Adventure Teaching: You Should Probably Do This...

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Teach in Asia
Teach in Asia
Picking chestnuts in the fall with the kindergarteners.
From the Studio Ghibli exhibit at the I'PARK Mall in Seoul.
Korean pizza is very different but delicious in its own unique way!
Boryeong Mud Festival
One of the first places I discovered in my new neighborhood (Ulsan, South Korea)

About

We provide our teachers with an honest, upfront, “no-bull” perspective, and we work tirelessly to prepare each teacher to live and work abroad for a year. We are aware of and interested in each teacher’s unique needs and desires because we were all teachers once, too! Everyone on the AT team has lived and taught in Korea, and we use our industry experience to help you navigate the ever-changing Korean job market.

We are committed to finding a work environment that is well suited for you, and we’re committed to helping you navigate the cultural intricacies using our expertise and multi-cultured team. It can seem overwhelming to pursue the application process and get your foot in the door, but rest assured, our selection process is straightforward, and we will be right beside you every step of the way!

Visit our website to submit an application or request more information. Korean schools hire year round, so NOW is always the perfect time to apply!

Questions & Answers

Thanks for providing such great insight Elizabeth! Nate, we highly recommend taking a TEFL course as we find it helps with building confindence in the classroom and gives you a better idea of teaching English. Here are a couple of online courses we'd recommend https://adventureteaching.teflsource.com/

Reviews

8.55 Rating
based on 71 reviews
  • Benefits 8.5
  • Support 8.9
  • Fun 8.4
  • Facilities 8.3
  • Safety 9
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Daniel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure Teaching is Great but They're not in Control of Everything

And nor should they be.

They do their jobs very well in terms of getting you well prepared to leave with a very well-laid out Visa process. They executed in helping me get here almost flawlessly. They can be a little delayed on getting back but that's understandable given the volume of things they have to deal with.

Getting a visa can have a lot of hiccups and they help you deal with them well.

They only thing I found less than necessary was going through the travel agency, who were not so responsive and didn't treat the last minute nature of getting a plane ticket after going through a big visa process urgently enough.

In terms of the school and Hakwon...well...that's another story. This, in my opinion is largely out of AT's specific control. There is A LOT that can make or break your experience. And just like with any job it all comes down to your "management" for lack of a better term.

In my case, I walked into an absolute circus. It was hands down the most stressful 2 weeks of starting a job in my life.

I could write at length as to why. In summery, I was the only native teacher here for 2 weeks and for the grand opening of a Hakwon literally the second I landed. None of this was AT's fault.

The training for the curriculum was also extremely rushed and confusing. Many of the teachers who came together agreed: there needed to have been more time getting settled here and for training.

Believe the rumors, Korea is an EXTREMELY last minute culture.

So all in all, AT did their jobs well.
Hakwons can be a crap shoot and for reasons that are cultural, or totally individual to that school and the people working there.
Public school contracts will always be better than Hakwons (in my and many peoples' opinions). The contracts for Hakwons are pretty intense in terms of "expected teaching hours".

Just know what you're getting into before you decide to do this.

That does't really have anything to do with AT in my opinion. It seems like they were pretty transparent about the whole thing minus a couple of details that may have been important. In my case the fact that my school was brand new, and that one of the original native teachers backed out (well...she didn't back out per se...that's a whole different story I won't get into) making me the only native teacher for the first week of opening and the first week of school which was easily the most stressful working condition I have ever endured.

So...

AT: 9/10
The Korean Side
Apartment: 9/10
Treatment: 9/10
The logistic of their Business: 6/10
Stress from grand opening: 4/10
Oddities I won't delve into: 5/10

Notes: You get sick? Suck it up. I got picked up before school, a shot in my a**, the quickest doctors appointment and pill prescription of my life and I was back in the classroom teaching ON TIME. There are not off days at my location, barring a SEVERE illness.

Also, AT didn't mention this and they need to. Air pollution. It's serious. Don't let anyone convince you it's not. The Korean staff my laugh it off. Utter stupidity to do so.
Get masks and purify your apartment air properly. Look for "Clean Air Ideas Korea" on Facebook for a smart expat community finding cheap ways to deal with this issue in South Korea.

Overall Average: Round up to 8

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Cod sperm and ovaries were the most interesting thing I ate by far.
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Andrew
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Easy Transition Back to Korea

Adventure Teaching helped me set up my second trip to Korea, after departing for personal matters a couple years prior. They made it smooth and easy with their easy-to-follow checklists, and answered any questions I had in terms of getting back to Korea to teach once again. The last couple weeks were a bit of a rush after a fair amount of radio silence, but because I was prepared to depart at the estimated time we had discussed, I made it from New York to Seoul without any serious personal or monetary conflicts.
I'm enjoying my new job here in Korea, and am happy with the neighborhood AT placed me in. I previously worked a bit outside of Seoul, and stressed during my application process that I wanted to be placed in a particular area I previously fell in love with. AT did their best to find me an opportunity near there, and sure enough, I'm enjoyed where I've settled in!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Have all paperwork and documents submitted when they ask it of you. Though they do a great job of outlining a timeline for you, there isn't a whole lot of wiggle room left for sending documents back and forth, aquiring info, etc. If they ask you to get on something, it's best you jump on it ASAP.
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Aaisha
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Accommodating

I applied with my partner and AT was accommodating in getting us placed together. We also go to choose the area we got placed in, which helped to prepare for the trip. We were told to expect a delay in communication between us, AT and the school we were going to be placed with, and as expected there were months of silence. Then a rush of two weeks before the flight to a new continent. We were sent many helpful emails about the culture, food, language right down to what to remember to pack. We were helped throughout the process of getting all our documents in order and sending them to the correct places. Adventure teaching is really helpful but you need to remember that this is YOUR adventure and YOU are in charge of getting your things in order on time etc. AT is a way to make your adventure run smoothly. It is definitely an adventure!

