Teaching English in a foreign country can seem a bit scary, especially for those who have never left their home country. However, working abroad offers a wide range of opportunities that would not be available to you otherwise. Westerners teaching English as a Second Language can earn a significant amount of money per month, even without prior teaching experience. Korea also has a lower cost of living than Western countries, so you should be able to save a considerable amount of money. Furthermore, you will have plenty of free time at your disposal to make new friends, explore the area, try new foods and/or engage in your favorite hobby.
South Koreans are eager to learn English, so there are numerous job opportunities for native English speakers, especially those with education degrees; however, there are still lots of opportunities for people with unrelated majors. ESL teachers in South Korea can earn anywhere from US$1,800 to US$3,000 a month; one of the highest salaries for an ESL teacher anywhere in the world! Additionally, most schools and programs offer great benefits such as free housing, round trip tickets, paid holidays and an end of the year bonus.
The South Korean government makes it very easy for teachers to get a work visa. As long as you have a clean bill of health and do not have a criminal record, Korean immigration will grant you a visa issuance number. Gone2Korea will also provide visa assistance and instructions along the way. Teachers also receive a 50/50 medical plan which covers any unforeseen medical expenses during your stay.
If you are still unsure if teaching in South Korea is right for you, then take a look at our first-time teacher’s page. You’ll notice there are thousands of Americans, Canadians, Brits and other native English speaking nationalities, currently teaching English in Korea. This is because Korea is a safe country with some of the best ESL teaching opportunities in the world. More importantly, there are many jobs available every hiring session.
Once you’re ready to begin the process just complete our online application form and wait for an experienced Gone2Korea teacher coordinator to contact you with important information.
Teaching English abroad can be a lot of fun, even if it is not something that you want to do as a full time career. If you want to try working in another country and are not sure where to start, then you may find that South Korea is an ideal place to live and work. The country is stable, safe and provides numerous teaching opportunities to experienced and inexperienced teachers alike. If you work in the city, you will find that there is a large expatriate community as well as many Koreans who speak good English, so you should have no problem making new friends.
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Gone2Korea is your connection to full-time teaching jobs in South Korea. Western graduates, primarily from the US, Canada, UK, and Australia, use our services to secure jobs with trusted Korean schools, and schools use our services to find and hire enthusiastic teachers from the West.
Worth noting: We’re not a job ‘sourcing’ agency or recruiter that finds new schools on the fly. On the contrary, we work with a select group of schools and programs that we know and trust.
In addition to helping you land a job, we’ll also be helping you with your work visa, departure, arrival, and offering support for the entirety of your contracted term.
Prior teaching experience and related degrees are NOT prerequisites for teaching in Korea. Here’s what you’ll need in order to qualify.
Korean schools and programs offer western English teachers highly competitive benefits packages which includes: