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Korean Horizons

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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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Genesha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Korean Horizons review

I went through Korean Horizon for some extra support for the EPIK application process. I'm happy that I went through Korean Horizon because Alistair, makes sure to keep you on your A-game. He is straightforward and tells you what you need to hear to improve your application or anything throughout the process. He's always quick to respond when you email him a question. Once you make it to Korea he is still a very much a strong support system for you. I definitely recommend Korean Horizon if you want a recruiter who will help you every step of the way and make sure you settle into Korea during your first year.

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Natasha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I could not recommend Korean Horizons enough

I chose to apply to EPIK via Korean Horizons after seeing other recommendations online and I am incredibly happy I did. If you have never lived or taught abroad before, the process can be confusing but Alistair makes it all simple and straightforward. From the very moment you apply Alistair is on the ball to get you to where you need to be. His communication is excellent and he has always been there to guide his applicants - I have never had to wait longer than 24 hours for a response to any question or query. Working with Korean Horizons also gives you the added benefit of undertaking a mock interview to prepare you for your EPIK interview - this is not something you will find with many other agencies - but gives you an incredible advantage throughout the competitive process. By working with KH you can also expect in country support when you finally make it to Korea - Alistair has been with us all of the way and continues to offer his support. If you are looking for someone you can trust to get you to Korea via EPIK or other public school routes within the country, I would not look any further than KH. Thank you for all of your help, Alistair - I couldn't have done it without you :)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If Alistair is asking you to do something or for something for the process, I would recommend that you do it/provide him with it as soon as possible. Alistair knows best and is working hard to secure you a place with EPIK - it is as simple as doing what he asks :)
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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Korean Horizons - EPIK Spring 2021

I applied for the EPIK program (English Program in Korea) through Korean Horizons and am now teaching in South Korea thanks to KH's support. Alistair was extremely helpful from start to finish, keeping me updated throughout the process, organising a pre-interview to prepare me for my interview, sharing key 'in the know' info along the way. It made a big difference, and made the whole process much easier and less stressful. I had a family emergency situation when I first applied and had to pause my application but Alistair was nothing but supportive which was hugely appreciated. I then was able to resume my application when things improved. If you are thinking of applying for EPIK or teaching in Korea, I would recommend going with Korean Horizons.

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E
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Korean Horizons is excellent

Alistair was a fantastic help and the rest of his team made sure to make everything as clear and streamlined as possible. Korean Horizons gets my full endorsement and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to make it as a teacher in Korea. Korean Horizons answered all my questions and guided me step-by-step through the process, they told me what to expect and prepared me for everything I needed. I felt supported throughout the entire process and I feel Alistair went above and beyond to ensure everything developed smoothly.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I recommend that people especially research what the best apps to use in Korea are. The apps are simple to use and there are many, but you can save yourself a lot of time if you are already acquainted with the translating/navigation/food delivery apps instead of trying to figure everything out on the spot.
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Ruth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Korean Horizons- the best support there is

I applied for Korean Horizons feeling uncertain about the process to get to Korea. However, Alistair made the process extremely straight forward and easy for me. He not only reviewed and double checked my documents to make sure everything was correct, but he also held a mock Skype interview to make sure I was ready for the real thing. Even after I got to Korea, he made sure I had everything I needed to start my teaching journey and checked up on me throughout the move. Korean Horizons is efficient and extremely helpful in turning one's plans and ideas into concrete reality.

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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!