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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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience with Seoul ESL

When I was looking for schools and job openings in Korea, I had discovered Seoul ESL. Even with my first intro interview with them, I could tell that they cared about who they were talking to and took their preferences into consideration when it came to looking at which schools to interview with. I am in love with the school I am at and I am so grateful for everything Seoul ESL did pre and post arrival in Korea. They were so helpful and I am so appreciative. They were transparent with every question and concern I had about moving to Korea.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do not be afraid to ask questions if something is unclear. It will be beneficial in the long run!
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Clara
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience with ESL Consulting

ESL Consulting was very responsive and often checked in with the lengthy process of my visa documents, which I appreciated. They also were prompt in answering questions that I had, and were transparent in how my applications were to the schools I was interested in. As well, they were thorough in explaining the documents process and were still open to my questions even after arrival, as quarantine is required at the moment. Overall, I am happy to have worked with them to secure my position here in South Korea, especially during the tumultuous time of COVID-19 where international jobs are difficult to attain.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be transparent with your work placement desires so that you can find a good fit for what you are hoping to gain in working abroad.
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Kaxandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience with SeoulESL

My experience with SeoulESL was nothing short of amazing! I was referred to SeoulESL by my best friend who had recently found a job in South Korea. She assured me that SeoulESL would make the whole process so much easier and honesty I think it was the best decision I’ve made this year! I applied to SeoulESL the last weeks of May and landed multiple teaching jobs in late June! Danielle and Joy are both so amazing, helpful, and friendly, and they were both with me every step of the way! Beyond grateful!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Getting all the paperwork sorted for the visa was the most nerve-taking moment but SeoulESL was always there to help answer my questions in a timely manner.
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Rachel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience

I had a great experience working with this company. They guided me through the process with ease and I am excited to begin my journey. I started this journey in December of 2020 and by April 2021 I was hired. They accommodated to my desire to be placed with my sister and for that I am grateful. My coordinator answered all of my emails in a timely manor and was very patient with me, no matter how stupid my questions seemed. This is a daunting journey, but without a doubt very rewarding. I am very appreciative to the entire team that got me here.

What would you improve about this program?
I would include a checklist for each teacher of what paperwork they need to have before they board the plane.
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Jackie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Esl Consulting beginning experience

Honestly I have had a few different recruiters from Esl Consulting and by far Danielle is the absolute best!! I heard about this program from my best friend and I have always wanted to teach in Korea. Danielle is absolutely wonderful!! She is so kind, bright, quick and calming. She was able to get me into a school in a matter of two weeks and despite the craziness of my visa I am so blessed to have her helping me. She made each hurdle calming and I’m so happy to start working for my new school!!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I would have to say it was doing my interview in person during the craziness of COVID, but my new school environment and faculty truly made me feel welcomed so the nerves melted away and I was able to share all my teaching knowledge!

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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.