TESOL Jobs in South Korea
Learn more about the job conditions and requirements in South Korea
South Korea is the top destination for new teachers who recently graduated from university and want to experience a gap-year in a well-organized ESL market, with an opportunity to save some money.
South Korea has the largest ESL public school program in the world. The EPIK and TALK programs, run by South Korea’s Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, hire over 1,100 ESL teachers every semester. Application opens in April for the Fall term and October for the Spring term. Candidates can apply via the EPIK website or an approved recruiter.
Teachers can also choose to work for private schools, known as ‘hagwons’, many of which are large organizations with several chains throughout the country.
Free Job Assistance for EPIK Public Schools and Private Hagwons
Apply for TESOL jobs in South Korea! OnTESOL will help you find a job in South Korea for free. To qualify for our free job assistance service, candidates need to have a university degree, be a native English speaker, and have a TESOL certificate of at least 120 hours. Those currently enrolled in the OnTESOL course may apply for jobs before receiving their certification.
TESOL jobs in South Korea pay a starting salary of US$2000 and up to $2,700 per month.
English teachers also receive benefits such as accommodation, airfare or starting bonus, travel expenses, and health insurance. Thanks to the benefits, those who teach English in South Korea are able to save between $5,000 and $15,000 per year, depending on their travel and entertainment habits.
EPIK and private language schools pay similar wages and offer similar benefits.
- Native-speaker from USA, Canada, Ireland, UK, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand
- University degree
- TESOL or TEFL Certification: Minimum 120 hours. The Advanced TESOL Certificate with Young Learners Specialization is highly recommended!
- Age requirement: 23-54
TESOL Jobs and Traveling in South Korea
OnTESOL’s South Korea Guide will show you everything you need to know about teaching English in South Korea and applying for TESOL jobs with EPIK or hagwons.
If you are a new teacher, the best cities to apply for TESOL jobs in South Korea are Daegu, Gwangju, Jeonju, Jeju Island, and Ulsan. Those who have previous teaching experience or a BA in Education are more likely to find jobs in bigger cities such as Seoul and Busan.
Wherever your TESOL job may take you, you will have plenty of opportunities to travel. South Korea is a small country and public transportation is amazing. The best way to travel is with friends and one great thing about teaching English in South Korea is that you will not be the only foreign teacher at your school. Traveling with friends is a great way to save money in accommodation and establish great relationships that may last for the rest of your life!
A Great Place to Travel and Save Money!
Apart from the amazing travel destinations, South Korea is a great country to save money while working as an ESL teacher abroad. South Korea is the preferred destination for young university graduates who need to pay off their student loans, but don’t want to miss out on the fun of taking a gap-year abroad! Accommodation is paid and with a $2,100/month salary you can easily more than $5,000 a year if you know how to budget your money. The best way to save money in South Korea is learning to cook using local produce, take public transit, and go out with friends but don’t drink too much! Eating outside and drinking in bars will poke a hole in your pocket!