Teach English in South Korea - Public and Private Schools

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Whether you work for a public or private school, high salaries, free housing, paid vacation and bonuses are just a few of the many perks of teaching English in South Korea.

Navigating the EPIK (public school) or the private school application process on your own can be daunting. Greenheart Travel's team has worked alongside the South Korean Ministry of Education and the South Korean National Institute of International Education for over 7 years, and will offer you knowledgeable support each step of the application process.

Public School Teaching Positions:
Spring 2018 Positions:
- Programs Dates: August 2018 – September 2019
- Deadline to Submit: May 15, 2018

Private School Teaching Positions:
Spring 2018 Positions:
- May 2018 – June 2019
- August 2018 – September 2019
- November 2018 – December 2019

Deadline to apply: 4 months before you'd like to leave

Application Fee: USD $400
This fee is waived for anyone who takes a TEFL/TESOL course through Greenheart Travel

Highlights
  • Your personal program manager will review your application to make sure it’s correct and ready to be submitted to schools in Korea
  • Receive in-depth pre-departure support includes cultural and logistical training to prepare you for life in South Korea
  • Continued program support before, during and after your time teaching in South Korea
  • Be connected to a community of Greenheart Travel alumni teachers before, during and after your teaching contract
  • Paid Public or Private school placements throughout South Korea

Questions & Answers

Reviews

94%
based on 32 reviews
  • Benefits 9.7
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.2
  • Facilities 9.4
  • Safety 8.9
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Brittney
10/10

A Chance for Personal and Professional Growth

When I was applying for this program I was having some difficulties that were driving me crazy. The fault for this was of course the paperwork and the bureaucratic tape you had to jump through to get it. I was working full time while I was going through these hoops and honestly if I didn't have the help and advise of Sarah over at Greenheart Travel, I might have just given up. I literally had to apply for something three times because I kept getting rejected for this or that reason, but Sarah helped me manage to get in the essentials of my application so that I wouldn't be left behind in the late application pool. eventually, when I got the rest of my paperwork I submitted it and joined the rest of the applicants in the waiting game. Greenheart Travel was fantastic as they put all paranoia at ease and sent me information to prepare me for the insanity I had just willingly signed up for.

It really is insane to voluntarily drop all the opportunities in your own backyard to move 7,000 miles away to a completely different country and do something for which there is no safety net. But as I sit here in my apartment in South Korea, I know I made the best move I could.. I enjoyed my first year of teaching high school history in the US after I graduated college. I look forward to going back and doing that, but at the time I wasn't ready to submit to the game of politics one has to play to secure a long term job in education. I knew I still wasn't ready to settle down and so I opted to take advantage of my youth and travel. Coming to South Korea was the perfect opportunity. From a historical viewpoint, there is nothing better than experiencing a culture for yourself and actually going to see the history. From the teaching viewpoint, I am becoming more flexible ("Korean surprises" are a daily occurrence, be prepared) and becoming familiar with different methods. This opportunity is not about running away from something, it's about helping myself grow more through less mainstream means.

I have no regrets in coming here and I couldn't ask for anything more (perhaps besides some less expensive peanut butter). There really is nothing like walking down the street after what has become an average day of teaching and just being completely content with life.

How can this program be improved?
It would be nice if someone was more familiar with the difference in the state to state process of applying for some of the necessary paperwork. This, of course, is difficult with fifty states, and only comes with experiences with difficulties like my own.
Yes, I recommend
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Mai
10/10

EPIK 9-10 day Orientation

During the 9 - 10 day orientation, I learned many helpful EL strategies from former EPIK teachers and those first hand experiences really helped me prepared for my first day in the classroom. Lots of resources were provided as well to help teachers get ideas for lesson planning as adjust to the culture and school system. Thank you EPIK for easing EPIK teachers into the classroom as best as possible.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps telling EPIK teachers their placement sooner so they have an idea of the grade level they will be teaching and prepare if not, physically, mentally for the task.
Yes, I recommend
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Susan
10/10

Go for Greenheart!

Sara and Greenheart are great! Always there for you, every step of the way. The application paperwork and timelines for placement with the Korean EPIK program is a bit gruelling, be spot on with your paperwork or you will miss your placement deadline! But if this is the position you want Greenheart can get you there with as much support as one can expect along the way. As well the EPIK program's orientation is extremely thorough, rest up before you arrive!!

How can this program be improved?
I don't think Greenheart recruits for all of the EPIK provinces, which I did not realize. Check it out.
Response from Greenheart Travel

Thank you, Susan! We're so glad you're loving life in Korea. We actually do recruit for all EPIK provinces, however, EPIK does not recruit for Gyeonggi province at all. That program is completely separate and called "GEPIK". Hope that helps clear up the confusion! We don't pick and choose which provinces or cities we place in, we place in all locations EPIK is placing in that round.

I'm glad you stuck the paperwork out and that we could help you through it all :)

Sara

Yes, I recommend
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Jeric
9/10

Great recruiter for a 1st timer

My overall experience has been really good overall. I didn't really know what to expect, but I'm really glad I went with Greenheart Travel. My recruiter was always willing to answer my questions, often in a timely manner. She helped me with pretty much all aspects of my application process.

How can this program be improved?
One thing I was hoping for at the airport (Seoul International Airport) I arrived in was maybe some sort of contact person. I also wished there was more after-arrival tips/advice.
Yes, I recommend
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Gin
10/10

Greenheart is Great!

Greenheart travel was extremely helpful throughout the entire application process. Sara, my recruiter, was always extremely quick to answer all of my emails - and there were many! She was also very thorough in reviewing the details of my application so that it could be sent off to EPIK without any errors or problems. By sharing her story about teaching in Korea, she really makes you feel at ease before you depart on your journey and prepares you for the experience by sharing those personal details that you might not hear from another recruiter. I enjoyed working with Greenheart so much that I plan to apply for volunteer programs with them in the future. Anyone who is thinking about applying to teach in Korea should go through Greenheart if they want to work with helpful, fun people and get through the process stress-free. Thanks Greenheart!!

Yes, I recommend
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Emily
10/10

Teaching with Greenheart Travel

Teaching English is South Korea was an amazing experience. The process can seem long and complicated, but Greenheart Travel makes it doable and helps every step of the way. I think I emailed them 4000 times with questions and concerns before I left, ranging from a possible attack from North Korea to if I should bring bed sheets. I was also constantly on their website reading blogs and posting in the Facebook group. Greenheart partners with EPIK, who have very strong guidelines and rules that ensure you are getting the most out of your experience. I had afternoon and weekends off, got paid on time, and had a furnished apartment ready for me after orientation. I think this is why the process of applying and getting hired is so involved and requires so many documents, they want to makes sure they're putting quality people in their communities. There are also two long breaks during the school year, which was a perfect time to travel. I traveled most of Southeast Asia during this time, and it was great way to see Asia while having a job and home base in Korea. Overall it was just a wonderful, life changing (cheesy I know) experience!

How can this program be improved?
Everything on Greenheart Travel's side was handled really well and made the experience much easier than I expected!
Yes, I recommend
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Josh
8/10

Two Months Into Contract

I have three co-teachers, though I do all of the planning and teaching myself. The teachers are nice, and if the kids are being disruptive, the co-teacher will usually help restore order. Also, I am a male and all of my co-teachers are female, and I was more or less told that because of this, they wouldn't really be able to do anything beyond strictly school stuff. For example, many other EPIK teachers I know were taken out to get supplies by their co-teachers, or have been taken out for dinner/lunch and just in general helped them settle in, but that was not the case for me. It's not a deal breaker, but if you are a male and have female co-teacher(s), I think this may be a common theme.
Everything else about the program is pretty much as advertised, including the chaotic and often last minute schedule changing, which can sometimes be frustrating, but it's again not something that is bad. Overall though, I do enjoy my school and placement. I have not needed any real support for issues, but any little ones that happen do seem to be taken care of quickly. Though I do think that once you are actually in Korea, your recruiter and EPIK may actually not be as resourceful to you as they were prior to departing. Once here, it's pretty much the school and the respective POE/MOE offices.

