Looking for English Teaching Jobs in Korea?

by | Aug 8, 2014 | Education

South Korea is one of the most popular destinations for teachers wanting to teach English in a foreign country. One of the main reasons is that salaries are often up to three times higher than those paid to ex-pat teachers in other countries in Asia, such as China and Japan.

One of the biggest choices teachers have to make once they have decided to look for English teaching jobs in Korea is whether to go for a public or private school. Employment opportunities exist in both the public and private sector, but there are significant differences between the two.

Public Schools
Public schools in Korea provide a great working opportunity in an authentic Korean environment. Teachers at public schools work directly for the Korean Ministry of Education and enjoy a structured teaching schedule similar to the West. Hours are from 8:30 to 4:30, Monday to Friday, so evenings and weekends are free. Other characteristics of public school teaching include:

* Classes of between 25 and 30 students
* Only 1 foreign teacher per school
* 18 days’ annual leave, plus all national holidays
* Average salary of +- $1 800, depending on qualifications and experience

There are two major intakes for public schools, at the start of each of the two semesters – February/March and August/September. You are strongly advised to submit your application at least six months before these dates in order for all the relevant paperwork and documentation to be completed before you leave.

Most jobs in the public sector are allocated on a first-come, first serve basis – so candidates who get in early early are more likely to get a job in the city/town of their choice.

Private Schools
Although most English teaching jobs in Korea in private schools become available in February and August, opportunities are found throughout the year. Private schools are known as Hagwons, and have the following characteristics:

* Require a 4-year BA degree (a TEFL certificate is also recommended)
* Less than 15 students per class
* Between two and 15 foreign teachers per school
* Working hours are afternoons and evenings
* Seven – 10 days’ leave, plus national holidays
* Generally pay higher salaries than public schools

For more information on English teaching jobs in Korea, visit esljoblink.com.

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