Teach English in South Korea with TravelBud
TravelBud’s Grace Martens, trying on traditional Korean Hanbok during her cultural orientation
South Korea kids are generally well behaved and keen learners.
Explore South Korea's grand palaces.
Experience South Korea's rich history and culture.

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Guaranteed Job Placement with Peace of Mind Pre Departure and In-country Support

We outline the entire process you’ll follow to realise the dream of teaching in South Korea, from all pre-departure support, to guaranteeing you a job in one of our trusted and vetted schools and supporting you during your entire experience.

Our knowledgable, experienced and passionate enrolment and support teams guide and support you every step of the way both before you leave your home country and once you arrive in South Korea.

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With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide, prepare and support you before, during and after your experience.

  • We guarantee you a teaching job in carefully vetted and trusted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
  • We'll explain all the paperwork, visas, contracts, taxes, work hours, budgets, requirements, responsibilities and answer all of your questions to help ease any anxieties.
  • We guide you through everything you need before you depart to South Korea and from the moment you touch down, you'll continue to receive peace of mind 24/7 support from our in-country team who will be on hand for you throughout your placement.

Quick Facts

Salary and Benefits

Earn $1600 – $1900 USD * (2,1 – 2,5 million Won) per month. Free furnished housing, airfare reimbursement, paid holidays, 13th paycheck and health insurance coverage.
* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Placement Types

Placements are in private language centers (“Hagwons”) teaching kindergarten, primary (elementary and middle) and high school students.

Contract Length

Placements are for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay and continue to teach and travel.

In-class or Online Accreditation & Placement Only options

Get TEFL/TESOL certified in-class in South Korea or online. If you already have an accredited TEFL/TESOL certification, our Placement Only option is best for you.

Eligibility Requirements

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in South Korea. You do need:

Required

  • A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa
  • A bachelor’s degree in hand in any field – no teaching experience required
  • A Native English Speaker
  • No criminal conviction whatsoever (even misdemeanors).
  • No major medical or mental health diagnosis or medication in the past 5 years
  • No communicable diseases
  • No visible tattoos, such as on the face, neck and hands

Preferred on case-by-case basis

  • Between 20 – 39 years old
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Can I teach English in South Korea without a degree?

While you don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in South Korea, you do require a bachelors degree to qualify for the program.

If you are a non-degree holder please see our Teach English in Cambodia program.

Can I teach English in South Korea with a diploma or associate degree?

While these often require you to do just as much work as a bachelor’s degree unfortunately they’re just not held in as high regard internationally.

There are a number of reasons for this, particularly that colleges offering these aren’t required to be kept to the same internationally recognized standards as those offering bachelor’s degrees.

Courses can vary wildly in terms of standard and requirements for both enrollment and passing and it makes judging the quality of the certificate really difficult. This means that schools in general, the world over, have a blanket rule of not accepting diplomas and associate degrees as a qualifying certificate.

Check out our Teach English in Cambodia program if you’re a diploma or associate degree holder.

Reviews

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I felt a lot more safe and secure using this program

TravelBud were always there to answer my questions and listen to me when I had any concerns. The staff workers are so kind and they told me the truth of what I would face, both pretty and ugly truth. I felt a lot more safe and secure using this program.

Tiana

United States, Apr 14, 2023

Recommended for anyone thinking of teaching English abroad for their first time

Moving to a different country and learning a completely new culture can be very difficult but TravelBud helped me find a very comfortable job and put me in contact with all the right people so when I arrived here my transition has been very smooth and really enjoyable!

Emma

United Kingdom, Nov 18, 2022

Program Options

Option 1: In-Class TEFL & Placement

If you do not have an internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certification, we highly recommend our in-class course held in South Korea to prepare you for your teaching adventure abroad.

Option 2: Online TEFL & Placement

We also offer a range of internationally accredited online TEFL/TESOL courses which you can take prior to heading to your guaranteed placement in South Korea.

Option 3: Placement Only

If you already hold an accredited 120 Hour TEFL/TESOL certification, then our Placement Only option guarantees you a teaching job with all our in-country support benefits.

What’s included for each Program Option

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Option 1

In-Class TEFL & Placement

Option 2

Online TEFL & Placement

Option 3

Placement Only

Secures your spot
Comprehensive pre-departure support and guidance
Personalised one-on-one Support
Visa Guidance
Your questions answered
Guaranteed Job Placement
24/7 In-country support
Lifetime Teaching Placement Guarantee
TEFL/TESOL Course
(4 weeks in-country)

(4 weeks online for 120h or 11 weeks online for 170h)
Internationally Accreditated Certification
Practical Teacher Training in-class
Airport pickup and transfer
Subject to correct arrival times
Airport Assistance
Info & guidance on trains/taxis/buses and routes
SIM Card Included
SIM Card guidance
Local bank account guidance
Shared Accommodation
(for 1st month in-country)
Cultural Orientation including excursions
(1 week)

(weekend)

(weekend)
Visa Run
(for 1st month in-country)
Lesson Plan templates and resource directories
Support Network
Self-development and advantageous future employability

Fees

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Full Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive pre-departure support and guidance

    • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure.
    • Assisting you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights.
    • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.
  • Logistics and safety when arriving

    • Airport pickup and assistance to accommodation.
    • Sim card setup assistance.
  • A toolkit for navigating Korean culture

    • Cultural Orientation.
    • Social events and meet and greets.
  • Practical Teacher Training

    • To hone your craft and ensure confidence before you begin teaching professionally.
  • Guaranteed Job Placement

    • At carefully vetted schools.
  • An Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL certification

    • The knowledge required to teach english successfully.
  • A support network of fellow teachers

    • Lifelong friendships and travel opportunities.
  • 24/7 In-country support

    • Ex-foreign teachers and local, on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
    • You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as translation help, legalities, emergencies, travel options or school queries. Someone is on hand.
    • Teacher meet-ups.
    • We check in with you regularly and keep up to date with your teach abroad experience.
  • Lifetime Teaching Placement Guarantee

    • Teach somewhere else after your contract and explore new cultures.
  • Self-development and advantageous future employability

    • Add teaching abroad to your CV to stand out from the crowd.

Free Enrollment Consultation
Free Enrolment Consultation

Submit a quick application and we’ll send you more info, explain the program and answer all your questions.

Guaranteed Job Placement

We find you a teaching job or jobs to ensure you have the maximum work hours allowed under your visa.

