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Working Holiday in South Korea

Experience
Working Holiday
Destination
South Korea
Duration
6 to 12 months
Ages
18 to 30

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Trip overview

South Korea is a country that has a lot to offer travellers of all ages, from scrumptious BBQ delicacies, Kimchi, Bibimbap, and Bulgogi, to breathtaking views of the landscape and surroundings. Exploration beckons you in the Land of the Morning Calm, whether you want to take in the flashing lights of Seoul or the snowy peaks of the Taebaek Mountains. Plus, it's often regarded as one of the best places to combine work with travel. 

This trip allows you to get a head start on your South Korean venture. Here is how! 

  • Interview with South Korean companies before you fly or during your orientation. 
  • The largest network of partner companies - land a job anywhere from small towns to big cities.
  • Dedicated Trip Coordinator to save you time, money & stress from arriving unprepared
  • Assistance with flights, travel insurance, accommodation, visa application & more 
  • Join exclusive Global Traveller getaways & meet-up events

Most visitors plan their trips 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but capacity is minimal, so plan ahead of time! Avoid wasting weeks searching for a job and start enjoying your experience from day one.

This trip is ideal for anybody searching for the ultimate working holiday experience, complete with unique inclusions, 24-hour assistance, and fantastic excursions. Chances are that once you arrive, you'll want to stick around to keep immersing yourself in its 5,000-year-old heritage and culture.

Inclusions

South Korea job match

A lot of companies won't hire travellers. We’re partnered with many of the best local businesses that will. Land your first job to start soon after arrival, and save time, money & the worry of returning home early.

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and are ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.

Working holiday visa guidance

Get your working holiday visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.

Pre-Departure Guide

Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.

Personal Travel Concierge

You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any other add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get personalized booking help that ticks all your boxes.

Private airport transfer

Start your trip off right and roll up like a VIP! When your plane lands, a private chauffeur will be waiting to whisk you straight to your included hostel accommodation in style.

4 nights of hostel accommodation

Meet other Global Travellers in the heart of South Korea. A 4-6 person dorm makes it the ultimate lodging for jet-lag recovery, or treat yourself and upgrade! (private room available at additional cost)

"Welcome to South Korea" orientation

We'll set you up for an in-country orientation and cultural activities over your first 3 days. Meet our dedicated local team at the Incheon office for a detailed introduction on everything you need to know about life and work in South Korea.

Online Korean cultural foundation course

Before arriving, we’ll make sure you’re familiar with the culture to provide you with a solid understanding of your new home.

Welcome dinner

Get to know other travellers and our team better over some traditional Korean cuisine.

Grand Palace tour and Hanbok experience

Experience a Hanbok café and dress in traditional attire before going on a guided tour of the majestic Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Korean cooking class

Experience firsthand the preparation of signature Korean delicacies like Bulgogi, Gimbab, and Kimchi Pancakes, and pick the brain of the charming chef, Hero, while you do so.

Cultural workshops

We will arrange for you to attend a few seminars and workshops while working for Korean organisations so that you may make a more seamless transition into Korean culture.

Permanent accommodation resources

If permanent accommodation isn’t provided with your job opportunity, our local team can give you the tools and advice to help you find your perfect home.

Ongoing local team support

Throughout your time here you will have the support of a local team. They will help to open up the wonders of South Korea, supporting your every need while you work and travel around the country.

24/7 Global Emergency Line

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.

gWorld access

Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.

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Social

Travel alone but never lonely with Social! An exclusive social network inside our gWorld app to talk, share & meet-up with other Global Travellers in your region, with a dedicated Community Manager.

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Global Academy

Gain access to an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn before & whilst you travel.

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Invites to Global Getaways

Be invited to exclusive customer only bucket-list side trips, so you can meet new friends and see more of the world while abroad.

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Marketplace deals

Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.

$250 off your next trip

The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more

Qualification

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

  • Be between 18-30 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

We recognise that finding local, seasonal jobs to support your travels across the country is essential to a successful working holiday. We also understand that only some companies and sectors would consider employing travellers. Our expertise comes in creating and maintaining ties with hundreds of local companies that employ travellers, so you can save time, money, and worry with interviews lined up to make your working trip the best it can be. Typically jobs pay between 800,000 to 1,600,000 Korean Won (about $615 to $1,250 USD) per month.

We've planned our Working Holiday in South Korea trip to help you settle overseas as quickly and comfortably as possible. Our skilled team can assist you with all of the stressful aspects of moving abroad, such as visa applications, bank accounts, South Korea job interviews, and finding the appropriate place to call home. Simply put, we're here to make your transition to working overseas in South Korea as smooth as possible.

