Korean Horizons

Korean Horizons

About

Korean Horizons is an official provider of teachers for EPIK (English Program in Korea), SMOE (Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education), IMOE (Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education), BMOE (Busan Metropolitan Office of Education) GEPIK (Gyeongido Office of Education), GOE (Gyeongsangnamdo Office of Education) & the CNOE (Chungcheongnamdo Office of Education.) We provide government public schools for the peak seasons of March & September and also we provide government public schools for the off season periods as well. We have public school positions throughout the entire year.

We work with more education offices than any other recruitment company out there today.

Founded
2004
Headquarters

1309 Reises Tower
Busanjin-gu
Busan
47119
South Korea

Reviews

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Tara
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Had a great experience with Alistair. He was so helpful every step of the way. It was a very stressful process and I was grateful to have support in navigating it. He responded to emails in a timely manner and made appointments for phone calls if I had many questions. He helped with the application process and reviewed my EPIK application before sending it in.
I think the best part was that he met me at the airport. I would recommend this service to anyone looking into teaching abroad. Keep in mind he isn't responsible for placements -- EPIK does that and some places are surprising to say the least. If you are thinking about teaching in Korea go through Korean Horizons, it's the best way to apply.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Learn the language. Being in a rural place it has been a struggle to set up banking and do basic tasks.
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Lindsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I applied for the GOE program with the help of Korean Horizons. The application process was smooth: Alistair kept me updated with regards to what I needed to submit and when, and his assistance was invaluable when it came to the interview: he really helped me to understand the cultural differences between the UK and South Korea, which was the biggest problem for me-- I was not as prepared as I thought I was. Even after arriving in Korea, Alistair has been incredibly helpful. He picked the new guest teachers up at the airport, and provided a hotel room and dinner the night before the contract began. He's also helped us with address labels, queries about Korean culture, and more besides. I'm very happy with my employment in Korea: as well as Korean Horizons, and the other guest teachers, I also have a lot of support within the GOE and my school.

What would you improve about this program?
This is not the fault of Korean Horizons, but... you will not know anything about where you are being placed (level, location, etc) until the orientation. The uncertainty was very stressful.
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Nadine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I signed up to Korean Horizons to apply for EPIK as it had the best reviews. I was not disappointed.

Alistair, who runs it, is amazingly helpful. He helped me with the application process, getting the correct paperwork, scheduling the interview. He even did a practise interview with me and gave me feedback. He checked in regularly throughout the process and I honestly don’t know if I would have made it here without him.

On arrival in Korea he met us at the airport, paid for us to stay in a lovely hotel, with dinner and breakfast too. We were given gifts by him including a travel mug and the lonely planet Korea guide. Alistair has also checked in a few times in the 2 months I have been here - I cannot recommend Korean Horizons enough!

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Lesley
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I'm so grateful for Korean Horizons for helping with my application process with EPIK. I first heard of Korean Horizons through my OnTESOL course and I'm really thankful I came across it. I don't know if I would have felt as reassured or prepared for the interview without Alistair's help. He goes through potential questions and even does a mock interview with you a few days before your actual interview which I thought was above and beyond what he needed to do. He is responsive, organized, and a wonderful connection to make here in South Korea. Also, when I landed at the airport Alistair met up with me, set up my T-Money card, took me to my hotel, and treated my group to dinner and breakfast. I would definitely recommend going through Korean Horizons if you're trying to apply for a teaching position in South Korea.

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Samson
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I ended up with Korean Horizons through myTEFL Cert and I am very happy I did. Alistair was very helpful throughout the whole process answering all of my questions. He was very patient with me guiding me through the process often explaining things to me more than once when I got confused. The whole process took many months and Alistair was great at checking in by email and even a few phone calls just to make it more real and keep me focused. He helped me prep for my interview which was the most valuable part of the experience for me (because he made me realize that I wasn't as prepared as I thought). He even helped with things that would not matter till after I got the job (and was out of his hands) like the tax exemption forms. Overall very helpful and Alistair is a great person. If you are serious about teaching with the EPIK program you should go through Korean Horizons.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I only had 10 days back in America before I went to Korea (I was traveling in Eastern Europe). I was worried that I would not have enough time to get my Visa but Alistair let me know I would have enough time if I went to the Consulate in person. That made me feel much better just to have someone tell me that it was okay and it would all work out in the end. And it did!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Lucas Barker

Lucas is an expat from the U.S. living in Daegu, South Korea. He has been a middle school and high school English teacher since February 2016.

