TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea) is a national recruitment scheme that places foreign teachers into elementary schools throughout South Korea. TaLK is a similar program to the more well known EPIK, however, it differs by focusing on placements in underprivileged areas and rural communities that would otherwise struggle to attract teachers. Members of the program will gain plenty of valuable teaching experience and get to enjoy living in a fascinating part of Asia.
What do I need to apply for the TaLK Program?
Applicants to the TaLK Program need to be a college graduate or a current undergraduate student with at least two years of a degree course completed. To be eligible you must also be a citizen of either the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or Ireland. The minimum age at the time of application is set at 19, but there is no upper age limit. However, if you are over 35 years of age, you are likely to be encouraged to join the EPIK program instead. During the application process a criminal background check is required.
What does the TaLK Program involve?
If you are accepted on the program you will need to sign a one-year contract that starts in either February or August. Prior to the start date you will attend a one-month orientation that covers a wide range of important subjects, such as classroom management, curriculum design, and teaching methodologies. During the orientation program you will also cover cultural subjects that are designed to help you settle into your new environment. During your stay you will spend around 15 hours per week in the classroom, with extra time spent on planning your lessons.
Where are applicants on the TaLK Program placed?
The TaLK program focuses on placements in mainly rural areas of the following provinces: Chungnam, Gangwon, Incheon, Jeju, Jeonbuk, and Jeonnam. As you are not able to request a location preference during the application process, placements through this scheme are essentially random. For full details of the requirements and to apply, please visit the official TaLK Program website.
What benefits does the TaLK Program offer?
The benefits of the TaLK program include:
- A monthly stipend of KRW 1.5 million (currently $1,300 US) per month
- Furnished accommodation, typically a studio apartment (not including utilities)
- Flight allowance of KRW 2.6 Million to cover transport in and out of the country
- Settlement allowance of KRW 300,000
- Seven vacation days per semester
- Medical insurance coverage