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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.

Questions & Answers

Hey Paul - we did some research and it looks like the salary is controlled by the government, and there are pay grades. Appreciate the question, surely others are wondering too
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...

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based on 68 reviews
  • Benefits 9.8
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.8
  • Facilities 9.9
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Whitney
9/10

Recruiter

Alistair was very helpful and informative through out the entire recruiting process. He was very detailed and explained every step of the way. He stayed in close contact with me and made sure I was prepared and well informed.

Yes, I recommend
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Amy
10/10

Amazing!!!!!!!!!

Alistair is brilliant! He was so supportive, with me every step of the way and went above and beyond to help me when I got to Korea.
He is professional and will help you in every way.
My experience has been amazing so far and that is, in most part, thanks to Alistair.
If you are thinking about coming to Korea i can't recommend Korean Horizons enough.... you won't look back!
I haven't had any problems yet (touch wood) but I know if I do I can reply and count on Alistair to guide, support and help me as a professional and friend.

How can this program be improved?
I honestly can't think of one thing I would change.
Yes, I recommend
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C
10/10

Amazing Recruiting Compay

Alistair worked diligently with me to ensure that I had the smoothest transition in moving to Korea. He kept in contact during the entire process, he made me feel comfortable and confident with the choices I made throughout the whole process. I worked with other recruiters and none of them compared to the service I received through Korean Horizons. Alistair went above and beyond my expectations and I would recommend any and all people interested in teaching in Korea to contact him.

Yes, I recommend
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Ryan
10/10

Exceptionally Honest, Helpful and Professional

The following is a detailed account of our outstanding experiences with the Korean Horizons recruiting agency in South Korea, run by Alistair Wery.

Background: I am a certified teacher in British Columbia, Canada with an additional TESL certificate, and my wife has a TESL certificate. We were prime candidates for recruiters based on our education experience, as well as experience with teaching children. As we knew our talents would be in demand, we knew we could be picky with which recruiter to choose, and we did extensive research on all of the different recruiters available on review sites like this one, as well as the forums Dave’s ESL Cafe and Waygook.org

We interviewed with several big name, high volume recruiters, like Korvia and Footrprints, both of whom treated us very impersonally with our inquiries, as we represented a very small fraction of their overall business. A recruiter at Footprints turned me off completely with his brusque, used-car salesman type personality, ignoring my requests and trying desperately to pitch to me just a single position in a location undesirable to me. Korvia was a bit better, however their English skills were lacking, and I felt that they didn’t understand my any of my answers to their interview questions!

We also interviewed with smaller companies based in Toronto and Korea, and felt the same way: that they were impersonal and more concerned with making their own commission than helping us find the right city and position.

After all our Skype interviews, email correspondences, and forum searching, we decided to choose Korean Horizons, run by Alistair Wery.

Upon our first visit to his agencies website, it is apparent that Alistair is a very honest recruiter. He did not try to paint a pretty picture of life in South Korea, stating that some people have amazing experiences, while others sometimes have bad experiences. This was a breath of fresh air compared to the other recruiters who claimed that their location / position was amazing, and after careful research finding out they were lying and the location was either inaccessible and rural, or lung-chokingly polluted and congested.

Alistair was amazingly fast at email communication. He would answer every question and concern we had in a very clear and concise manner. After we applied to his agency, he phone us on the telephone (not Skype) to have a brief chat, to make sure that we understood everything about the application process, as well as to get a feel for our personalities, to make sure we would be the right fit for teaching in Korea.

He made sure we had all of our documents submitted early, and gave an accurate timeline for the processing of everything to make sure everything was submitted in a timely fashion. We discovered later that many applicants to EPIK were turned down because their documents were not submitted early enough!

Every step of the application process was detailed in a step by step guide. It was very easy to follow this process, to make sure we had every document processed at the Korean Consulate correctly. When we sent him our original, apostille stamped documents to his office in Korea, he also would make digital scans of everything, just in case anything was lost. This turned out to be life-saving later in the application process, when we required a copy of a document that was sent in the mail.

After we were successful in obtaining our documents and applying to EPIK, he Skyped us with details of the interview with an EPIK recruitment officer. My wife had a case of nervousness, and he kindly took a couple of hours out to calm her down, and coach her through the questions in the impending interview. The interview went extremely well, and we impressed the recruitment officer with our knowledge due to Alistair’s preparation.

After our applications were successful and we were admitted to EPIK, Alistair walked us through all of the necessary steps to get to Korea, from obtaining our E2 Working Visa permits, to booking flights, as well as what to bring to the country. Alistair also offered to purchase anything we needed upon arrival from GMarket (a large Korean online store), and to pay him back when we could with no interest or fees included.

