Adventure Teaching: You Should Probably Do This...

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Teach in Asia
Teach in Asia
Korean pizza is very different but delicious in its own unique way!
Picking chestnuts in the fall with the kindergarteners.
From the Studio Ghibli exhibit at the I'PARK Mall in Seoul.
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 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/
They work with you to help you find job assistance, but it is important to keep an open mind since they're a third party!

Reviews

85%
based on 71 reviews
  • Benefits 8.5
  • Support 8.9
  • Fun 8.4
  • Facilities 8.3
  • Safety 9
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smorrice
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Similarities and Differences to Study Abroad

Having had a great experience studying abroad while in university, I came to Korea in search of similar experiences. Teaching English in Korea has some similarities and major differences to studying abroad.

Broadly speaking, Korea offers many new experiences and opportunities for personal growth. In this way, it is very similar to studying abroad. Some highlights include learning a new language, learning new eating and drinking customs and generally learning about where and how you fit into the world.

During my time living in Korea, I learned a lot about what kinds of things I value as a person and what makes my culture different from others. My favorite experiences in Korea were hiking all the beautiful mountains, visiting lesser known towns and villages on the coast and in the mountains, and learning all about Korean cuisine, including how to cook many dishes.

One thing that makes teaching English in Korea so much different from studying abroad is that you are here to work. It's easy to forget that you will still be working 40 hour weeks when you think about the opportunity to live in such a different culture. Though the job isn't terribly stressful, it can take some patience and getting used to the Korean work environment. For example, when you need something done, you might feel that things are moving along very slowly. It took my school about 3 months to reimburse me for my flight money. You may also feel that your Korean coworkers will throw things on you last minute.

In America, where I am from, we learn to be direct and open with our thoughts and opinions. In Korea, it is more important to respect those superior to you in position. Sometimes this means staying quiet when you really want to speak your mind. It is important to be patients and remember that you are in another culture.

Overall, this has been a great experience for me. If you are thinking about doing it, I do not think you will regret it. If you are unsure about starting a career back home, come to Korea for a stable, fairly stress-free job where you can enjoy a new culture. Every time you finish your day or week's work, you have a rich culture to explore right at your fingertips.

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Sean
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Easy and secure

This being my second contract in Korea I decided to go with a recruiter. I was previously working in a school I didn't enjoy nearly as much in a pretty dull area on the outskirts of Seoul.

I gave adventure teaching what I wanted and they were able to set me up with a job I really enjoy in a very timely fashion.

The service worked great for me. It was easy and I felt that they were on hand throughout the entire process, which made me feel a lot safer with trusting them with the next few years of my life.

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Kayla
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

They were Great!

Adventure Teaching made my life so much easier. They helped me through the entire process of becoming a teacher in Korea. Not only did they help me with the process, they also helped my to prepare myself emotionally for the journey. I would never have made it to Korea without the help of AT. They helped find a good position that I love. They have our best interest and want to make sure we are comfortable. Thank you for all your help.
Kayla
Gunpo, Korea

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Cecilbeezy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Savers

Not only was Adventure Teaching supportive and helpful through (what can be) the confusing and bureaucratic system of international visas, they helped my sister and I get placed together in the same school! Most importantly they helped us make a quick fix when we missed our flight in the middle of the night. I would have lost my head ten times over if Adventure Teaching wasn't there every step of the way to make finding and securing a job in Korea so easy and pragmatic

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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Want to change your life a ton?? Click on the AT button, please.

AT opens up the doors to a brilliant experience that will forever alter your way of thinking, acting, and looking at the world. Their incredible support team and connections allow you to easily and seamlessly move into a whole new life that is full of gorgeous experiences, people, and places. Not always easy, of course, but anything worthwhile in life never is. From the very beginning with their calls of information, lead-ups, or simply to chat and get to know you...to their constant presence and advice while dealing with the frustrations of administration and immigration...to their meeting-upon-arrival at the airport...to their on-line store hooking you up with daily necessities and the very much needed Korean necessity of the mobile phone...to the continued help and support when you haven't had enough of Korea and want round 2, AT is there. A fantastic experience that has changed me inside and out, and I can't thank AT enough for making it all happen. Kamsahamnida! ^.^

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Teacher
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure Teaching: Made the adventure possible without the stress!

