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July 31, 2007

Teaching Spots- Seoul, South Korea

Hello Readers,

Many future ESL teachers start their career during a time of soul-searching in another country. What better place to do this than in Seoul, Korea? As a historic capital of South Korea, Seoul is an ancient city. At the same time, it also claims to be one of the world's most digitally-connected cities in the world. If you're interested in Korean culture and language, buddhism, bathhouses, and the highly popular karaoke, then perhaps becoming a waygoogin ...

... - or foreigner- in Korea is for you.

Teaching English in Korea usually requires a bachelor's degree. However, some schools will also require a TEFL certificate (which I would strongly recommend obtaining), and some universities will also require a master's degree.

Teaching hours tend to be about 6 hours per day, but be careful. Some schools will ask you to work split shifts, which means that you might actually be at the school for 8 or 10 hours a day, teaching two hours at time with unpaid breaks in-between. As a rule of thumb, make sure that you discuss all the details of your contract with the school before you agree to it. That goes for teaching in any school in any country, not just in Korea. Some contracts will include airfare, accommodation, and end of the contract bonuses. Others will not. Many teachers who have taught in Korea recommend that you do your research before you go and negotiate with your employer so that you will be happy with your life in Korea.

According to one website, the standard contract includes the following:

1. $2,000 USD (or approximately 1,800,000 won) a month.
2. Severance bonus of one month’s pay ($2,000) at the completion of your contract.
3. 2 weeks of paid vacation, as well as all national holidays.
4. 30 teaching hours per week.
5. Return airfare will be paid by your school.
6. 50% medical insurance coverage.

For reference, the current exchange rate is: $1.00 USD= 919.179 Korean Won. To check the exchange rate in the future, go to: http://www.xe.com

For more information about teaching in Korea, check out these websites:

To find a job in Korea, go to:
Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students of all ages and levels. She worked at universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, and did private tutoring as well. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she also writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at July 31, 2007 03:53 AM

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