Answer(s) How much can you earn teaching English in Korea? Well…. the typical salary teaching English in Korea at a private or public school in your first one to two years is between 2.2 – 2.6 M KRW per month. If you’re at the lower end or 2.2 M KRW per month you can expect to get other benefits such as airfare, a single furnished apartment, pension, severance or 1 month contract completion bonus equal to one month’s salary.
Korea Jobs Q&A
Here’s a full list of 31 questions you might want to ask BEFORE you sign an ESL teaching contract overseas. Hope these help! 31 Questions Schedule
Question asked – I’m graduating college in April and really want to teach overseas. I’ve looked at China, Korea and Japan and it’s hard to make up my mind. Each country has their own unique qualities. Of course, money and comfort are also a consideration, so I’m leaning towards Korea. I’ve heard that the market is competitive and saturated with ESL teachers. I’ve also heard that most of the job offers are crappy and out in the countryside. Would you still suggest Korea, or somewhere else?
Question asked – I have a Master’s degree in History, one year of teaching experience at a kids hagwon, and a 120 hour TEFL Certificate. What are my chances of getting a university job anywhere in Korea? Most universities ask for 2 years of college or university EFL teaching experience. Does this count me out? Should I just apply for a unigwon job to get college student teaching experience and then apply to a university after?
If you’ve been teaching English abroad for several years already, the reality of watching your parents getting up in years (from afar) can be a tough one. And one question may cross your mind:
Question asked – I was offered a job at a hagwon in Korea for 30 hours of teaching per week. It’s the first offer I’ve had since I started applying about a month ago. I’ve probably sent 15 applications in total to different ESL recruiters. Given that an average work week in the US is 40 hours, 30 hours seems fair, no?
Question asked – My current hagwon contract ends February 1, 2017. So, I started applying for new teaching jobs and have been offered what appeared to be a great job in Incheon from a decent recruiter. Last week the recruiter sent me the contract which I immediately signed. But after signing I’ve had second thoughts.
Question asked – I really want to teach English in Korea, but I got a DUI 4 years go. I’m a college graduate and Canadian citizen, 23 years old, and have a TEFL certificate. Should I bother even applying to recruiters?
Question asked – I’ve been offered an English teaching job at a hagwon in rural Korea. I’ll be bringing my wife and son with me (who’s 4 years old). My concern is housing. Will I get a large enough apartment to have a separate room for my son and a master bedroom for my wife and I as well as some type of living room + kitchen space? Our apartment in the US is 800 square feet with 2 bedrooms and a living room and separate kitchen. My question is: How should I negotiate a larger apartment knowing the majority of
Question asked – In my EPIK application to teach in Korea it asks if I have “visible” tattoos, so I said “no”. But I do have one tattoo on my back, which can’t be seen unless I take off my shirt and turn around or wear a bikini. When I get my health check will I have to remove my shirt and will the nurse will see it? Will they make a note of it
Question asked – I’m in the middle of my online TEFL program as well as getting my E2 visa documents apostilled. Would it be wiser to get it all done first, before contacting recruiters? Read 6 Answers “Why wait? It can take 3-6 months from the time you apply for a teaching job in Korea, until you’ve actually got your boots in the classroom
Question asked – Everyone says to send your teaching resume out to a bunch of ESL recruiters. So, I followed that advice and now I’ve been inundated with recruiter emails, requests for documents, and interview schedules. I can’t keep up with it all…. I don’t want to annoy any recruiter, because I don’t know
Question asked – Hard to find info about teaching English in Osan. I know the US airforce base is there. Are there any decent hagwons and foreign teachers working in the area to hang with?
Question asked – Just arrived in Korea and I’m excited to start teaching and paying off my college debt. How should I be sending money home each month? Is there a preferred bank or money transfer method among English teachers? I’m American. Read 16 Answers
Here are 12 of the most common questions you’ll be asked during your Skype teaching interview.
