EPIK Public Schools Available March, April, May, August & September
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(66 Reviews)

EPIK Public Schools Available March, April, May, August & September

We provide services that no other recruitment company provides

In addition to all of the benefits a public school will provide; we provide an introduction package including a comprehensive teaching book, a travel guide, a lonely planet phrase book, a book on learning Korean and lots of other useful information.

We provide government public schools in South Korea. We are here to assist you with the employment process. And after all, that's why it is good to come to a recruitment agency. We provide a safety net for you. Apply direct to an educational institution and you are on your own!

If you are having problems with your school... Or you need some information or help, you can contact us and we will provide you with some advice... You might not always like it, but it will be the truth. And that's really our philosophy, to provide you with a completely trustworthy service....right from the initial phase of introducing you to the education office, to making sure that you are content with your teaching position and if there's anything you need we will always be available.

Please see our testimonials or simply search the internet and see what others say about our service.

Program Type
6-12 Months
Salary / Benefits
Salary is here: Tax is income tax-free if you are from applicants from certain countries.

Benefits include
Rent-free single furnished apartment near your school
• 300,000 won one-time settlement allowance
• Round-trip airfare allowance of 2,600,000 won
• 18 working days paid vacation + national holidays (5 weeks in total)
• Medical contributions
• Pension contributions
• 1 month salary bonus on completion of contract
• Sick paid leave allowance
• Special leave allowance
• 1 week additional paid vacation (6 weeks in total) if you renew your contract after the first year + increase in pay + renewal bonus 2.0m won
• Korean co-teacher to assist with your classes

As a Korean Horizons Teacher, you will also receive :
1. Airport pickup, hotel for 1 evening & transport to the education office / school.
2. Free Dinner and breakfast together with us + all of the arrival teachers
3. Introduction pack (including a Travel Adapter, a Travel Card, Emart Voucher for 10,000won, a Travel Guide, a Lonely Planet Phrasebook & other goodies)
4. Order anything you like using our interest-free Supermarket credit service from any online Korean store & pay us back once you get paid your salary.

Throughout your time – whilst applying; during applying – and after you are here – we will be available to support you and be there for you.
Bachelor in any field
Weekly Classroom Hours
Classroom Audience
High School
Airport Transfers
Domestic Airfare
Age Min.
Age Max
Other Locations

Questions & Answers

Salary is given by your resume and the location that you are looking to teach here. The pay scale is as follows : Level 2 = bachelor + tesol. 2.0m-2.1m for a metro city. 2.2m for a regular city. 2.3m-2.45m for the countryside. Level 2+ = bachelor + tesol + 1 year exp. 2.1m-2.2m for a metro city. 2.3m for a regular city. 2.4m-2.55m for the countryside. Level 1 = bachelor + tesol + 2year exp. 2.3m-2...

Program Reviews

based on 66 reviews
  • Benefits 9.8
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.8
  • Facilities 9.9
  • Safety 9.9
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Korean Horizons is Always There For You!

Working with Korean Horizons was an absolute delight. Imagine working with a recruiter that has a genuine interest in you, always provides help promptly, and is patient and understanding. If you are serious about teaching in Korea then I suggest going through Korean Horizons because they are serious about placing applicants. The amount of help they provided was invaluable! From reviewing my application to helping me with U.S. tax codes. Alistair was always available and prepared me for everything that the EPIK process threw at me. There are so many ways that Korean Horizons will help you but the mock interview was probably the most helpful. The mock interview is tough and a detailed process but it allowed me to crush the EPIK interview! Without the hard work and dedication of Korean Horizons I would most likely not have been accepted into the EPIK program.

Finally, when there was an issue with receiving my Visa from the Korean consulate Korean Horizons helped me out and provided transportation from the airport even when my flight plans had changed multiple times. Plans and arrival times changed numerous times and Korean Horizons did not have any ill feelings towards me. Instead they just wanted to know how they could help.

