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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

Reviews

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Ian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

I have only good things to say about my process applying to teach in Korea through Korean Horizons and particularly working with Alistair. He is very thorough, supportive, and works nonstop to help you along the way. His advice for the interview was invaluable. And even now he checks in to see how I am doing. There was a lot of paperwork to complete so it was nice having someone to work with and make sure I was on track. Overall, I am very satisfied with my experience and am loving my job/life here in Korea!

Pros
  • Tireless work on Alistair's part helping me get the job
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Betsy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly Recommend Korean Horizons!

Korean Horizons go above and beyond! I can't express enough on how helpful they have been. I don't think I would have made it without them!

I would definitely recommend Korean Horizons to anyone who wants to teach in South Korea. As the process can be very confusing and stressful especially when it came to all the documents for the interview and visa, but Alistair has been amazing from the start. Always answering my questions promptly and helped me throughout the process.

I 100% recommend Korean Horizons!

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McKensie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Alistair is awesome!!!

Alistair (Korean Horizons) is the best recruiter you could go through for applying to EPIK!!! He knows everything about the program and coaches you through the application and interview. He makes sure that you have everything you need and gives great recommendations. I felt so much more secure going through the application process because Alistair was my recruiter. He helps you sooooooo much and makes sure you don’t get lost in the process. I can’t imagine how stressful it was to apply without a recruiter. Definitely go with Alistair. 10/10

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Alana
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing

Wow Alistair is an actual saving grace to all of us. When other people were stressing about placements, information, other recruiters and even EPIK themselves not responding to them for days on end, Alistair ALWAYS responded within a day. Even whilst here in Korea he is still reaching out to us to make sure we are okay. To have peace of mind I promise you Korean Horizons is THE best recruitment agency and so many of us passed because of them. I highly doubt I would be here without them. Amazing company, Alistair is amazing and I hope everyone reading this can succeed and get to Korea through Korean Horizons! You can all do it 😊

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Most nervewrecking was going to my schools. But all of the teachers are lovely and welcoming.
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Tamar
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Decision I Have Ever Made

Wow, where do I begin?

From the moment I was considering teaching in Korea, by sending one simple email of interest, Alistair responded promptly. He arranged a phone call for more clarification, and from there, I knew I would be in good hands.

I am the first person in my family to work abroad. However, Alistair had all of the tips and answers to my questions regarding documents, moving, teaching, etc.
His interview prep was excellent. I felt so confident during my interview (even though it was at 2:00am my time, haha). Once I passed my interview, he was prompt and accurate with any updates about my placement, quarantine, and life in Korea.

When I landed in Korea, I encountered a problem. With just one Kakao message, Alistair was able to help me fix it.

I can 100% say, moving to Korea with the help of Korean Horizons was the best recruitment company to choose, and best decision of my life for my career.

From his personalized emails, to his check-ins, and intro package, I am forever grateful for the support of Alistair.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
A few days before my departure to Korea, I experienced impostor syndrome. "Am I really doing this?" "Korea is so far away." "Do I have what it takes to be a good teacher?"

It was no coincidence that Alistair soon after sent an email entitled "To Korea" with loads of helpful information, that gave me the confirmation I needed that I have amazing support, and that I CAN do this.

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Alumni Interviews

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

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.

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).
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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!