Initially, I never imagined myself traveling through South Korea, let alone teaching and living here. However, while I was looking into teaching abroad, I found AdventureTeaching to be the most comprehensive, organized, and legitimate organization to go through in finding a job overseas, which is why I chose to apply for a job through them, and I sure am glad I did! In fact, I love it here so much, have felt so welcomed, met the most generous people, and made relationships that will last a lifetime, which all have influenced me in actually deciding to return for another year.
After having been placed in South Korea through AT, teaching at a Hagwon for 6 months, and learning more about the culture and the experiences of other teachers over here, I can whole-heartedly say that AT is a very supportive recruitinng agency that has had my trust since the very beginning and continues to do so. I highly recommend them to anyone interested in working abroad.
They were professional, answered all my inquiries immediately, spelled out the visa/application process entirely step-by-step making it very easy to follow and and be placed in a school right away. (I have met many teachers over here who had a lot of difficulty understanding how to apply for a visa and the lack of support and communication with their recruiters resulted in their arrival being delayed).
I also was well prepared before arriving through the informational e-mails they send out. These included being informed on what to pack, what to expect upon arrival, cultural customs and manners to observe and respect within the country, key Korean phrases to learn, and how to handle home-sickness, among much more valuable advice. Plus their website is loaded with lots of useul and helpful information and reviews.
Even while I've been teaching here, they have offered to assist in communicating with my directors regarding payment issues. Although I opted to just handle it on my own, I am pleased to know that AT still has my back.
I definitely encourage you to get a temporary/rental phone from the ArrivalStore.com - It is one thing I wish I would have gotten, looking back. They are an affordable way to stay connected and meet up with co-workers and new friends until you get the real deal, which can take a while, depending on when you are able to get a bank account and an Alien Resident Card. I went over two months without a phone, and it was very challenging.
Another piece of advice I can provide, is to recognize that it is alright to pass on the first offer that comes along if it is not a position that matches your desires. I was not picky in where I was placed or what type of school I would teach in, but after reviewing other contracts since arriving in Korea, I have realized there were other opportunities that aligned betterh with my interests than the school I signed on with.
Overall, I would absolutely recommend AdventureTeaching to others, and with the experiences I've had, if I could go back to when I was first applying to teach abroad, I would still choose AdventureTeaching to guide me through the process!