Teach English in South Korea

South Korea is the perfect Teach Abroad destination for those looking to move to a vibrant first world country with a high earning potential and an opportunity to gain invaluable international teaching experience.

Choosing to teach English in South Korea comes with many benefits such as high salaries, free flights and accommodation, and an end-of-contract bonus. If you are in search of a vibrant experience teaching, travelling and earning good money abroad, this is the perfect program for you.

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Full-time paid position at a public or private school anywhere in South Korea

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Placements available at kindergartens, primary (elementary and middle) schools, and high schools

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Online TESOL training and cultural orientation prior to job placement

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Or choose our in-country, in-class TESOL course done in Seoul

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Placements available in cities and small towns

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24/7 in-country support



Do you want to find out more about teaching English in South Korea? Fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you within 1 business day!

Applying is free

YOU ONLY PAY DEPOSIT ONCE ACCEPTED

$400

– required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

How does payment work?

Online TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Total Fee: $1750
Breakdown:
– TESOL: $650
– Placement: $700

There are three different payments for this program:

Deposit: $400
TESOL: $650
Placement: $700
– only required once a job offer has been confirmed by Travelbud

In-country TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Total Fee: $2050

There are two different payments for this program:

Deposit: $400
Remainder: $1650

South Korea Placement Only:

This is for people who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL.
Payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Placement: $865
– only to be paid once a job offer has been confirmed
Total Fee:$1265

Currency converter

Change to your currency. Please take note that the amount reflected above is based on the current exchange rate and may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility on the day of being invoiced.

Please note: The program fees above do not include travel insurance and accommodation during the TESOL course. Please refer to the Costs & Budget section of this page for more information.

Teach English in South Korea Information

If you have any questions about this program, please don’t hesitate to enquire and we will get back to you!

Overview

Watch our short introduction video to get an idea of what to expect:

Teach English in South Korea Highlights:

  • Full-time paid position at a public or private school anywhere in South Korea
  • No teaching experience required
  • Monthly salaries between $1900 and $2300
  • Free accommodation
  • Free one-way flight – sometimes return airfare is provided
  • End-of-contract bonus pay
  • Placements available at kindergartens, primary (elementary and middle) schools, and high schools
  • Placements available in cities and small towns
  • Friends and couples can be placed together
  • Placements are for a minimum of 12 months and are renewable
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Online TESOL training and cultural orientation prior to job placement
  • Or choose our new in-country, in-class TESOL course done in Seoul
  • Gain invaluable international work and teaching experience

What’s Included

The following is included in the Teach English in South Korea program:

  • Airport pickup
  • Paid teaching position
  • Fully furnished accommodation
  • One-way flight to South Korea – sometimes return airfare is provided. Please note that you will be required to pay for your flight to South Korea upfront. Your school will then reimburse you when in Korea.
  • 120 hour internationally accredited online TESOL course
  • Or choose the in-country, in-class TESOL course done in Seoul
  • Online Korean culture and language orientation
  • Graduation certificate and recommendation letter
  • One week online Korean culture and language orientation
  • Access to  an online Teacher Resource with many lesson plans, flash cards, and other materials to support teachers in the classroom
  • End-of-contract bonus pay
  • Pre-departure support and guidance on preparing for trip and obtaining necessary visa and documentation
  • Help with revising and formatting your resume (CV), and creating your video presentation for the schools
  • Relationship maintenance and network building with schools and partners across the country to facilitate job placement
  • Facilitating interviews with South Korean partners and schools
  • Screening  and background checks on all schools

Eligibility Requirements

The following is required to be eligible to teach English in South Korea as stipulated by local authorities:

