ESL Consulting-SeoulESL

ESL Consulting

About

ESL Consulting is a Seoul-based ESL recruiting company founded in 2005 and has a large network with public schools and private English academies in South Korea and China. ESL Consulting-SeoulESL works with the Korean government and is an official partner of EPIK and GEPIK. ESL consulting - SeoulESL has intricate knowledge of the EPIK employment system and can guide applicants through the employment process in order to ensure their success. ESL Consulting - SeoulESL also possesses multiple job information on private English schools through South Korea and China. Through the experience of having connected thousands of teachers and schools, ESL Consulting -SeoulESL makes an effort to link teachers with schools that fit them best.

Founded
2005

Reviews

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Bronwyn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Seoul ESL Review

Seoul ESL was the first recruitment agency I've ever used, and I have to say, my experience has been a positive one.

Joy worked with me through the interview stage and paired me up with potential schools. There was a bit of a struggle at times due to the language barrier, but nothing that was not resolved quickly. While it took a while to get some interviews, the schools she scheduled interviews with fit the criteria I had given her in our initial interview. I am super happy with the school I chose, which couldn't have been done without their help!

Closer to my departure, I started working with Lucy. She was very polite and thorough regarding important information for pre-departure and arrival into the country. She answered my questions promptly and with detail, making it much easier for me to anticipate my next steps.
This is definitely something I would recommend to any new traveler or teacher to South Korea - ask questions! Seoul ESL was very helpful, and no matter how silly or obvious the question seemed, they answered it with great attention to detail or gave good advice. As a result, I definitely felt more prepared coming over.

The only negative I can think of is the communication - and by this, I mean the time difference. There was a 13-hour time difference between us when we communicated, so often times I would be waiting a while for an email. I also had to adjust my schedule to accommodate the difference - for example, I often had to be prepared to work on Sunday and make sure that all of my important emails were sent out by Thursday if I wanted a response before the weekend. This is not something that Seoul ESL could have helped or prevented, but it did add some stress at times.

Overall, I had a great experience with Seoul ESL, and I would definitely recommend it!

Pros
  • Insightful, detailed and informational responses.
  • Respectful of your profile/intake interview criteria.
  • Patient and responsive to inquiries.
Cons
  • Time difference.
  • Delayed responses - due to the time difference.
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Noelie
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Seoul ESL Review

I would give Seoul ESL a 5/10

If I'd worked only with Joy, this would have been a 1-star review. If I'd only worked with Lucy, a 10/10!

Working with Joy was a horrible, intolerable experience. She was rude and unprofessional, I almost gave up on my job offer just so I wouldn't have to deal with her. Her English skills are severely lacking which led to misunderstandings and miscommunication, which is less than ideal when dealing with official paperwork, visa procedures, and employment contracts. She also shows a complete lack of empathy and has poor intercultural understanding which caused further issues, frustrations, and annoyances.

Towards the end of the process and during the arrival procedures, however, I was put in touch with Lucy who was an absolute pleasure to work with, I could not have asked for better! She was truly fantastic, I basically had the exact opposite experience compared to working with Joy.
Lucy's English is at the level of a native speaker so we never had any miscommunication. She deeply and sincerely cares about the well-being of the clients she works with, and is well-informed on cultural differences--in this way, she anticipated possible questions, problems, and confusions that might arise and offered information or solutions before problems ever materialized. Lucy is friendly and knowledgeable, and I would not hesitate to work with her again :) Thanks to her, I had a smooth arrival in Korea!

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Diamond
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A Job Well Done

The team was very helpful every step of the way! I surely could not have gotten here without their help. I am deeply appreciative of their assistance in this process and by extension, I would gladly recommend their services to all those interested.

I quickly and easily found a very good school to work with where my commute is a little over five minutes each day. The staff is friendly as I try to gain my footing in this new environment, and I am overall pleased with the transition. The lovely children are the best part! Please take the time to learn some Korean if you decide to take up this program as it is very helpful/useful when it comes to getting around, and communicating with the locals and teachers.

