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These are some frequently asked questions we thought would be of interest to you. If you find that we have not adressed your question of concern,please don`t hesitate to contact us.

1. How safe is Korea?
2. Can I give private English lessons in my free time outside of the school?
3. Does ESL4Korea charge teachers any recruitment or placement fees?
4. How good is the salary and package for teaching English in South Korea?
5. Things to do in South Korea?
6. How do I apply?
7. Do I need teaching experience?
8. How do I get to my Apartment or School from the Airport?
9. What will help me adjust to local culture and lifestyle more quickly?
10. What will my apartment be like?
11. How much money should I bring to Korea?
12. Can I send remittance home?
13. What size will my classes be?
14. How long is each class?
15. How long does the process take from start to finish?
16. Will I have free time to travel?
17. Do the kids speak English?
18. Can I stay longer than 1 year?
19. What if I have to leave early (death, illness of family member etc…)?
20. Do I have to know how to speak Korean?
21. Can I find Western or European goods in Korea?




1. How safe is Korea?

While no country is 100% safe, we can say Korea is by far one of the safest countries around and you can feel that it’s safe, even late at night. However, as in any other country, you should always be prudent. In case of an emergency you can reach the local police on 112.

2. Can I give private English lessons in my free time outside of the school?
No. This is an issue that can get teachers in trouble with schools and the authorities. Very simply, the school may be fined as well as you having your visa and contract cancelled by Korean Immigration. It’s really not worth the hassle. If you want more salary, why not talk your school about maybe doing some extra or special classes with them outside your normal working contract.

3. Does ESL4Korea charge teachers any recruitment or placement fees?
No. We don’t charge you anything to you for your placement and it is our opinion that no recruitment agency should be charging clients or making TEFL courses mandatory. Neither is the case with ESL4KOREA. But of course there are some administrational and courier costs involved in processing your visa but you are going to be paying this regardless of been charged a placement fee or not by all companies.

4. How good is the salary and package for teaching English in South Korea?
It’s one of the top countries to earn a decent wage as a TEFL teacher. The entire package makes it affordable and every teacher we knew saved a sizeable amount of their salary during the course of the year.

5. Things to do in South Korea?
There are tons of things to do in South Korea. It has a great night life, it has numerous outdoor and adventure activities, festivals such as the internationally famous Mud Festival, amazing scenery, in particular there are some beautiful mountains and hiking is an extremely popular past time. In winter time you can hit the ski slopes, while in summer time you can head for the beaches. You can learn how to cook Korean food, learn a new language, martial arts or just get host in the steep culture and history that Korea has to offer.

6. How do I apply?
Applying is easy; simply complete our online application form attaching your resume and a recent photograph or you can mail it to us at recruitment@esl4korea.com

7. Do I need teaching experience?
Teaching experience is not required, either is a degree in English. As long as you are a native English speaker from one of the seven designated countries and have a recognised bachelor’s degree, you may apply. While a TEFL/TESOL course is not required by all schools, it’s a good idea to consider doing some level of course, but don’t go wasting massive amounts of money on one. For your first teaching post, a basic TEFL course will help get you started. We are on hand to offer advice based on our classroom experience, your school will have the resources you need, and your co-teachers will be there to support you as well.

8. How do I get to my Apartment or School from the Airport?
Don’t worry; we will coordinate with your school. Either someone from your school or one of us will be at the airport to greet you or we’ll make sure you get to your school or apartment with no hitches.

9. What will help me adjust to local culture and lifestyle more quickly?
Of course it’s entirely natural to fall off a plane into a new culture thousands of miles away from home and feel over whelmed or even home sick. If you didn’t feel like way to some degree for your time, it would be unnatural. But don’t worry, we all want to see you succeed, so the school and ESL4Korea will help get you mingling and meeting more teachers in no time. Just approach every day with a smile and take a deep breath if you feel a little frustrated. As the old saying goes...”When in Rome”. The Koreans have their own way of doing things, and while we might not always see the merits of doing it that way, we still need to respect their values and culture (including business and teaching culture). The best bit of advice we can give to you as a younger teacher starting out in Korea.....Get out there and have fun. Plan something for your weekends. And don’t spend the whole year in the local watering hole. It will be a year wasted.

10. What will my apartment be like?
In most cases, you’ll have your own single studio apartment. It will be semi furnished but if you need anything say it to your manager. They will do their best to make you feel at home. ESL4Korea will again be on hand if there are any issues. Just remember, space in Korea is at a premium so your apartment won’t be huge, but it will be of a decent standard and you can make it very cosy.

11. How much money should I bring to Korea?
We recommend 1000usd minimum. You can do it for much less but we feel this amount will give a little extra for unplanned events or until you know you’re way around the local area.

12. Can I send remittance home?
Yes, you’re school will help you open a bank account.

13. What size will my classes be?
Normally class sizes are from 5 to 15. 8 10 been the most common size.

14. How long is each class?
You will teach about 40-50 minutes per class and have 10-15 minute breaks between classes.

15. How long does the process take from start to finish?
It depends on how fast you can prepare your visa documents. The hiring and visa process is only about 4 weeks in total but your visa documents will have to be ready (such as your police background check.)

16. Will I have free time to travel?
Yes, you will have a lot of time to travel. Korea has many National holidays, plus you have weekends and your vacation days. Since Korea is geographically small, it is easy to hop on a bus or train on the weekend and get to various destinations. So, if travel is your goal, your time in Korea should allow you to see plenty of different sites.

17. Do the kids speak English?
There’s a variety of English fluency levels. The students are grouped by age and skill level. Some classes may be at the beginner level, while others will be able to speak much more fluently.
Most schools have all levels of students. Since you teach a lot of different groups, you will be exposed to various skill levels.

18. Can I stay longer than 1 year?
Yes, if you are enjoying yourself and want to remain longer, you can do so. In fact, you can stay for as long as you want, so long as you continue to renew your visa.
If you want to stay at the same school, and both parties are in agreement, that can be easily arranged. If you are looking at exploring other cities and would like to move after your first year, we can assist you in finding a new position.
After one year, you will be required to exit and re-enter Korea. This is in order to renew the visa. So, basically, you will have to take at least a short vacation to another country.

19. What if I have to leave early (death, illness of family member etc…)?
There are some things over which we have no control. Any such instance would be treated as an individual case. For example, if you had to return home for a funeral half way through your contract, but planned to return after a week, there would likely be some arrangements made to accommodate this.
If you had to leave after one month, and you’re not going to return, you would obviously not expect to have your return flight paid for.
It all depends on what the circumstances are, and what your plans are. Your employers are people too, and we all understand that an emergency is an emergency.

20. Do I have to know how to speak Korean?
No, you don’t have to know how to speak Korean. You can get by during your time in Korea without learning to speak any Korean. There will always be someone willing to help, and people are quite patient.
However, if you do pick up on some of the language, you will probably enjoy yourself even more. Korean people are very impressed when foreigners learn their language. It shows that you respect their country and their culture.

21. Can I find Western or European goods in Korea?
Chances are whatever it is you are looking for; you will be able to find it, or something similar, in Korea. There are plenty of foreigners in Korea, so the market for Western goods is quite prominent, and with the Internet, you have access to just about anything through e-commerce.


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