Arrive in the country confident that you are well ahead of any other visitor embarking on their working holiday in South Korea. You'll have more time to devote to yourself and plan your travels around the nation! With the hard work over, you can enjoy your first few days in South Korea, seeing the great sites and making new friends before beginning your first employment opportunity. Our committed team will be there for you every step of the way, and when it's time to try something new, feel free to go off and explore this tremendous action-packed nation, knowing that we'll be there for you when you need your next job interview.

The experience of working in South Korea transforms the experience into something more than a trip overseas. Instead of stressing about procedures, spend more time travelling, experiencing stunning vistas, and making new friends. We can help you avoid unnecessary costs, hassles, and maybe even an early trip home. If you're planning on spending time in South Korea as part of a working holiday programme, you should make every day matter. Living and working in South Korea is an incredible experience, and there will be many surreal times along the way when you have to pinch yourself to believe it's all true.

Requirements 

To qualify for this trip you must meet the visa requirements, and have 6 months of paid work experience by time of arrival.

What extra costs will I have?

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

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Your personal chauffeur will be waiting for you outside when your plane touches down at Incheon International Airport. You'll be driven to Unseo on Yeongjong Island, next to Seoul and dropped off in a top-rated hostel in the city's centre, where you'll spend the first four nights. Let the vibe sink in and wander along the city's best attractions, from Namdaemun Market to Gyeongbokgung Palace. Don't rush anything; take your time, meet some new people, and get settled.

Days 2-4

Over the course of the following three days, you will participate in a cultural orientation filled with fascinating, engaging activities and plenty of interaction between the staff and participants. This is led by native speakers and takes place in Incheon, South Korea, where attendees will also participate in a number of exciting and educational cultural activities. Learn to prepare traditional Korean food and try traditional Hanbok in Seoul's Grand Palace (weather permitting). In addition, expect a scrumptious welcome dinner while bonding with fellow travellers and trying some authentic Korean food.

Day 5

Typically, you will have to relocate to where your new job is after spending your four nights in Seoul. Our staff can assist you in finding a suitable place to live in case you didn't manage to find one on your own or there is no staff housing available.

Ongoing

Our team will always keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.  Stay connected with Social, where you can reach out to your Community Manager, stay updated with events happening in the country and chat with Global Travellers near you. You will also be invited to traveller meet-ups and exclusive Global Getaways, giving you access to short bucket-list side trips to awesome locations so you can continue to make new friends and see the world together.

Working Holiday jobs & locations in South Korea

Land an entry to a mid-level job in South Korea, which will be fun and social, so you can make friends, learn new skills and have the freedom to explore the Land of the Morning Calm! Located all across the country, here’s a list of the industries most of our South Korean Partner Organisations are in and where you can expect to find yourself being matched too!

  • Language School Chaperone
  • School curriculum assistant (editing, lesson planning, test grading, etc.)
  • International Bank Assistant
  • International Recruitment Assistant
  • Program Coordinator
  • Hotel Staff
  • Road Construction and Maintenance Crew
  • Barista at Coffee Shop
  • + More

A working holiday in South Korea offers a wide selection of iconic locations, with the most prominent place being the capital of Seoul.

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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 offer you the ability to not only choose from a number of awesome experiences all over the world but, we'll be your support system from the very first moment you become a Global Traveller! We provide a premium service that allows you to pick the destination of your dreams, get our visa & pre-departure assistance, book great flights and organise the perfect travel insurance or tours for when you arrive. Plus, we’ll back it all up with some cool and exclusive tech features that are with you the entire time.

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 for discounts with our brand partners, a unique social network to connect you with other Global Travellers when you’re overseas, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn as you travel, invites to bucket-list side trips with other travellers, local meet-ups and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better?

And it doesn't even stop there. We continue to be there from the moment you land with a dedicated 24/7 emergency team, over 90 staff and ongoing support ensuring that you have the tools you need to feel like a local. That’s why 65,000+ Global Travellers from all over the world have chosen to turn their travel dream into reality with us and we can proudly brag that we’ve got the most & best reviews in the biz!

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!

What happens if COVID affects my trip?

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected with our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.

If you’re affected by Covid-19 while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We recommend travellers purchase Global Travel Cover travel insurance that provides Covid-19 medical protection too.

Do I need to be vaccinated to book?

As border restrictions for countries begin to ease, being fully vaccinated will maximise the number of locations you can visit. So while you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel through over the next 12-18 months. We highly recommend our travellers look at the current travel restrictions of their destination, speak with a medical professional or get in touch with our team for travel advice.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 84* days before departure without incurring any charges when you rebook it for any time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.

In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 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 towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 2 years!

*Some select trips excluded, including Teach (Spain, Italy & Czech Republic) and USA (Summer Camp, Working Holiday and Hotel Professional), and others as listed in Booking Conditions.

How it works

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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We're the experts

With over 10 years in the industry and a team of over 90 passionate pros, you can bet we know our stuff better than anyone else.

Partner network

We have over 1,200 partners around the globe, so we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.

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