  1. Citizenship:  Australia, Canada, United States,  New Zealand,  UK, or South Africa
    1. If birth country is different from above, they need to prove that they were taught in English from at least grade 7 (10 years total) plus attending an English University.  
    2. All South Africans need  least 10 years of English schooling starting from Grade 7
  2. Bachelor’s Degree – Complete and certificate in hand (Letter of graduation not acceptable)
    1. GPA 2.5 or above
    2. For Canadian applicants – French speaking universities not accepted
  3. No Criminal History (100% clean)
  4. 12 Month Contract – Willing and able to commit for the whole time
  5. Tattoos or Piercings – Nothing visible or extensive (Will need to document and declare all in application)
  6. Must be in excellent mental and physical health, all medical conditions need to be declared.
    1. Willing to submit to comprehensive medical checkup  in South Korea
    2. Mental: You may not be allowed onto the program if you have ever been diagnosed with any mental, neurotic or emotional disorder. Also, you may not be allowed onto the program if you have had any treatment or taken prescription medication within the last 12 months for any above classified disorders or for the treatment of anxiety or depression even if not officially diagnosed.
    3. Physical – Must be able to stand for 8+ hours a day. Height, weight, hearing, sight and colour blindness) should be taken into consideration as well.  
    4. Medical History
      1. No history of infectious diseases
      2. No narcotic drug or alcohol addictions in the past 5 years
      3. No history of mental/neuro/emotional disorders
      4. Other: Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes
  • Age: Ideally between the ages of 21 – 40 years old.
    1. Anyone over 40 years old needs to be reviewed by Travelbud
  • Dependents – This program is not designed to support teachers who want to go to SK with their family/children. We cannot accept anyone who intends to go to South Korea with dependents.
  • Couples: Positions for couples are less available but still possible.
    1. Married couples can be placed together.
    2. Unmarried couples need to be prepared to work at different schools and live apart.

Online TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Total Fee: $1750
Breakdown:
– TESOL: $650
– Placement: $700

There are three different payments for this program:

Deposit: $400
TESOL: $650
Placement: $700
– only required once a job offer has been confirmed by Travelbud

In-class TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Total Fee: $2050

There are two different payments for this program:

Deposit: $400
Remainder: $1650

South Korea Placement Only:

This is for people who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL.
Payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Placement: $865
– only to be paid once a job offer has been confirmed
Total Fee:$1265

Currency converter

Change to your currency. Please take note that the amount reflected above is based on the current exchange rate and may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility on the day of being invoiced.

Recommended Budget

Please note:
The below recommended budget is based on 1 month of living in South Korea as an English teacher. It is merely a guideline on what to expect if you are living a moderate lifestyle in South Korea and can be more or less depending on your spending preferences.

Budget Item Cost
Flights

Price depends on when you book, where you are travelling from and what sort of ticket you purchase

Varies
Travel Insurance

Price depends on which provider you use, the length of time you are covered for and limits of liability of that insurance

Varies
Food and Groceries
  • $200 if you cook at home
  • $500 if you eat out
Traveling using Public Transport $90(includes weekend travel)
Phone Calls & Internet Expenses
  • Local calls using mobile phones – $23
  • International Calling Cards – $15
  • Internet – $13 (South Korea has one of the fastest internet connections in the world!)
Total Monthly Budget
  • $400 (cooking at home)
  • $700 (eating out)

TESOL Training & Dates

TravelBud’s online TESOL course is tailored specifically to teaching in South Korea and includes the following:

  • 120-hour online training completed over 4 weeks
  • 1-week Korean culture and language orientation
  • History and theory of teaching English as a foreign/second language
  • Modules on how to teach English speaking, reading, listening, and grammar in South Korea
  • Modules on classroom management and teaching English to young learners in South Korea
  • Extensive lesson plan development and presentation and feedback both from peers and instructors
  • Tons of tips, tricks and examples of how to teach English to every age group in South Korea
  • One-on-one Skype presentations and lessons with TESOL instructors
  • Advice and guidance for effective classroom management
  • Internationally accredited TESOL certificate and personalized letter of recommendation from your instructor

Ask about TravelBud’s NEW in-class, in-country TESOL course and orientation which takes place over a month and provides the same great tailored experience as the online course with the added benefit of:

  • Being trained in South Korea
  • Doing your cultural orientation in-country to get the most authentic and helpful experience
  • Getting to meet your fellow teachers and locals before getting placed
  • Minimizing culture shock as you get to live your first few weeks with fellow participants and program coordinators

The in-class course is aimed mostly at participants interested in teaching at private schools, though some public school applicants will also be able to parttake. Our next in-class TESOL course will take place starting 22 January 2018.

You will be provided with more information on the TESOL course by our South Korea Specialist.

In-take Dates for placement only and online TESOL course participants for 2017:

Day Month Year
18 September 2017
2 October 2017
16 October 2017
6 November 2017
20 November 2017
4 December 2017
18 December 2017

Job Placement

TravelBud provides all accepted applicants with a guaranteed job placement at a reputable school in South Korea. The job placement fee is only required after we have provided you with a job contract from a school in South Korea. This way we can ensure that our applicants only pay for what they receive.

