Teaching English in Seoul & South Korea
Teaching English in South Korea, Asia is quite popular these days for English speaking Westerners. The reason being that this is a great opportunity to live abroad, learn about a new culture and pay your way at the same time. Teaching English in South Korea is a well-paid job, as the salary is quite good comparing to the cost of living in South Korea and taxation is low.
Also, if you teach in South Korea, your employer will often pay completely or partially for your accommodation; some Korean schools also pay the teacher’s return air fair. Add onto that the excellent cultural experience you will have by being in Korea, meeting some wonderful people and getting to try Korean foods including Kimchi, you have nothing to lose!
How to find a school to teach in South Korea
There are many ways in which you can enter in contact with a South Korean school, if you wish to teach in South Korea:
- Through an agency in your home country - Agencies that look for people to teach in South Korea can put an ad in a paper, or contact people who study during an ESL or TESL course.
- Trough the Internet – by browsing the Internet you will find sites that advertise jobs for teaching in South Korea. A very good site in this respect is www.eslcafe.com
- By word of mouth
- By going to South Korea and looking for work onsite
What you need to work as a teacher in South Korea
If you are considering teaching English in a foreign country like Asia or South Korea, you will need a degree that you earned online or at a traditional school. It doesn’t matter what your major is, it could be a MS in Special ED or a Human Services degree. The degree must be from an accredited school since a lot of people use fake degrees made in Thailand.
Korean authorities have become very strict in this matter. If Korean authorities find out that somebody is working illegally or with a fake degree, they can inflict heavy fines, imprisonment and deportation. If you are considering teaching English in a foreign country like Asia or South Korea, you will need a degree that you earned online or at a traditional school.
The best way to go is to have your degree authenticated before you go and teach in South Korea. You need to have a copy of your original degree and exams transcript validated by a commissioner of oath; then take the original documents and the validated copy to the Korean Embassy of your country. The Korean Embassy, within a few days, will give you a certification that your degree is real and this is the only way Korean authorities will accept your degree as a genuine one.
TESL, TEFL or ESL qualifications help but they are not absolutely necessary for teaching English in South Korea. The most important thing is that you can show you can be a good teacher. Also, Korean schools will require a passport picture with your CV (continued....).
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