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

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Billy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Before finding Travel and Teach, I was working with another company, CIEE. I had spent over $1000 on their TEFL course where they guaranteed me placement in Korea. What I was not aware of was that I would have to go to any school they wanted me to. I thought I was obligated to go through with one of these positions, but then reached out to a few recruiting agencies who told me this was not the case. Andy at Travel and Teach was super responsive and helpful. As I had all of my docs ready for the visa, I was sent 3 really great positions. Interviewed with all of them and was offered a job from two. I am now in Ilsan and could not be happier. Mr. Lee, my director has been the most amazing 'host' to me. He has taken me out to dinner a few times, and seems genuinely concerned about my happiness. The kids are also great. I have made friends already and think I might be here for a while... Just wanted to say thank you to Andy and Travel and Teach. I'm so happy that I was able to get out of the other situation and hope others don't find themselves in a similar spot. Btw - Travel and Teach did not charge me anything whatsoever. I'm still a bit confused to how they make money but I'm guessing they grab a commission from the schools.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liked some further information on changing the card in my iphone once I got to Korea but that was easy enough to figure out on my own once I got here.
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Mark
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I can't complain, Travel and Teach did exactly what they said they would do. They're a recruiting agency, so they're obviously commission-based, they have an incentive to find you a position that you're interested in so that you'll sign the work contract. They get paid, you get the teaching position you want, everybody wins. They were quite helpful as a first-time expat, they gave me a wide range of schools to choose from and were a constant presence as I worked through the emigration process. I have a vague recollection of them changing their contact with me a few times, making me suspicious that I was somehow being fyshed, but I think that would be alleviated by asking their IT personnel to change their email naming convention to something more consistent.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Asking if contract language regarding my salary could be changed to reflect potential dips in the USD conversion for the KRW. At the time of writing this, the trade squabble between Japan and Korea, along with tariffs from US disrupting trade flows out of China, is threatening to make the KRW tumble to record lows. This sucks, to put it mildly.
Response from Travel and Teach Recruiting Inc.

Hi Mark,

Thank you for your review of our program!

I wanted to answer you about us contacting you through more than one email address. The reason for this is that we have multiple staff on hand that follow each teacher's progress, which is why you were contacted by more than one person.

Whenever your assigned coordinator was not available to answer you or to send you appropriate information, one of our other placement coordinators or our Korean staff would have sent this to you so that you were not waiting. We do our best to provide the quickest service to our teachers as we can! I'm sorry that you mistook this as being suspicious behavior :)

Also, you are correct in that we receive a commission. HOWEVER, unlike many recruiting agencies, we get paid from our schools and, as you are aware, do not charge our teachers any money whatsoever for our services including: placement in Korea, guidance through the visa process, plane ticket arrangement, airport pickup arrangement, after service once in Korea, etc.

We hope that you enjoy your time in Korea! If you need anything you know where to find us!

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Nicholas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I highly recommend Travel and Teach Recruiting Inc.! TTR was the best place I could have possibly got involved with. The process was very easy and they guide you the whole way through. I don’t believe there is anyone better. They aren’t you’re typical recruiting agency and you’re definitely not just a number. My recruiter Andy treated me like I was his first priority (as he does with anyone who wants to get involved with TTR). It seemed like TTR was doing all the work while I was just going through the steps submitting the required documents they asked for. Any questions I needed answered, Andy replied back within a couple hours and sometimes minutes! Once you’re ready to start applying TTR sends you a list of schools that you might be interested in.. no pressure... and before you know it you are interviewing with a school! I can’t thank travel and teach enough for what they have done for me and my brother. My brother and I were looking to teach in the same area and TTR made it happen.. set us up with the same school! The process is super easy and they know what they are talking about! Once the job was set up with the school, TTR continued to prepare us with information all the way up until the morning of the flight! I used to be the person who would read these reviews and thought people were sugar coating their reviews but here I am trying to get people to go through TTR like I did haha! If your having trouble making a decision about teaching overseas I highly recommend contacting TTR. I was teaching in Korea 2 months after I started the process and it was the best decision I could have made. Please go through Travel and Teach!!!!! Trust me... you’ll be writing the same review as I am once you arrive in Korea telling people how awesome this recruiting agency is!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing.. this program is perfect :). There was nothing that I would improve. Everything they did was in my best interest and I was beyond pleased at how well they did their job!
Response from Travel and Teach Recruiting Inc.

Thanks for the amazing review, Nicholas!! It really was a pleasure to work with your and your brother - you guys were super easy and nice to work with.

You are going to have the time of your life this year! If you need anything, you know where to find us!

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Zahara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I used this website to help keep find a job in Korea. Everyone was helpful and my recruiter Andy was very quick to reply and answer any questions I had and make sure I had all my papers in order. I am also getting help with my secondary contract and being able to work in Korea another year. I am am happy for this program and the quality of help that they offer and give when looking for a job in another country. I would continue to recommend this program and this website to everyone. It's also a plus that they dont charge you to use the website and help put you with schools looking for teachers. Unlike some websites and programs they help you without charging an arm and leg and they also help make sure you have all your papers in order and ready so you can get your Visa also.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I've been able to travel and experience new things.
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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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Alumni Interviews

These 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.

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

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

Niko Manolagas

Job Title
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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