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kcalcontrol Dec 4th, 2008 11:13 pm

How to Move to Korea to Teach English
If you've got a bachelor's degree and you want to travel but you have no money... why not move to Korea and get a job as an English teacher?

To find a recruiter worthy of confidence to help you to obtain a work. To say the recruiter what you want, and precise being. If you like mountains and small towns, not to say your recruiter whom you live very well in a big city. Korea is composed of the tons of small towns and some enormous ones. If you like the enormous cities and crowd, to move in Seoul or Pusan. If you are interested by moreover small towns (less than 500.000) to say your recruiter to place you some share smaller

To order two copies of the official transcriptions of your university, and to take care you to have your original degree, (because you will have to send it to the school in Korea). You must also obtain a vulnerable control of sector and police control made. The offices of visa can help you direct how to do this.

Good at your phone call interview. The present part is easy. To prove with your future owner that you are a person intelligent and flexible with a talent for children, and you are inside. To underline your interest for the Korean culture and to speak about your experiments with children. To consider all that you made make take part children and teaching… that they are private lessons, by making a play, or while just spending time with children. Your employer wants to know that you are qualified and you understand that the children are children.

Check your contract. You nailed the interview and now they want to engage you. The contract probably takes place during a year and very that you must know is written in him. You will learn as what is your apartment, and what you will pay (probable management of heat/water/telephone/Internet/apartment -- what will be less than $100 per month). The Korean schools pay your apartment; so much there is not any rent to be worried for. Moreover, your salary scale will be in the contract.

Don't go for a job offering less than 1.8 million won per month. New teachers can be paid up to 2.2 million won per month. Check for hours worked, holidays and conditions of the contract. You shouldn't work more than 30 hours a week and you should get at least 10 days paid holiday. Standard overtime pay is 22,000 won per hour.

Send your new boss a hello email. OK, so you got the job. Now your boss is shelling out 2 million won to fly you to Korea, so you should be courteous and write him/her an email. Tell the boss that you're excited about coming to Korea and you're looking forward to starting work. Also, Koreans use this character ^^ instead of :) so putting a little ^^ at the end is friendly.

Get your visa. Take your up-to-date passport to the Korean Embassy in your city (in Toronto the embassy is on Avenue Road) and fill out the application for your working visa. Also bring $70 bucks in cash with you. Follow your boss' instructions and you will have a visa in 2-3 days.

Pack. So you've got a job and an apartment waiting for you. Now you just need to get yourself organized and pack your suitcase. Bring your usual comforts, but don't over-do-it. Once you arrive you will be buying lots of clothes and things with your newfound wealth, so packing shouldn't be too stressful. It is recommended that you bring one good towel, and maybe bring some deodorant if you want to. Bring your multi-vitamins and some good books. English bookstores are rare and usually overpriced. And of course bring a warm jacket and mitts, as it can get a little cold in the winter, especially if you go up to the mountains. Also, if you feel inclined, bring a little of your favorite spices as it is hard to find curry/basil/oregano.

I would say forget it and embrace the new ways of eating, but you might want to be able to cook your way. Packing is really a rather personal thing, just really don't go overboard.

Catch your flight. Go early to the airport and leave about 3 hours for checking in at the right gate and bags and visas and immigration. The lines are extremely long so give you lots of time.

Relax. You've arrived and now your new boss wants to take you out for dinner. Enjoy yourself. The restaurants are different and you sit on the floor. And you eat with chopsticks and you might even start drinking on the first night. Just go with the flow and appear keen and agreeable. Your boss is just as nervous as you are.
Chill out at work. They're just kids.

They want to have fun just as much as you do. So don't take the whole thing too seriously and try to get to know them a little bit. Most kids will be sweet if you show them some friendliness, so just stay focused and be nice.

Moroccaninchina Aug 2nd, 2019 10:10 pm

Re: How to Move to Korea to Teach English
hi! thank you for the valuable information!
are those only native speakers or non-natives too ?
can non-native speakers with a BA degree in English and a TESOL work in Korea legally ?

thanks in advance

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