You could spend your own time trying to find your own teaching position.

But this can be time-consuming and stressful because you’ll have to wade through a myriad of risk factors and paperwork when evaluating teaching positions.

These can include but are not limited to: 

  • Work visas, relevant permits and documentation
  • The interview process
  • The credibility of the school
  • Your safety at the school
  • Understanding contracts, contract length and hidden clauses
  • Payment terms and what happens in the event of non-payment
  • Taxes
  • Teaching philosophy and environment
  • Teaching materials
  • School code of conduct
  • Local staff support and English proficiency
  • After school activities and requirements
  • Disciplinary processes
  • And many more considerations!

So you might find a job but you’ll be unprepared from a teaching, cultural, financial and emotional perspective.

We take the pressure and stress away from you by guaranteeing your job placement and providing peace of mind support

  • We guarantee you a teaching job in carefully vetted and trusted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
  • You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle knowing your income of $1600 – $1900 USD is secured.
  • We’ll explain all the paperwork, contracts, taxes, work hours, requirements and responsibilities.
  • We guide you through everything you need to know before you depart to South Korea and from the moment you touch down, you’ll continue to receive peace of mind 24/7 support from our in-country team who will be on hand for you throughout your placement.
  • We’ve all taught abroad before and, having placed over 2200+ participants around the world, know the key to success is well-trained, culturally-adjusted, and emotionally-supported teachers. Read more about our teaching placements.
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Awards & Nominations

We’re thrilled to be recognized as one of the best Teach Abroad organizations and these awards reflect our commitment to delivering an exceptional standard of professional support, training and experiences to our community of teacher travelers worldwide. Read more about our values and team.

TravelBud Top Rated Teach Abroad Organization 2022!
TravelBud Won the 2021 Innovation Awards in the Teach Abroad Category
TravelBud recently won a GoOverseas Community Choice award for the Best TEFL Course with Job Assistance in 2020!
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Lifetime Placement Guarantee

Once you’ve taught in one of the TravelBud schools, we can guarantee you a position at another partner school in any of our destinations for which you are eligible on your program line, at no additional charge to you.

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  • Pay one fee and you’re able to teach in any partner school on your program line as long as you like.
  • It’s a once-off fee for a lifetime of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of your students and travel the world in a sustainable way.
  • For example, once you’re finished in South Korea you can travel over to Japan or Thaiand and experience a whole new cultural adventure.

Boost your employability

You might think you’re taking a step back by taking a year off but nothing could be further from the truth!

Although you may think it’s a halt in your education journey, you’re actually fast tracking yourself through:

  • Learning independence.
  • Learning how you react to different situations.
  • Learning how to master and grow your confidence in public speaking.
  • Learning how to overcome obstacles.
  • Learning about yourself through your own personal self discovery.
  • Learning how to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

These would normally take much longer in a normal, sheltered environment and wouldn’t be nearly as much fun!

When you do head back home, you’re not just another resume in a pile of resumes – you are someone different who’s done something interesting and rewarding.

People who are able to reflect on their experiences will give them an edge in their interview, no matter what industry or profession.

Read why working abroad boosts your employability →

Teaching Placements

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Teaching Placement Overview

Salary range in USD per month$1600 - $1900 USD *

* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Salary local currency per month2.1 – 2.5 million Won
Saving potential in USD per month$500 - $800+
Employment TypeFull-time
Contract Length1 year
Placement TypesPrivate Language Schools ("Hagwons")
Classroom AudienceKindergarten, Primary (elementary and middle), High school students rarely
Classroom AgeBetween 4 - 18
Classroom Size3 - 15
Working Hours per week45 including lunch, 30 hours contact teaching
Days off2 days per week but may not be consecutive
Holidays / Paid Leave16 Public holidays at the discretion of the school (paid), Paid vacation usually between 10 – 15 days (Exact amount differs between schools).
Tax rate range for teachers4-7%
VisaE2 Visa
Initial Enrollment to Arrival4 Month Minimum
Top Placement Locations1. Gyeonggi-do Province and Seoul
2. Gyeongsangnam-do Province (Inc. Daegu, Ulsan)
3. Chungcheongnam-do Province (Inc. Daejeon, Sejong)
4. Jeollanam-do Province (Inc Gwangju)
5. Gangwon-do Province

Teaching Placements

There are two main types of schools in Korea: Public Schools and Private Language Centers.

Private Language Centers – “Hagwons”

Private language centers are where students go to learn English either as a supplement to their public school education or as a replacement for their public school education.

As a result, language center are generally open from 09h00 until 22h00. The shift you will work depends on the age group you are teaching. Generally, kindergarten and elementary teachers primarily work from 09h00 until 18h00. Elementary and middle school teachers usually start around 13h00 until 22h00.

Language centers typically offer high tech facilities and have lots of resources for teaching and lesson planning. They offer a well-supported working environment to new teachers. Most language centers we work with are large companies with many different branches all over South Korea.

  • Class sizes tend to be around 8-15 students per class
  • Teachers have access to internal systems where they can share lesson plans
  • Minimal lesson planning is required
  • There are many books and resources to help plan for classes
  • Classrooms are well equipped
  • Around 30-35 teaching hours per week
  • Teaching in the afternoons and evenings
  • There is generally more than 1 native English teacher at each school

Grace with her kids in South Korea.

Grace with her kids in South Korea.

Marek, an English teacher from the USA, in front of his class. Our placements offer both public and private school options.

Marek, an English teacher from the USA, in front of his class. Our placements offer both public and private school options.

Korean students are generally well behaved and eager to learn, at least compared with children in the West!

Your school will provide and train you on their specific curriculum. The schools have specific curriculums and curriculum support.

What are the age groups I will be teaching?

Mixed ages but mainly children. Anywhere from 4 – 18 years old. The age group depends on the school you end up in.

Do schools provide lunches?

Schools sometimes provide lunch options for teachers. You will always have a lunch/dinner break scheduled into your daily routine.

Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

We can do our best to place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability of jobs. We unfortunately cannot guarantee that you will be able to be placed together due to a number of factors, but we have previously successfully placed many pairs together (couples, friends etc). 

Holidays

As Language centers are open all year round, teachers will not share the usual school holidays. Instead, participants may take vacation leave and take some public holidays which will be at the discretion of the school. Paid holidays are usually between 10 – 15 days (Exact amount differs between schools).

Are there sports or activities after school which I will need to attend?

No, you generally won’t be required to do anything at school after teaching hours.

How long is the teaching contract?

Your placement duration is for 12 months or more. Placements are renewable so you can choose to teach English in South Korea for several years if you’d like!

Do I get any bonuses?

Yes, you’ll receive an end-of-contract bonus pay (13th paycheck).

What is the dress code for teaching?

Dress code is smart-casual – collared shirts for men and conservative for women. Covering the shoulders is especially important for women but the length of skirts and dresses is less of a concern.

Is transportation provided from accommodation to work?

Transportation is not provided by schools. This will be for the teacher’s own expense and is relatively inexpensive. In most cases, teachers either live within walking distance from the school or a short bus ride/train ride away costing anything from USD 2 – USD 5 return per day.

Medical services and insurance?

NHI (National Health Insurance) is provided by your school a couple of weeks after you begin teaching. It takes some time to process the documents and you will be required to pass an in-country medical examination in order to apply for your ARC (alien registration card) which is your identity in Korea. Once you have your ARC then you are able to see a local doctor. We recommend you have travel insurance for the first three months of being in Korea.

What are the chances of schools deducting money from my salary?

This depends on the school and details will be stipulated in the contract. Some schools deduct $250 USD per month for three months as a housing deposit and this will be paid back at the end of the contract minus the cleaning expenses, unpaid utility expenses or damage beyond general wear and tear.

Do you get paid overtime?

Yes, in most cases and this will be stipulated in their contract.
What are the chances of getting a salary increase?
Quite high for your second contract but your salary is typically fixed for your contract duration. But there might be opportunities for overtime work.

Visa Trip

Teachers who take the In-class TEFL/TESOL course may be required do a visa trip once they have completed the course and before (or soon after) they start teaching.

Visa trips are mandatory trips to countries bordering South Korea to acquire or renew visa statuses.

Popular destinations for the visa trip are Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand or Vietnam. The visa trip usually lasts for 5-7 business days depending on the destination.

The cost of the visa trip is fully funded by the participant (see our Budget section for estimates of a visa run trip) so it is essential to expedite all documents as soon as possible in order to avoid a visa run trip.

Note that this may not be required for those who do the Placement Only program, as they will likely have their placement before they arrive and thus will arrive on a business visa provided by their school.

Don’t worry, we’ll talk you through the whole process, explain all your options and guide you every step of the way!

Cultural Preparation

Part of the success of your experience comes from understanding the culture that you’re going to be living and working in.

Cultural awareness training helps you to settle into your new environment, make local friends, avoid misunderstandings, and enjoy success in social and professional life.

Our Program Includes:

Pre departure Support

to guide and prepare you

Logistics and safety

when arriving

A toolkit for navigating

your new country

A support network

of fellow teachers

24 / 7 In-country support

for peace of mind

Having Fun!

& embracing your new adventure

Pre-departure Support

We assist you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets, booking flights and any questions or information you need. 

Pre departure Support

  • We’ll outline the entire process you’ll follow to realise the teaching abroad dream.
  • You’ll be provided comprehensive information relating to each step in the pre-departure process and you’ll have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like, no matter how silly you may think they are!
  • We’ll explain and help you get the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure.
  • We’ll assist you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgeting and booking flights.
  • We’ll ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip and share the positive and life-changing adventures of the teach abroad experience.

Logistics and Safety when arriving

We’ll pick you up from the airport and introduce you to your support team in-country.

Logistics and Safety when arriving

  • We’ll pick you up from the airport so you won’t have to stress when you arrive off the plane.
  • We’ll introduce you to your 24/7 support team on the ground.
  • We’ll take you to your pre-arranged accommodation. Read more about our course accommodation.
  • We assist you with your SIM card setup so that you can contact your loved ones back home and your new friends you’re about to make on your epic orientation!
  • We assist you with your local bank account setup so you can save money on international withdrawal fees. Your salary is paid into your local bank account.

A toolkit for navigating your new country

The perfect foundation for adjusting to life in your new country and meeting your fellow teachers and in-country stafff members.

In-class TEFL/TESOL Participants experience the following:

Our 1 week cultural orientation on Korean culture and language gives you the perfect foundation for adjusting to life in South Korea as well as an opportunity to bond with your fellow teachers-in-training and in-country staff members.

Learn foundational Korean language

We help you with foundational language to help you navigate:

  • The bustling markets.
  • Grabbing a taxi.
  • Ordering a delicious meal.
  • Garnering respect from locals.

(plus it’s pretty cool to impress your mates at home or add it to your resume!)

Cultural and History lessons

  • Learn from local Korean staff and ex-foreign teachers who have made their home in South Korea.
  • You’ll understand the cultural dynamics so that you don’t feel like a fish out of water.
  • You won’t be making any faux pas or disrespecting the locals.
  • How to address locals and your fellow teachers.
  • You will know what you can and can’t do in Korean classrooms.

Relevant Cultural Excursions

Excursions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gyeongbok Palace Tour, commonly known as the Grand Palace, the largest of 5 grand palaces in South Korea.
  • Korean War Memorial.
  • Korean Cooking Class with Chef Hero.
  • Taekwondo Martial Arts Class.
  • K-POP Dance Class.

Grand palace Tour and Hanbok Experience

This is the highlight of our orientation week. Participants are taken to a Hanbok (traditional Korean Dress) cafe to get dressed in the traditional clothing. They are then taken back in time to visit the Gyeongbokgung Palace which was built during the Joseon Dynasty (1395) and given a guided tour of this grand palace. This is a great photo opportunity for all and is a wonderful experience.

Korean War Memorial

Participants will head out to Seoul to visit the Korean War Museum and Memorial. This excursion is a detailed look into the “Forgotten War” and participants will be given a guided tour by an expert in the field. They will be able to walk around and see different displays as well as original vehicles, planes, boats etc that were used during this conflict. The Korean war is a major part of the peninsula’s history and is a great learning opportunity for all.

Korean Cooking Class with Chef Hero

Korean food is fast gaining in popularity around the world, and for good reason. Participants can see how the food is made and learn about the ingredients used in making certain dishes. They will then be shown how to cook some of Korea’s most famous dishes, cook these dishes themselves, and then devour a feast prepared by themselves and the charismatic chef Hero. Some dishes that they will learn to prepare are Bulgogi, Gimbab and Kimchi Pancakes.

Taekwondo Martial Arts Class

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques. We will be visiting a ‘Dojang’ where the Taekwondo master speaks excellent English and will cover things like correct form, self-defense and participants even get to test their strength by breaking a wooden board!

