One of the best jobs which you can find that will allow you to travel and earn well at the same time, is teaching English abroad. Each year, thousands of young students take to the cities and towns of Asia and the Middle East to work in a variety of schools from local primaries to International Schools, teaching English.

The reason why this is so attractive is not just because of the fact that you can travel and earn at the same time, but you can learn about an entirely new culture and help people within it at the same time.

An area which has really become popular in crenate years for young people to teach English in is Korea and today we are going to talk a little bit about what you can expect if this is something that you have been considering.


The minimum requirements to teaching English in Korea is a Bachelor’s Degree and an internationally recognized TFL, the 120 hour certificate. Assuming that you have both of these, you are good to go and apply, do this as early as possible as ether is a great amount of competition.

How Much Will I Make?

Natural the salary doe change from school to school  but the general salary for teaching English in Korea is $2500, one of the highest paid in the world. On top of this salary, the amorality of schools will give you accommodation, usually shared, as well as a small amount of support towards flying back home once during the school year, vacation time of course. This is why the competition is so high when it comes to teaching here.

What Programs Are Available ?

There are 3 different programs available for people wishing to teach English in Korea.

  • SMOE Korea – This stands for Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education and it is the most broadly taught teaching program in the country. This is one of the most attractive jobs for foreigners because of the location of the jobs in the heart of the capital city.
  • EPIK Teaching – This is the English Program in Korea, a program sponsored by the Korean government and found in schools thought the country.
  • GEPIK – Gyeonggi-do school division’s English teaching program, these are also sponsored by the government and they are aimed towards the satellite cities to the capital Seoul.

Where to Find a Job?

There is no direct spot online where you can find jobs in Korea as most are offered by individual schools as opposed to the government or a private program. A quick Google of ESL jobs in Korea will find you a directory with many jobs listed within it and you can apply from there. Alternatively, you could research schools in the location that you were looking at and try to contact them directly to see if they have any availability. When it comes to the competitive jobs in Seoul, you may need to stand out so contacting schools directly could be a great way of doing just that.

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