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Teach English in South Korea (Online TESOL)

4.9(74 reviews)
Experience
Teach
Destination
South Korea
Duration
12 months
Ages
21 to 45
Degree
Degree required

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Trip overview

South Korea has been a top destination for English teachers for ages. While the income potential for teachers is a major draw card, South Korea itself is an incredible place to live. 

On this trip you’ll complete your TESOL certification online. With the option of landing a paid teaching position in South Korea with one of our many partners across the country.

On this life-changing trip, not only do you get everything you need to start your English teacher life with a bang, you also get: 

  • Guaranteed Job Match. Once you’ve passed your TESOL course, our team will arrange interviews to help you land your dream job. 95% of Global Travellers are placed in teaching positions within a fortnight of passing their TESOL. 
  • TESOL Course. Your online 120-hour (4 weeks), internationally recognised TESOL course is included in this trip. 
  • Local Activities & Experiences. Get the lay of the land and experience the highlights of your new home with a range of cultural activities and experiences during your first few weeks in South Korea. These may include a cooking class, a Taekwondo class, and a guided trip to the famous Gyeongbok Palace. 
  • Permanent Accommodation Support. If your teaching placement doesn’t include accommodation, our team will help you find a comfortable home you’re happy with close to your placement. 

The megacity of Seoul is firmly in the future with advanced technology making life easy. The food – varied and unique – is so delicious you’ll be searching for a Korean restaurant anywhere you go for the rest of your life. 

Let’s not forget the mountain ranges of the interior – with ski slopes galore – for the adrenaline junkies. 

And here comes the main reason so many people are teaching English in South Korea – the income potential. 

South Korea is the place to be if you’re looking for an opportunity for a career in education. Teacher salaries reflect this with the average salary being between $1,600 and $2,200 USD a month. 

It's not all about how much you can earn though, it's also how much you can save. We're talking flight reimbursement, accommodation paid for by the school, medical insurance (+ way more).

But this isn’t only an adventure full of fun. It’s also an opportunity for you to get a professional certification that gives you a meaningful occupation. With a local income that will help you fund your travels and live comfortably. 

When you book with Global, you book with the best. You get the full experience for a fraction of the hassle

Our team will help you with the essentials you need to start your new journey with a bang! Including helping you find accommodation, visa assistance, a range of exciting cultural activities, and so much more.

Inclusions

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Certified TESOL course
Job match
Flight reimbursement
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Pre-Departure Guide
Trip visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Placement accommodation
Arrival airport transfer
Local cultural experiences
Language lessons
Cultural foundation course
Interview preparation
Medical insurance
Certificate of completion
Ongoing local team support
24/7 Global Emergency Line
gWorld access
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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 21-45 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Teach English trips are designed to get you set up in your new life overseas as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re on your side from the moment you pay your deposit. You’ll be assigned a Dedicated Trip Coordinator to guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. Our team is well travelled so you can learn from our experience. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, visas, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

Our cultural foundations course is designed to help you be prepared and know exactly what you’re getting into when you move to Korea. This course is online and should be done before you leave. 

You’ll secure a job before you even leave home, and arrive knowing exactly which school you’re going to and have all the correct visa paperwork sorted.

You’ll fly into whichever airport is closest to your location. Your placement school will then tell you the easiest way to get to your accommodation. Your travel costs will be reimbursed by your school. You’ll be living in a private, fully furnished apartment, paid for by your school.

During a week-end, you’ll have the chance to take part in the many cultural activities we have planned for you. These are designed to help you fit into your new home as easily as possible. 

These activities include learning how to cook a traditional Korean dish, a tea tasting ceremony, a taekwondo class, and visiting the famous Gyeongbok Palace. 

Our support doesn’t end there. We’ll be in touch during your trip to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns we’re one quick message, DM, email, or carrier pigeon away. 

And if there’s an emergency, you can use our 24/7 emergency support lines for anything urgent. 

We’re with you every step of the way.

Requirements 

You must have a Bachelor’s Degree or higher in any field that was completed in English.

You must meet the visa requirements. 

You’ll need a laptop for your classroom duties. 

Extra Costs

Flights*, travel insurance, visa, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money. 

*A portion (or the entirety) of your airfare is reimbursed by your school – usually within your first few weeks of employment. But you’ll need to pay your flight upfront to get there.

Accommodation

If accommodation isn’t included with your teaching placement, our team will help you find a comfortable home you’re happy with.

Trip itinerary

Before you leave

Complete your 2-week TESOL course online, from wherever you’d like. We also offer a cultural foundations course which should be completed before you leave.  Once you’ve passed your TESOL training, our team will help you prepare for job interviews. You’ll be  offered a local teaching contract before you go to South Korea.

Arrival

When you arrive at Incheon Airport, your private transfer will be waiting for you. You’ll be taken to your twin-share accommodation in Incheon close to your training school.  You’ll meet your classmates and prepare for your TESOL course.

Week 1+

Your arrival airport will depend on where your teaching placement is. Your school will give you directions for the easiest way to get to your accommodation from the airport. Your transport costs are typically reimbursed by your school. Settle into your new home and meet your fellow teachers. During this week you’ll also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of cultural activities we have planned for you, including:  Learn how to make a traditional Korean dish in a cooking class Visit the famous Gyeongbok Palace Enjoy a tea tasting ceremony Participate in a taekwondo class Korean language lessons These cultural activities happen in May and September. So you’ll have to join the upcoming cultural experience in whichever month comes first.