The following is included in the Teach English in South Korea job placement fee:

  • Guaranteed full-time teaching position at a private or public school in South Korea based on your preference of location in South Korea as well as the age of the students you would prefer to teach (anywhere from kindergarten to grade 12)
  • Placement preferences cannot be guaranteed but our placement team will do their very best to meet your preferences
  • Placements are available throughout the year and throughout the country at both public and private schools
  • Placement duration: 12 months or more
  • Placements are renewable so you can choose to teach English in South Korea for several years if you’d like
  • In-depth screening and full background on all schools prior to job placement
  • Interview coaching, practice and feedback from our placement team to ensure all applicants are fully prepared before their interview with a school
  • Couples and friends can be placed together
  • Monthly salary of $1900 to $2300
  • Free accommodation
  • Free one-way flight
  • End-of-contract bonus pay (13th paycheck)
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support

Next Steps

Interested in teaching English in South Korea but not sure what to do next? Follow the steps below:

  1. Read through all the information on this page
  2. Submit an enquiry via the Enquire Now section below and we’ll get back to you with 1 business day
  3. Our Teach in South Korea Specialist will set up a time to meet with you either in person or on Skype to take you through everything, answer your questions, and guide you through the application process
  4. Complete our online application and submit required documentation – only to be done once you have been through all the program information
  5. You will be informed whether you have been accepted onto the program – this shouldn’t take more than 2 business days
  6. Pay the program deposit and TESOL course fee once accepted onto the program – See “Costs & Budget” section below
  7. Once your deposit and TESOL course fee has been paid, you will begin your TESOL training – completed over 4 weeks
  8. Once you have completed and passed the TESOL course, the job application process will begin – it takes at least 2 months to receive a job placement from the time you begin the job application process
  9. Receive your job placement and obtain your work permit – full assistance will be provided in obtaining your work permit
  10. Fly to South Korea and let the teaching begin!

Ask about our $250-off promotion on teaching in South Korea, ending April 3rd 2017!

Overview

Overview

Watch our short introduction video to get an idea of what to expect:

Teach English in South Korea Highlights:

  • Full-time paid position at a public or private school anywhere in South Korea
  • No teaching experience required
  • Monthly salaries between $1900 and $2300
  • Free accommodation
  • Free one-way flight – sometimes return airfare is provided
  • End-of-contract bonus pay
  • Placements available at kindergartens, primary (elementary and middle) schools, and high schools
  • Placements available in cities and small towns
  • Friends and couples can be placed together
  • Placements are for a minimum of 12 months and are renewable
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Online TESOL training and cultural orientation prior to job placement
  • Or choose our new in-country, in-class TESOL course done in Seoul
  • Gain invaluable international work and teaching experience
What's Included

What’s Included

The following is included in the Teach English in South Korea program:

  • Airport pickup
  • Paid teaching position
  • Fully furnished accommodation
  • One-way flight to South Korea – sometimes return airfare is provided. Please note that you will be required to pay for your flight to South Korea upfront. Your school will then reimburse you when in Korea.
  • 120 hour internationally accredited online TESOL course
  • Or choose the in-country, in-class TESOL course done in Seoul
  • Online Korean culture and language orientation
  • Graduation certificate and recommendation letter
  • One week online Korean culture and language orientation
  • Access to  an online Teacher Resource with many lesson plans, flash cards, and other materials to support teachers in the classroom
  • End-of-contract bonus pay
  • Pre-departure support and guidance on preparing for trip and obtaining necessary visa and documentation
  • Help with revising and formatting your resume (CV), and creating your video presentation for the schools
  • Relationship maintenance and network building with schools and partners across the country to facilitate job placement
  • Facilitating interviews with South Korean partners and schools
  • Screening  and background checks on all schools
Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

The following is required to be eligible to teach English in South Korea as stipulated by local authorities:

