Teach English in South Korea

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CIEE Teach in South Korea matches enthusiastic teachers with yearlong positions working with younger students in private and public schools throughout the country, including the prestigious EPIK public school program. It won’t take long for you to experience firsthand the self-reliance that has established South Korea as one of the economic centers of Asia.

Out of a centuries-long tug-of-war between Chinese and Japanese rule and the more recent events that created two Koreas, South Korea has forged a strong spirit of national identity and independence. The country embraces the modern and traditional in equal measure, and is one of the fastest-growing hotbeds of English language acquisition in the world.

With CIEE Teach Abroad, you’ll lead a full-immersion English language curriculum and serve as a linguistic and cultural ambassador. Teachers are placed primarily in or near the metropolitan areas of Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, and Ulsan. Outside of class, you’ll explore the country’s ancient history, culinary delights, and its role on the world stage.

Teach abroad in South Korea with CIEE, and you can:

  • Experience incredible sites – visit Seoul’s amazing Gwangjang Market, part of which transforms into the city’s largest food alley, or Meokja Golmok, at night. Or hop over to Jeju-do, a volcanic island that travelers have said reminds them of Hawaii, the Mediterranean, and paradise – all at the same time.
  • Help satisfy the strong desire South Korean children have to excel academically.
  • Promote an exchange of cultures, and gain a deeper appreciation for Korean students, culture, and the greater community.
  • Use CIEE’s experience and feedback and perfect your application to EPIK or private schools

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Participants are placed in cities and suburban areas throughout South Korea. Teaching assignments are available in the Seoul metropolitan area, but they are often more competitive and are not always available to inexperienced teachers. Many teachers are placed in the following cities:

  • Busan, the country’s second-largest city, draws many international conventions and foreign visitors.
  • Ulsan, on the south-eastern coast, is an industrial powerhouse with the energy of a robust economy.
  • Daegu enjoys a subtropical climate ideal for producing high-quality apples, thus its nickname, "Apple City.” It is also a notable center for Korean fashion.
  • Daejeon, in the center of the country, has 18 universities and is a center of advanced technology.
  • Gwangju is another large, culturally rich city in the south of the country.
  • The greater Seoul area is one of the largest metropolitan disctricts in the world and includes the nearby cities of BucheonIncheon, Suwon City, Gunpo, and Namyangju.
  • Each year, we have other interesting locations not included on this list!

A rewarding job opportunity that includes:

  • Placements in public and private schools throughout the country
  • A salary of 2 million to 2.7 million won/month, plus:
    • Potential for an attendance bonus
    • Pension and severance pay upon successful completion of contract (usually equal to one to two months’ pay)
  • Rent-free housing with basic amenities
  • Airfare Included! Most schools will pay for your one-way ticket to Korea.
  • South Korean-national medical insurance benefits, international travel insurance, and 24-hour worldwide assistance provided with CIEE's iNext

Teaching programs that deliver more, including:

  • Teaching and program guides to help you plan and prepare
  • A two-day orientation in Seoul, including:
    • Cross-cultural training and cultural problem-solving seminars
    • Teaching-specific strategies for working in South Korean schools
    • Sessions led by current teachers in South Korea to give you accurate details
    • Excursions to introduce you to South Korean culture

Advice, support, and assistance from an orientation director who is well-versed in teaching and living in South Korea

Assistance to make your journey easier, including:

  • Pre-departure guidance to help you:
    • Find the right program
    • Apply online for Teach Abroad
    • Complete official visa paperwork
    • Prepare for your experience with valuable professional development
  • Airport transfer and transportation to your host institution
  • One year of iNext international insurance with 24-hour emergency assistance services
  • 24/7 in-country support from CIEE resident staff members

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