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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Jackie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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 Iā€™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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Kalina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had such a good time throughout the entire experience. My recruiter was very patient with me, which was very helpful as I was working a lot during my application. She was also very informative and made sure I had everything I needed to properly immigrate. Even after landing she has helped answer all my questions and acted as a great bridge between me and my school. My housing is in a very calm and quiet location, with a busting city center only 20 mins away, which is exactly what I wanted. There are a lot of restaurants and shop in the area so it is very convenient for me. My school staff has also been very kind to me, from my interview to my arrival, they have made sure I have everything I need to thrive here. There are also a lot of helpful international teacherers who answer all my questions and help guide me in the right direction. I am so thankful for my stress free experience.

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Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Danielle from SeoulESL was so helpful every step of the way. With Covid-19, things are a bit more complicated but she helped me with every step to make sure that I had a smooth move to Korea. She got everything done quickly and efficiently. They helped me find a good school in a location that I wanted. When moving abroad there are a lot of things to consider especially when it comes to choosing the right school and right location. Seoul ESL definitely helped me with choosing a great location and a great school.

Anke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This is my second year in South Korea, and my second time making use of Seoul ESL Consulting to help me find a suitable school. Thie first experience was good, but I wanted to move to a more central location in Seoul whilst still working at a good school. After contacting my first recruiter, I had several interviews scheduled within a week and the whole process was really great. They support you every step of the way. A fantastic team, making the whole endeavor slightly less daunting. I would recommend this recruiting company to anyone (and I have several times in the past year!). Here's to another lovely year in this amazing country!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take your time choosing a location in which you are interested and balance it out with the schools you like the best. I think it's really important to remember that a work-life balance is important, especially in another country. You should have time to soak in some new experiences and be open to meeting new people, it makes all the hard work worth it!.
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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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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.