TaLK - Internships in South Korea!

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Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) invites you on a Korean Government scholarship to teach English at a public elementary school in a rural area of South Korea.

Benefits include a monthly stipend of KRW 1.5 million (approx. $1,300), a settling-in allowance of KRW 300,000 (approx. $250), an entrance and exit allowance of 1,300,000 KRW (approx. $1,100), accommodation, health insurance and more! Have fun exploring a unique culture and develop a mature global mindset.

TaLK scholarship terms begin in August and February. Apply online for the 2016 Fall semester program!

Highlights
  • UNDERGRADUATES and graduates of accredited universities/colleges are eligible to apply **given they are a citizen from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or South Africa.
  • A 6-MONTH CONTRACT is available for those who want a "taste" of volunteer- and work-abroad experience in Korea.
  • RURAL elementary schools are our program's target locations, as geographically disadvantaged areas are the most hard-hit by the inequality in English education.
  • A KOREAN CO-TEACHER ("buddy") is available to provide teaching assistance during in-class instructions and to help you EXPLORE your options to learn Korean language and culture through various activities supported in part by your local government.
  • 4-WEEK INTENSIVE TRAINING is mandatory as a buffer period for adjustment and briefing of the following months to come. Orientation provides fundamental knowledge of Korea, living and teaching English in South Korea, the education system, teaching methodol

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Questions & Answers

Hi, thanks for asking! Unfortunately, you must be a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, U.K, or U.S.A. to participate in this program.
Citizens from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or South Africa.
Can't speak for everyone but for POC the experience of the stares etc can be very trying. Some people experience the worst racism they've ever faced and others experience racism that is nothing compared to what they grew up with. There's a scale of a thousand of the most amazing days and treatment you've ever experienced all the way down to the worst most isolating nightmarish experiences. You won...
Hi, great question! Unfortunately flight is not covered in the program fee.

Reviews

85%
based on 26 reviews
  • Growth 8.2
  • Support 7.8
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.3
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9/10

Doesn't get any better than this!

Although the day-to-day experiences can depend entirely on luck and how positive your own outlooks are, the experience as a whole is something unforgettable. The perks are undeniable, and the chance to work with children at your own pace is something I'm glad to be doing. It's been a great personal growth experience thus far (it's only been 2.5 months!) and the time has flown already!

Yes, I recommend this program
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SerenaP
10/10

Awesome Experience in South Korea!

TALK is such a wonderful program for anyone wanting to teach English in South Korea, especially for college students and college graduate who want to experience more of the world. The TALK program is a Korean government sponsored program, so the scholarship includes free housing and cultural field trips to learn more about Korea.

The schools where you teach are in the countryside, so it takes some time to travel to if you live in the city. But if you choose to live near your school, you can really develop relationships with the Korean community. The schools are often equipped with good technology and resources for teaching English.

The program requires you to only teach 15 hours a week, from Monday to Friday, so you have a lot of time to experience the culture, learn the language, and relax. It is also very easy and relatively cheap to travel to other Asian countries from Korea if you want to travel during your vacation.

Although you can certainly get around Korea with only knowing English, it would be great if you learn some Korean in order to communicate with the local people better and enjoy your stay in Korea better. The food is quite spicy compares to American food, so keep that in mind and be open-minded about trying new things. Korea is a fun place to be in because the Korean dramas and pop songs are very entertaining. Its fashion can be really cute. All in all, TALK is a great program to be in if you want to experience Korea and teach English to countryside students.

Yes, I recommend this program
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TheWorldTraveler
9/10

Influentially fun

The work was fulfilling, being able to help children learn English, while doing it in a fun way. Help is available when you need it, and as long as you put an effort, in school and out, you'll have a great experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Gabby
10/10

Loved my experience with TaLK

I loved being part of this program. First of all, they provided a whole month of training, cultural experiences/introduction to Korea, Korean classes based on your level, and time to connect with a great group of friends who from all around the world and who are placed all throughout the country. The awesome thing about that was that when you visit different regions of Korea, you almost always have a place to stay, or someone to meet you there to stay with at a jjimjilbang (best alternative)! Plus, now that I've been out of the program for 2 years, I have friends all over the US and the world, and much more reason to visit those places!

Everyone's experience was different, so I'll just list my experience. I lived in a homestay with the family of one of my students. This was a great way to be involved in the community, to learn Korean and experience the culture on a day-to-day basis, and because I loved coming home to them every day. Also, I saved a ton of money this way since I didn't have to worry about electricity, heating, internet, or other living costs. I was able to take a large chunk of money home after my year! Some of the drawbacks were that I had a fairly small space of my own, I like I should come home at a decent hour (which is sometimes hard on the weekends, so then I just stayed at a jjimjilbang), and because of my limited Korean, we couldn't always communicate everything we wanted to each other. Still, I wouldn't have changed my experience living with them.

I lived in a ship building town in Jeollanamdo near Mokpo. It was a small town packed with people in high-rise apartments. My class sizes were about 30 per class and I only saw each class once per week. Also, I only saw 4th-5th grades. Most other people in the program had smaller school sizes, taught all grade levels, and saw their classes every day. Like I said earlier, every experience is different. Sometimes I wish that I had that small-school-experience, but I enjoyed where I was. It wasn't always easy to communicate with the staff and teachers of the school since I was not fluent in Korean. It was helpful that I had college students "Korean scholars", who were able to communicate in both languages, come and help with behavior management and getting messages across to the other teachers and staff. These Korean scholars were awesome, and became some of my closest friends!