Ongoing

 Each teaching placement is different, so how your life looks will depend on your placement.  Most English teacher placements In South Korea are in schools, earning between $1600 and $2200 USD a month, and getting between 10 to 20 paid days off per year. This will give you plenty of income to live comfortably and fund your travels further. So you can sample any of the delights in South Korea. Or hop on a quick flight and explore the rest of Asia on your doorstep.

Why choose us

Our Teach English trips are designed to get you set up in your new life overseas as smoothly as possible. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re with you from the moment you get started. You’ll be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with the pesky visa. No guesswork – only the right paperwork, approved the first time, in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, visas, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

But our support doesn’t end there. We’ll be in touch during your trip to make sure everything is going smoothly. If you have any questions or concerns we’re one quick message, DM, email, or carrier pigeon away. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Join 80,000+ travellers – giving us 10,000+ 4 & 5 star reviews – by choosing Global to make your travel dreams come true. 

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited. So if you’re serious about teaching in South Korea, don’t delay. 

With our Book Now, Decide Later feature, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and setting you up with our partner in South Korea. 

This is the trip for you if you’re after the ultimate teaching experience in South Korea, complete with everything you need and 24/7 support.

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Why Teach

The main purpose of this trip is to get your TESOL qualification so you can teach English as a foreign language anywhere in the world

You’ll do your 4-week TESOL course online before you set foot in South Korea.  

As tourism grows and globalisation makes the world smaller, English continues to be the ‘global language’ for mutual communication. 

Which means that people who live in non-English speaking countries could open up a world of opportunities for themselves and their communities by learning to speak English – even in modern, advanced countries like South Korea.  

This is the perfect trip for someone who wants to follow a career in education, but wants to travel the world while they’re doing it. A stint as an English teacher overseas will look great on your resume and set you up for success for a future in education. 

Alternatively – if the corporate ladder isn’t your cup of tea – this is one of those travel ‘hacks’ that’ll allow you to travel indefinitely.

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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we provide a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide. We assist with visas, pre-departure, flights, insurance, and tours. Our cool tech features support you throughout the journey. As a Global Traveller, access gWorld, our personalized app. Keep important documents and trip details handy. Enjoy exclusive Marketplace deals, a social network, language learning, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like all your favorite apps merged into one, but better! Our support doesn't stop there. With a 24/7 emergency team, 90+ staff, and ongoing assistance, we ensure you feel like a local. Join the 80,000+ Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us. We proudly boast the most & best reviews in the biz!

Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

What if I don't have any teaching experience?

No experience? No problem! Most Teach trips include a comprehensive in-country TESOL/TEFL course and certification. Led by experienced instructors, these courses equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in the field. All in-country courses include in-person teaching practice with real students so you can gain practical experience as well as cultural immersion, to ensure success when you're out in the field.

Am I guaranteed a job after completing the TESOL/TEFL course?

One of the huge advantages of choosing Global Work & Travel for your Teach adventure is our commitment to helping you secure your first paid teaching placement. Our in-country partners have a stellar reputation for training highly competent and confident English Teachers. With their extensive network of schools and language institutes, they work diligently to set you up with a paid placement. Once you complete your TESOL/TEFL course, or sometimes even before finishing it, our in-country team will set up interviews, prepare you for success, and guide you towards securing your desired teaching position. Then it's off to enrich the lives of students with your English wisdom!

Will I be provided with accommodation during my Teach trip?

Most Teach trips include initial accommodation, and our in-country partner will provide resources to help you find a clean, comfortable, and affordable place to stay during your teaching placement. It's common for our teachers to develop great friendships and opt to live and work together. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the modern, nice, and affordable accommodation options available to you. Rest assured, we'll ensure you have a comfortable home away from home during your Teach trip!

Will I earn enough to get by when teaching?

Absolutely! While the earning potential may vary depending on the teaching destination, all our teachers on the field earn more than enough to cover their living expenses and save some funds for exciting side trips or future travels. Many teachers even take advantage of additional tutoring opportunities to further boost their income. You can rest assured that your teaching placement will provide you with sufficient financial resources to support yourself and enjoy the incredible experiences that await during your time abroad.

Can I teach in other countries afterwards?

Absolutely! Once you've successfully completed your TESOL/TEFL course and initial placement in the country you booked, you'll have developed the skills and experience necessary to excel in English teaching. Many of our teachers take advantage of this and choose to explore other fascinating destinations while leveraging their English teaching skills as a means to work and travel the world. It's an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons, immerse yourself in different cultures, and continue making a positive impact through teaching. The possibilities are endless when it comes to teaching in multiple destinations - the world is literally your oyster!

What if I already have a TESOL/TEFL?

While we acknowledge your existing TESOL/TEFL, we require all our teachers to complete our comprehensive TESOL/TEFL Course & Certification included in the trip package. This ensures that you are equipped with the necessary skillset, practical experience, and premium accreditation for success in the field. Even teachers with prior TESOL/TEFL certifications, including those with extensive professional teaching experience, have found immense value in our course. Our courses provide local language and cultural training, lesson planning, in-class observation and evaluation, and more. It serves as a refresher, helps you acclimatise to the local environment, make lifelong friends, and ensures you are fully confident when applying your teaching skills.

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

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1. Choose a trip style

Find your dream experience & destination, then secure your spot with a flexible & low deposit. Activate your gWorld to unlock some cool perks. Well done! The hardest part’s over!

2. We become friends

Book a time to meet your dedicated Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs of your trip. They’ll be by your side and working behind-the-scenes to pull everything together.

3. Time to go!

We’ll get your tickets, accommodation & transfers ready. Our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared & waiting for your arrival. Get on the plane with no worries!

4. 24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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