Korean Language Class

6 hours of Korean language lessons taught by a qualified Korean Language teacher. These are broken down into 3 x 2-hour lessons and covers the basics of the Korean alphabet up to basic conversational content to help the participants better grasp the concepts of the Korean Language. * Exact scheduling is subject to change

K-POP Dance Class

This latest addition to our awesome and action-packed orientation week gives the teachers the opportunity to blow off some steam and learn some awesome new dance moves to their favourite K-POP songs. Lead by an expert dance teacher, this is sure to be a winner for everyone!

Participants take part in a Taekwondo class.

Welcome dinner in South Korea

Participants pose for a photo before their welcome dinner in South Korea. Meet and greet your fellow teacher travelers!

Hanbok Cultural Tour

Participants on the Hanbok Palace Tour.

Cooking class in South Korea

Participants during the Korean cooking class. You’ll prepare learn to prepare Bulgogi, Gimbab and Kimchi Pancakes.

Online TEFL/TESOL & Placement Only participants experience the following:

Cultural Orientation Weekends

For those who choose to do the Online TEFL certification or already hold an accredited 120 Hour TEFL/TESOL certification, will be able to experience a full Korean cultural program as part of a group, meeting many other teachers who are also going to, or are already, teaching in South Korea.

The course takes place over a selected weekend spread out throughout the year. These weekend activities and excursions will be held on Saturdays in the capital, Seoul.

On Sunday you will be free to meet up and hang out with your newly made friends and explore the great city as you wish and at your own pace.

We can help to recommend or plan anything that you may like to do!

Excursions

Excursions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Welcome dinner.
  • Gyeongbok Palace Tour, commonly known as the Grand Palace, the largest of 5 grand palaces in South Korea.
  • Guided tours by a professional Korean tour guide.
  • Insadong and Bukchon Hanok cultural area walking tour.
  • Wearing a traditional hanbok (Korean traditional clothes).
  • Traditional Tea Tasting in Insadong.
  • Bukchon Village or King Sejong Museum.

* Exact times and activities are subject to change and will be released closer to the orientation date.

Included in your fee:

  • Welcome dinner.
  • Entrance fees and activities during cultural excursions.
  • Accommodation for the Saturday night of your cultural.
  • Hanbok rental fee.
  • Professional tour guide for the duration of the entire Saturday.
  • 1-Month of free online Korean language classes.

Exclusions

Below is a list of expenses that will not be included in the orientation program and program fee, both online and placement only, and will need to be covered by yourself as required:

  • Transport to and from Seoul for the orientation weekends.
  • Food during cultural excursions and lunch.
  • Accommodation outside of the Saturdays during the orientation
    weekends.
  • Transportation costs to activities (we will take the subway or
    busses, so it is relatively inexpensive).

Online TEFL/TESOL and Placement Only participants take part in the Insadong and Bukchon Hanok cultural walking tour.

Online TEFL/TESOL and Placement Only participants during their welcome Dinner in Seoul.

Teachers in South Korea on a cultural orientation tour at the Gyeongbokgung Palace.

TravelBud Teachers in South Korea on a cultural orientation tour at the Gyeongbokgung Palace.

40 Hour Online Cultural Foundation Course

Included for all participants in your program fee is access to an online, interactive, in-depth cultural and language orientation.

Internationally accredited and developed by experts in history, culture, and language. Our courses effectively prepare people to live, work, or study in their chosen country.

The course also emphasizes diversity, inclusivity, and cultural exchange, and provides institutions with the ability to independently verify that students have taken and passed the course and are ready to transition to life overseas.

This course not only helps individuals prepare to live in South Korea, it also helps teachers to succeed as employees of Korean organizations. It is also a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet other teachers who are also planning to move to Korea.

The Korean Cultural Foundation Course provides a strong foundation in Korean history, culture, language and society, and helps prepare students to make the transition into Korean society.

Organized into four lessons, this course:

  • Provides information on all aspects of Korean history and culture.
  • Facilitates discussion about the Korean culture and transition challenges.
  • Provides a foundation in Korean language.
  • Aids learners in navigating their new cultural environment.

There is no additional charge for this course, it is included as a part of your program fee.

Support Networks

In addition to the personal assistance and 24/7 in-country support we provide, you’ll also have a support network of fellow teachers.

A support network of fellow teacher travelers

In addition the personal assistance and 24/7 support we provide, you’ll also have a support network of fellow teachers.

Meet fellow Teacher Travellers

Meet other like-minded individuals who are experiencing the same pleasures and challenges you are.

Only they understand what you’re also going through in a way that friends at home would never.

Teach English in South Korea with TravelBud

Experience your own unique cultural adventure by teaching and traveling in South Korea with TravelBud.

Make Lifelong Memories

Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the cultural orientation and TEFL Course.

This becomes a valuable network and community for you as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Korea and fully experience all that the country has to offer.

Korea is not all about cold winters and city life, down South is Jeju Island and it makes for a great escape in your time off!

Korea is not all about cold winters and city life, down South is Jeju Island and it makes for a great escape in your time off!

Diverse range of background

We have teachers participating in the cultural orientation and TEFL course from all over the world.

Welcome dinner in South Korea

Participants pose for a photo before their welcome dinner in South Korea. Meet and greet your fellow teacher travelers!

24/7 In-Country Support

  • Ex-foreign teachers and local, on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as translation help, culture shock, legalities, emergencies, travel options or school queries. Someone is on hand.
  • Teacher meet-ups.
  • We check in with you regularly and keep up to date with your teach abroad experience.

Have some fun and embrace your new adventure!

Explore cosy restaurants and bars throughout South Korea.

Explore cosy restaurants and bars throughout South Korea.

Experience Traditional South Korean food – the land of the side dish!

Experience Traditional South Korean food – the land of the side dish!

Explore South Korea's grand palaces.

Explore South Korea’s grand palaces.

Spend a weekend in Busna, South Korea’s second most populous city after Seoul.

Walk the streets of Insadong, crammed with teahouses and Korean eateries.

Experience beautiful sunsets in Hanok village.

Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL Certification

There are so many options when it comes to TEFL/TESOL courses that it can be quite overwhelming to understand what’s legitimate and what high quality schools require from teaching staff.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), are often used interchangeably but are essentially the same thing: a certification in teaching English.

