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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.

Website
www.korvia.com
Founded
2006
Headquarters

#2517 Hyundai Rexion, 305 Gangnam-daero
Seocho-gu
Seocho-gu
Seoul
06628
South Korea

Dedicated Support: With You from the Beginning Till End.

Our #1 priority is you. We believe that by hiring qualified and dedicated teachers we can improve the overall quality of the Korean education as a whole. We are with you through the application process, at the airport when you arrive, and the last phone call you’ll receive if you decide to go back to your home country. We’ll be with you until the end!

Reviews

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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I highly recommend Korvia. I was assigned to Niki and she has been amazing throughout the whole process. I was originally very rushed to find a job due to my graduation and Niki helped to move the process along as fast as possible. I can't thank Korvia enough. The school they linked me to is also incredible, and I'm glad that I went through a recruiter to ensure I was arriving at a real place! I'm also impressed with all of the support you receive once you receive your job offer; Korvia will ensure your safe arrival in Korea and give you any information you need regarding bank accounts, phone numbers, ARC's etc. Also, they send you information packs to help you know what to pack and where to buy things you may need, which was a huge help for me.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get your paperwork as soon as possible!! I'm not kidding get your criminal record check as soon as you're accepted with Korvia
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Marcedes
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Korvia is actually the first recruiting company to accept me! I had tried through a different one first and had been rejected. I was a little distraught and unsure if I could reach my goal of teaching abroad. I thought, “Try one more time with someone else!” and Korvia welcomed me with open arms.
My recruiter, Niki, was very kind and professional! Our interview was very informative and she was so patient even with my internet connection issues! I received a very fast response that Korvia would love to help me find a place teaching in Korea.
The process was a long one but Niki helped me every step of the way! She never rushed me and always made sure I understood what was happening.
Even after I’ve arrived she still answers my questions!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was honestly just seeing my family cry at the airport when I left. “Oh man, this is really happening! I’m leaving everything I’ve ever known for at least a year!”
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Brendan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Korvia stood head and shoulders above their competition when I looked at moving to South Korea to teach English.

Because of all the good reviews and positive feedback on their social media, I decided to take the leap of faith and jump into the abyss that is the red tape and organization needed to move to a different country. Korvia has been there every step of the way, constantly staying in contact. They kept presenting job opportunities to me until I had made a decision on which one suited my needs best.

Once I had decided, they set up the job interview for me, and shortly thereafter contacted me to tell me that I had been hired. They could have just left it at that, they had set me up with a Hagwon which is exactly what they set out to do, instead, they stayed by my side and continued to provide the support that I needed, even organizing assistance at Incheon International Airport when I arrived.

To Ann and her team, thank you, you have made the move a smooth and enjoyable transition, which is more than I ever could have hoped for.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Arriving at an Internation Airport where virtually no staff spoke English. Slowly but surely made my way through the airport and various points, until I met up with my Korvia contact who made it much easier from that point on.
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Nneka
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Korvia is everything I could ever have wished for in a recruiting agency. I tried another agency and after 6 months and no job opportunities they just stopped contacting me. Discouraged, but not quite ready to give up, I decided to apply to EPIK through Korvia. Korvia was extremely upfront about all the steps ahead of me and everything I would be required to do throughout the process. There was never a moment where I felt lost or abandoned in the process because they are amazing with communication. My own situation was unique because due to a delay in my documents I did not get in to the semester that I applied for. Even so, Korvia stuck with me and let me know what all of my options were and the next semester I was on a plane to Korea. I did the pre-orientation that they set up, met a lot of English teachers like myself and took advantage of the wonderful resources Korvia provided for us. I've been in Korea for a little over a month, I'm enjoying my time teaching English and can hands down say this was all possible thanks to Korvia. I would 100% recommend them!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would prepare all my documents in a timely manner!!
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Absolutely LOVED Korvia as a service, and so glad I ended up with them at my side. They have been more than helpful throughout this entire process, and I am currently t-minus one week in Korea so far and love my school, the assistance I've received, my apartment, all of it. Forever grateful for Korvia.

I was assisted in obtaining my medical exam, as well as applying for my ARC card (possibly because my city is on the smaller side) which was extremely helpful. I can't imagine getting it done without Korvia's help. I, at first, entertained the idea of "going it alone" and taking on the entire process myself, but one day I came across Korvia as a service and, to be honest, just had a good feeling about them so I reached out and I honestly am so glad that I did. Doing all of this alone would have been too daunting, and I can genuinely reassure you all who are considering taking this leap of faith that Korvia will truly care about you. You won't just be another number. They actually care and are there for you.

What was your funniest moment?
Funny and not funny. I got locked out of my apartment (to only the fault of my own). Korvia was there for me though, luckily! Even as late at night as it was!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Amy Lee

Amy is Vietnamese-American and an English teacher in South Korea. She grew up in Massachusetts and received her degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She loves living and teaching in South Korea and plans to stay for a few years until she's ready to go back to school for a Masters in School Counseling.

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

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.

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