Thinking about moving from China to Korea to teach English…

Thinking about moving from China to Korea to teach English…

I haven’t thought much about which country I want to teach English in,  but I’ve just spent 2 years in China so would rather stay away from that now and move onto a new adventure! Any suggestions?

Can’t blame you. I taught in Korea for several years… Really enjoyed it, but my biggest regret was not trying a new country. Make sure you write down your “MUST HAVES” and NICE TO HAVE’s in a job…. It’s important so recruiters can send you the most attractive offers. I did that before and it save myself an the recruiter a lot of time..

Ah ok. Um so I don’t really know much about the Korean teaching scene. Could you give me an example of a job?

Would you prefer to teach English to kids or adults?

My experience is with kids ages 2-18 so maybe stick with that What is a good salary for Korea? I made the mistake of taking a super low salary in my first year in China because although it was higher than Chinese, for a foreigner is was less than half of what others were earning

Yes, understood. The salaries for private language institutes range between 2.1 M KRW per month up to 2.7 M KRW.  This is about $1,800 USD to $2,400 USD. A school should provide free single apartment, a one month contract completion bonus, at least 10 vacation days per year + Korean national holidays and a 1 month contract completion bonus once you’re completed a 12 month contract.

Could I send you a few Seoul teaching jobs for you to look at?


Here’s the latest Seoul jobs. I recruit for all of the Korea jobs you see on the website, so if you have specific questions about each job.

In your personal opinion, what are the pros and cons of living in Korea? I am really considering this but I just want to get as much info as possible first

I can’t compare it to China, because I’ve never taught in the PRC. Korea is comfortable and a more mature teaching market than China. You’ll earn more, save more and schools and have more laws around protecting foreigners there than other Asian countries. I made so many good friends in Korea. I loved the food, especially. I met my Korean wife there and had a child there. I am back in Canada now, but return to Korea a couple of times a year because I still enjoy the place. If you’re just looking for a change from China, then Korea is a good choice, Japan is unaffordable for a teacher and Thailand and Vietnam the salaries are far too low. You can always visit Southeast Asia during your time off from a school in Korea. You’ll save the most in Korea and be able to enjoy the best of everything else.

I know teachers who want to go to Korea, but unfortunately they can’t because they don’t have a university degree. They are strict about that requirement there.

Looking for a new hagwon job teaching kindergarteners in Ilsan

Hello, I’m so for the late message but yes im still looking for a teaching position in Ilsan.

Are you in Ilsan now?

Hello sir yes im in Ilsan now. I have my own apartment here.

When you do you finish your current contract?

I finished about 2 and 1/2 weeks ago

Okay, so you’re looking for something as soon as possible. Salary expectations and students?

Yes asap. Salary expectations are 2.3 plus a housing allowance if possible. I would prefer to teach Kindergarten because of the hours. Im looking for an 9:00 to 6 or 7:00 if possible

Okay, so you don’t have an E2 visa any longer, or do you need to get an LOR?

My visa is still active for another couple weeks. I would just need to get an extension with the new school.

Understood. I’ll look at the jobs we have for Ilsan. Have you had any decent offers yet?

No decent offers. But i really appreciate your help finding something for me. Hope to hear from you soon.

I’m sure most of the jobs are 2.1-2.2 in the current market. But at least I know your expectations and can run a search. Are you pretty much settled in living in Ilsan or would you consider other locations?

Well I live with my fiance in Ilsan so anywhere close to here or in Ilsan is ideal for me.

Okay, that makes sense then. I wasn’t sure what your situation was. I’ll see what I can find and get back to you tomorrow.

Thank you very much and i look forward to hearing from you.

Certainly. Thanks.

Want to teach in Busan or Seoul

Are you looking for a new ESL job in Korea, or are your teaching adventures over?

Hello! My contract ends at the end of October, but I am thinking of starting a new contract in November!

So your second year in Korea with CDI?

Yes. I work there for 1 year almost.

That’s good to hear. I’ve always heard a lot of mixed reviews about CDI. But, I’ve looked at their jobs, and their offers seem fair and reasonable to me.

I can’t really speak for CDI myself since I don’t work in that branch. From what I’ve heard, they don’t get many national holidays off and have to work on some Saturdays to do makeup classes or tutorings.

I’ve heard teachers complain about not getting all the “red letter days” off and the 3 hour classes. But that’s it and not sure how much truth there is too it. I contacted you because I recruit English teachers in Korea, Thailand, China and Japan. Just wanted to see if you were still looking for something.

I see~ I haven’t started my search yet because I still have several months until my contract ends. But if you know of any availabilities in Seoul or Busan in September, feel free to let me know!

Certainly. I’ll keep a look out for you. Do you have a salary range and specific requirements like housing, etc. We have many positions in those cities. It’s all about the match though. Do you have a desired age group to teach?

I have been teaching elementary – middle school aged children. That age range would be preferable. Even pre-K would be fine- I like little kids.  I currently make 2.3 million won, so considering my experience, I would expect around 2.5 or maybe more. Housing would be preferable, but I have a dog so if I need to find my own lodging that is animal friendly, a housing allowance would be fine.

Knowing you have a pet dog is good to know. Especially if the school provides housing. And you’ve outgrown Changwon, so no jobs there, right?

Since I’ve already been in Changwon over a year, I’d like to try someplace new.

Yes, understandable. Thanks for letting me know your requirements. I’ll reach out to you again in July with some jobs. It usually takes at least 2 months to make a job move in Korea. Whenever you’re ready if you could send me your resume that would be great.

Thank you for reaching out! I will send you my resume in the next few days!  Have a good weekend!

Great, thanks for the chat… Enjoy the Korean spring.

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