What makes Korean Horizons different? They care about you and want to provide you with everything that you need to succeed.

Yes, I recommend

Korean Horizons is the best

If you are reading this you are most likely thinking about teaching English in Korea. You are also probably anxious about choosing the right agency and about getting the right job. That's how i felt when I first decided to take the leap. I was worried about scams and the legitimacy of recruiters. This was a big step for me and I didn't want to just settle with anyone. After tons of research I came across Korean Horizons. Since then it has been smooth sailing. I am in my third week in Korea and I have nothing but positive things to say about Alistair and Korean Horizons.

From the very first time I spoke to Alistair I knew I was in good hands. He gives you all the information you need and step-by-step instructions on what you need and what will happen. Most times after speaking to him I was left with no questions. He gave me exact details on acquiring my documents and when I was pressed for time on getting my visa, he personally called the Korean embassy in South Africa and asked them to fast track the process.

When I was uncertain of my ability to get a job he always reassured me that it is possible and I can do it. When it was time for my interview he prepped me so well that I felt almost no nerves during my interview. Support is something that never lacks with Korean Horizons.

The one thing that I particularly liked was Alistair's punctuality and reliability. Whenever he said he would call or email, he did it at the exact time that he said he would. Arriving in a new country is scary when you have lots of uncertainty about what to do but everything that Alistair said would happen, happened, and it happened on time.

My family was very skeptical and when people heard that I was leaving the first thing that they would ask is whether I am sure it is not a scam. My answer was always the same and I never said it with any doubt. "I am 100% sure that this is a real job and not a scam". I thank Korean Horizons for that.

In essence, Korean Horizons went far and beyond for me. They kept me updated, they got me an amazing job in an amazing location, they organised that my arrival was smooth, they provided me with a useful package, they made setting in easy with the Gmarket service they provide and I know that if I should need anything during my stay I can just contact them. Korean Horizons is the reason that I am living out my dream today.

Yes, I recommend
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Great job!

From the beginning, I was supported by Alistair the whole way through. He helped me keep my obligations organized and forwarded to me any information I needed to know about during the recruiting process.

The first day I arrived Alistair was there waiting at the airport. In fact, he was 30 minutes early. Afterwards, I got to meet new arrivals that arrived earlier that day and we all went out for dinner. It was a wonderful first night in Korea.

This is my honest critique and I do not know what else I can say about this service.

Thanks Alistair!

Yes, I recommend
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Simply the best

I generally think things are easier through an agency than applying directly to EPIK, who never got back to me in my application. Going through Korean Horizons, Alistair kept me updated through the whole process and also informing me of more optimal options that I could pursue concerning location choices, how to best fill out my application form and amendments to my example lesson plan.

He walked me through the interview process and kept me fully-informed about what the interview would entail, how best to structure my answers, made sure I was physically presentable when doing the video interview and I feel he gave me the best possible chance of presenting myself comfortably in the interview.

After arriving in Korea, he provided a very useful bag of survival items including a power adapter and information books to help you get settled in.

I don't really have a comparison, but the professionalism and expertise of this agency is easily observed and will definitely do its utmost to support you in your application.

Yes, I recommend
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So glad I used Korean Horizons

After taking my TESL/TEFL certification the school put me into contact with Korean Horizons. My consultant Alistair was amazing! He helped me when I was completing my application to EPIK. I completed the application and he was able to give me some advise. He took care of the communication with EPIK and I got an interview very fast! He was able to go an extra mile and answered my questions about the interview process (he even skyped me to see if my outfit was ok and to make sure the lighting was ok through Skype. I was accepted within a couple of days! Alistair also gave me some recommendations about the visa process and what to do when I got to Korea (like getting how and where to get a one month sim card). He even set me up with a hotel so that I could arrive 2 days before meeting the EPIK people so I could rest and try to get rid of my jet lag (this was aa HUGE help!). After I settled into my apartment and my school he even sent me a package filled with very useful maps, books on the Korean language, bus card, plug adapter, etc.
Throughout the whole experience I felt extremely supported and I am so happy and thankful that I went through this process with Korean Horizons. I feel like I would have been super stressed if I hadn't had their services. They truly helped me have a very smooth transition!

