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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Alexis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From beginning to end SeoulESL was amazing! Chloe, Danielle, and Sammie were in constant contact. They made sure I had all of the necessary information and answered any questions I had. I never had to wait longer than 24 hours for a response. I definitely would not have been able to make this move without them. COVID has made things more complicated but SeoulESl was there every step of the way. Highly recommend this recruiting company for peace of mind and friendly service. Thank you to everyone at SeoulESL!

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Darrah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with SeoulESL consulting has been amazing, to say the least. After completing my undergraduate studies in May of 2020, I knew I wanted to begin this journey of moving abroad to South Korea to teach English. With the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc on the world, I feared that schools wouldn't be interested. Luckily I stumbled across Seoul ESL. My recruiters have been nothing but helpful, supportive, and understanding throughout this entire process. Don't hesitate to choose SeoulESL!

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Kristelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I received great support from my recruiter Danielle at SeoulESL. She walked me through all the steps for visa application and answered every single one of my many questions. I’m really thankful for her patience and for helping me secure a job in Korea at an awesome private school. :) This is my first time coming to Korea to teach so I didn’t even know where to start and with covid everything seemed even more complicated but thanks to all the help, I got to Korea safely and can’t wait to start working.

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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had taught in Korea previously, hired through EPIK. This time around I was interested in expanding my options and looked into non-public school job postings. It was a little overwhelming, so I figured applying to a recruitment agency would take some of the stress away. Chloe with Seoul ESL took care of me from beginning to end. She set me up with a great list of jobs throughout Korea, and I was lucky enough to interview successfully with my first pick. Chloe stayed in consistent contact with me over the following months and helped me navigate the complicated process of visa applications and Covid-19 travel policies. She always replied promptly to my questions and made sure I had all the resources to make my travel to Korea as smooth as possible.

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Benjamin
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am very pleased with the placement and support I got from Seoul ESL and my recruiter, Chloe. Coming to Korea during the pandemic and finding a job in a great part of Seoul was something other recruiters said was not possible but it was an extremely quick and painless process. Additionally Seoul ESL guided me through some particularities that exist due to coronavirus. I would happily recommend this service to those looking to come to Korea to teach. This is my second time coming to Korea and it was even easier than the first, even with additional formalities.

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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.