Pros
  • Timely responses
  • Friendly team
  • Guidance and suggestions
Cons
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danielle
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience for 1st time teacher in Korea

The team was very happy to assist through the entire process to ensure as seemless a move to Seoul as it could be. Always happy to answer questions and supportive of unique circumstances, there was really a large amount of effort and care that went into finding a job and immigrating overseas. The time difference did make communication challenging at times, but they were happy to accommodate when it came to video calls and interviews. Once we had arrived they even helped navigate us around the city and gave us recommendations of stores and places to go to help us get settled.

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Kayla
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Kayla Chavez

ESL Consulting made the process application in regards of searching the job, preparing for the interview, getting all of my documents ready, and more. Joy Oh is an excellent recruiter who helped me and answered all of my questions and doubts - she made sure I was taken care of as soon as I got to South Korea; best recruiting agency ever.
I recently started working as an English teacher in South Korea and the school was very helpful in giving me the training I need, there was communication between the managers and the teachers, and the amount of support I have received from other teachers is amazing, they all truly made me feel like home.

Pros
  • The school is very helpful.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

There was much talk about how wonderful teaching in Korea could be when I was studying for my TEFL. I did not buy into it. I wanted to spend some time in Spain to get more fluent so that I could return to New York City and better serve the Spanish speaking families and students I worked with.

After teaching abroad for two years in Spain, I couldn't imagine going back, continuing to travel was the only option. Still not really considering Korea, an opportunity arose and I took a risk. I began communicating with Yuri from Seoul ESL; she was highly organized and found the perfect fit for me.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The team at Seoul ESL were in constant communication, offering support throughout the application, interview, hiring, and contract signing process.

I had a detailed list of documents I needed to gather from my universities, employers, and government. Seoul ESL handled all the communication in Korea between the employer and the government. I collected my visa in the US and Yuri met me at the airport in Seoul.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

It can seem a little overwhelming for a first-time visa applicant as South Korea requires very precise documents. Working in a foreign country is an experience everyone should have - obtaining a visa is part of the experience. You don't need to master the language before you get there; of course, it is great if you can, but part of the growth that happens working in a new country is learning the language immersed in the culture.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I was hired under EPIK, but my position is outside of EPIK, in a National Institute that serves all of the public schools in the region. I generally work from 9:00 to 6:00, more like regular office hours rather than school hours.

I teach about 23 hours a week and have opportunities to teach classes for extra income.
It is a really interesting position because I get to go to many different schools throughout the region. I get to teach not only students of all ages but native Korean teachers too. In addition to meeting English teachers from all over the world!

On the weekends, I usually head to Seoul or another city to explore Korea's beautiful landscape and to meet friends. I live in a remote area surrounded by mountains, which is such a contrast to the cities I have inhabited all of my life, and I absolutely love it!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I usually move towards fear. It was a really difficult decision to leave my students in New York, but I thought ultimately the experience would benefit my teaching practice and therefore my students.

Deciding to move to Korea was exciting because I really did not think about it; it happened so fast before I could consider what to fear I was standing in Asia for the first time attempting syllables of a language I had zero knowledge of. The only thing I considered before arriving was how was I going to bond with people in the land of soy and soju when I am allergic to soy and I don't drink.

Turns out Korean is not a difficult language to learn; it is actually really fun! And there is an abundance of modern culture to get you engaged in learning and practicing the language. The soy allergy is difficult here, but the entire world makes avoiding soy nearly impossible. I'm learning how to better communicate, and making more Korean friends who help me at restaurants, but more fun is learning to cook Korean food without soy.

How can you blend in when you stand out?

I am used to blending in. Living in New York City, no one seems to notice anyone. Adjusting to living in a small Korean town was a bit of a hurdle.

Everyone recognizes you - you could become a bit of a celebrity. Attention is not something I enjoy, so it was strange at first, but humanity is easily desensitized and the initial shock wears off for the locals and they eventually stop noticing you. Or maybe your fashion sense has shifted and the short pants and socks and sandals are helping you blend in. Still, occasionally people will come up to you to practice their English.