South Korea
Employment Type
Contract Length
6-12 Months 1 Year+
Classroom Audience
Children High School Middle School Pre-School


Job Description

Teaching English in South Korea is a truly immersive cultural experience. If you're looking for job in a culture vastly different to your own with great benefits and excellent travel opportunities, this could be just what you're after!

"I have really enjoyed myself so far. It is a great country and most of the people are very friendly. My life has changed a lot and this experience is an eye opener."
- Tessa, March 2018

  • Guaranteed job placement available at both private and public schools in our trusted school network throughout South Korea
  • Salary of $1700 to $1900 (USD) per month
  • Free furnished accommodation
  • Reimbursement for the cost of your flight to Korea
  • End of contract bonus pay equivalent to one month's salary
  • Paid leave
  • Thorough pre-departure support and assistance with documentation and interview prep from our experienced team with first-hand experience teaching in Korea
  • Internationally accredited TESOL certification course which can be completed online or in-class in Korea, both of which include practical teaching experience
  • 1 week cultural orientation to ease you into life in Korea, which includes lectures on Korean culture and society, history, politics, geography and 7 hours of Korean language classes
  • 24/7 in-country support throughout your teaching placement
  • Airport pickup
  • Sim card for your mobile phone and assistance with opening a local bank account
  • Friends and couples can be placed together
  • Lifetime placement guarantee: Once you have completed your contract in South Korea, we will happily provide you with a teaching placement in Vietnam, Thailand, or Myanmar free of charge
  • Full access to online teaching resources to help you plan lessons throughout your placement
When Can I Start?

We place teachers at both public schools and private language centers throughout South Korea, which allows us to offer placements at various times of the year.

If you want to take part in our in-class TESOL course and orientation in Korea (which we strongly recommend), we have the following start dates coming up:

  • January 27th 2020 - Intake Full
  • March 2nd 2020 - Spaces Available
  • April 27th 2020 - Spaces Available

If you complete our online TESOL certification course, it takes at least 4 months to start teaching in Korea as the document collection and visa application process is quite a rigorous process. It is always best to sign up sooner rather than later for this program to give you enough time to get organized before your departure. Many schools also work on a first-come first-placed basis. We have one online TESOL course running each month.

Speak to our experienced Enrollments Coordinators about the best option for you.

What's the job like?
  • We offer placements at both public schools and private language centers throughout South Korea where you will be teaching children of various ages.
  • Public school working hours are during the day, Monday to Friday.
  • Private language centre working hours are 5 days per week working during afternoons, evenings and weekends.
  • The positions are full time and are for 12 month contracts and are renewable if you are interested in making Korea your home for longer
What's required?
  • A bachelor's degree in any field
  • No teaching experience is required - we provide all training if you don't have already
  • A clean criminal record
  • Be in good health
  • Be a first language English speaker with an excellent command of the English language (both written and spoken)
  • Hold a 120 hour+ TESOL (or TEFL or CELTA) certificate. Our program also offers an excellent 120 hour online, or in-country (done in Korea) TESOL course with internationally accredited certification tailored to teaching in South Korean classrooms with an experienced instructor.
  • Our job placements are only open to citizens of the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
Interview Coaching and Guaranteed Placement

We also include step-by-step one-on-one walkthroughs to help you with your job and visa applications and to coach you with any interviews you'll need to have with your prospective employers. This raises the acceptance rate from under 40% of applicants (for those who use other channels) to 95% who come through TravelBud. Job placement is guaranteed once you're accepted onto our program, so if you're not successful in your first interview, we'll have plenty of alternative positions for you to interview for.

Cultural Orientation

We believe in responsible travel and in the context of teaching abroad, that means being culturally sensitive, respectful travelers. Our Korean cultural orientation is run by a mix of local and Western staff and is set up in a way that ensures you understand Korean culture deeply even before you set foot in a classroom. You'll start teaching feeling much more prepared for your new life abroad, ready to engage with the community you'll be living in and have a rewarding and immersive cultural experience.