  1. Citizenship:  Australia, Canada, United States,  New Zealand,  UK, or South Africa
    1. If birth country is different from above, they need to prove that they were taught in English from at least grade 7 (10 years total) plus attending an English University.  
    2. All South Africans need  least 10 years of English schooling starting from Grade 7
  2. Bachelor’s Degree – Complete and certificate in hand (Letter of graduation not acceptable)
    1. GPA 2.5 or above
    2. For Canadian applicants – French speaking universities not accepted
  3. No Criminal History (100% clean)
  4. 12 Month Contract – Willing and able to commit for the whole time
  5. Tattoos or Piercings – Nothing visible or extensive (Will need to document and declare all in application)
  6. Must be in excellent mental and physical health, all medical conditions need to be declared.
    1. Willing to submit to comprehensive medical checkup  in South Korea
    2. Mental: You may not be allowed onto the program if you have ever been diagnosed with any mental, neurotic or emotional disorder. Also, you may not be allowed onto the program if you have had any treatment or taken prescription medication within the last 12 months for any above classified disorders or for the treatment of anxiety or depression even if not officially diagnosed.
    3. Physical – Must be able to stand for 8+ hours a day. Height, weight, hearing, sight and colour blindness) should be taken into consideration as well.  
    4. Medical History
      1. No history of infectious diseases
      2. No narcotic drug or alcohol addictions in the past 5 years
      3. No history of mental/neuro/emotional disorders
      4. Other: Allergies, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes
  • Age: Ideally between the ages of 21 – 40 years old.
    1. Anyone over 40 years old needs to be reviewed by Travelbud
  • Dependents – This program is not designed to support teachers who want to go to SK with their family/children. We cannot accept anyone who intends to go to South Korea with dependents.
  • Couples: Positions for couples are less available but still possible.
    1. Married couples can be placed together.
    2. Unmarried couples need to be prepared to work at different schools and live apart.
Costs & Budget

Online TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Total Fee: $1750
Breakdown:
– TESOL: $650
– Placement: $700

There are three different payments for this program:

Deposit: $400
TESOL: $650
Placement: $700
– only required once a job offer has been confirmed by Travelbud

In-class TESOL and Placement:

The payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Total Fee: $2050

There are two different payments for this program:

Deposit: $400
Remainder: $1650

South Korea Placement Only:

This is for people who already have a qualification to teach abroad and don’t need to complete TESOL.
Payment of fees works as follows:

Deposit: $400
Placement: $865
– only to be paid once a job offer has been confirmed
Total Fee:$1265

Currency converter

Change to your currency. Please take note that the amount reflected above is based on the current exchange rate and may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility on the day of being invoiced.

Recommended Budget

Please note:
The below recommended budget is based on 1 month of living in South Korea as an English teacher. It is merely a guideline on what to expect if you are living a moderate lifestyle in South Korea and can be more or less depending on your spending preferences.

Budget Item Cost
Flights

Price depends on when you book, where you are travelling from and what sort of ticket you purchase

Varies
Travel Insurance

Price depends on which provider you use, the length of time you are covered for and limits of liability of that insurance

Varies
Food and Groceries
  • $200 if you cook at home
  • $500 if you eat out
Traveling using Public Transport $90(includes weekend travel)
Phone Calls & Internet Expenses
  • Local calls using mobile phones – $23
  • International Calling Cards – $15
  • Internet – $13 (South Korea has one of the fastest internet connections in the world!)
Total Monthly Budget
  • $400 (cooking at home)
  • $700 (eating out)
TESOL Training

TESOL Training & Dates

TravelBud’s online TESOL course is tailored specifically to teaching in South Korea and includes the following:

  • 120-hour online training completed over 4 weeks
  • 1-week Korean culture and language orientation
  • History and theory of teaching English as a foreign/second language
  • Modules on how to teach English speaking, reading, listening, and grammar in South Korea
  • Modules on classroom management and teaching English to young learners in South Korea
  • Extensive lesson plan development and presentation and feedback both from peers and instructors
  • Tons of tips, tricks and examples of how to teach English to every age group in South Korea
  • One-on-one Skype presentations and lessons with TESOL instructors
  • Advice and guidance for effective classroom management
  • Internationally accredited TESOL certificate and personalized letter of recommendation from your instructor

Ask about TravelBud’s NEW in-class, in-country TESOL course and orientation which takes place over a month and provides the same great tailored experience as the online course with the added benefit of:

  • Being trained in South Korea
  • Doing your cultural orientation in-country to get the most authentic and helpful experience
  • Getting to meet your fellow teachers and locals before getting placed
  • Minimizing culture shock as you get to live your first few weeks with fellow participants and program coordinators

The in-class course is aimed mostly at participants interested in teaching at private schools, though some public school applicants will also be able to parttake. Our next in-class TESOL course will take place starting 22 January 2018.

