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TEFL Teaching in Korea, I found the perfect TEFL job for me in South Korea, by contacting schools myself. I knew what I wanted from a school, to teach children ages 8-16, I knew where I wanted to live. I’d heard about all the normal contract offerings from recruiters constantly contacting me. I wasn’t sure if could trust them. I had a friend that had taught in South Korea and she had told me that as soon as she had signed her contract with the school, she couldn’t get in touch with her recruiter ever again!! This is why I thought I’d do it myself. At least my way I understood everything before I arrived. I’m working in Seoul right in the centre; I have been here 5 months. I sorted a 6 month contract out with the choice of renewing for another 6 months; I am going to extend my contract because my director is very good to me and I’m very happy with the school.
I have a TEFL and Degree in English but you can work here with just a Degree in any subject. I chose South Korea because it’s a good way to save money for the future after 1 year working here I can put a deposit on a flat back in England. I earn 2.100.000 South Korean Won a month. The school offers me my own apartment with all mod cons and I get the school bus to work which takes 10 minutes.
Every month the director takes all the staff out for Korean food Kalbi, (it’s like bbq meat, with about 10 side dishes very yummy). At my school there are 8 Korean teachers and 4 foreign teachers from New Zealand and Canada. We all hangout at the weekends. I work 25 hours a week Monday – Friday.
There is a place called itaewon where lots of foreigners go on the weekends to party. Hyehwa is a great place to go to party this is a more Korean university area with lots of cool bars and places to eat. Coex is the best the best place to go shopping along with Dongdemun market. Here is a link to a map of Seoul. Living in Seoul is like living in any other big city.
Sally Willcocks UK
You get a free plane ticket, a free apartment, a very high wage and very low tax (4%). The cost of living is reasonable, and can be very low if you want it to be. You can have a lot of disposable cash, or as many do, send that cash home to pay off your debts. Unless you do kindergarten, you can get up late, and go to work after lunch. Or get up early and do lots of things for yourself before you go to school. You should be finished no later than 9pm – and then the night is yours! “I taught in Korea for two years, I really enjoyed the lifestyle I had there. David (American)
Two things are truly great about Korea: Soju & Kalbi. Soju is the local firewater, only 40 pence (60 cents) a bottle, it will change your life and your head! Kalbi is a traditional way of eating marinated pork/beef, barbecuing it yourself on your own personal burning coals and grill, then eating wrapped in lettuce with garlic & hot bean paste (best done outside on plastic chairs!)
“Teaching in Korea is like baby sitting in another country at warp speed! 12 + kids in a class that have all to learn and finish the English book within the month! Easy cash as you don’t have to use your brain power. The reason they ask for a photo is that they want to see your white face and colour eyes with light hair. They don’t care if you have taught before or whether you have any teaching certificates, although this is changing and some schools now are asking for teachers with TEFL, CELTAs and offering such teachers higher pay anything from 2.2 mill won – 2.8 mil won per month.
It’s what you look like that counts in this country, the prettier and skinner the better for the school, as image is the one big thing over here. Koreans are very vain people. Because after all even though you may not know it yet, you are the major sales pitch for the school the face that will go on flyers, posters and their websites. When in Korea be strong or you will get walked all over by the director, that’s my advice to anyone wanting to work there.” Debbie ( Australia)
Weather in Korea,
Weather in Korea,
Cold – Very Cold (but sunny with clear skies!)– November / April
Warmish – May
Hot – June
Heat wave attacks – – July
Rain monsoon – August
Hot – September / October
You can earn extra cash by doing summer / winter camps; sometimes you can double your monthly pay! The summer camp is for 4 weeks in August. The winter camp can be from 4 weeks in Jan to 8 weeks Jan / Feb, the camps will be organised by your school.
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