A quality TEFL/TESOL course helps teachers avoid the frustration and pitfalls of being unprepared in the classroom and provides all the necessary knowledge and tools to effectively teach English.

With TravelBud’s 120-Hour In-Class TEFL/TESOL certification you get years of teacher insight, experience and practical knowledge which has been refined into a quality internationally accredited curriculum that focuses on preparing students in the best possible way for their teaching abroad experience.

Educational Philosophy

Students are trained based on a global ‘best practices’ approach to teaching English as a second language that incorporates the direct method, communicative approach, and task-based teaching approach within a lesson planning structure of Present, Practice, and Produce.

We focus on teacher creativity. In many environments, teachers cannot depend on technology, so they must be both creative and resourceful in their lesson planning and execution. Technology is a tool, not a crutch.

Our teachers must harness their own creative spirit during the course and perform in a low-tech environment. Then once they have demonstrated that, we begin to instruct on how to use technology and allow students to incorporate technology into their lessons.

We require extensive teaching practice. We believe that proper education in TESOL must involve praxis, or the application of theory in a classroom setting. The course provides at least 16 hours of teaching practice whereby students are placed in a classroom as teachers, under instructor supervision and assessment, during the course. This typically happens several times during the course.

The process entails, preparing lesson plans for classrooms of different ages and skill levels, delivering those lessons, receiving peer and instructor feedback, and adjusting lesson plans and teaching approaches based on that feedback. This process is critical to the course and preparing teachers for the field.

Course Location

Our headquarters is on Yeongjong Island, Incheon, with offices, meeting rooms and a large classroom for TEFL/TESOL training.

It is footsteps to accommodations, tons of food shops, loads of great outdoor activities and numerous green spaces.

It is also located right on the airport express subway line and is just 40 minutes away from downtown Seoul.

Course Components

  • Information and discussion about South Korean culture, history, politics, and society to provide exposure and help students navigate their new environment.
  • Significant instruction in Korean language.
  • Strong grounding in the history and theory of teaching English as a foreign/second
    language. This is taught in a way that emphasizes application of theory to enhance
    success in the classroom.
  • Significant practical training in teaching listening, reading, speaking and writing in the
    classroom, including extensive lesson planning, presentation, and feedback from
    peers and instructors.
  • Tons of tips, tricks and examples of how to teach English to every age group.
  • Advice and guidance for effective classroom management.
  • Teacher practicum in a local charity school and/or language center.

Detailed Course Overview

Week One – Orientation

The first week of the course is an amazing, interactive orientation on Korean culture and language, as well as an opportunity to bond with other teachers-in-training and staff members.

The program encompasses Korean language, culture, and society. The course is taught by area experts and includes several exciting and informative cultural excursions.

Week Two

The second week of the course is a deeper exploration of theory in the discipline of English as a second language and how to teach grammar.

Students learn about the structure and key elements of a lesson plan. Every lesson requires a detailed lesson plan that lays out the procedures of the class, and encourages teachers to consider the challenges, technology resources, and other factors that can impact a successful lesson in the classroom.

During week two, students will also learn how to teach speaking and grammar. Grammar can be challenging to teach. One of the reasons for this is that it has been a long time since native English speakers have reviewed grammar rules, so the course provides students with a bit of a refresher.

The major assignments for week two are to create a lesson plan for teaching grammar and to present a full lesson just as a teacher would in a classroom.

Week Three

The third week of the course focuses on how to teach reading and listening.

The major assignments for this week are to create lesson plans for teaching reading and listening and present full lessons just as a teacher would in the classroom.

During this week participants will learn more about teaching young learners and practice planning lessons for kindergarten students.

Additionally, our participants will learn about curriculum development for long term learning goals for their students.

Week Four

The final week the class is dedicated to classroom management and preparing for and conducting the English camp.

While classroom management may be the final topic covered, it is in fact extremely important, especially in cross-cultural contexts.

Classroom management is about setting ground rules, applying them consistently, getting to know your students, and earning and maintaining their respect and commitment.

Students spend several days preparing their lessons for the English camp. The camp typically lasts 2 days.

During the final week there will also be an in-class final exam.

Online TEFL/TESOL Courses

An alternative to our in-country TEFL course certification is an accredited online TEFL/TESOL course certification.

Read more about our online TEFL courses →

International Accreditation

Our internationally accredited in-class and online TEFL/TESOL courses are accepted by employers around the world and is accredited by Accreditat. Accreditat is registered under the UKRLP (UK Register of Learning Providers), Number 10065351. Registration on the UKRLP means they have been verified against a recognised legal source.

Graduates of our internationally accredited 120-hour TEFL/TESOL course have used their TEFL/TESOL certificate to successfully find employment in ESL teaching and education fields in nearly every Western, native-English speaking country, as well as across Europe, Asia, South America, and beyond.

Accommodation

Accommodation during the TEFL/TESOL Course

Your accommodation for your in-class TEFL/TESOL course is all pre-booked and sorted for you before you arrive in South Korea.

Transfer from the airport to your arranged accommodation is included for in-class TEFL applicants.

You may arrive anytime from the Friday to the Sunday before the course starts, and pick-ups are available between 8am and 8pm. 

If you arrive after 8pm, you may need to take a taxi, but it’s better if you can arrive earlier in the day.

If you arrive before 8AM or earlier in the morning, you may have to wait until more or less 8am to be picked up.

Airport transfers are not included for those opting for Placement Only programs.

In some cases, depending on the school, a transfer from the airport to your accommodation may be arranged. If no actual pick-up at the airport is provided, then full guidance and support are given in order for you to make your way from the airport to your front door.

Incheon accommodation. Clean and tidy with everything you'll need for your month long TESOL course.

Incheon accommodation. Clean and tidy with everything you’ll need for your TESOL course.

Accommodation after the TEFL/TESOL Course

Below is an example of a typical accommodation for teachers in Korea.

Another example of South Korean accommodation.

Another example of South Korean accommodation.

Magda, a biology graduate from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario in Canada in her accommodation in South Korea.

Magda, a biology graduate Ontario, Canada in her accommodation in South Korea.

Most teacher apartments in Korea are one-room or studio type apartments and can be rather small by western standards.

Bathrooms in Korea are also Asian style wet-bathrooms and the shower,sink and toilet will likely not be separated. Expect your showerhead to be above the sink. This is completely normal.

Apartments are semi furnished and provided free to teachers. However, teachers are responsible for monthly electricity, water and internet costs as well as monthly maintenance.

