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
Helpful 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.
Greenheart 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.
Excellent 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.
Fantastic11/13/2014How 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.
Greenheart 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!
A 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.
Go 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
Great recruiter for a 1st timer09/16/2014How could this program be improved?
One thing I was hoping for at the airport (Seoul International Airport) I arrived in was maybe some sort of contact person. I also wished there was more after-arrival tips/advice.
Two 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.
Why did you decide to teach English abroad with Greenheart Travel in South Korea?
Emily: I decided to teach English in South Korea with Greenheart Travel because they were so supportive. I looked at other companies, but Sara at Greenheart was so involved in the process.
She answered every question I had, even the really stupid ones, and made the process seem so much easier. Going through EPIK can be really confusing and requires a lot of paperwork and steps, but Greenheart worked really hard to outline each stage and what I needed to do to advance.
Ten years from now, what's the one thing you think you'll remember from the trip?
Emily: Ten years from now I think I'll remember all of the friends I made. It was an amazing experience because you're not only exposed to Korean culture, but also to all the other teachers who come from all over the world.
I have friends scattered around now, and I even went to visit my friend from the UK who is now teaching in Spain. It's awesome to have those connections and I can't wait to hopefully see everyone again at a 10 year reunion!
Has your worldview changed as a result of your trip?
Emily: I think this trip has made the world seem smaller. I now have friends all over the world and Korea will always hold a special place in my heart. It just makes you realize that even when you step out of the familiar, things aren't so different or scary.
Tell me about one person you met.
Emily: One person who really helped me make my experience so great was Sara from Greenheart Travel. She worked really hard to make sure I was comfortable with everything.
With the help of her, the Greenheart team, and Greenheart Alum writing blogs and sharing on facebook, I felt totally prepared for my trip!
Any tips for someone considering this program in the future?
Emily: Do it! I know it can seem scary packing up your life and moving across the world where you don't know anyone, but seriously just do it. The hardest thing to do is actually get on the plane, but the second you step into the Seoul airport, you're already a different person.
Why did you decide to teach with Greenheart Travel in South Korea?
Norman: I decided to teach with Greenheart Travel in South Korea because of all the recruiting companies I have either researched or contacted, I felt that they were the most informative, helpful and eager. Greenheart Travel seemed like a reputable organization, which was evident in the way that their representatives carried themselves at the 2012 Going Global Expo in Toronto.
Plus the fact that they replied back to me in no more than a minute when I emailed them my Application just left a huge impression on me that they mean business and that you can guarantee a reply back for any inquiry that you may have in a timely manner.
What has been your most memorable moment so far?
Norman: There isn't just a single moment that I can come up with, but it is things such as not being able to walk to my classroom to teach without being warmly and enthusiastically greeted by the students.I teach at an all girls middle school and every time I walk the hallways the students always shout, "Hello Teacha!!" There are even times when they will say, "Teacha you very handsome!" which definitely makes my day. My students have always made me feel welcome.
Another memorable moment is when I was recently in the food court of the Costco Store in my city of Ulsan (Yes they do have Costco, so here is more incentive for ya!). And while I was eating a pizza, the cutest little Korean baby, about 2 years of age walked up to where I was sitting and just stared at me in complete awe for at least 3 minutes without blinking.
I could not help but think that she was so amazed to see a black person for the first time. I'm glad I was able to help to expose her to the beautiful diversity that is humanity, especially as Korea can be quite an ethnically homogeneous country.
Tell us about one person you've met.
Norman: One person that I've met who has really helped me to feel very welcome in Korea is my new friend Cho. He is actually one of the staff at my school who has been very very helpful and kind. He is one of the staff that has gone out of his way to make me feel welcome at my new school.
There was a time when I needed help to mail some boxes and needed a vehicle to transport them to the post office. He happily gave me the help that I needed and when I went to invite him out for dinner as my reward to him, he simply responded by saying, "No problem, I'm just glad that I got an opportunity to practice my English."
Anything that I need, be it help with interpreting a bill, or anything else, he is always there and availible to help.We have grown to become good friends and I will be looking forward to hanging out with him more often.
What has been the most challenging aspect of the experience?
Norman: The most challenging aspect about this experience thus far would have to be the homesickness. You never realize how much you will miss home and how much you really appreciate home until you are living in a completely different culture.When I was planning on moving out here, I was so excited by the opportunity and all that it entailed that I didn't really consider how to cope with homesickness. I thought it wouldn't be much of a problem for me.
But such a challenge is normal for anyone who moves away from home. I have grown to love and feel more comfortable living in my city over time.I have been getting out and about exploring my new city. I volunteer with an organization called T-HOPE Korea (Teachers Helping Other People Everywhere) which helps me to get involved in my new community. I will be looking to join a new gym and pick up a martial art pretty soon. And I have also been visiting new places.
Also social media and Skype also really help with keeping in touch with your loved ones.As long as you are keeping busy then you will be fine.
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