December 21st 2021
January 15th 2022
Teach English abroad in South Korea and experience a culture rich in ancient tradition that is set alongside high-tech cityscapes. Prepare to share your English skills in the classroom and celebrate your successes over tasty Korean BBQ and generous helpings of kimchi with new friends.
Famed for its rolling countryside dotted with cherry blossom trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its quaint coastal fishing villages and sub-tropical islands, teaching in South Korea will have you feeling like you’ve landed in a TEFL teacher’s paradise in no time. And, with the high-speed transport services, you will see more of Korea than you thought possible.
An incredible backdrop for your next adventure, living and working in Korea as an ESL teacher is *just* the POP…or should we say K-pop that your resume/CV needs. Join us next semester!
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Fully Inclusive Programme
- 120 hour accredited online TEFL course
- Arrival orientation
- 12-month teaching placement
- Rent-free accommodation
- Visa assistance
- Ongoing & emergency support
Your Trip Itinerary
Travel to Incheon International Airport (IIA) in Seoul where normally you will be picked up by our arrival team. Currently due to Covid-19 restrictions, you will make your way on arrival to your accommodation (private school teachers) or quarantine hotel (public school teachers).
Initially you will quarantine for ten days, according to current Covid-19 requirements. You’ll enjoy a full week-long cultural orientation upon arrival (a mix of online and in person activities according to Covid-19 regulations).
During orientation you will learn about Korean culture, language and society, while forming friendships with other teachers. Previous cultural excursions included visiting a Taekwondo “dojang”, Korean cooking class, a visit to the Korean war memorial and the Hanbok experience at the Grand Palace in Seoul.
Your teaching experience
It’s time to get into the classroom! You’ll be confident after already completing 120 hours of certified teacher training. You will either work in a public or private language school, depending on your suitability.
Public school teachers work in the mornings and afternoons at between one to three schools, and classes have up to 30 students. Private schools, known as Hagwons have smaller classes and typically offer after extra curricular lessons in the early morning, afternoon and evenings.
Your students will mostly range in age from young learners at elementary and primary school with mixed English ability, giving you an incredible first-time teaching experience. You can expect around 22 hours (public schools) or 30 hours (private schools) of hands-on teaching during your 40-hour work week, leaving your time to plan lessons following the in-house curriculum. Your goal will be focused on conversational English practice, helping your eager students to feel confident as they develop their skills.
You’ll be able to ask advice from local teaching colleagues but don’t forget to bring your own creativity and ideas into the classroom, this is your chance to shine!
On days off and your salary to enjoy, you will have a long list of sightseeing and travel plans. Relax and enjoy a day at a popular Korean spa, find the best local restaurants to try out, and make it to a night of K-pop singing and dancing. Prepare to check off a few amazing bucket list items!
After your internship
Congratulations, you did it! Make sure to celebrate this achievement. It’s time to decide if you’d like to see more of South Korea, traveling or teaching (or both).
You might decide to extend your stay in Korea and teach for longer by renewing your contract. The possibilities are endless for you now as a confident and experienced TEFL teacher.
Essential information about this trip
What our interns say
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After you settle in, you will spend your teaching placement in one of our stunning placements throughout South Korea. Locations are varied in cities and towns.
How it works
Before you go, you’ll have an application form to fill out and documents to submit, a video chat and then you’ll be on your way.
Paid TEFL Internship Guide
Wondering what you’re going to do with your precious free time? We’re glad you asked. We know your adventure bucket list is long, but make sure you tack these recommendations from past TEFL interns in South Korea towards the top!
Questions and Answers
How much should I budget for utilities?
Internet and cable generally costs about US$35 a month in Korea. Utilities can cost around US$40 -150 a month, depending on the month and season, which will cover electricity, gas, water and apartment maintenance fees.
Will I be co-teaching?
If you choose to work in a public school, having a local co-teacher is very common. In private language schools you will be the main teacher of your class. You will plan out your own lessons and be responsible for your students.
When will I get my flight reimbursement?
Usually your flight reimbursement comes with your first pay check or within 30-60 days of your contract start date. Some schools pay back flights at the end of the contract, and this will be detailed in your contract.
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