Some items such as cutlery, crockery, bedding, towels, curtains etc may not be supplied but all the large basic items such as a bed, washing machine, A/C unit, refrigerator will be included.

The internet in South Korea is one of the fastest in the world and quite cheap.

Internet and cable generally costs about $35 USD a month. Utilities can cost around $40 – $150 USD a month, depending on the month and season, which will cover electricity, gas, water and maintenance fees.

How much will rent cost?

Rent will vary depending on where you are living, but is subsidised by your school so it is affordable.

Will I be living with someone?

If you are placed with a friend or partner, you will hopefully be able to live together. Otherwise, your school will organise a bachelor flat for you.

Let us know what your needs are in terms of accommodation and we’ll assist with finding the best living environment for you.

We’re here to help you through the whole process and will provide help, guidance, information and assistance finding your ideal accommodation during your teach abroad experience.

Dates

  • One of the huge advantages of taking the TEFL/TESOL course in South Korea is that the course itself prepares people thoroughly for teaching in Korean schools and language centers and gives you first-hand experience in the classroom during the practical portion of the course.
  • Placement-only candidates will be invited to join one of the cultural weekends designed specifically for placement only teachers.
  • Online TEFL/TESOL courses start on the first Monday of each month.

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Budgets

Our support team will walk you through everything prior to you departing to ensure you have exactly what you need by when you need to have it.

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Budget before you arrive

Our support coordinators will assist you with:

  • Booking flights.
  • Explaining and finding the best insurance required.
  • Advising you on all the document costs involved.

Flights

Flight prices vary dependent on where you travel from and when you book. Prices can occasionally exceed this range. We recommend booking 2-3 months in advance or more for the best rates. Your school will reimburse $600 to $1000 for the cost of your flight.

$450 - $1300

Insurance

Travel insurance prices can vary dependent on things like provider, your age, country of origin and duration of your stay. This range is for TravelBud's recommended policies based on stays of 6 months or 1 year. Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all TravelBud programs.

$95 - $550

Documentation

This budget is assuming all of your current documentation is in English, you are in possession of your physical degree and that you hold a valid passport.

$140 - $900

TOTAL

$685 - $2750

Budget for 1 month TEFL/TESOL course in South Korea
  • You will also need to take over enough spending money to cover living expenses during your South Korean TEFL/TESOL course and first month of teaching english in South Korea.
  • Bear in mind that you will be spending at least 1-2 months in Korea before you receive your first paycheck.
  • You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through the 1 month TEFL/TESOL course and your first month of teaching.

Accommodation Deposit

You will pay a deposit of $100 up front which will be returned to you at check-out.

Your fee includes shared accommodation for the duration of the TEFL/TESOL course.

Deposit: $100



English School Camp Supplies

As you will learn on the course, having colorful, creative engaging materials for teaching enhances the experience for your students. During the teaching practical days, you will need to make flashcards, props and possibly some worksheets.

Most teachers spend about 15,000 KRW ($13 USD) on their camp supplies for flashcards, worksheets, activities, and games. You will be able to use these materials once you start teaching at your placement as well.

You will have access to a printer and some materials at the school where we will be doing the course.

$13

Startup items

In South Korea, you can find all toiletries like shampoo, soap, toothpaste etc. at many convenience stores.

Travel sized shampoos can cost as little as 3,000 KRW ($2.76 USD).

Most accommodations in South Korea do not provide towels; therefore, we recommend people bring a towel with them from home. Koreans use hand towels to dry.

On the first day of the course, you will have access to a supermarket where you can purchase certain products. It costs about 1,000KRW ($0.92) per roll for toilet paper. Pads can cost 5,600KRW ($5.14USD) for a pack of 12.

We will advise how to purchase a SIM card for your phone. You will only be able to take out a long-term contract once you have your alien registration card (ARC) which can take up to three weeks once you are at your school.

$13

Daily Expenses (Food, transportation around Incheon and to the TESOL course)

=One of the best ways to budget your cash while living in South Korea is eating at local South Korean restaurants. Small family owned takeaway shops are the cheapest. You can buy big dumplings or Kimbap for 3,000KRW ($2.70USD), bibimbap for less than 5,000KRW ($4.50USD).

In Western restaurants, you’d spend about 15,000KRW ($13.45USD). A good way to save money will be to avoid drinking coffee from western style cafes such as A Twosome Place, Starbucks or Café Bene’s as prices are comparable to home. If you’re really in the mood for an Americano, Ediya Coffee is the cheapest brand at 2,800 won ($2.51USD).

You can also purchase proper sized meals at convenience stores that can be heated up for around 5,000KRW ($4.50USD).

$20 per day



$560 for 28 days

Optional expenses (Nightlife, weekend trips, shopping)

This is a conservative estimate. Some tips: buying alcohol in restaurants will be a lot more expensive than buying drinks at a bar or the convenience store.

Please bring more money if you are interested in going on weekend day trips with fellow participants to travel to Seoul for sightseeing.

We will tell you more about these options during your first week.

You can spend however much you like on these extra optional things, but please be mindful of your budget.

$25



$100 for 4 weekends

TOTAL

$800

Budget for first month of teaching

Transportation to Your Placement

The placement team will advise you on the best way to get to your placement. They will assist you in purchasing the bus or train ticket to your new school and accommodation.

$75

Daily Expenses (Food, transportation around town)

$21 per day



$630 for 30 days

Medical Test

$100

TOTAL

$800

Budget Totals

Month on TEFL/TESOL Course Total

$1260

First Month Teaching Total

$800

Approximate Total

$2060

  • We strongly suggest that you have access to $2900 USD when you arrive in South Korea to buffer any unforeseen costs prior to your first pay check.

We realise that moving abroad to teach English in South Korea is expensive at first, but remember that with TravelBud your teaching job is guaranteed.

  • You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle knowing your monthly income of $1600 – $1900 USD secured.
  • Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered and you’ll start to learn how to cut down on your monthly expenses (for example, eating out less and finding the most affordable grocery store in your placement town).
  • You will be able to enjoy your time teaching and travelling in Korea and save a good portion of your salary ($500 – $800+ USD per month) to fund your bucket-list travel adventures, pay off student loans, and return home with some savings to your name.

Fees

The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to Teach English in South Korea.

