WHY TEACH IN SOUTH KOREA?
Teaching English in South Korea is a phenomenal opportunity to invest in your professional life with the ability to explore at your fingertips. Exploration in South Korea ranges from the Taekbaek Mountains to the stunning coastline of Busan. Adventures can also be had in all of South Korea’s major cities.
South Korea has been, and continues to be a hub of activity for English teachers. There are many incredible schools that look for qualified teachers to inspire English learning. You will find yourself in the classroom setting, blown away by the joy of watching young minds grasp a new language. Many teachers will also use this as an opportunity to learn Korean. We at Adventure Teaching promote the impact that education can have around the world. We want to empower you to move abroad, take risks, explore new environments, meet new people, and pursue purpose through teaching.
There are three components to a teacher’s eligibility: citizenship, education, and personality.
In order to obtain a visa to teach in South Korea, you need to be from one of the following countries and hold a valid citizenship: America, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, if you are from outside of one of these countries Korean immigration will not grant the appropriate visa for teaching abroad.
To qualify for a visa and get hired by a school, you are required to have a Bachelor’s degree from an English-speaking academy. Many of our teachers will also have Master’s degrees, which is a great bonus. You do not need to have a specialty in education or a TEFL certificate, though having you TEFL certification is an asset for teaching abroad.
Adjusting to a new culture and work environment can be very demanding, and we have found that teachers who are flexible and driven in nature excel in this type of teaching environment.
Depending on the teaching role, age levels vary from kindergarten through to high school. You will be provided with a curriculum that guides you through the school year, with the ability to add your own flare. Most schools provide traditional Korean food during your lunch break. Through teaching in South Korea you will learn a great deal about culture and education.
Because the details of each job varies, the specifics of the roles will be addressed during the application and interview process with Adventure Teaching.
A Full Time Job
A majority of our teachers find themselves teaching abroad straight out of college. Teaching abroad provides both the stability of a full time job and the excitement of a new environment.
Housing will be provided by the school. You will live in an apartment close to your school which you can expect to include a kitchen space, bed, appliances such as a fridge. Having housing provided with a job is unique to this profession and is a huge benefit.
Your airfare will be reimbursed an airfare. Is that not incredible? You will need to pay for your flight upfront, and depending on the contract you sign, the school will either reimburse your flight to Korea, or your flight home.
Pension, Healthcare, Severance
Depending on where you are from, you will pay into your pension while abroad and then be given the means to collect your pension upon your contract ending.
Opportunity to Adventure
There are endless opportunities to adventure in South Korea. From the mountains to the tea fields, the options are endless. Not only is the geography stunning, there is also the chance to explore the history and cultural experiences.
AT Staff Top Adventures:
- Seongsan Sunrise Peak
- Boseong Green Tea Field
- The beaches in Busan and Hyeopjae Beach on Jeju Island
- Nuri Peace Park
South Korea is home to over 50 million people. South Korea’s government is a Presidential Republic with robust legislative and judicial departments. The country is nearly 100,000 sq kms with a temperate climate, known for some heavy rainfalls and some cold winters. It is known for its stunning coastline in Busan and countless mountain ranges that explores love to hike.
South Korea was once one of the poorest countries in the 1960s and has since become one of the wealthiest due to strategic economic policies. The world has watched with amazement at the success story of Korea’s economy. Korea is the national language, followed by English which is taught at all levels of education. 81% of the country lives in urban centers, Seoul being the Capital city. From South Korea, travel to other Southeast Asian countries is both possible and affordable, it is the gateway to adventure and exploration.
Adventure Teaching has been placing teachers in South Korea for 12+ years at over 100 schools across the country. We pride ourselves in working with schools that treat teachers with respect and value education. We believe that placements are only successful if both the teacher and the school are happy, therefore we are committed to getting to know our teachers so that we can place them in a school that fits. Teachers are asked to provide the AT team with their country and location preferences, we take these into consideration for a placement but ultimately will provide you with the best option.
Apply today if you’re interested in finding a school that you want to teach at.
You can see our user friendly application process online that will ask you questions about yourself and your timeline.
Submit Resume and Headshot
In order to apply and interview with our AT team, you will need a resume and headshot. Your headshot does not need to be taken by a professional but does need show your personality and professionalism. Our team loves photos on a neutral background with you smiling from the shoulders up.
Interview with our AT team
Once our team reviews your resume and headshot we will invite you to an interview. This is our opportunity to get to know you and ask you questions about moving and teaching abroad.
Gather Visa Supporting Documents
Our team will walk you through the process of gathering your documents required for your visa. Please visit our visa guidelines to learn more.
Interview With Schools Abroad
Once your documents are completed our Placement Coordinators will work with you to set up interviews with schools abroad. They work behind the scenes to submit your profile to multiple opportunities.
Sign Your Contract
When you are offered a contract, we will guide you through the specifications and advise you on whether to take the contract or not.
Time For Travel
Our team works with you to make travel arrangements and support you during the process of moving abroad.
In order to apply please check your eligibility
“Korea has been such an incredible journey for me. It is a country rich is surprise and adventure that has kept me on my toes through highs and lows, but ultimately keeps me staying for more and more. Living here has been nothing short of a privilege and I know looking back I will hold dear such wonderful memories that I made for myself during my time here!”
“Teaching in Korea was so much more than what I’d expected. Yes, the work hours could be long, but my coworker family immediately clicked and made working fun while I gained a lot of teaching, time management, and cross-cultural communication skills. Though it can be difficult to be far from home, the absolute best part about my experience was the friendships I forged and still maintain today. You make enough money to spent a lot of weekends traveling around the country with your new friends, exploring Korea’s rich culture and history, and having a vibrant social life. My two years in Korea weren’t really enough, but at least I know that my memories will last a lifetime.”
“My time in Korea was incredible. The people I met, both locals and foreigners, broadened my view of the world in a way that somehow managed to make it seem smaller – you realize, we’re all just people. My Korean co-teacher and I developed a great relationship and I loved working with my kids. I was pushed from my comfort zone, the “worldly” view I thought I had on life was challenged, and I grew so much.”
When my girlfriend and I decided to teach ESL abroad, we wanted to make sure we were set up for success. From the very first conversation with AT we felt comfortable and more at ease with the steps we needed to take. They were extremely knowledgeable and sincerely cared about what we wanted out of our experience teaching ESL. The communication was nothing short of fantastic. Currently being in Korea, we know that we can still count on AT to help us with anything that may come up. We could not be more thankful to have AT as our recruiters.
When my boyfriend and I decided we wanted to teach in South Korea, we were both equally excited and overwhelmed. Jessica and Kelly offered valuable insight and guidance throughout the interview process, as well as during our contract negotiations. We felt very confident signing our contracts. Despite the fact that we left amidst a time of great uncertainty with covid-19, Adventure Teaching has never wavered in their support. They have continued to work with us to ensure our happiness and our success. We are incredibly happy with our school and living situation in South Korea, and we are so grateful for Adventure Teaching!