Paid Teaching in South Korea
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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: SKPT
Duration: 12 months or longer
If you are a graduate aged 21-35 you can become a paid teacher in South Korea. Work for a year teaching English and earn USD20,000 a year! Accommodation is included, as is a 120 hour on-line TEFL course and a 40-hour cultural course to help you prepare for your paid teaching position. You'll also get an allowance to put towards your flight costs! With 3 cultural excursion weekends in Seoul also included, why not take this opportunity to add something impressive to your CV and have a wonderful year teaching abroad? If you want a well-paid adventure abroad, this is the programme for you!
- Get paid an excellent wage in a paid teaching position in South Korea: Secure a 1-year paid teaching contract before you travel, inspire kids in South Korea and gain brilliant experience for your CV
- You can expect an amazing starting salary of at least USD20,000 per year, earning on average between 1700-2000 USD per month
- You'll get an allowance to put towards your flight costs, and all accommodation is included while you are out there!
- Gain a coveted 120-hour online TEFL qualification from the comfort of your own home, plus an all-inclusive 40-hour online cultural introduction course to be completed before you go
- Three amazing cultural excursion weekends in Seoul are also included during your year abroad!
120-Hour Online TEFL Course
You can complete the online 120-Hour TEFL course from the comfort of your own home. Online TEFL courses begin on the first and third Mondays of each month, and last for 4 weeks in total. You can choose your own flexible hours of study within this time period.
40-hour Online Culture, History & Language Course
This brilliant 1-week online course is designed to prepare you for your teaching adventure in South Korea. Once you have been offered a teaching placement you will be sent access to this mandatory course which is completed online before you go to Korea, usually a few weeks before your departure date. The course will give you an in-depth understanding of Korean culture and society, plus plenty of advice about how to live and work in Korea. It also offers the ideal opportunity to connect with other prospective teachers online so you’ll already have a network of new friends before you arrive.
On this online course you will be learning all about the following areas:
- South Korean history
- South Korean culture
- Korean language
- Korean lifestyle
- How to successfully live and work in South Korea
A certificate will be awarded to you on successful completion of the course.
Paid Teaching Placements
Your paid teaching placement in South Korea is a one-year contract.
Itineraries will vary depending on your individual school placement. You can expect to work a 5-day week (around 30 hours per week in total, working 6 hours per day) with two consecutive days off per week. You will be eligible for paid holidays during your 12-month contract, and will also receive days off on national holidays.
Inclusive In-country Cultural Excursions & Language Classes
Twice a year all of our teaching participants have the opportunity to take part in amazing, all-inclusive cultural excursions and language classes. The expected start dates will be February/March and October/November each year, as these are popular times to begin the teaching placement.
These cultural weekends will build on what you have learned from your pre-arrival online courses, and broaden your understanding of South Korean culture and history. You’ll also learn a little of the wonderful language spoken locally! These experiences will assist your integration into South Korea and bring down cultural barriers between you and your students.
The course runs over three consecutive weekends in the capital of South Korea, Seoul. With accommodation included for each Saturday night, you can immerse yourself in Korean culture, make new mates, learn a little of the Korean language, and have fun!
The activities will include:
- Korean Language Lessons. Learn the building blocks of this beautiful language, including Hangueal (The Korean alphabet), useful words and phrases, and how to be respectful in Korean.
- Taekwondo Class. Enjoy a 90-minute introduction to this Korean marital art. You’ll be kicking, throwing, and blocking like a pro!
- Cooking Class. Learn to whip up some delicious Korean delicacies and eat what you make! Some examples of the kind of food you may prepare include Dakjjim (braised chicken with vegetables), Pajeon (green onion pancake), and Kimchi Pancake, as well as some tasty skewers to nibble on while you cook!
- Gyeongbokgung. Visit the stately Gyeongbokgung palace and marvel at its impressive courtyard and ornate architecture.
- Tea Tasting. Head to Insa-dong, the artistic hub of Seoul. Sip on some tasty tea on a rooftop tea-house and fine tune your taste buds!
- Namsong Park. Visit the highest point in Seoul and enjoy the view! Opt to ride the cable car from the base of Namson Mountain up to N Seoul Tower, get involved with some cultural activities such as trying on a hanbok, or simply soak up this stunning area!
Please note: Itineraries may be subject to change. Transport and meals are not included during the cultural excursions.
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Your arrival destination will depend on your individually-arranged paid teaching job. An airport pickup is generally included, but this is at the discretion of each school.
Your will receive a flight allowance to put towards your flight costs. This will be typically be paid to you within a month of arrival in South Korea.
Free housing is included as part of the paid teaching contract, in furnished, modern Western-style accommodation, usually located on or close to your school site. Utility bills and internet costs are not included. Utility costs average around USD100 per month, and internet usually costs about USD35 per month. Meals are not included as part of the programme.
