Korea has one of the best benefits for teachers in the world which was a huge factor that attracted me to teaching in South Korea. I am not money hungry but I do have student loans and it gives me a chance to still pay them while living abroad. Teachers are able to save $10,000+ a year without having to hold back from any exciting adventures. It is also more competitive to be accepted which involves a longer application process however I felt that that was a great sign in that they don’t just hire anyone but really take pride in the teachers they bring into Korea. Plus after being accepted after 6 months of paperwork you truly do feel great 😀
Free Accommodation & Paid Airfare
On top of being able to save a lot of money every year – EPIK provides a free furnished studio apartment for their teachers. Yes I said that correctly – FREE housing! That is a huge financial weight lifted. Airfare is also reimbursed in the first and last month’s paycheck which is really beneficial.
Regardless of whichever career path you chose, not many people in the world can say that they accepted the challenge of moving to a foreign country where they knew nobody and taught English. You are definitely giving yourself a chance to stand out after teaching abroad. It’s a great opportunity to show you can handle any situation that comes your way, communicate effectively and have an open mind to the world.
If one of your biggest passions is traveling, different cultures and life experiences, then teaching abroad is one of the best ways to experience it all. One of the most exciting factors in choosing Korea is the accessibility for traveling. I cannot wait to immerse myself in their culture and be able to travel to other Asian countries as well. Teaching in Korea through EPIK gives you 30+ days of PAID vacation and that does not even include holidays. I don’t know many American companies that provide that much PTO and I will definitely take full advantage of it. Flights are also much cheaper between countries in Asia. So many places to visit: Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Bali, Australia, New Zealand…the list goes on and on.
The importance of education is huge in Korea whether the students are from a private or public school. No wonder the government gives such great benefits to English teachers from across the world. Great respect is given to English Teachers.
Interested in Teaching Abroad in South Korea?
I researched many different companies before figuring out a recruiter to go through to Teach Abroad – Greenheart Travel was wonderful to work with and the program is free! It is competitive so make sure to apply early! Here is the link: GreenHeart Travel
EPIK (English Program in Korea) is the official company that accepts English teachers into Korea. Please check out their website if you have any questions or want to apply directly through them: EPIK
Dave’s ESL Cafe is also a great resource with helpful information on Teaching Abroad as well as current job openings. I decided to go through a recruiter as it is my first time teaching abroad and I wanted to ensure that all of my visa paperwork was accurate, etc.