I would say that the pay is pretty good for the work that we do. We basically work 15 hours per week aside from lesson planning and material preparation. Some programs pay more, but those jobs are full-time. If you are looking specifically to make money, then maybe this isn't the program for you, but if you are looking to experience Korea, gain a great community, and have an enjoyable time teaching, and then I would suggest that you consider TaLK! : )

Yes, I recommend this program
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mrjub
9/10

Amazing.

Nowhere else will you find this good of a program, with these ample benefits, in this awesome of a country. Everything is paid for, if you're considering TaLK, you'd be insane to turn it down. ^^

Yes, I recommend this program
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Topcat
10/10

Amazing Experience!

This program was fantastic! It was my first time living in a foreign country and TaLK really made it easy to adjust to the culture change with their in-depth orientation which thoroughly prepares you for your adventures ahead. I spent 12 months teaching and I liked living in Korea so much that i am returning next month.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Canaydean
6/10

Nothing's Perfect

The program is great... IF you get a school that is co-operative. Since there are over 300 participants chances are you or an acquaintance will be at "THAT" school. But since nothing is perfect and chances are that at least once in your life you'll hate your job. Why not ease your suffering by being in a new country, experiencing new things, hopefully learning and trying to do something meaningful by giving rural area children a chance to be exposed to native English/differing cultures.

Yes, I recommend this program
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eugenelee3
10/10

loved the program

i simply loved it. referred my friends and they are having their time of their lives! i met some life long friends and still keep in touch in southern California! get way to network, learn the language and culture, amazing culture trips, taught some wonderful kids, and had a blast!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Justin
10/10

The best thing I've ever done in my entire life.

I'm a second generation TaLK scholar (that's Jan 2009 - Feb 2010 for those of you playing at home), and I guess it speaks volumes about the experience I had that it's now almost the end of 2011 and I'm still here in Korea. The monthly stipend provided is more than enough to cover your needs- with the cost of living in Korea, you will want for nothing. In addition to the excellent work experience gained from the program, the TaLK office often organizes cultural excursions such as weekend stays in working temples, cooking classes and boat cruises along the Han River, all at no cost to you. The wonderful staff of the TaLK program are quick to provide any assistance they can and as such any difficulties encountered are quick to be overcome.

Possibly the best part of the entire program is not just the experience, or the opportunity to learn a foreign language but the friends for life that you will make with people from all over the world. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend this program to anyone who cares to listen. You will absolutely not regret it.

Yes, I recommend this program
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phili30
9/10

Best decision I ever made

TaLK has honestly been one of the best things I have ever don in my life. While I was never specifically interested in a career in the education system, when this program presented itself to me, it was an offer I could not refuse. Certainly after arriving in Korea and going through the orientation program here (basically three weeks of great trips paid for by the Korean government, as well as a great networking opportunity; all on top of classes/lectures that help form a solid foundation for your future teaching experience) I could already tell that I made the right decision to drop everything back home and come on over. Once I was placed at my school, the staff were very welcoming and supportive, and within a few hours I was moved in to my home and being shown the key areas of my town (for example, where the grocery store, bank, bus station, etc. are). Through the past few months being here, my experience has been largely positive - any issues I may have had were promptly addressed by the appropriate person/department. The only issue I have really had while here is dealing with the very last-minute nature of things here. For example, you often don't find out you have a long weekend until the Friday before, which ends up making travel plans (if you care to 'escape' for a bit) rather difficult. However, being pro-active with issues like this (for instance, asking at the beginning of the semester what days you have off) will help you void these problems, but you are sure to still experience last minute requests and advisories. Otherwise, Korea as a whole has been a very welcoming, friendly country. My experience with TaLK has been so great that I even extended for an extra 6 months, despite my need to get back home to finish schooling (it's VERY difficult to just give up an opportunity like this).

Yes, I recommend this program
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Prince
8/10

Definitely worth it

I am a 6th generation TaLK Scholar and even though I initially came over on a 6-mo contract I decided to stay an additional 6 months because I enjoy teaching, and I enjoy being able to learn about different cultures (coming from someone who has been to 12 other countries besides Korea).
While the pay rates are less than what an EPIK teacher would normally receive, as an internship it pays well, and usually you are given some extra time to explore Korea--more than what would be allotted to an EPIK teacher. And the pay is more than substantial for living inside of Korea and saving some money for going back home if you spend sensibly.
The 4-week long orientation, while long, is very helpful for giving you time to adapt to the different climate in Korea as well as the food if you're not used to eating it. It also gives you time to bond with the other members of the programme and set up a support system where you can learn to be independent and dependent on each other when you really need help or just need someone to console you. Remember you are not the only one away from home--you're all in it together even if your individual experiences are different.
This programme definitely is for a good cause. You (the participant) are helping the next generation of children to have a chance at a better future by helping them to become bilingual (or even multilingual) and exposing them to life outside of their usual comfort zone and at the same time you are earning about them and the way they live in Korea.

Yes, I recommend this program

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About Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)

The Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) Program invites young, adventurous college students and recent graduates to teach English to elementary school students living in the rural areas of South Korea. Funded by the Ministry of Education and administered...