Thumbnail

Korvia Consulting

About

Korvia Consulting is an ESL recruiting agency based in Seoul, South Korea that works with the Korean government (GEPIK, EPIK, GOE,) and commercial franchises and programs in China to place English teachers into public and private schools across the country.

Reviews

Default avatar
Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Much Appreciated Guide!

I'm so glad I decided to use KorVia, rather than apply on my own. It was extremely reassuring to have someone help me through the entire process---especially when planning something as big as living abroad. Rachel and the KorVia team were with me every step of the way. It was also reassuring to know that someone was helping me keep track of all of the required forms and paperwork. Whenever I had a question, I always got a prompt reply. I also appreciated the amount of resources they have on their website, online Q&A sessions, and orientation. I had a very positive experience with KorVia and would 100% recommend it to anyone.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you're applying to EPIK through KorVia, trust that the team knows what they are doing! The EPIK application is a very long, step-by-step process. For me it was such a relief knowing that I had someone guiding me and keeping track of what I needed to do.
Default avatar
Holland
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best!

Korvia and their team were incredibly helpful from the very beginning. They were the first recruiting company I contacted and I am so glad I ended up accepting my job through them. Thelma has been the best throughout this process, from answering every question I had about the visa process to helping me through my arrival to korea and quarantine. I would have been lost without her and without Korvia! I am so thankful that I accepted my position through them, I know it was the best decision I could have made.

Default avatar
Kristina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Korvia Consulting Review

This is my second time using Korvia, the first being back in 2013. Both times they did their utmost best to find me schools to apply for that fit my wants and needs. They were timely in their email responses and helped me with the document process. The first time, they helped in finding a good moving company that helped me with all my bags, and this time, they helped in booking a private vehicle transfer to my apartment, which I appreciated after a 25-26 hour travel day. They also put me in touch with both the education office coordinator and my head coteacher to communicate about any possible problems that could arise, or just general questions.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
There have been some changes to the document process, dependent on your country of residence, so be aware of that! Canada's Korean consulates have added a big step for document notarization, so be aware! It will add on at least 2 weeks for your paperwork process to be completed.
Default avatar
Claire
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Super attentive and very helpful!

The Korvia team was so helpful and attentive to me during the entire process, checking in with me and ensuring I had everything I needed. I really enjoyed the follow up emails with guides attached and I also loved the timeline they sent so I could see what the process would be like! I only had a few moments where I felt communication lacked. Overall, I really like my school and I love where I live! My accommodations are clean, functional, and perfect for my purposes. I never have to worry about making appointments with immigration or anything because I know Korvia will help.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Start all paperwork as early as humanly possible!!!!
Default avatar
Becca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience!

I had an excellent experience with Korvia Consulting! Ann was very helpful throughout the process and answered all of my questions in a timely manner. She thoroughly prepared for me for all aspects of the journey and I was especially grateful for the guidance surrounding the new COVID-19 arrival procedures. In the beginning, she suggested opportunities that were a good match for my preferences and her support continued even after I had arrived in country. I would definitely recommend going through Korvia Consulting!

Jobs

Programs

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

I remember for my ninth birthday, my friend gifted me a mixed CD. On that CD, she included a bunch of BoA and Sechs Kies songs. I was hooked on Korean music since then. Fast forward to college, I was lucky that UMass started offering Korean courses my junior year. I jumped right in and took three semesters of Korean to learn the language and culture.

My mom never really had the money to take me anywhere so I really wanted to travel as much as I can before settling down with a career. I already knew a little bit of Korean so why not go to South Korea? Not even two weeks after graduating, I signed up for a TEFL course and landed a teaching job in South Korea a few months later.

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

Korvia went above and beyond my expectations as a recruiter. They were on top of their game in correspondence and were completely professional during the entire process. They were true to their word and only sent me offers based on my preferences. They answered my questions about potential schools and followed up after each interview.

They even helped me prepare all the documents I needed, researched a good flight to take, and even arranged an airport pickup service. I've had bad experiences with other recruiters for my first year, so for my second year, I knew exactly what I wanted, and Korvia delivered.

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

Do your research. Be open-minded. And just go for it (after doing your research of course.)

Going abroad is a life changing experience so make sure you know what you're getting yourself into. I cannot stress out how important it is to do your research. Make sure the school is a good fit for you. Research the school and try to get in touch with other teachers if you can.