Question asked – My partner has been hired to teach English in Korea with the EPIK public school program. We are both Canadians. They have given her an apartment (not sure of the size). I plan to go with her to Korea for a year and we’ll live together. I don’t have a university degree, so obviously I can’t teach there. Will EPIK object to me living
What’s the future for public school and university jobs in Korea? How about hagwons? Will Korea end these types of programs in the name of economic reform, or is the country’s insatiable appetite for English unstoppable? What plans does the government have for the ROK?
Question asked – It appears the hourly rate for teaching English in Korea hasn’t gone up much over the past 10 years. Teaching private lessons gets you on average 40,000 won per hour and the rate for English camps is only 15,000 won per hour. When you factor in travel time
Here’s the story: The teacher’s school releases him from his teaching contract in month 3 of a 12 month contract. So, the teacher leaves the hagwon and finds a new teaching job.
Question asked – I’ve never applied before. I have a Bachelor’s degree in history from the UK, don’t speak Korean and I’m caucasian. I have co-taught history classes as part of an education practicum class for one college semester.
Question asked – I’ll finish my M.A in TESOL in the spring of 2017. I want to apply for English teaching jobs in Korea. Where should I start? Are recruiters that bad? I’ve been looking at the EPIK public school program.
Question asked – I’m a Canadian college graduate with an online TESL certificate. I’ve applied several times in Seoul, but haven’t gotten a job yet. I’ve been dealing with many recruiters but gotten no offers. Will I have to wait until the spring to find a good job. If I’m offered a job right now, I’m wondering
Question asked – Is this possible? I’m not interested in Seoul, Busan or any of the bigger cities. Just looking for a studio sized apartment. How expensive is rent and would I have to sign a 12 month lease?
Question asked – Has anybody taught English in Chungnam? My recruiter said I will teach at a school there. Are there many foreigners living and working there?
Read 5 Answers – “It depends on when your hagwon is paying you. Don’t expect them to pay you every two weeks like most jobs in Canada or the US. You may have to wait 4-6 weeks before you see your first pay-check.
Question asked – I’ve been offered an ESL teaching contract at a school in Seoul. The contract looks normal except I don’t see any sick days included. What it does say is if I take a sick day they will take it from my pay. Is this legal. Also, if I quit, want to be notified 60 days before I do so. Are these two clauses fair?
Question asked – I’m a Gyopo with no English teaching experience. I’m also NOT fluent in Korean. Since this is my first attempt to go to Korea to teach, will I be a lot less desirable applicant for recruiters? Would it be better for me to try another country like China or Vietnam instead of Korea, which is a bit more saturated with English teachers right now?
Question asked – I’m applying for the EPIK program in Korea in the January or February of 2017. How soon after I land in Korea, will I be drug tested. I’ve smoked marijuana in the past, but will have to quit when I get to the ROK (obviously). Any insight?
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Let’s face it… Attending university for 4 years, getting a degree, completing a TEFL certificate, and then landing a teaching job in a foreign country are significant accomplishments.
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online.thatsmags – Are you a TEFL teacher looking for something a bit different? The North Korean government is now offering English speakers a chance to spend a month at Pyongyang Tourism College.
A teacher who’s planning to come to Korea brought up some good questions about bringing his dog. Anybody been through this before?
Here are the notes I’ve gathered about Changnyeong English Village in Gyesong, Korea. Not a lot has been written by teachers about this place. If you have insight or updates, please pay it forward and leave a review. This is a “living document.”
If you’re an ESL teacher in Korea, and you break your hagwon contract early… there are ramifications. I’ve compiled some of the different scenarios of why, when and how teachers end their contracts.
Last night, I spoke with an ESL teacher in Korea… He’s a good instructor because he combines education and entertainment in his classroom. He’s well prepared for his English classes, engages his students, and makes sure they have fun while learning a second language. His qualifications are:
Nervous or afraid about your first day of teaching English in Korea? Nancy, a Chinese American English teacher in Korea made a raw, and compelling video about her first experience.