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Elizabeth
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Plant-Based Perspective

My husband is in the Air Force and was stationed in South Korea. As soon as we found out it was unaccompanied, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I'm a certified teacher in the states, and this program was so helpful in finding me a placement as soon as possible. Not only did they help me find a school to teach in as fast as paper work can go, but they also were able to place me only 2 hours from my husbands Air Force base.

What would you improve about this program?
Expanding their teaching sites to areas closer to military bases. Contacting schools about applications (interested teachers) instead of waiting to hear back from the schools.
Juanita
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommend AT!

Adventure Teaching really reached out and helped me with every step of the process.

They sent me an email the minute they received my application (took 1 day) and called on time for the scheduled interview. I applied to 3-4 different recruiters to get a variety of job opportunities, and told every recruiter that I wanted to work in/near Seoul. AT was the only one that was able to send job opportunities to me within the first week or two, and made sure it would be in/near Seoul. Another thing I really appreciated was that they were willing to work with me when other recruiters wouldn't due to being Asian - even though I was born and raised in North America. Supposedly some academies are picky about only hiring people with a "western" face.

Robyn was really on the ball with replying to all my emails within 24 hours, even the smallest questions. Occasionally I would call the office instead and they were always quick to answer the phone as well.

When the constant emails drop off for a little, she told me it would happen ahead of time so I wouldn't have to worry.

I was able to secure a job, fly to Korea, and start working within 3 months of applying to Adventure Teaching.

I highly recommend working with Adventure Teaching!

What would you improve about this program?
It might be helpful to post videos on the website to show future participants what a day in the life of an EFL teacher looks like.
Response from Adventure Teaching

Hello Juanita,

Thank you for your review, we are thrilled to hear that you are enjoying your teaching position Seoul. We really enjoyed working with you!

Thank you for your recommendation. We are currently working on creating more interactive ways to connect with teachers. We really like your recommendaton of creating a video to provide a day in the life experience of an ESL Teacher.

We hope you really enjoy oyour time in Korea!

Adventure Teaching Team

Heather
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Got Placed in Just the Right Spot

Adventure Teaching was a supportive, thorough recruiting team that helped me through the many many steps of moving to Korea to teach. They listened to my needs, looked for schools in the location I wanted, and even helped me with communication between myself and the new school regarding my flight and trip from the airport. They were always available to answer any questions, and had a plethora of tips and advice that I could use!

Response from Adventure Teaching

Hello Heather,

We're so glad to hear you're enjoying your time in Korea and that we were able to provide you with the perfect job. This is exactly what we hope to accomplish at AT, so we're encouraged that you had the perfect experience.

Enjoy the rest of your time teaching in Korea!

Adventure Teaching Team

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Jack
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

No complaints whatsoever

I signed up with and spoke to a number of different recruiters, but Adventure Teaching was by far the best.

I was able to have a proper conversation with the team and they answered all of my queries, plus they gave me some good advice on how to proceed. I was quickly given an interview as well as some notes for said interview. After I received my job offer, the communication was regular and friendly so I knew exactly what to do and when without any drama or stress.

After reading of some horror stories that left people unaware of flight dates until the very last minute, it was a relief to have such a painless experience not only in getting a job but also getting TO that job. I would definitely recommend Adventure Teaching to anybody else looking for a TEFL job.

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Grant
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome company to work with, but don't use the Arrival Store

My experience with Adventure Teaching was almost nothing but positive. I contacted them in February of 2016, and from the very beginning they were prompt, professional, and seemed genuinely interested in me. I really appreciated how informed they kept me the entire time. I always knew exactly what documents I needed to get and when I needed to get them. Once I had all my documents in, they almost immediately sent me an email about interviewing with a school.

I interviewed with Avalon English, a hagwon mainly located throughout the greater Seoul area. I got a very good impression from the company. Their HR head is a really great guy. I passed the first round of interviews and was told I needed to submit a short mock teaching video. Adventure Teaching sent me all the information on what I should include in my video as well as tons of tips and example videos. I finished my video a few days later and was offered a contract with Avalon which I accepted. I arrived in Korea on May 15'th of 2016 and have been loving it here. It's such an awesome country, and my job is fantastic. I plan on staying here for a very long time, and am very grateful to Adventure Teaching for helping me start off my adventure overseas.

The only reason I did not score them a 10/10 is they work with and recommend a company called the Arrival Store. I had zero experience living abroad before this year so I didn't really know what is a good deal and what is a bit of a ripoff. The Arrival Store is very overpriced. I am still very glad I used Adventure Teaching, but if I were to do it over I would not have gotten products from the Arrival Store.

What would you improve about this program?
The Arrival Store is definitely a ripoff. Their prices are very high, and they make it seem like it is very difficult/inconvenient to get a cell phone service set up in Korea. I met with a KT provider here who offers the same cell phone plan as the Arrival Store for about 30,000 won cheaper per month. Switching to the KT service was very quick and easy. I love Adventure Teaching but do not recommend the Arrival Store.