Tae-Kwon-Do is Korea’s national sport), visit Buddhist temples, go shopping or partake in the popular activity of socialising in one of the many bars or restaurants. In the winter you can ski and toboggan and in the warmer months you can visit the islands and beaches to swim in the seas between Korea and Japan and China.
Many foreigners take advantage of the cheap Gym prices. You can try a Korean hot bath and Internet is cheap to use and everywhere so communicating with home is easy.
There are the usual range of fast-food restaurants from the West, large department stores will have international food halls, so you will find some reminders of home! However, the local eating experience is not to be missed. You will discover a huge variety of Korean restaurants to choose from, each serving their own special dish. Prices are very reasonable too; you can eat out every night if you wish!
- Must be a native speaker from: UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or South Afric
- Bachelor Degree
- Be a maximum of 62 years of age
- 120 hour + internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certification
- Criminal background check (within 6 months prior to arrival)
- Be physically and mentally well
- Have the ability and willingness to adapt to Korean culture and life
- Upon receipt of your online application form a Teach Abroad Advisor will contact you to arrange a short introductory interview. This will be a short conversation to ensure that you are eligible for the programme and to make sure you have all the necessary documentation required to process your application. At this stage, if you are not already TEFL qualified you will get started with your online TEFL course with INTESOL
- After your first interview we will then schedule for you to have a conversation with our in-country recruiter. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions you may have, and communicate any preferences.
- Your final interview will be with the school directly. At this point your placement will be confirmed and the visa process will begin. Don’t worry, you’ll receive all the guidance and support you need at each step.