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Option 1

In-Class TEFL & Placement

Option 2

Online TEFL & Placement

Option 3

Placement Only

Enrollment Deposit

$599

$599

$599

  • This fee is payable upfront and secures your spot in a program that has limited availability per course and gets the comprehensive support process started.
Comprehensive pre-departure support and guidance
  • You’ll be introduced to the support team and your dedicated Support Coordinator will reach out with your next steps.
  • You’ll be provided comprehensive information relating to each step in the pre-departure process and you’ll have the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like!
  • Our support team help you get the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure.
  • We’ll assist you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights.
Personalised one-on-one Support
  • Your dedicated support coordinator will guide you through everything you need to make your teach abroad experience successful and provide personalised, one-on-one support and guidance.
Visa Guidance
  • We make sure that the visa you initially apply for is the best and easiest option available for you as an individual.
  • All documents required before applying for your visa is explained and we even help you prepare the documents needed to apply for a work permit once you are in-country and have been placed.
  • Our support team will hold your hand through the initial visa application, explain visa runs, applying for a new visa once in-country and obtaining a work permit once you’ve been placed.
Your questions answered
  • You'll get to ask questions no matter how silly and arrange calls directly with our support team.
  • We’ll ease any anxieties you may have and share the positive and life-changing adventures of the teach abroad experience.

Online TEFL Fee

Choose between:

120 Hour Online TEFL

$499

170 Hour Online TEFL

$1299

This fee is due 1 week prior to your selected course start date.

Final Program Fee, Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 Support

$2500
$2300


$1300


$1300


For In-Class TEFL & Placement:
Due 12 weeks prior to selected intake date.

For Online TEFL & Placement and Placement Only:
The fee is due in two instalments. The first instalment is due 10 weeks after your enrollment fee payment date.

The second instalment is due no later than 3 days after you have received confirmation of job placement.
Guaranteed Job Placement
  • We guarantee you a teaching job in carefully vetted and trusted schools where every effort is made to match placement preferences.
  • We'll explain all the job details, working hours, taxes, responsibilities and more.
  • You can focus on enjoying your new lifestyle and planning your adventures knowing your monthly income is secured.
24/7 In-country support
  • You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as translation help, culture shock, legalities, emergencies, travel options or school queries. Someone is on hand.
  • Ex-foreign teachers and local, on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
  • Teacher meet-ups.
  • We check in with you regularly and keep up to date with your teach abroad experience.
Lifetime Teaching Placement Guarantee
  • Once you’ve completed your contract, we can guarantee you a position at another partner school throughout Asia for which you are eligible, at no additional charge to you.
TEFL/TESOL Course
(4 weeks in-country)

(4 weeks online for 120h or 11 weeks online for 170h)
Internationally Accreditated Certification
  • You will graduate with an Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate that never expires and can be used to teach all over the world.
  • Graduates of our internationally accredited courses have used their TEFL/TESOL certificate to successfully find employment in ESL teaching and education fields in nearly every Western, native-English speaking country, as well as across Europe, Asia, South & Central America, and beyond.
Practical Teacher Training in-class
  • The course provides at least 16 hours of teaching practice whereby students are placed in a classroom as teachers, under instructor supervision and assessment, during the course. This typically happens several times during the course.
  • The process entails, preparing lesson plans for classrooms of different ages and skill levels, delivering those lessons, receiving peer and instructor feedback, and adjusting lesson plans and teaching approaches based on that feedback.
  • This process is critical to honing your craft and ensuring confidence before you begin teaching professionally.
Airport pickup and transfer
Subject to correct arrival times
  • We'll provide airport pickup to ensure a stress-free arrival.
  • We’ll introduce you to your 24/7 support team on the ground.
  • We’ll take you to your pre-arranged accommodation.
Airport Assistance
Info & guidance on trains/taxis/buses and routes
  • We'll provide full information and guidance on which train, taxi or bus you need to take to ensure a stress-free arrival.
SIM Card Included
  • A SIM card is provided for you.
SIM Card guidance
  • We'll aid in setting up a SIM card for connecting with loved ones and new friends during your experience abroad.
Local bank account guidance
  • We provide guidance setting up a local bank account so you can save money on international withdrawal fees. Your salary is paid into your local bank account.
Shared Accommodation
(1st month in-country)
  • Your accommodation is all pre-booked and sorted for you before you arrive.
Cultural Orientation including excursions
(1 week)

(weekend)

(weekend)

In-class TEFL participants experience:

  • A 1-week cultural orientation that lays the groundwork for your South Korea experience, fostering bonds with your fellow teachers and staff.
  • Learn foundational Korean language
  • Cultural and History lessons
  • Cultural Excursions, including Gyeongbok Palace Tour, Korean War Memorial tour, Korean Cooking Classes, Taekwondo Martial Arts class and a K-POP Dance Class.

Online TEFL & Placement Only participants experience:

  • Cultural Weekends: Join fellow teachers for a Korean cultural program through selected weekends, including group activities and excursions in Seoul.
  • Possible activities encompass a welcome dinner, Gyeongbok Palace Tour, guided cultural walks, traditional hanbok wearing, tea tasting, and more.
Lesson Plan templates and resource directories
  • Access to Lesson Plan Templates and resource directories to help you create fun and engaging lessons.
Support Network
  • In addition to the 24/7 In-Country Support we provide, you'll also have a suport network of fellow teachers.
  • Meet other like-minded individuals who are experiencing the same pleasures and challenges you are.
  • Only they understand what you’re also going through in a way that friends at home would never.
  • Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during the cultural orientation and TEFL Course.
  • This becomes a valuable network and community for you as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Korea and fully experience all that the country has to offer.
Self-development and advantageous future employability
  • Learning independence.
  • Learning how you react to different situations.
  • Learning how to master and grow your confidence in public speaking.
  • Learning how to overcome obstacles.
  • Learning about yourself through your own personal self discovery.
  • Learning how to step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.

Total Fee


120 Hour In-Class TEFL

$2899


120 Hour Online TEFL

$2398

170 Hour Online TEFL

$3198

Placement Only

$1899


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

FAQ

How much does it pay to teach English in South Korea?

If you are in search of a 1 year vibrant experience teaching, traveling and earning great money abroad ($1600 USD to $1900 USD * – 2.1 to 2.3 million Won per month), this is the perfect program for you. In the local currency (paid into a local bank account you will set up in your first month), it is around 2.1 – 2.3 million Korean Won.
* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility

Safety in South Korea

Moving to another country to live and work is a big step and we realise that safety can be a concern.

What do TravelBud staff and teachers say about safety in South Korea?