You will be provided with more information on the TESOL course by our South Korea Specialist.

In-take Dates for placement only and online TESOL course participants for 2017:

Day Month Year
18 September 2017
2 October 2017
16 October 2017
6 November 2017
20 November 2017
4 December 2017
18 December 2017
Job Placement

Job Placement

TravelBud provides all accepted applicants with a guaranteed job placement at a reputable school in South Korea. The job placement fee is only required after we have provided you with a job contract from a school in South Korea. This way we can ensure that our applicants only pay for what they receive.

The following is included in the Teach English in South Korea job placement fee:

  • Guaranteed full-time teaching position at a private or public school in South Korea based on your preference of location in South Korea as well as the age of the students you would prefer to teach (anywhere from kindergarten to grade 12)
  • Placement preferences cannot be guaranteed but our placement team will do their very best to meet your preferences
  • Placements are available throughout the year and throughout the country at both public and private schools
  • Placement duration: 12 months or more
  • Placements are renewable so you can choose to teach English in South Korea for several years if you’d like
  • In-depth screening and full background on all schools prior to job placement
  • Interview coaching, practice and feedback from our placement team to ensure all applicants are fully prepared before their interview with a school
  • Couples and friends can be placed together
  • Monthly salary of $1900 to $2300
  • Free accommodation
  • Free one-way flight
  • End-of-contract bonus pay (13th paycheck)
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support
Next Steps

Next Steps

Interested in teaching English in South Korea but not sure what to do next? Follow the steps below:

  1. Read through all the information on this page
  2. Submit an enquiry via the Enquire Now section below and we’ll get back to you with 1 business day
  3. Our Teach in South Korea Specialist will set up a time to meet with you either in person or on Skype to take you through everything, answer your questions, and guide you through the application process
  4. Complete our online application and submit required documentation – only to be done once you have been through all the program information
  5. You will be informed whether you have been accepted onto the program – this shouldn’t take more than 2 business days
  6. Pay the program deposit and TESOL course fee once accepted onto the program – See “Costs & Budget” section below
  7. Once your deposit and TESOL course fee has been paid, you will begin your TESOL training – completed over 4 weeks
  8. Once you have completed and passed the TESOL course, the job application process will begin – it takes at least 2 months to receive a job placement from the time you begin the job application process
  9. Receive your job placement and obtain your work permit – full assistance will be provided in obtaining your work permit
  10. Fly to South Korea and let the teaching begin!

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TEACH ENGLISH IN SOUTH KOREA TESTIMONIALS

Travelbud helped me to find a job in Korea and put me in touch with all the right people. I would highly recommend someone going to teach in Korea for the first time using their services. When I first decided to go to Korea I had no idea of what I would have to do to get there.

Travelbud assisted me in finding a job and were always helpful when I had queries or issues about working in Korea.

Dominic Valentine, South Korea

TravelBud and their partners firstly offered great advice in the initial stages but once I had decided my location and timing they were quick to get me set up with interviews. They offer you detailed assistance at every step of the way and are always quick to respond to queries. The school which they set me up with is awesome and I have been enjoying every minute of the experience so far.

I would certainly recommend using TravelBud’s services.

Peter Staegemann, South Korea

TEACH ENGLISH IN SOUTH KOREA VIDEOS

Live The Dream While Teaching English In South Korea

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Canadian Graduate Explains Her Teaching Experience In South Korea

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First Impressions of Teaching in South Korea: Explained by ESL Teacher

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Why Teaching In South Korea Was The Best Decision She Ever Made

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Accommodation for English teachers in South Korea

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Christian’s accommodation in South Korea

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English teacher’s accommodation in South Korea

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TEACH ENGLISH IN SOUTH KOREA VIDEOS

Live The Dream While Teaching English In South Korea

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Canadian Graduate Explains Her Teaching Experience In South Korea

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First Impressions of Teaching in South Korea: Explained by ESL Teacher

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Why Teaching In South Korea Was The Best Decision She Ever Made

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Accommodation for English teachers in South Korea

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Christian’s accommodation in South Korea

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English teacher’s accommodation in South Korea

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