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Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Preparing for your Journey Teaching English in Korea

Update 1 (Feb 25, 2011): Hey everyone! Hope all is well! I just read one of the most helpful ways to learn Korean is through 90 Day Korean. This program helps you get the basics before you arrive!



I can't stress how valuable it is to know some basic Korean, as it's one way to make life so much easier. Click here to learn more about 90 Day Korean.


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Hey everyone! Hope all is well. Things have been busy back here in Canada. Life after teaching English in Korea is quite different. You start to recognize all things Korean in Vancouver and when you do see something you get this "wait a minute...I know you" feeling!

A lot of people have been emailing me about where to find a job in Korea, how to prepare yourself, etc. Well, for starters the immigration process in Korea has toughened up immensely over the past 2 years.

Just to reiterate, you will be required most of the time to...

- Have an undergraduate degree from a university
- Be a native English speaker, preferably from the USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, etc...
- Have no drugs in your system
- Have a clean criminal record
- Be interviewed at the closest Korean Consulate at your expense

If you have met the above criteria, you are sitting pretty. Most of the time, experience with children or teaching is a valuable asset. Also, if you have a TEFL certificate or equivalent, that will increase your chances immensely in impressing those picky Korean English Academy directors!

Below is a highly recommended online TEFL course being offered by i to i, and comes recommended by many across the globe.

i-to-i is a world leader in TEFL courses and TEFL jobs abroad. In the past 12 months alone i-to-i has trained 15,000 people to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and assisted them in finding jobs across the globe and have also picked up a clutch of prestigious awards and nominations.


Get the advantage you need when you're applying for jobs to teach in Korea! Click below for a free trial:



20 Hour Weekend TEFL course in USA

Also, when you're sending in your resume and picture, make sure you look clean cut and not like a bum! In Korea, looks are everything, and this is especially important when it comes to landing that job overseas.

PS - Don't forget to read up on my Teaching English in Korea FAQ!

PPS - Now that you're armed with knowledge, get out there and start applying today!!!

PPPS - Already in Korea? Then you need this translated menu from one of the most popular Korean restaurants, Kimbap Nara.

50 comments:

kimchitoast said...

Thanks for all the info!
I just started tutoring a high schooler last week, and am looking for more jobs. It's nice to see that there are so many others in my boat.

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Ivo Serentha and Friends said...

greetings from Italy,good luck

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Jeannie said...

Did I mention I love you? (joking) ... I'm looking into going to Korea to teach after I graduate here in New Brunswick this year from University. I have already been to Korea for a visit and absolutely loved it. I'm so nervous about moving though.

Gdog said...

Thanks for commenting everyone!! Good luck!

Jeannie: Love you too! lol. Don't worry about the move, just keep an open mind and stay positive. You'll have a great time. Avoid the whiners like the plague! :)

t said...

Gdog - I'm in Korea at an academy and your site has been a very helpful resource in getting answers to various matters which present themselves. Any idea about where one could get a Western food product - specifically I'm trying to slake my marmite fix. I could send back to family or friends to send me some, or buy over the Net, but just wondering if you (or anyone else) knew of a place where one could buy Marmite (or Vegemite) in Seoul. Gamsa hamnida!

Elly said...

Hi - I've got to read more of this, but meantime I have some questions. I am about to go to South Korea - and am getting a bit of runaround. (With a Chinese owned Australian organisation.)
Do i need to take sheets and towels? Ok, funny question, but I like sheets on my bed and I like to use a good big towel. Can I buy them in JeonJu?

Anonymous said...

Hi GDOG, Thank you for creating such a good site with heaps of great info on Korean..thank u ..thank u .... As for the selection criteria to teach in Korean...do they only native English speaker... ? Apparently... I a Chinese with a uni degree..and have been living in Australia for over 10 years..any hope?
SR

Anonymous said...

Are the immigration policies in Korea so stringent. If it follows such harsh rules then how can a foreigner get a job in this place. Anyways that's not my concern, my question i took a TEFLdevil course and started tutoring handfull of secondary high school students. Can anyone suggest what more i can do to improve my teaching levels/skills.

Goodjay said...

this is good idea to inform people who want to teach english at korea information about the country. hope you well

Anonymous said...

i study in acting classes in usa, if i want to do a movie in south korea. what am i gonna do to get in movie in korea?

Dylan said...

Never had the opportunity to visit Korea. Just considering a trip. Is it a great spot for vacation?

Joemill said...

Hello! Are you Canadian? You're doing a great job! I think you're enjoying your job!

Joemill from the Philippines

Dpuss said...

Hi Gdog. Thanks for posting all your advice. Right now my husband who is Korean and I are in the process of starting up our own tutoring here in Korea. We are beginners at this so I'm trying desperately to seek all the advice I can get so that we can make this work. Do you have any advice regarding tutoring? What kind of program and books would you recommend? Anything in particular that the parents are looking for? I'm an American with a 2 year college degree, and only have a little experience teaching Spanish as a second language to adults. Any advice would be tremendously appreciated!
Thanks again.

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truth said...

Do you know if the Starbucks in Seoul accepts starbucks gift cards?

MDS said...

Does anyone know good/cheap hotels to stay at in Mokdong?

Alex Case said...

Nice to see the blog is still active, I've been reading for a couple of years now but haven't been back for a while.

All good advice above, apart from the i to i one! Surely you mean Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL??

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Wow! But my english is not as good as to be able to teach english. Great post!

Vegas Joe said...

I have just finished 2 years of teaching English in Seoul. Lived in Gangnam and I had a great time in Seoul. Miss it already and the kimchi.

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Carrie said...

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Anonymous said...

Quite a good article. However, I have some queries. What about those possessing an undergraduate degree from reputed Indian Universities? And also, what's the difference between TOEFL and TEFL? As TOEFL and IELTs are recognized worldwide, will anyone holding certificates of these two will be eligible?

Kim said...

Good to know, thanks! I knew there was more to than just knowing English. :)

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Dave said...

Hi, I've just started teaching in Korea last week and its been brilliant so far. I'm from the UK and the immigration process wasn't that difficult just time consuming. I didn't have to visit the embassy either. I really enjoyed reading your blog, calmed the nerves a little. I've just started a blog of what it like in Suncheon, check it out http://daveaway13.blogspot.com/.

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