Some of what's included on the week-long orientation:

  • Learn the basics of speaking Korean with 7 hours of Korean language classes
  • Attend lectures on Korean culture, religion, history, geography and politics by experts in their field
  • Attend workshops on working in Korean organizations, working in Korean schools and on being a teacher in the country
  • Take part in enriching cultural excursions which includes visits to the famous Gyeongbok Palace, a traditional South Korean broadway show, and Namsan Park
  • Attend fun tea tastings and Korean cooking classes
  • Try your hand (and foot) at Taekwondo- traditional Korean martial art - in a group lesson
Training: Internationally Accredited TESOL Certification

If you don't have a recognized TESOL, TEFL or CELTA certificate yet, it's not a problem. Our program comes with a highly acclaimed 120-hour in-class TESOL course conducted in a small beach town in Thailand which is tailored to the specific requirements of teaching English in Thailand. You'll learn everything from classroom management to creating lesson plans and the specific issues Thai students battle with when tackling English. Not only that but you'll be able to try out your skills in front of a live class at a local English camp before you head out to your placement school so that you can be sure you'll be ready for whatever Thailand throws at you.

Our TESOL Certification Course includes the following:

  • 120 hours of in-class TESOL theory and instruction
  • Overview of the history and theory of teaching English as a foreign/second language
  • Practical training on how to teach speaking, listening, writing, and reading in the Korean classroom
  • Attend workshops on working in Korean organizations, working in local schools and on being a teacher in the country
  • Extensive training on lesson plan development and presentation
  • Multiple opportunities to receive and offer feedback with your peers and instructor throughout the course
  • Tons of tips and examples on how to teach English to every age group in Korea
  • Extensive training on effective classroom management, being mindful of cultural sensitivities in Korean
  • Two full days of practical teaching at a local Korean school (if you complete our in-class TESOL course) to gain real experience of what it's like to teach in South Korea - practical teaching is done via Skype presentations if you opt for our online TESOL course

Got a TEFL/TESOL certificate already?

Chat with our enrollments team, it may well be accepted by our school network! Then all you'll need is our orientation and placement option!

What our participants say they love most about TravelBud:
  • Fast turnaround time
  • Guaranteed job placement
  • Great reviews by past teachers
  • Our helpful, friendly enrolments agents all have teach abroad experience
  • Simple to understand and informative website full of photos, videos, and blog articles to help you fully prepare for what to expect

"Everyone I worked with was amazing and they guided me to accomplishing my dream of teaching abroad. Saskia and Sabrina answered all my questions so quickly, and really helped me through the entire trip. They are always willing to help me and they give great advice."
- Patrick, April 2018

The TravelBud Team

Grace - with first-hand experience teaching English in South Korea, Grace has recently rejoined the TravelBud team after returning from a travel sabbatical. She's now the fearless enrollments team leader but still loves helping would-be teachers and volunteers attain their travel dreams.

Lydia - with years of experience teaching and traveling in China, Lydia has seen what life is like organizing her own teach abroad experience and so can give you first-hand insights into how the benefits of a supported program compare. Her passion for teaching abroad is infectious!

Gary - Having traveled to the UK and Thailand where he worked as a conservation volunteer, Gary's easy-going, mature demeanor will have you feeling calm and passionate about making a real difference in the lives of the kids you'll teach.

Nooru - If you're looking for inspiration in just how travel can empower you, Nooru's your girl! She's been to some rather unique countries and has a big passion for using one's travels and time abroad to achieve personal growth and bring positive change to others.


  • Bachelor's Degree in any field
  • Proficient English language skills, both spoken and written
  • Clean criminal background check
  • Be in good physical and mental health


  • Monthly salary of $1700 to $1900 per month
  • End-of-contract bonus pay
  • Flight Reimbursement
  • Free furnished accommodation
  • Paid leave
  • Friends and couples can be placed together
  • Pre-departure support and guidance
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Online TESOL course (if you don't have one already)
  • Or in-class, in-country TESOL course
  • Cultural and language orientation