Due to a high demand for teachers and very competitive salaries, South Korea is now one of the most popular destinations for TEFL qualified teachers. Monthly salaries range from $1,500 to $3,000 and with added benefits such as free accommodation, paid airfares, and a contract completion bonus, most teachers are able to save a considerable sum during their stay.
What do employers expect from job applicants in South Korea?
Due to these obvious benefits, competition for the top jobs can be very strong. If you have previous experience and a teaching qualification you will be able to have your pick of the jobs. However, as demand is so high, first-time teachers can also secure a good position if they can tick the required boxes. Firstly, you have to be a native English speaker with a passport from the USA, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland or South Africa. A degree in any subject is also essential, as is a TEFL certificate.
To secure a job with any employer in South Korea you will need to provide a range of documentation to support your application for a work permit. The main documents that are needed include a criminal background check, an apostilled copy of your degree, sealed university transcripts, a copy of your signed contract, and a personal health statement. In order to get all these in place at the right time it is advisable to start planning your trip many months ahead of your intended departure date.
What type of job can I get in South Korea?
One popular option for finding a teaching job in South Korea is via the EPIK Program. This government backed scheme is responsible for recruiting a large number of foreign teachers to work within the public school system. The main benefit of this option is that everything is arranged from your home country in advance. There are also a significant number of opportunities available in private language institutes, universities and international schools.
How should I apply for TEFL jobs in South Korea?
If you do not go down the EPIK Program route, you will also find plenty of jobs advertised online via TEFL job boards. Many other people decide to head to the country first in order to interview in person and get a feel for the employer and location before committing to a contract. Recruitment companies offer another popular route as it is the schools that pay their fees and not the teachers looking for jobs. In truth, there is no one best way to find a teaching job in South Korea, as different methods suit different situations.
What benefits can I expect when teaching English in South Korea?
Whichever method you choose to find a job in South Korea, you should find you are able to live comfortably as most jobs pay a competitive salary. If you also secure a contract that includes free housing, which is very common, you should have no trouble saving a considerable sum of money over the length of your contract. As well as a good standard of living, South Korea also boasts an ultramodern infrastructure, a unique culture, and a long history. This combination of modernity and cultural appreciation makes for a great environment for foreign teachers to live and work in.