Pursuing my desire to teach abroad seemed quite stressful--before I was introduced to Adventure Teaching that is! I am beyond thankful for the quality of service and guidance I received from AT throughout the entire placement process. AT truly took into account my school preferences, my location preferences and my timing preferences! They matched me with a school that couldn't be any more perfect for me and the accommodations I received are far above what I imagined! AT made my transition abroad smooth and stress-free by offering access to all the important items I needed, such as a power transformer and phone plan! The AT staff is remarkably informed about everythig related to teaching abroad in Korea. If you are looking for an epic, unforgettable adventure but want to avoid the stress that might otherwise come from planning it, then Adventure Teaching is the only way to go!

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Cynthia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Super Duper Amazing!

We were looking for a meaningful experience abroad and a way to save up some money, and we found it perfectly through Adventure Teaching! We work at a private academy in Korea, and though we hear that some academies can be unreliable, ours is incredibly stable and an overall positive working environment. Adventure Teaching takes their contracting position very seriously; they find good people to work at good schools! They communicated quickly, they were flexible when we had to change our start date, and they gave helpful advice in our decision making processes. Plus they put us into contact with the previous teachers, so we knew what to expect at our location. We were completely confident coming to Korea, because we were confident in Adventure Teaching's assistance!

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jslove1986
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure Teaching: I highly recommend them!!

The people at Adventure Teaching were great. I've been in contact with many different recruiters and AT was one of maybe 2 or 3 that were consistent with updates and staying in contact. They were able to find me a good placement and worked hard to help find a suitable placement while working hard to accommodate my preferences.

Some highlights:
AT consistently keep in contact, many recruiters will accept your information but will go weeks without any word on anything; AT was always available to be contacted and no question was left unanswered. They also really help to get you prepared for Korea; helping you to keep your expectations realistic while offering helpful services and advice. One thing that I really liked was they they kept a positive attitude during the visa process and the first few weeks in Korea. Overall, AT was great; even during some difficulties in locating a job they still are giving advice and offering suggestions that can help you land a teaching job.

If you're looking for a recruiter, Adventure Teaching is definitely one of the most helpful and useful.

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iliveinsouthkorea
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I Would Recommend Adventure Teaching Over and Over Again

Adventure teaching made the process of getting to Korea easy. The people who started the company taught in Korea themselves, so they know exactly what you're thinking, feeling, going to want to do once you arrive, etc. and they take care of so many details you don't even think about. AT walks you through the whole visa process, sends you information packets that you'll want to read before you leave, and does all the hard work of shifting through good and bad jobs to hook you up with one that fits your wants and needs. AT is partnered with the Arrival Store and therefore continues to ease you into this big transition by providing a phone on day one as well as some necessary items to get through the first few weeks. Aventure Teaching was a huge help in this process and was a very professional recruiter that I would use again and recommend to anyone interested in teaching in Korea.

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FSUGovernor
5/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure Teaching is trustworthy but impersonal

So I have been in Korea for over four months and I am loving my time here. In fact I believe I am going to stay another year or two!

I have mixed emotions when it comes to Adventure teaching. First they are well established and based in America which is an advantage because there is no language barrier. But I found them a bit impersonal. They mostly correspond via email and my recruiter Kimberley would not read my messages well. I ended up answering the same questions numerous times and would have to send the questions I had to her two to three times in order to get a response. I felt like I was just a pay check for her and not a person. Also AT places you in the first company they find, I realize of course that I had didn't have to agree or sign anything, but Kimberley made it seem like I couldn't pass this offer up. And lastly Adventure Teaching works with TheArrivalStore.com and they really push the products. I spent several hundred dollars on items that I could get in Korea for less. Just know that they have pillows, blankets, plates, cups, etc...