How can this program be improved?
The process is pretty tedious for two reasons; being slow and not having a lot of information up front. I understand that much of this is out of Greenheart's control, such as FBI CRC and EPIK's way of handling things, but there were vast stretches of time where I was in lingo, not knowing for sure if I was going to Korea or not, but having to save the money, keep an eye open for plane tickets and think about quitting my job with enough notice. It ended up working out ok though, but if there were some way to provide more details about placements. But again, I understand much of this is in EPIK's hands, so there may not be anything Greenheart can do about that.
Yes, I recommend
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Kylee
10/10

Teaching in South Korea

Deciding to teach English in Korea was no easy decision to make, but Greenheart Travel made every step of the way 100 times easier! Greenheart was there to answer any questions I had (no matter how "dumb" the question was), and I always got a quick response. I especially loved how Greenheart connected me with people who had prior experience in Korea, as well as people who were going through this experience for the first time like myself.

The most difficult thing about Korea is the waiting game. Patience, patience, patience. It cannot be said enough. Waiting for a phone, internet, a bank account, and your ARC card can be hard considering that we take them for granted at home, but expect to wait a few weeks to finally get all of these things. After the initial shock of Korea and once you have settled into your new life, Korea isn't that different from home. I can find anything I could possible need all in my city. Also, everyone is super welcoming, Koreans and expats alike. So if there is anything that I can't figure out by myself, there is ALWAYS someone there to help me out in any way possible.

Teaching and living in Korea is definitely an experience I will never forget!

Yes, I recommend
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Norman
10/10

My Great Experience with Greenheart Travel

I must admit that so far my experience teaching english in South Korea has been amazing so far.I love the school that I teach at, the staff are very helpful and the students seem to love me and always greet when they see me in the hallways by saying, "Hello teacha, very handsome"! Which I obviously find cute.Through the Epik program in which Greenheart has sent me with, I get all weekends and evenings off, which provides me with ample opportunities to explore Korea and get to know the culture better.In terms of the service in which Greenheart has provided me throughout the application process, I must say that they have been very helpful and prompt.They respond to emails in a very timely manner and provided great advice to follow for the interview process.They are always avaliable whenever you need assistance which is very important given that the application process can seem daunting.In terms of and challenges, it would have to be homesickness.But such is to be expected when you travel to a different country.But it really helps that Greenheart sends its teachers through the EPIK program, because you then have instant access to a large network of english teachers all throughout Korea which serves as a good support system while adjusting to your new environment, all of whom you meet during orientation.Plus with a nation wide network, you always have a friend to stay by when travelling all over Korea.I do give Greenheart Travel my wholehearted endorsement!

How can this program be improved?
I would change the timing of when we get to apply for our Alien Registration Cards.Because they can take as many as 20 days to arrive, that means we are left without phones and even bank accounts for weeks on end.
Yes, I recommend
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Karolyne
10/10

I'm home!

Every since I have arrived in Korea I have received nothing but love! The EPIK orientation was so helpful and made so many friends (we now call each other family). When I arrived in my rural city, my coteachers just as well as locals have gone out of their way to make me feel at home. I never thought I could feel so at home and so loves in a country where I knew no one. Now I have so many friends. I am so happy here, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

The main problem I encounter is the language barrier but once you accept that constant struggle you learn to laugh at it and start picking up some new words. If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you. Living in a foreign country is life-changing and worth every struggle!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing. Honestly
Yes, I recommend
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cajunaggie
10/10

Incredible Experience

Greenheart Travel has been a blessing and a half. They were so helpful in getting our paperwork together and in order. Any questions were answered within 24 hours, and they provided us with a TON of information. We really felt prepared when we left for Korea. Without Greenheart travel, this process would have been close to a nightmare. And best of all, they do not charge for their services.

I would highly recommend Greenheart travel to anybody looking at teaching abroad.

How can this program be improved?
I honestly cannot thing of anything to change.
Yes, I recommend
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kindhearted
10/10

Thank you Greenheart Travel for helping me get here.

When I knew that I wanted to teach abroad in South Korea, I didn’t know which program or organization to apply to. As I did my research, I stumbled across the Greenheart Travel website. At first, just the name itself, “Greenheart Travel” drew my attention because its name tells me that this organization cares for the whole environment of the world. I decided to read the Greenheart Travel website and learned that it is a non-profit international educational exchange program with a passion of helping others reach their full potential in teaching abroad and other experiences. By learning about their mission, I knew that this was the organization that I wanted to apply through.