Why did you choose this program?

I did not exactly choose this program. My TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification was through Oxford Seminars. Oxford Seminars offers graduate placement which lead to my contact with Korean Horizons. Korean Horizons services, prompt responses, and interests in me is what lead me to choose the EPIK program.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Korean Horizons provided me with all the information necessary to start teaching abroad. They emailed me the required paperwork in addition to advice on how to fill out the forms. This kind of help was invaluable for someone that had never left the country before. Moreover, Korean Horizons offered mock interviews and key feedback to prepare me for the interview process. That being said, there is plenty of leg work on the applicant end such as getting necessary paperwork notarized and having it apostille in a timely manner.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

The transition from a biweekly paycheck to a monthly salary was a new experience. So, be prepared to budget accordingly!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The workday is 8:20-16:20 Monday-Friday in addition to teaching a night class once a week at the local high school for 2 hours.

Note: The high school night class is not a typical requirement of EPIK teachers. I was offered the additional hours and accepted them.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was teaching. I had no prior experience and was very concerned about my ability. Fortunately, I reflect on every class and constantly look for ways to improve. Moreover, if something does not work I change it and if something does work I make sure to take note of why it was successful.

What's the most important thing you need to remember when living abroad?

You have to be willing to laugh at yourself and not dwell on mistakes. You are going to fail a lot and that is okay. There's no way to improve without making a mistake. Be prepared to learn and grow with your experiences and remember why you came in the first place.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Alistair Wery

Alistair Wery is an English native recruitment agent living in South Korea. He represents Korean Horizons, a company, which is ranked highly. His advice has assisted many in finding teaching positions and he has received glowing reviews from the ESL community (which can be viewed on various ESL forums, blogs, social media websites, and throughout the Internet).

What position do you hold at Korean Horizons? What has been your career path so far?

Alistair: I’m the consultant here at Korean Horizons and I’ve been working for the company for around 8 years now. I manage all of the incoming applications from new teachers, assist them during the application process, and provide support for all of those teachers currently living and teaching here in South Korea.

I love my job – speaking and meeting to people from all over the world – and it’s so fulfilling! Living here in South Korea, I feel set to remain here and I enjoy my career working for Korean Horizons, helping people achieve their professional teaching goals. Life is good.

Did YOU teach abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Alistair: So, I had to get away from my boring job in England. I was in finance and I had enough of the regular boring, day-in-day-out life as an office worker. I needed excitement, so I started traveling and I made some Korean friends who suggested teaching in South Korea - that was it for me!

Before I worked for Korean Horizons, I worked for a private academy and a public school. My private academy was just awful – they didn’t honor the contract (i.e. didn’t pay me, no vacation, no medical) and made my life hell (I wanted honesty.) It seems that a lot of recruitment companies, who recruit for private academies, just care about making money. For my second job, I worked in a public school – it was bliss – and I got everything in my contract (so I was very happy). Though, with my background, teaching wasn’t for me and I began working for Korean Horizons!

What does the future hold for Korean Horizons - any exciting new programs to share?

Alistair: A lot! Have a search online and you will discover that Korean Horizons is probably the most recognizable recruitment company for public schools today, period. There is no other recruitment company that provides public schools to EPIK (nationwide public school program), SMOE (Seoul public school program), IMOE (Incheon public school program), GEPIK (Gyeongi public school program), and GOE (Gyeongsangnamdo public school program). We specialize in public schools and provide no other type of positions. As for the future, quite simply, we are just looking to remain where we are and continue to provide a professional and personalized recruitment service.

What about the future of the teach abroad industry? How do you think international education will change over the next 10 years?

Alistair: The industry is like a business cycle – jumping up and down all of the time. South Korea knows that English education is now a natural requirement for its educated labor force, thus, things will always be on the up!