The Perks of Teaching English in South Korea
By Rose Blanton
I recently finished teaching English for a year in South Korea. I found the experience exhilarating and fruitful. With the impossibility of finding a job right now, I think many of you will find this article informative and possibly even lucrative.
All schools in Korea work with recruiting companies. These companies put the schools in touch with hundreds of teachers. The recruiting companies also help the teachers find the right school for them. You let the recruiters know all you preferences so that they can find the perfect fit for you. Here are some recruiting companies
that myself and fellow colleagues of mine used. Both of these companies are completely reliable and legit.
The requirements for teaching English in South Korea are next to zero. All you need is a bachelor’s degree and no criminal record. For those of you who may have gotten your self into a few slippery situations with Johnny law, Taiwan and China are more lax on their criminal background checks. Also if you have an English degree some schools may offer you more money.
All schools public and private schools pay 2.1 million won a month. That is equivalent to about 2000 U.S dollars. On top of paying you a monthly salary the school also pays your rent and your flight in and out of the country. Still not enough? You can teach private lessons and if you are living in the greater Seoul area you can make up to 100,000 won a lesson. (Roughly 100 U.S dollars.) Most schools will pay for your health insurance as well. With this health insurance a doctor’s visit and medication will cost you around 6 U.S dollars.
Public vs. Private
I taught at a private academy but if I could go back and do it all over again I would have taught public. Why do you ask?