Yes, I recommend
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Alistair is the best!

After many past disappointments in securing a teaching position at home and overseas I decided to put a pause in the pursuit and focus on completing my M.Ed. My first time around I admit that I was clueless and was applying to private language school positions who either did not respond back at all or ceased communication after sending them my picture per their request. I spent many frustrating hours going through job listings on dave's esl.
Fast forward to a year later,I started looking at the job boards on dave's esl again. The Korea section can be quite confusing but eventually I narrowed it down to Korean horizons and another popular recruiting company but ultimately only filled out an app and talked to Alistair.

At that point in life I was unsure and doubting myself because of what occurred the last time. I was hesitant to reply to his response to my application but I am so glad I did! In our first chat on Skype I discussed the discrimination present in the TEFL field,, he acknowledged the issue and assured me that with him it wasn't about your color. He was also impressed with my qualifications. Within a couple of weeks to about a month I had secured an interview and was able to successfully pass it thanks to his help! Communication was great and within two months of that interview I am in Korea and so far I am quite confident that I picked the right career path and the right country to begin it all, and I attribute this all to Alistair's guidance and assistance in this whole process!

I was a late intake applicant so I unfortunately did not get to meet him but I am very thankfull!

How can this program be improved?

No complaints here!

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Korean Horizons AKA Alistair Wery Is THE BEST Recruiter EPIK has to offer!

Had I not rolled with the punches and allowed my frustrations to get the best of me, I would not have been able to truly appreciate my experience in Korea. The language, the culture, and the people is a lot to take in, but I can't help but feel like it will all be worth it! So far, I love my co teacher, I love my principles, I love my students, and I love my fellow EPIK NET's. They all made my first few days in country unforgettable!

How can this program be improved?

I would say that EPIK needs to be more transparent about the differences between a POE contract and an Independent contract so that candidates can make an informed decision about whether or not the program is right for them.

Yes, I recommend
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Alistair is Amazing

If you're reading this, you're in the same position I was in 3 months ago. Moving to Korea to have an amazing opportunity to not only teach English but also to explore a whole new country was a dream of mine for nearly 2 years. I knew I had the qualifications but I had no idea which way to go about it and of course, I was scared.

Alistair helped me through all of the doubts and made this goal of mine possible and today marks my 1 month of teaching in Korea. He made it seem like he was only catering to me, answering any questions I had and being there to Skype or talk over the phone almost anytime I needed him when in reality, there was probably hundreds of other applicants he was helping out as well. He helped me prep for my interview and made sure I had all of my documents ready.

When I got to Korea, Sarah (one of Alistair's partner in crime) was there at the airport with a big smile and a Korean care package for me. The night I got here, there was a group of about 15 others who were also recruited by Alistair. Korean Horizons paid for our accommodation and dinner for the night. In the morning we all had breakfast together and met up with the rest of the EPIK group (which was about 200 other teachers) and we left for our 9 days of orientation and it has been a crazy and exciting adventure since.

Yes, I recommend
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From the get go, Alistair and the team were extremely helpful. With instant replies to my emails to skype calls for clarification of information. Alistair kept in contact the entire time until now that I am settled in Korea he is still a phone call away. From delivering accurate information for the application process and processing my application in a short time frame to pick ups from the airport. Alistair lent a helping hand to me when I needed assistance in Korea and I'm pretty sure he will be available if I ever need him in the near future. He really made my stay more comfortable here, knowing that someone "familiar" is close by.

I fully recommend anybody seeking for a recruiting agency to use Korean Horizons

How can this program be improved?

In the beginning give a layout of mandatory documents and a rough timeline or guide on how long these respective documents could take after applying for them so that the candidate is aware of their time frame for the job. e.g. the police clearance takes up to 6 weeks in South Africa so mention that in the beginning.