I really liked how Greenheart Travel listed all the information for EPIK’s (English Program in Korea) benefits package, qualification requirements, teacher responsibilities, schedule, placements, and application process. I especially liked how Greenheart Travel offered a discount to take the TEFL Certificate Course.

While I was completing my EPIK application, I always emailed Greenheart Travel when I had questions about something. A representative from Greenheart Travel always replied back to my messages within the same day or the following day. I was very grateful for their quick responses. Moreover, Greenheart Travel sent an email with details about how to obtain required documents for the EPIK application. Their email really helped me understand where to go, what to do, and how to send/obtain all the documents I needed.

Within about two weeks after sending my initial application to Greenheart Travel to send to EPIK, I received an interview with EPIK. Several days before the interview, Greenheart Travel emailed me a list of sample questions to help me prepare for the interview. I went through these questions and read through the EPIK website to help prepare myself. When the interview came, I was so thankful that Greenheart Travel had prepared me so well. Throughout the whole application process and the time period before I left for South Korea, Greenheart Travel has always been so helpful.

Now, I’ve been teaching in South Korea with EPIK since August 2011. This has been such a worthwhile lifetime experience for me. I enjoy teaching and living here. My schools are great to me. I live in a nice, cozy apartment that has a view of Mt. Hallasan, the highest mountain in South Korea. I like learning about the culture, attending festivals and concerts, volunteering, trying different Korean foods, hiking the many trails, exploring the beauty around me, meeting both kind locals and other foreigners, and simply making the best of my time here. At the same time, I’m also capable of traveling and saving money.

Overall, I thank Greenheart Travel for helping me get here. Several friends have expressed interest in teaching abroad and asked for my opinion, and I always recommend Greenheart Travel to them.

Yes, I recommend
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Hannah_rose
8/10

The highs and lows of work and play

Arriving with EPIK really was the best option for me. They provided all the essential initial administration processess which come with working abroad; bank account, health insurnace etc. I wouldn't have known wear to start and the bilingual staff were really dedicated.

From talking with other teachers, it seems that every teaching job is different. I got lucky and really liek my school. I have a whole classroom and high tech facilities to myself- however, I didn't have a clue how to use any of them when I arrived to figuring it out was a challenge. I have creative license to teach my own syllabus, and I really enjoy that, but I have no collaboration with my Korean co teachers so I rely heavily on the expat online community and it really helps.

The expat community is really tight here, people need each other, so making friends wasn't difficult. There is always someone about to grab dinner or coffee with or have a moan about stuff- which is needed sometimes.

The great thing about Korea is that public transport is so cheap and efficient, so getting about at the weekends is easy. But, learning to read Hanguel and speaking some Korean is essential to getting by. Like knowing which town you're headed to on the bus (many of them look and sound very similar, and I have found meself at the wrong end of the country before!). I learnt Korean at a free language exchange programme and once I could read Hanguel, I found that life became so much easier, and it's really not as difficult as it may seem!

The downside is that school can feel a bit isolating at times, as you will be the only native english speaker in public schools. I found that really making an effort with my colleagues helped me to feel more at home. I'm in my second teaching year and still get a buzz out of new food and visiting new places. It's worth the effort in the beginning in making new friends and putting yourself out there in learning new skills.

Yes, I recommend
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lncteacher
9/10

Teaching in South Korea

Teaching in South Korea was a wonderful decision and has given me experiences I never could have imagined. Although navigating the language and customs was and is a bit difficult, Korea is an easy place to become accustomed to and has plenty to offer expats. It's extremely easy to travel all over the country via the bus and train system, the food is fantastic, there are many opportunities to learn the language and the country as a whole is very English friendly.

In terms of teaching, most schools provide plenty of guidance and support. Personally I was put in an apartment that was bigger and nice than I imagined, in a great neighborhood and near many other foreign teachers. The staff was welcoming, my students are great, and I had plenty of resources to work with. I'm very happy I made the decision to teach in Korea.

Yes, I recommend
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Sally
10/10

I Love Korea!

I absolutely love South Korea. I was well prepared by Greenheart for all the cultural differences and difficulties I may experience here. I have experienced many differences - the food, the social scene, the language and many more - but having been pre-warned I was able to take them in my stride!

Yes, I recommend

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