Spend a year teaching and living abroad in South Korea! Not only will you receive flight reimbursement, a generous salary and free housing, but you will also be given 30+ days of paid vacation. There is no fee for this program and teachers will be able to save a substantial amount of money while abroad. Greenheart Travel works alongside the South Korean Ministry of Education and the South Korean National Institute of International Education in order to select the best candidates for this program.
-Free program - no program fee
-Paid English teaching positions throughout South Korea
-One year contracts
-10 day orientation upon arrival
-Free furnished studio apartment
-Salary of about $1,600 to $2,200 USD (1.8 - 2.5 million KRW)
-Approximately 30+ days of paid vacation
- South Korea
- Free furnished studio apartment
- Salary of 1.8 - 2.5 million KRW per month (about $1,600 to $2,200 USD, tax-deferred)*, depending on location, experience and qualifications. Save up to $15,000 per year!
- Approximately 30+ days of paid vacation
- Allowances for flight costs and more are awarded upon beginning and completion of contract totaling approximately $2,570 USD
- Severance pay equal to one month's salary
- Step-by-step guidance and support throughout application process, including pre-departure orientation
- National Korean Health Insurance coverage
- No program or application fees
Citizen of US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa
Bachelor's degree in any field
20-55 years of age
No criminal record (this includes underage drinking charges, DUI's, misdemeanors, etc), minor traffic offenses are okay
TEFL Certification (100 hours) OR a Bachelor's degree in Education, English or Linguistics OR a Master's degree in any field
Strong desire to learn about other cultures
Questions & Answers
KristinAge: 19-24FemaleUnited StatesOtherHelpful Program04/16/2015How could this program be improved?
Some of the companies that were recommended by Green Heart to use for authenticating documents were not the most affordable.
Some of the directions given to me via PDF were not completely up-to-date.
KelseyAge: 25-30FemaleUnited StatesBrigham Young UniversityGreenheart really is GREAT!!04/05/2015How could this program be improved?
The only thing I would wish to improve with the program is a little bit of help getting settled when we arrive in Korea. Maybe some kind of mini-orientation before the EPIK orientation begins? Perhaps arriving a day earlier and having a person or two to answer a few of the instant culture shock questions we try to get a head start on the recovery from jet lag. However, I did just fine without anything like this, I just know there were a few other recruiters that did things like this and I thought it was very nice to have an instant group of people to connect with. This in no way is a reason to not go with Greenheart. The clear, concise, and FAST communication with Greenheart is irreplaceable during the application process while everything is SO confusing. There are plenty of other helpful people here to answer questions once you've arrived in South Korea.
LydiaAge: 19-24FemaleSeoul, KoreaIthaca CollegeExcellent preparation!11/16/2014How could this program be improved?
I would offer a little more support for arrival. Other recruiters provided people with cell phones that were usable upon arrival, which was very useful in those first few (very confusing) days.
TheAge: 19-24FemalePohang, South KoreaSouthern Utah University
ArielleAge: 25-30FemaleAngye, South KoreaVanderbilt UniversityFantastic11/13/2014How could this program be improved?
teaching in South Korea has been an amazing experience, and I think everything should have the experience of living outside of the comforts of your country in order to serve someone else. That said the English teaching situation is changing rather drastically. The benefits that I had when I first came to Korea may not be fully available in the (very near) future. Applicants should keep this in mind.
CandissAge: 25-30FemalePohang, South KoreaUniversity of Wisconsin- MadisonGreenheart Travel--The best of the best!11/13/2014How could this program be improved?
I'm sure this is probably beyond Greenheart Travel's control, but my boyfriend and I were very late in receiving our visas. We applied when we were told to, but only received them a few days before departure to Korea. This was very stressful. We had to obtain our residency certificate before obtaining our visas, so maybe it would be better to obtain this earlier than later.
Another issue, (which may also have been beyond Greenheart Travel's control), was the fact that my boyfriend and I were not placed in the same city. We have met many other couples here who are not married and were placed in the same city. This was a bummer, of course. But, we've made it work!
BrittneyAge: 19-24FemaleGwangju, South KoreaFairleigh Dickinson UniversityA Chance for Personal and Professional Growth11/12/2014How could this program be improved?
It would be nice if someone was more familiar with the difference in the state to state process of applying for some of the necessary paperwork. This, of course, is difficult with fifty states, and only comes with experiences with difficulties like my own.
MaiAge: 25-30FemaleCentral CaliforniaCalifornia State University- Fresno
SusanAge: 31-50FemaleS KoreaUniversity of the Fraser ValleyGo for Greenheart!09/19/2014How could this program be improved?
I don't think Greenheart recruits for all of the EPIK provinces, which I did not realize. Check it out.Response from Greenheart TravelThank you, Susan! We're so glad you're loving life in Korea. We actually do recruit for all EPIK provinces, however, EPIK does not recruit for Gyeonggi province at all. That program is completely separate and called "GEPIK". Hope that helps clear up the confusion! We don't pick and choose which provinces or cities we place in, we place in all locations EPIK is placing in that round. I'm glad you stuck the paperwork out and that we could help you through it all :) Sara
JericAge: 19-24MaleSeoul, South KoreaUniversity of Alaska- Fairbanks
EmilyAge: 19-24FemaleChicago, ILBall State University
JoshAge: 19-24MaleDaegu, South KoreaUniversity of Massachusetts- BostonTwo Months Into Contract10/09/2013How could this program be improved?
The process is pretty tedious for two reasons; being slow and not having a lot of information up front. I understand that much of this is out of Greenheart's control, such as FBI CRC and EPIK's way of handling things, but there were vast stretches of time where I was in lingo, not knowing for sure if I was going to Korea or not, but having to save the money, keep an eye open for plane tickets and think about quitting my job with enough notice. It ended up working out ok though, but if there were some way to provide more details about placements. But again, I understand much of this is in EPIK's hands, so there may not be anything Greenheart can do about that.
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Greenheart Travel is excited to provide authentic cultural immersion experiences for teenagers and adults in countries all over the world. Our programs include volunteer opportunities, short and long term teaching contracts and work and internship positions abroad. We also offer TEFL certification, high school study abroad programs and teen summer language camp courses. Our mission is to change lives, advance careers and create leaders through meaningful travel experiences.
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