Whether you like living in a vibrant modern city or are keen on rural towns with fascinating view and peaceful environment, you will love this country. Teaching English in South Korea will give you all the benefits a TEFL teacher would ever ask for. A good salary, free flight ticket, free housing, travel stipends, health insurance, and the opportunity to enrich the lives of students who are eager to learn from you.
A designated sponsor of the U.S. Cultural Exchange Programs, GEC is also proud to be one of the official partner organizations for EPIK program, which allows GEC teachers to teach at public schools in South Korea. One of the most secure and beneficial teach abroad programs, EPIK (English Program in Korea) was established in 1995 and is affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Education. All EPIK teachers are employed by the Korean government.
You may opt out the TEFL course if you;
Applying to EPIK program may be very complicated. As an official U.S. partner organization of EPIK program, GEC will guide you all through the steps from application to settling in Korea and starting to teach. Your GEC program consultant will often update you about the directives from EPIK center in Korea and be available for your questions at all times. We will serve you with a very strong automation software that provides everything goes smoothly. You will also have the Guide for EPIK Program, a very comprehensive handbook for the EPIK program applications.
GEC team members will welcome you at the airport. You will be provided with free accommodation for the evening. The next day we will introduce you to the education office. During the time you stay in South Korea, your GEC program consultant will be in touch with you.
South Kore has a rigorous education system aiming to produce globally competitive students. Different from many western countries, academic year in South Korea begins in March and ends in February. School year is divided into two semesters. First semester (Spring) starts in March and ends in July. Second semester (Fall) starts again in August and ends in February.
|SEASON||Program Dates (Contract)||Application Deadline||If you DONT HAVE a TEFL Certificate||If you DON’T NEED a TEFL Certificate|
|FALL||August 2020 – August2021||May 30th||Apply GEC min 4 -6 months before May 30th||Apply GEC min 2 months before May 30th|
|SPRING||March 2021 – Mar2022||Nov 15th||Apply GEC min 4 -6 months before Nov15th||Apply GEC min 2 months before Nov15th|
South Korea is a paradise for teachers. You will not spend any money for the rent. Day to day living expenses in Korea are quite reasonable compared to western countries. Paying monthly utilities, buying food and other living expenses (transportation, socializing, etc.) are quite affordable. You can get by on about 1,000,000 Won a month which means you can save the rest! It’s important to note that you should bring enough cash to cover your first month of living expenses as you will probably not get your first paycheck until the end of your first month teaching. If you are in Seul, you advised to have about $1,000 for up front costs, while in other cities this can be less.
Teachers in South Korea are provided with rent free studio apartments that serve as a bedroom, living area, and kitchen, with a separate bathroom. It is standard to receive an apartment furnished with a bed, washing machine, gas-stove top, fridge, aircon, and TV. Internet, cable, and utilities, including gas, water, electricity are to be paid by the tenant, which may cost between $70 to $150 USD per month. Usually there is a housing deposit, which, at the end of your contract, will be refunded if the bills are paid and the apartment is not damaged. If you are a married couple, you will be provided with a one bedroom apartment. Couples who are not married are not allowed to live together.
GEC has a large network of private schools in South Korea.
While EPIK program has more benefits, private schools can be more flexible in dates, requirements and locations.
You may choose to teach in a vibrant big city, or different rural towns all over the country!
Whatever choice you make, you will have free accommodation and free flight tickets.
|PUBLIC SCHOOLS (EPIK)||PRIVATE SCHOOLS (HAGWON)|
|Basic Qualifications||Bachelors degree, Native speaker, TEFL certificate, Background check||Bachelors degree, Native speaker, TEFL certificate, Background check|
|Selectivity||Very selective||Less selective|
|Application process & Regulations||Long and complicated||Faster and easier|
|Start dates||2 intake seasons a year. Fall (August), Spring (March)||Flexible / All through the year|
|Locations||Major cities and rural areas||Major cities and rural areas|
|Control on location (preference)||Very low / Authorities decide||You can choose|
|Salary range||2.0 2.7 mil.Won / month||2.1 – 3.0 mil Won / month|
|Working hours||40 hr / week
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
|40 hr / week
Varied shift – Morning – Afternoon – Evening
|Teaching hours||22 hr / week||30 hr/week|
|Number of foreign teachers at school||1-2||10-50|
|Vacation||18 days + National holidays||7-10 Days + National Holidays|