Our teachers in South Korea (both men and women) report feeling extremely safe in the country. Levels of crime are very low and public services such as transport are very efficient and very safe.

Public transport is efficient and safe to use.

How are the authorities?

The police in South Korea will treat you as well as you treat the law. Petty crimes involving brazen debaucherous behaviour are not tolerated and can be dealt with severely.

Make sure that you stick to the law and you will find the authorities very helpful.

Safety Tips

  • Keep an eye on your belongings at the airport when arriving and leaving, as this is one place in the country where petty theft or pickpocketing is sometimes reported.

24/7 On-the-ground Support

Our on-the-ground support staff provide you with personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.

You can rest assured knowing that any queries will be answered such as emergencies, travel options, translation help, culture shock, legalities, or school queries.

Someone is on hand.

Is English spoken in South Korea?

Yes, English is spoken in Korea. There are different levels of English- in cities like Seoul you will encounter people with a high level of English, as opposed to smaller cities or towns. To work for bigger companies in Korea (which is a dream of many Koreans), you will need to have a good handle on English, but it isn’t as widely spoken as Thailand, as there isn’t such an enormous tourist sector. In South Korea, it is good to note that there are certain social restrictions to speaking English, especially to a foreigner.

Korean people often believe that your level of English directly indicates your economic background, as having a high level of English will mean that you attended classes at a private academy, or that you have travelled or lived abroad. For this reason, many Koreans are often shy or reluctant to speak English, even if they can.

Are teachers in high demand in South Korea? Why?

Native English-speaking teachers are in high demand in South Korea, mainly because the population is in a tight competition with their peers for jobs and other opportunities. Many young students aspire to study/live abroad, so the parents are more than willing to invest in native speakers to teach their children.

The overall hope for South Korea is to train Koreans to replace foreigners. They want the level of English to rise for Koreans, who could eventually become English teachers and eradicate the need for foreign teachers. The reasons for this are largely due to a patriotic outlook from Koreans, but also the fact that they do have a very high level of youth unemployment due to high competition for jobs based on the population size versus job availability.

Do students have to learn English in South Korea?

Yes, it is compulsory at their public schools. On top of their public schooling, many children attend private English academies after school to improve their English.

Do you need a degree to teach English in South Korea?

Yes, you will need a Bachelor’s degree in any field to teach English in South Korea.

If you are a non-degree holder please see our Teach English in Cambodia and Teach English in Myanmar programs.

What is the big difference between language schools, private schools, government schools and varsity?

The basic structure of the school system differs between language centers/private schools and public schools.

Language centers/private schools have a bit more flexibility in terms of the curriculum, use of textbooks, and so on. Teachers also generally teach smaller class sizes with students of similar English proficiency levels.

Public schools will generally have a set curriculum and textbook work. Class sizes are generally bigger, and students will have varying English proficiencies. Work hours for language centers/private schools are in the afternoons on weekdays, and weekends.

Public schools will generally be from around 7:30AM to 4:30PM on weekdays.

Read our guide on the Difference between Public and Private schools in South Korea on our blog.

How much money can I save teaching English in South Korea?

It is generally up to your lifestyle (as Western foods, alcohols etc are far more expensive). However, because you rent is paid for entirely by the school, all you really have to pay for is food and transport- both of which can be done very inexpensively if you live like a local.

You would probably spend about half your pay without creating any limitations for yourself, but can save more if you live frugally.

On average, you can save about $500- $800+ per month.

You will also get a severance package at the end of your contract which is one extra pay check for the amount of years you have worked there, so even if you only stay for 1 year, you will always get an additional 13th cheque at the end of your contract.

What are the expected tax deductions from your paycheck? Does is differ from school to school?

Tax deductions differs from school to school and it also depends on whether the institution is public or private. Expected deductions are only 4-7%.

Do schools pay you a fee/portion of my salary? If so, Why?

No, TravelBud and our partners DO NOT receive a portion of the teacher’s monthly salary.

Do schools in South Korea accept Online TEFL/TESOL certificates?

Yes they do. Read more about our online TEFL/TESOL course options.

What is the main religion in South Korea?

The religion is predominantly Christian (which stems from the involvement of the Western world, particularly the US after the end of the Korean war in 1953. There are a number of Buddhists as well, but the majority is atheist.

Will I get picked up from the airport?

When you arrive in Seoul, you can count on airport pick-up and travel assistance to your accommodation.

Where will I be placed Teaching English in South Korea

We can place teachers in: Big or small cities, South Korea is highly urbanised so even towns with smaller populations will feel quite developed. You can teach: Kindergarten, Primary (elementary and middle) or High school. Read our guide to placements in South Korea on our blog.

Refer to the Teaching Placements section for more information.

Video FAQ

Watch the videos below answering all our frequently asked questions about Teaching English in South Korea.

The videos below are in a playlist, so you can click on the playlist icon in the top left of the video player to scroll through all the questions and answers:

  • What happens when I arrive?
  • What is the airport like in South Korea?
  • Can you get a job without a TEFL course?
  • What did you most enjoy about the TEFL course?
  • How many hours per week do you teach?
  • How much vacation time do I get?
  • What other financial benefits are there when Teaching English in South Korea?
  • Can I travel while I’m teaching English in South Korea?
  • What are the best places you can go to in Korea?
  • Why go through TravelBud to Teach English in South Korea?
  • How is the WiFi in South Korea?
  • How do I know a school is reliable?
  • What happens if something goes wrong once I’m in the country?
  • What will my lifestyle be like? How is the foreign community?
  • Is Korea safe?
  • Is it safe for woman in Korea?
  • Why would you recommend teaching English in South Korea?

 

I felt a lot more safe and secure using this program

TravelBud were always there to answer my questions and listen to me when I had any concerns. The staff workers are so kind and they told me the truth of what I would face, both pretty and ugly truth. I felt a lot more safe and secure using this program.

Tiana

United States, Apr 14, 2023

Recommended for anyone thinking of teaching English abroad for their first time

Moving to a different country and learning a completely new culture can be very difficult but TravelBud helped me find a very comfortable job and put me in contact with all the right people so when I arrived here my transition has been very smooth and really enjoyable!

Emma

United Kingdom, Nov 18, 2022

Very Dependable

I had no success with other agencies but TravelBud came through and found placement in South Korea. Their service has has been spectacular, they saw that I wanted to explore a different culture than my own and helped me throughout. They are very dependable!

Caryl

United States, Dec 7, 2022

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