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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Ntombi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience with ESL Consulting

I am so happy I choose ESL Consulting! They have been so patient, helpful, trustworthy and professional throughout my whole experience looking for a job in Korea! I definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to teach in Korea! They helped me through all the steps of applying for a teaching job in Korea. It is a challenging process, but they made it seem so easy and not stressful at all. They were prompt in letting me know about my interview date, preparing essential visa documents. They genuinely care about the teachers they work with! Thank you ESL Consulting!!!!

Pros
  • They genuinely care about the people they work with!!!
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Anthony
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Seoul ESL Review

Been here now for around 6 months and have been very pleased with my placement! This was my first time teaching in Korea and Seoul ESL was very helpful with my process of getting here!
Joy was great in answering my questions and getting back to me quickly!
Would recommend using Seoul ESL if you are looking for a teaching job in Korea! :)

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Breanna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Greatest Experience You Could Ask For

Everyone was so helpful and made finding a school so easy. Joy was such a great recruiter and gave me so many options. She really took the time to answer all of my questions and go above and beyond with helping me get all the documents I needed together. I felt totally supported and guided through my entire experience. They really want to make this experience and transition as easy as possible and it definitely shows. I completely recommend anyone looking to travel to Korea to go through this company!

Pros
  • Questions answered quickly
  • All needed documents sent via PDF
Cons
  • Time differences
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Alexander
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Seoul ESL

My experience with Seoul ESL was quite positive. Joy was very pleasant and helpful, she stayed in touch with me and got me some interviews which led to my getting a position teaching close to the area in which I live. Seoul ESL was great at finding suitable job opportunities and acting as a prompt intermediary communicator with prospective employers. I was able able to find a job that I'm quite happy with, within a relatively short time after starting my job search thanks to Seoul ESL! Whether you are currently overseas and looking for an ESL teaching job in Korea or you are already here- I would very much recommend getting in touch with Seoul ESL.

Pros
  • Fast response time
  • Resultative
  • Friendly and helpful team
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Liliana
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great help for a first time teacher.

I'm very happy with my help from Seoul ESL. I didn't want to be directly in Seoul and they helped me find a school that matched my values as a teacher and an area that I liked. When I arrived they answered any questions I had really quickly and I didn't experience many difficulties with their help!
I experienced Korea at the peak of covid so it was really nice to have help navigating all of the policies. They also gave me lots of tips on how much money to bring and what I should expect.
Plus my recruiter was very kind!

Pros
  • Fast replies to questions
  • Considered what I wanted
  • Gave great advice for landing and covid policies
Cons
  • They are based in Seoul, so with the time difference it was hard to contact when I was in America.

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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.