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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Kiri
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Helpful and Take Preferences into Account

I have been in South Korea for almost two years now and it was all with the help of Seoul ESL. They were great at walking me through the necessary paperwork and answering all my questions. They also stayed in contact with me after I arrived and made sure things were going smoothly. They were always ready to answer questions or confer with my school if needed. The staff was also patient with my endless questions. I recommend this program especially for building your resume and you have the welcome flexibility of being as thorough in your questions as you like.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Although I had done research on traveling within the area I did not expect it to be so easy to get around and shop for supplies. It was a pleasant surprise!
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Amanda
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

They helped me so much!

I have been in South Korea for about a month now and it would not be possible without Seoul ESL! They helped alot when it came to understanding the necessary paperwork in travel during the pandemic and aided in any problems I had. They also stayed in contact with me once I landed and helped me through all the quarentine requirements to ensure everything was done safely and correctly. The employees were always patient and helped me with all my little questions. They were so helpful! I would recommend them to any traveler!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I started my first day after quarentine on Halloween. It was so cute and surprising to see alot of children dressed up around my area. The English school I teach in celebrated but so did neighbouring schools and children.
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Nancy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very supportive and responsive team

Joy from SeoulESL has been amazing in helping me get a placement in South Korea. Navigating the international jobs market is hard, and Joy answered all my questions, provided extensive and detailed information about anything I needed, and was even on hand via messenger to answer and queries I had while in quarantine and help me get to my medical appointments etc. I don't think I would have been able to navigate the additional complications of covid and quarantine in a country where I speak very little of the language without her help.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would advise doing as much research as possible, but understand that everything you find on the Internet is also one person's experience, and your experience could differ quite a lot from that. Knowing yourself, knowing what you want to get out of the program and ultimately experiencing it and making your own mind up about things will be your ultimate guide.
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Gabriela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unmatched support during pandemic throughout a daunting process

Navigating a foreign job market as an immigrant is never an easy task, let alone during the highly uncertain and ever-changing times of COVID. Work abroad opportunities need to be analysed carefully, especially since some services are in limited supply due to pandemic-related restrictions.

Thanks to SeoulESL I not only got placed in one of my top 2 areas of interest, but landed an attractive and reputable opportunity at a private school within a week of sending the agency my application materials.

Joy was, and continues to be, my main point of contact, and I cannot emphasise how instrumental her support was throughout the process: from keeping me informed on the status of my Visa Confirmation Number, to arranging a job interview promptly via Skype and being on call while I was at the airport, I cannot stress how important having the right kind of help is to make the most out of your teach abroad experience.

Joy consistently checked in during my two week quarantine, and communicated with the school to ensure I had transportation to travel to and from the PCR test site, and asked if there was anything I required assistance with.

I highly recommend SeoulESL as a reliable partner in your exciting ESL journey!

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Adam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach English in Korea with ESL Consulting - SeoulESL

I would highly recommend SeoulESL's services. Joy and Sammie were such a huge help in terms of finding interviews, helping us to prepare for the interviews and guiding us throughout our whole journey and quarantine process. With all the extra complications of Covid-19 it just felt extra vital to have their guidance and experience.

They were informative, supportive and always so helpful and kind, and Joy especially went above and beyond to address all of our questions and concerns. I would highly recommend them to anyone who's considering teaching in Korea for the first time.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just do as much research as you can and listen to the advice you'll get.

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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.