Research is something I wish I had done my first year. Honestly, I took the first job I was offered and just signed the contract without really thinking about it. Within my first month at my school, there were three teachers who pulled a midnight run, and the fourth teacher got fired. I remembered thinking “what did I get myself into?!”

Yes, my first school was terrible, but no, I did not regret my decision to come to South Korea. Yes, I should've done more research before jumping in but it was a good learning experience for me. I became good friends with my remaining co-teachers and had the sweetest students so they made my year bearable.

Just remember that you are living in another country with different cultural norms and expectations than what you are used to. Be open-minded, and keep in mind that one year is not forever.

Don't let one bad thing ruin your perception of a country. And when you've done your research, just go for it. Living and working in another country is truly life changing.

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

I work at a hagwon (private academy) so my hours are pretty late. I usually work from 2 PM to 10 PM but I'm a night owl so I'm okay with this. I'm at my school for 40 hours each week but my actual teaching time is about 30 hours with the rest being prep time and dinner breaks.

From 2 PM to usually 7 PM, I teach lower level classes with students who are anywhere between first grade to sixth grade. In the evening, I teach the higher level and advanced classes with students ranging from fourth grade to ninth grade.

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

It sounds kind of silly but I think one of my biggest concerns was the food. What can I eat? As a child, I was a really really picky eater. I was SO picky that I didn't eat my first slice of pizza until my freshman year of college (that was when I stopped being so picky!)

My pickiness eventually led to me becoming a vegetarian. I was a vegetarian for eight years before finally reintroducing meat back into my lifestyle. At first, I kept getting sick because my stomach wasn't used to digesting meat. However, I was living in another country, and I didn't want this to stop me from enjoying the food here. I kept trying and trying all different kinds of meat until I got used to it.

Now I am able to eat most foods. I still have a huge preference for vegetarian dishes but South Korea taught me to just enjoy life and eat good food. So that's exactly what I'm doing.

Staff Interviews

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

Niki Lee

Job Title
Recruiter
Thumbnail

As a recruiter at Korvia Consulting, Niki conducts interviews and organizes documents for visa issuance. She ensures that the schools are a good fit for each teacher. Also, Niki makes sure that the clients always have a positive experience with Korvia.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Back in 2015, when I was in Brighton, United Kingdom, as a student, I often traveled around Europe. One of the most memorable experiences was traveling to Switzerland.

I stayed in my friend’s house for a day, and she showed me around the town all day. There was quiet and peace, and it was one of the most beautiful places I have been to so far. We also had dinner with her parents. Also, I learned about different cultures the entire time over there. It has helped me a lot to understand better and consider things from a different point of view. It was an experience that I will never forget.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have learned a lot since I started working for Korvia. My family, friends, and acquaintances told me that I have changed for the better. I think the biggest change is that my self-esteem has now improved. Before, I was afraid to begin anything, But not anymore! I also learn a lot from the stories, dreams, and passions shared by people I meet everyday. It has motivated me to grow.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I like every story but the best is from a new teacher who has just begun her life in Korea. I sometimes see her daily life through her social media or messages. I can see how much she is doing well and can feel her energy and passion as well. Also, I was happy when she said that she has truly enjoyed her Korean life and has had a valuable experience which cannot be replaced with anything.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Korvia provides a variety of English Programs – EPIK, GEPIK, GOE, Private Academy (a.k.a Hagwon). I am in charge of a public school and a private academy, so it is difficult to choose which program is better since each program has its own nature.

If I were a candidate, I would choose all programs. I could learn valuable skills such as teaching, creating a lesson plan, as well as communication skills, conflict resolution skills, etc. from co-workers, students, and the classroom environment.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We host a welcome party twice a year and prepare some welcome gifts for teachers. This is to welcome and appreciate their professional attitude displayed throughout the recruitment process.

We also have a support system, and we try to do our best for everyone at all times. I also had spent time abroad for about a year, and I know that some time is needed to fully adapt. We are ready to listen and help whenever they have questions or concerns.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Many factors are needed to succeed. However, I would emphasize the following:

  • Team work
  • Communication
  • An attitude of learning to improve
  • No fear of change

Without communication, a team’s balance will break someday. We strengthen our relationships by constantly talking and encouraging each other. Also, we do not settle for the present. We try to make efforts to improve ourselves. I believe these are what make Korvia last.