Teach English in Korea | Travel and Teach Recruiting

Travel and Teach Recruiting Inc.

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Established in 2001, Travel and Teach has stayed true to our commitment to our teachers and have placed 1000s of satisfied university graduates in amazing placements since then.

Everyone at Travel and Teach has taught in Korea, so we understand - and prepare you accordingly - for your year (or more) ahead. With our Information Packages, 1st time Teacher's Guides and open door policy, we will inform and guide you the entire way.

Our service is 100% free! We also provide full support from the time you apply to when you leave Korea, so you can feel safe and confident that your time there will be the best it can be!

We have teaching positions every month, so you can apply whenever you're ready!

Founded
2001
Headquarters

United States

Reviews

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Eleanor
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

my recruiter guided me through the entire process of preparing my paperwork, interviewing with schools, obtaining my visa, arranging my flight, etc. i am now very happy with my position. my school is wonderful, and i feel that my bosses actually listen to me and take me seriously, as well as really caring that i am happy and comfortable here. it seems the administration at my school is very interested in keeping both students and teachers happy and healthy, and this is clear in the little things like the nutritious, well-balanced free lunches every day (which also provides effortless exposure to the local cuisine). the location is an up-and-coming area, and there are many interesting things to see and do around here. i have easy access to food at all price points, as well as excellent public transportation, which really enables me to explore anywhere i choose. i couldn't have found a situation more ideal for me, and i feel very lucky.

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Mark
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Overall the experience was positive. There is a large amount of initial red tape in coming to Korea, both before and after arriving, but this amounted to an annoyance more than a deterrence. Travel and Teach was very helpful with keeping the recruitment process moving and in providing interesting work locations. Teaching may not be the most lucrative job you could find overseas, but so far it has been exceptionally rewarding and enjoyable. The exposure to Korean culture from within the school setting has been eye-opening, and has likely proved more fruitful for understanding Korea than a few months bumming around hostels and hotels. I would highly recommend this position to anyone hoping to spend a year overseas and who would like to have the greater support network and stability that comes with a full-time job and other expat coworkers.

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Martin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I recently had been placed in Korea for one year contract to teach in Korea. The recruitment process was easy to follow and they had inside knowledge that no one else knew about the second copy of apostilled diploma being needed to submit in Korea after you arrive. If Andy had not told me about the issue, it would have been a nightmare, since some of my co-workers from other agencies had to order their diplomas from Korea remotely.

On top of that, my entire process only took about 3 months, as I was on top of getting all the documents as instructed. Just follow the instructions they give you on the emails, and you will be fine.

I love the school that I am working at right now, and the contract is good. It is not a piece of cake either, but very rewarding and fulfilling, if teaching is your true passion and calling.

Kelsey
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When looking into which recruiting service to go with for my teaching experience in South Korea, I spoke with at least 7 agencies. What sets Travel & Teach apart from the rest is the care and consideration they place into sorting you with the best school option based on your personality and needs. Andy made sure to be with me every step of the way (he was even available for support when I landed at the airport)! There is a little mystery when going into this adventure, so you must be ready for the unexpected. It's been a month so far into my journey and I feel so thankful that I chose Travel & Teach because my school is fantastic and it only took two months from the first phone call to arriving in Korea (so fast)! The pay and ability to have free rent (in a beautiful studio apartment) will definitely set me up for success in saving money from this experience too.

What would you improve about this program?
I think this program could have more resources on what to expect before you go. Luckily I did my research, but I think other programs offered better resources/materials on what to expect from the culture before arriving.
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Kim
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had done a lot of research since the moment I decided to teach in South Korea. I contacted Travel and Teach to help me find a job. They responded right away and I had a set interview the following week. Andy made the whole process super easy! In no time I had an interview with my current school, although it was the first school to have an interview with, I was offered the job after two interviews. Which I’m glad I did take the offer! It’s my third week with my school and they’ve been wonderful in everyway! The school has Korean teachers as well as many foreign teachers, which are super helpful! The hours are as expected for a kindy and afternoon hagwon. Travel and Teach actually helped 3-4 of the foreign teachers to get jobs in my school. It’s definitely a fast process, so be ready with all your things! Definitely recommend Travel and Teach to help you find your next adventure in South Korea!