You will have the chance to take part in four cultural weekends based in Seoul, which run twice-yearly. These may not co-incide with your individual teaching start date. A total of 4 Saturday nights’ of accommodation in Seoul is included, but food is at your own cost. Please note: Transport to and from Seoul is not included and you will have to make your own way to Seoul for the cultural orientation weekends.
In order to be eligible for the paid teaching programme you must:
- Be a degree holder with minimum of a bachelor degree in any field of study or a university diploma in English or Education
- Complete the 120-hour TEFL course (or already hold this qualification)
- Applicants must be native English speakers and passport holders of the following countries: The United States, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland
- Be aged between 21-40
- No criminal history
- No visible Tattoos or Piercings
- Be in good physical and mental health and complete a medical check up on arrival in South Korea
- Be able to commit to a 12 month teaching contract
You do not need any previous teaching experience, and you do not need to have any Korean language skills to take part in this programme. A genuine wish to teach and mentor young people is a must, and you should be mature, responsible and feel confident to teach in a classroom environment. Previous experience in a professional teaching environment is desirable but not essential.
Please note: If you have not yet completed your degree you can still apply for this programme, however the placement team will not be able to start sending your application to schools until you have your degree certificates and other documentation ready.
Step 1: Book your place with a £199 deposit.
Step 2: Send us a copy of your CV, a full-length photo, a copy of your degree certificate(s) and a copy of your passport so we can approve your application.
Step 3: You will have a telephone interview with our Gap 360 Teaching Coordinator.
Step 4: We will send your application to our partner company in South Korea, who will decide if you are suitable for the programme. If your application is successful, our partner company will approve your application within 24 hours.
Step 5: Once you have been accepted onto the programme, you will now need to pay the remainder of your final balance, which is non-refundable. Our partner in Korea will begin your job search.
Step 6: You should begin your 4 week online TEFL course as soon as you can.
Step 7: You will now need to put together a number of documents which are required by the South Korean government before they will approve your visa and application to teach. Please Note: The South Korean visa application process is very strict and your visa will not be granted unless all necessary documents are provided. Documents include:
- Two copies of your University Degree with Appostille (legal certification by UK government office). Please request two sets and keep one for your records or as a backup. We can give you more advice on how to obtain an Appostille certification.
- 4 x Passport photos (please make sure that all photos are in colour).
- Photocopy of passport (information page and signature page).
- DBS Enhanced Criminal Record Check dated less than 6 months old from time of entry to Korea (this must be Appostilled by your local Legislation Office). You will need to send the original plus a copy.
- Original signed contract from school (you will receive this from your school employer in South Korea once your interview is successful).
- Original signed Self Health check list (we will send you this to complete).
Step 8: Our partner company in South Korea will send your profile to potential school employers. If a school expresses an interest in employing you, we will then schedule a Skype or telephone interview with the prospective employer.
Step 9: If your interview is successful and you are matched with a teaching job, we will send you a contract on behalf of the school. You need to sign this and send back a copy to us via e-mail. A teaching position will only be confirmed on signing the employment contract.
Step 10: You will be given the address of your new school employer and you will need to send them all your legally required documents (listed above) by courier. Courier costs must be paid by you and responsibility for the documents arriving safely lies with you. We recommend you use a reputable and reliable courier company.
Step 11: We will send you your visa number, which you will need to take to the South Korean Embassy to apply for your visa within 48 hours of receiving your number. Visas cost between USD40-50 and this price is extra to the trip cost.
Step 12: Once you have finalised your visa and your placement in South Korea has been confirmed, you should then arrange your flights. You will be paid a fixed flight allowance to put towards these costs within a month of arrival in South Korea.
Step 13: Before you leave you will be given a full briefing and pre-departure information.
Step 14: Within the first few days of arrival in South Korea, you will be required to undergo a medical check-up (this is at an extra cost of USD100).
Within a few days of your arrival in South Korea, all teachers are required to have a medical check-up. The medical check costs USD100 and this extra cost must be covered by you and is not included in the trip cost. In order to pass the medical it is important that there are no drugs in your system and there are not any medical conditions found that you have not disclosed prior to travel.
On this particular programme, as you’ll be working with children, you’ll need to undergo an enhanced DBS previously known as CRB, or Criminal Record Bureau check and will need to have a clean criminal record. This check must be dated less than 6 months old from your date of entry to Korea.
DBS checks may list past convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings, and if applicable will show whether or not you have been barred from working with certain vulnerable groups. Non-conviction information such as fixed penalties may also be included.
There is an addition cost for the DBS check, please speak to your travel advisor at the time of booking. The DBS process is in 3 stages:
1. Once we receive your booking payment, you will then be sent an online application link for the DBS check, which you will need to complete.
2. Once you have completed the application, the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) will need verification of your identity - to do this you will need to take 3 original documents to your nearest crown post office and use their DBS and ID verification service. This costs approximately £5 and is payable directly to the Post Office.
3. Once the post office verification is done it usually takes up to 2 weeks for your DBS to be processed, and your DBS will be sent to you directly in the post.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.