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Wednesday, 7 March 2007

Want to teach English in Korea? Apply NOW!

I've had a few readers email me about what companies to work for when teaching in Korea. It can be a daunting task trying to find the right employer to work for. There's a lot of good and bad information out there that will take time to sift through. Do your homework and it will pay off!

If you are currently interested in coming over to Korea and teaching, my employer is now hiring. I get free housing, return airfare, a reasonable salary, and a one month bonus at the end of my contract. Interested? Send me a quick email and I'll let you know what company I work for and how to apply. Want another resource? Check out my Teaching in Korea FAQ.


Anonymous said...

Hi Gdog,

Sometimes, I think I might re-up for another year. I was offered a position at a university in Seoul. The megapolis is not my cup go tea, but teaching college-age students would be a welcome change from the range I currently have (beginners to 3rd-year middle school students). We used to have a pretty decent set of textbooks here, but they have been changed to those of our franchise which are rather thin on learning and hefty in raking in bucks for the franchise. If it wasn't for the texts, I might actually stay put. I have good bosses, good location, and plenty things to keep busy with.

Some Pros: Personal Growth, Self-Reliance, Broadening One's Horizons, Overcoming Fears, Interesting People and Situations, lightening fast internet, excellent transportation system, and gracious hosts and students (well, some of the students).

Cons: Some rational, but mostly irrational fears, homesickness (the internet and free web-cam calling though Windows Live Messenger, Skype, or Yahoo! help tremendously), temperature extremes, yellow dust--do not come here if you have MAJOR respiratory problems (S. Korea is usually covered in a light to medium layer of smog and pollution), dense population, and mandatory hikes up mountains.

It's like everything else in life though. It is what "you" make of it. Most days I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. I've met some amazing people, and seen and done things I never thought I'd do in my lifetime. Otherdays, well, they don't occur that often, and I've had them elsewhere as well.

Thanks again, Gdog. You have a great blog, and the information is invaluable for the most part (I'd rather see the pushers in the aisles at Homever with their thigh-high boots than run-of-the-mill folk. I don't care for their tactics, but they aren't hard on the eyes). So, in closing, do your research no matter where you go and try to talk to actual native speakers at the schools you are interested in. And, if it sounds "too good" to be true, it just might be.

Gary said...

Hey John,

I think you should go for the position, it could end up being a fantastic experience!

You posted some excellent information that will help all those people trying to find a job out there. You were pretty spot on. Good luck, glad you enjoyed the Homever video!!! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi, is it really just for native english speakers?
Thanks. :o)

Gary said...

anonymous: Yes, you should be a native English speaker as it's one of the requirements.

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

The 2 other 'native' English speakers at my hagwon are from Africa and English is their second language. They have thick accents but their English fluency lets them squeeze into the 'native speaker' category.

Anonymous said...

that's good for them :o) i hope the same thing will happen to me.

I don't understand why they won't allow non-native English speakers to teach in Korea. Especially now that the growth of Korean students being sent here (in the Philippines) to study English is very prominent. I hope they'll consider.


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