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ESL Consulting

Why choose ESL Consulting?

ESL Consulting, established in 2005 and headquartered in Seoul, is a distinguished ESL recruiting company with an extensive network encompassing public schools and private English academies throughout South Korea. Our mission is to actively contribute to the advancement of English education by seamlessly connecting exceptional teachers with outstanding academies.
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• Our service is free of charge for teachers
• Experienced recruitment team running since 2005
• A large network of reputable schools in Korea
• Specialized for the position with private elementary school and GEPIK
• Experienced Korean English bilingual staff
• Fast, friendly & reliable service
• Outstanding support




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Yes, I recommend this program

Good experience

Had a good experience. They were very helpful. I would definitely recommend for 1st time Travellers they were immensely helpful. They found me a location that fits my needs and requests perfectly. I dealt with Grace personally and she was always very quick to respond and answer my questions. The biggest thing though is that they have remained in touch after I arrived and started work still offering help and assistance and just checking on me on general to make sure that everything is still going well.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring lots of hard cash! Foreign cards only work some or the time :)
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Support Given!

At first, I felt the process of teaching ESL overseas a little daunting, but the minute I signed up to be apart of the SeoulESL program I was immediately super thankful! From helping me get interview, to obtaining the E2 Visa while not in my home country (as I have been traveling for 3 years now) was immensely helpful and supportive! It made navigating new territory a pretty smooth process even when there were frustrations here and there with getting everything ready for a new country.

My favorite part about the process was my recruiter Grace! She was truly an angel. From beginning to end, Grace was friendly, joyous, readily communicative, and super supportive. Even when I made some mistakes along the way, she made sure we were on the right path. I definitely felt like I wasn't alone, from the moment I arrived to my apartment in Seoul, I knew she was there every step of the way.

Upon arriving to Seoul, I was so happy that the apartment was exactly like the pictures Grace showed me (via the school) and that the teacher, school staff, and neighborhood were all as promised and spoken of in the interview. In some cases, you don't know what you're going to end up with, but when arriving to my apartment, it was pristine! The staff answer all my questions with patience and kindness and everyone has made my transition here sooo smooth!! I am forever grateful.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be Open Minded! Don't stay with the same people you're used to. I feel that even though when people travel, sometimes they still fall into the same groups they did back home and that's not necessarily a bad thing, but be open and ready to get uncomfortable to meet and make friends that are sometimes unexpected.
I love food and culture. Many people that travel do as well, but the main reason I travel is to make personal connections with people.
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  • Safe and easily traveling neighborhood
  • Great People and wonderful apartment!
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Yes, I recommend this program

New Adventure

Working with SeoulESL was one of the easiest companies I have encountered when looking to move and work in South Korea. The SeoulESL staff made walking me through the process of moving very simple and were always an email away if I had any questions. I love the school and the area they matched me with is a perfect fit. There is lots to do while only being a short subway ride into Seoul. If you want to come and teach in South Korea SeoulESL is a great first step. I highly recommend you take a leap of faith if you are still unsure if this is the path for you. You may be surprised at the outcome.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Good experience

Grace and her staff were very helpful during the hiring process. They helped me prepare for my interviews and suggested suitable jobs for me.

I appreciated that they were positive and gave me all of the necessary info for getting the visa done.

I went to Fukuoka, Japan to get my Korean entry visa and they contacted the embassy there to make sure everything went smoothly.

They were always polite and replied quickly to my questions. Our communications were all done in English and that went well.

I would recommend using their services.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Seoul ESL is amazing!

Seoul ESL helped me out so much in my recruiting and hiring process! They were very supportive and helped me every step of the way. Grace is a wonderful and very kind recruiter. She was very dedicated from the start and communicated with me often. I would definitely work with Seoul ESL again. They constantly check up on me as well to see how I’m doing in Korea which gives me comfort when being in a new city alone. I couldn’t have done this without them. Thank you Seoul ESL and Thank you so much Grace! :)



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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.