But for all those negative AT did place me in a good campus ( the company I work for is known to have some issues with the native English teachers, but I got lucky and have a good staff)

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Brandon
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Anyang

The schedule is very easy to work around. It gives you plenty of time to do things before you start at 2:30pm. Once you get into work you have a couple of hours to do your days planning which is more than enough time. There are lots of restaurants, bars and a major grocery/department store within a 2 minute walk from work. The difficulties were simply getting used to the curriculum. Once you get into a routine, this gets much much easier. All in all it has been a great experience so far.

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seoulsation
5/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Avalon Songpa Champ

I definitely would not recommend Avalon unless you really don't care about contract specifics. I feel as if AT placed me wherever was fastest and most convenient. I don't believe that this school is a fit for me at all. I had specific requests and they weren't met. Although, AT tried to help me with issues afterwards. I think that more time and thought should be given. Also, there are hundreds of jobs in Seoul and I was only offered two options.

Avalon does not stick to their contract and make adjustments halfway through your time. I signed on to work Monday through Fridays from 2-10 and then four months in they changed their schedule to include Saturdays. We were basically bullied into signing a statement saying that we agreed to possibly work Saturdays.

The training they provided was helpful, however it wasn't paid. It may be different at other campuses, but the foreign teachers are not appreciated here. We don't even have a head Foreign teacher.

I wish that someone would have given me a review of this school. One of my coworkers said that he wanted to give an honest review and it was declined. I definitely wouldn't have signed on to work at Avalon had I been given an honest review.

Avalon is more concerned about money. They want the parents to be happy, but they also don't want the students to be upset. Therefore, when students don't do their work, there are barely any repercussions.

Adventure Teaching was very prompt and helpful in the beginning. I had many questions and they tried to help as best they could. I just wish that I was offered more options for teaching here. Now that I am here, I can see that vast varieties.

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CJB1983
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Professionalism and support at its best

I had already been living and working in Korea for two years before applying to Adventure Teaching for help finding a new position. I had not used a recruiter before, but I felt that it would be easier than organising everything myself as I had done before. I wasn't wrong.
Adventure Teaching did everything except gift wrap the process for me. They supported me every step of the way and made sure that I was comfortable with each step of the process. I already knew what to expect as I'm now in Korea for my third year, but at no point did the AT team take that as a reason to relax and become neglectful in their dealings with me. They were professional and prompt in their responses and I was confident that with their help I would find the perfect job to suit my wants and needs. AT did not disappoint me.

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luckyh190
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

Adventure Teaching was an excellent recruiter. They returned answers to questions within a reasonable time. They gave detailed instructions for the step by step process for my Visa. They made the whole process very smooth. Just a few weeks ago I lost my wallet and phone. My wallet contained my ATM card and my ARC card. My phone plan and phone was issued through the Arrival Store via Adventure Teaching. I immediately contacted Adventure Teaching regarding my phone and got my replacement phone within a week! It was very efficient and super helpful!

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Mrs.
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching Review

Adventure Teaching helped me a lot in the beginning. I got plenty of information on how to arrive and how to handle the airport. I recommend this program for singles, especially just out of college. This program can be an amazing experience, but it wasn't quite so amazing for me. Mostly my experience with Korea was bad because of outside factors, Adventure Teaching helped me very well. I do wish that they had done some more research on my school because it closed six months into my contract. My boss has bad business practices which resulted in the school being bankrupt. But other than my school closing, Adventure Teaching helped me get here. I would recommend that you give more specific guidelines on how apartments will be furnished, and what types of clothes to wear, and tips on haggling, because that is something I struggled with in the markets.

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We’re passionate about people living abroad! We genuinely believe it is one of the best things a person can do. Living abroad adds invaluable elements to our personal stories; it changes us and enlarges our world view; it teaches us in ways that...