Yes, I recommend
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Two Thumbs Up for Korean Horizons

I have been in South Korea for almost two weeks now and have had great experiences thus far and am hoping for many more!

Alistair was a great help throughout the many months leading up to this adventure. He helped ensure a smooth transition for me when moving and teaching abroad. He told me not to hesitate to reach out to him for any assistance during my tenure here.

I highly recommend him and Korean Horizons!!

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So Helpful and Efficient!

I had no idea what I was doing upon signing up to teach abroad, but Korean Horizons guided me through each and every step. There were so many times that I thought that I wouldn't be able to complete my application with all the setbacks but they kept working with me to ensure that all was going well. Even when the deadline was getting close, he assured me that everything would be done in good time. Alistair and Sarah were so friendly and helpful, everything works better with them on your side.

My favourite part was the fact that Alistair stayed calm, even during my panic moments where I kept thinking to myself that I wasn't good enough as a candidate for the program and that maybe I wouldn't get hired or even chosen for an interview. He was great at getting rid of my self-doubt and explaining that I was what they were looking for. That would have to be the most reassuring statement I could have gotten, because I now understand that Korean Horizons looks for the people that will represent them well, and I am overjoyed to not only have been hired by my school, but also chosen as a candidate by Korean Horizons.

Yes, I recommend
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Korean Horizons is a Fantastic Recruiter!

Alistair helped me through every step of the EPIK application process, which in itself is long and extensive. He gave me advice before my arrival in Korea and assisted me in every way he could.

The best part of applying through Korean Horizons, in my opinion, is that they asked us to arrive a day early, put us up in a hotel for the night and brought us for a meal. This meant that I had the chance to meet other EPIK teachers prior to orientation. No other recruiters did this as far as I know. Making friends so early after my arrival has made my transition to life in Korea much easier.

You also recieve a welcome pack including guide books and a T-money card.

I couldn't reccommend Korean Horizons more highly!

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Highly Recommend Korean Horizons

Alistair is very professional. He gave me all the information very clearly throughout the application process and answered any questions I had promptly and clearly.

He also supported me well after my arrival in Korea; he paid for my hotel after arriving in Korea (some other recruiters don't do this!) and gave me a lot of information and other useful things (books on language, teaching, sightseeing,a power adapter, and a public transportation card).

He also continues to support me have I any other questions.

Yes, I recommend
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Would recommend Korean Horizons without hesitation

I applied for the EPIK programme through Korean Horizons after a previous plan fell through. Alistair was consistently helpful throughout the process. He kept me up to date with all important information, and went the extra mile to try and arrange something when one of my documents was held up. The welcome at Incheon Airport was much appreciated by all of us. In summary, Korean Horizons exceeded all my expectations of a recruiter. Thank you Alistair!

How can this program be improved?

If there was a way to supply Korean SIM cards as part of the excellent arrival pack, that would be amazing.

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Read Online About How Great Korean Horizons Was. Then Lived It.

Never liked the thought of using a recruiter to get a job. After reading review after review about how great Korean Horizons was I decided to at least talk with Alistair. He not only met the high expectations set by the internet but he exceeded them.

He was with me through the whole process. Helped before the interview. Helped after the interview when I did not think it went as good as it could have. Then helped with the visa process once I was offered the job. Picked me up from the airport and paid for the hotel that night. Next day drove me to my first day. Much needed service after 23 hours of traveling.

Currently in Korea and I have reached out a few times to him. He has been ultra responsive and helpful connector of information. This seems to be a negative for so many recruiters. Think of all the negative thoughts you have had or heard of for recruiters out there. Then take the opposite of everything you are thinking. That was my dealings with Korean Horizons.

Yes, I recommend

About Korean Horizons

Korean Horizons is an official accredited provider of teachers for EPIK (English Program in Korea), SMOE (Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education), IMOE (Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education), BMOE (Busan Metropolitan Office of Education) GEPIK...