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Alumni Interviews

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

Eduard Booysen

Growing up in the Southern tip of Africa leads one to broaden your horizons to new lands, cultures, and memories.

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Why did you choose this program?

Life is full of the unknown and the what ifs – keep in mind the hungry wolves that try to cheat and steal from you.

I chose this program because I wanted a trustworthy and reliable anchor in the deep waters of finding a job thousands of miles away – a job in a country with different traditions, food, and above all, a different language.

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

The program assisted me with far more than just what was expected. They gave me step by step instructions from what they need from me (like my CV) and even country specific information.

As I am from South Africa, they gave me the locations and operating times of where I have to go with my documents, step by step. They also provided me with a Teacher’s Manual and a guide for my first few days in Korea.

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

I would say do not hesitate to ask questions. This is your future that we are talking about. You have to be sure that you understand what is required of you and what is expected from your employer.

The agency normally has a correspondent in your country of choice, so ask all the questions you need. The correspondent will make sure there is no language gaps (and you will have it on black and white, just in case).

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

I am at a Hagwon so that means this is a private school. I start work at 10 am and then we end at 6:30. In the mornings, I have kindergarten kids. We just play and basically have a great time while learning English. The afternoons are more of a language school setup. This means kids come in and they have books, and we go through it and help out where we can.

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

Meeting new people - BIG ONE.

I can honestly say, just meet one person and the rest is history. If your co-workers have been there for a while, it is much easier to meet new people. The expat community is really your new family over there. There are groups on Facebook that also help out, with regular meet-ups or events taking place in your city.

What will you pack that is out of the ordinary?

The things you miss the most about home is not really the things that you would expect. It is not the jams that you sang along to on the radio or the even the special at your favorite restaurant.

It`s the small things that you miss like the headache pill from back home or your brand of aftershave. The pillowcase in your room and your favorite seasoning.

A sentimental little thing can truly help you through the home-sick days.

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Staff Interviews

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

Niko Manolagas

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Recruiter
Niko has worked for over a year as a recruiter for Travel and Teach. Before that, he taught English in Korea for a year and a half, and spent another few years teaching in India, Nicaragua and Turkey. When's he not interviewing teachers or guiding them through the visa process, he travels as much as he can!

What is your favorite travel memory?

eating Asian food while traveling

One of my favorite travel memories is camping on the beach on Deokjeok Island in South Korea. It's a beautiful, mountainous island with perfect sandy beaches that is about an hour off the coast of Incheon.

My friends and I brought a tent and cooking supplies and we had the entire beach to ourselves. After a long nighttime walk, we stumbled onto a group of elderly Koreans drinking and eating by a fire. Though we spoke no Korean and they spoke no English, they shared their food and drinks and told us jokes (at least I think they were telling us jokes).

Compared to the bustle and fast pace of urban Korea, it was the perfect relaxing getaway. Also, it's really hard to beat falling asleep to the sound of waves on a deserted island!

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

It’s hard to choose one story over another! For me, the best moments are hearing from teachers who were once hesitant and nervous in their initial interview, but are now in love with their new life in Korea.

From building relationships with the students, meeting new people, and experiencing such a unique culture, they can’t believe that they were ever anxious about moving to Korea. I never get tired of seeing how far these teachers have come!

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

The strongest and most unique aspect of our organization is that we have all taught English in Korea.

As former teachers, we know personally what it means to navigate the visa process and the Korean work environment.

We saw firsthand the joys of living and teaching in Korea, but also the trouble that people can get themselves into by working with an agency or school that is not trustworthy. Unfortunately, when recruiting agencies lack that experience, there is a large disconnect between them and the teachers.

To avoid that, we take extra steps to prepare our teachers for all that is ahead and are there should they need us from the time they apply to the time they leave Korea.

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

For our company, one of the biggest factors is always considering the point of view of the teacher. When running a business, it’s easy to only think about what is best and most efficient for yourself as an employee – and thus lose focus on the people who use your service.

As former teachers, we understand how big of a life change this can be, especially for anyone who hasn’t traveled much or lived abroad. To that end, we have spent 15 years fine-tuning our processes with an emphasis on the teacher.

From their initial interview to their final day in Korea, we provide an experience that is straightforward and stress-free!

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