Alistair insists that his clients arrive at least one day prior to the official registration at the airport in Korea, to allow them to rest after long flights into the country. Alistair met us at the arrival gate, helped us with our luggage to his car, and then drove us from the airport to a nearby guest house (a condo type apartment for short term stays). He booked guest houses for all of his clients free of charge, and spent the entire day at the airport meeting his clients, and taking their bags to the guest house.

Once everyone in our group arrived (12 people), he took us all out for an evening meal, again his treat. He gave us very useful information about our upcoming year teaching, common sense tips, as well as offering to help us in any way, including advising about living conditions, teaching conditions, and offering again to purchase anything we need at cost, to pay him back when we can.

The next day, he took us all out for breakfast (again free of charge), booked a van to drive our group’s luggage to the airport. Once at the airport, we moved as a group to the EPIK registration booth, and he made sure everything with our registration was correct.

Alistair also had a nice parting gift for each of his clients: A Korean Horizons cloth bag filled with the following books:
Lonely Planet Guide to South Korea
Lonely Planet Korean Phrasebook & Dictionary
An ESL textbook / Methodology text (Julie and I got different versions, a comprehensive advanced text for me, and a more basic overview for Julie)
Korean / English dictionary
Korean Cuisine cookbook
Korean temple stay guide (a popular thing to do on holidays is to stay and relax at Buddhist temples across the country)
Korea Tourist Map
2x Daegu Tourist Maps / Tour Guides
Gyongsangbuk-do Tourism guide (the province immediately surrounding Daegu)
Guesthouse guide (kind of like rentable condos- the same thing we stayed at when we arrived)

To conclude: If you are seriously considering teaching in Korea, and not just via EPIK (as he also places teachers in other major cities and deals with other Provincial Offices of Education as well), Alistair is the man to talk to. All of his services are FREE OF CHARGE (at least in our case), and he is bar-none the hardest working, most honest and friendly recruiter you could ever hope for. If you are in need of someone to guide you through the seemingly complex path to getting a teaching contract in Korea, you are dealing with the most capable and trustworthy company around.

TL;DR
Alistair Wery of Korean Horizons is an honest, extremely hard working, dedicated, meticulously organized resource to help you in your every need, from application, flights, arrival and life in Korea. His character is extremely friendly, kind, patient and persistent: qualities that make him an amazing resource to have. He goes above and beyond the paperwork by booking guesthouses, complimentary meals, providing a wealth of complimentary textbooks and guidebooks, as well as important advice in person.

How can this program be improved?
None- Alistair worked extremely hard to cover all the bases necessary for an exceptional working relationship and an outstanding placement process.
Yes, I recommend
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Rebecca
10/10

Professional and supportive

I am extremely satisfied with the service that was provided to me with Korean Horizons. In fact I felt that Alistair and his team went above and beyond what a typical recruitment company would do. He did not sugar coat anything and gave me a fair and reasonable expectation of what I could expect. He was excellent with communication and any queries I had. He guided me through the process, did a pre interview and gave me valuable information for the interview process. What I found the most professional was accommodating to pick everyone at the airport and making the transition to moving overseas so smooth. He took great care and though and provided packages for people in different cities with extra books, maps etc at no cost. You could not find a better company and person to get you to Korea.

How can this program be improved?
Going to a different restaurant for the dinner and breakfast for some variety and experience.
Yes, I recommend
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Ian
10/10

Outstanding Support

Alistair is a genuinely friendly and helpful recruiter who has helped me through every stage of the recruitment process and made my move into teaching in Korea simple and easy.
There is no sugar coating and everything is told as is but at the same time he goes out of his way to make sure your application is the best it can be and the move is straight forward.
I honestly couldn't recommend using Korean Horizons any more highly.

Yes, I recommend
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s.
9/10

best recruiter

Alistair is the most helpful recruiter out there. He guides you through every step of the process and continues to offer assistance once you're in Korea. He meets all new hires at the airport, takes them out to dinner, puts them up in a hotel the first night to get you acclimated, helps with placements, gives you guidebooks and language dictionaries, sorts out legal issues, advice on what to pack, anything imaginable. I couldnt recommend anyone for this process as much as I could recommend Alistair. If you have any issues with your employers he will sort them out for you, too.

How can this program be improved?
EPIK is not perfect but Alistair is honest - he will show you the ins and outs of teaching in Korea and how to succeed here.
Yes, I recommend
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AChoi
9/10

Professional, Effective, & Readily Available

While I cannot comment on an actual placement as I had to cancel my plans to study in Korea for personal reasons, I found the recruiter at Korean Horizons, Alistair Wery, to be substantially more effective than the many I had been working with at the time. He provided detailed information, numerous placement options within the constraints of the public school system, did a pre-interview check (went over practice questions and made sure I had proper posture, lighting, anunciation, etc) as well as provided a comprehensive list of potential interview questions that allowed me to prepare extensively.

Would I have been able to follow through with my desire to teach English in Korea, I would most likely have signed with this recruiter due to his professional and competent conduct.

Yes, I recommend

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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...