Korvia Consulting - Teach English in Korea

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Korvia Consulting is one of the largest and most trusted public school teacher placement agencies in South Korea. Since 2006, Korvia has offered teachers continual support from initial application, to their first day of school, to their final day in South Korea. Korvia is also one of the few agencies to be located in the nation's capital of Seoul allowing us uninterrupted communication as well as access to some of the best positions available.

Korvia works directly with the Korean government as well as education offices around the country and are an OFFICIAL PARTNER of the EPIK, GEPIK, and GOE programs.

Questions & Answers

I was not married when I came to Korea, just engaged. That meant or situation was a bit more difficult because no one can guarantee that a couple that isn’t married will be placed together. Married couples are always brought to the same city and given one apartment together. People who are dating aren’t guaranteed that. With that said, Ann at Korvia really helped my fiancé and I. I told her my...
"A TEFL course of 100-hours or more is required to teach at a public school, with some programs such as GOE and Busan EPIK requiring a TEFL certification with an in-class component as well. Private Institutes and Hagwons do currently not require a TEFL certificate." You can find more information on requirements on their website https://www.korvia.com/korvia-faq/.
I can’t speak to whether Korvia helps with University positions as I didn’t have a position at a University. They may. But it is my understanding that positions at Universities are harder to come by. I have heard of people coming to Korea and teaching in middle schools and getting university positions once there. I don’t know anyone who came to Korea and taught at a university though. That’s...
Teaching experience is helpful in general because it gives you a bit of an edge over other recruits searching for the same jobs. Is it required? Most of the time no. There are some positions that do require it but that depends on the school. Your recruiter at Korvia can help you find the right school whose requirements you've met as well as is right fit for your personal requirements as best as...

Reviews

97%
based on 109 reviews
  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.5
  • Facilities 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
  • Instruction 9
  • Support 8
  • Value 8
  • Difficulty 9
  • Job Assistance 9
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Nadiam
10/10

The most reliable placement agency in Korea

Korvia has placed me at a few jobs over the past 5 years. I tend to go a bit nuts around job hunting time (Do I want to stay in the same city? Do I want to move? What level? I hate high school, no, I hate elementary school etc.etc) and Ann has this amazing ability to talk me down and find the perfect position for me. I've seen this agency grow to be the first recruiter to be recommended by not only myself, but all my ESL teacher friends and the number one reason for that is that there is 100% honesty and transparency when dealing with them.

Yes, I recommend
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Scott
10/10

Korvia has done it again!

Korvia has done it again! This is my second time working with Korvia to find a school and I’ve once again been satisfied with their work! They were very accommodating in suggesting the type of schools I was looking for in the regions I was looking at. They used to work exclusively with public school placement but have expanded into private institutions as well, giving you more options to choose from.

In addition to their placement service, they also host a number of social events throughout the year for new and established teachers so that you never have to feel isolated here. And they’re really great venues!

If you’re looking to teach English in Korea, I absolutely recommend Korvia.

- Scott

Yes, I recommend
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Dwayne
10/10

Started late and finished on time

When I started working with Korvia Consulting to help me a placement I had already been in Korea. I was promised a job and at the last moment they told me they didn't have the money to hire another teacher. I only had a few months before the new school year started and I was afraid that I would have to wait another six month before I could get a job. I quickly called my old recruiter and asked for help. They were not interested in me working in Korea. Instead they were pushing their own agenda to get teachers to move to a different country. When I told them I wasn't interested they stopped contacting me. I didn't know what to do.
I found Korvia online and within a week of filling out the application they emailed me, set up an interview and got me looking at many different jobs. Everything was done quickly but nothing felt rushed. Everyone was so nice and always had a smile on. I'm so happy that I found them.

Yes, I recommend
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Zena
10/10

A Great Recruiter Before AND After You Arrive in Korea!

I wouldn't normally leave a review, but I remember looking at different recruiters before going with Korvia and if you're feeling skeptical, I hope my great experience with Korvia will persuade you to go with them.
I had a unique situation prior to coming over here. I was able to secure an F4 visa and I'm a military spouse, so I didn't need as much assistance in certain areas as other prospective teachers. Because I am a military spouse, however, my job prospects were severely limited by location. Korvia was great at finding jobs in my area. I also appreciated that they didn't spam me with a bunch of jobs that didn't fit my criteria. Some other recruiters did that, and it was just like, "Hey, thanks bro, but I already told you I live here and that job is 200 miles away."
My recruiter, Ciena, was great. The first job she sent me was for an elementary school (I really wanted high school, but we were having a hard time finding anything). I accidentally missed the phone interview and I felt terrible! I would have totally understood if Ciena had thought, "Well, that recruit certainly doesn't care about this job. Let me concentrate on other clients." But she totally didn't! A week or so later, she got me an interview at a local high school and I've been working here ever since!
The support I've received from Korvia AFTER placement has been great too. I haven't needed a ton of help, but I've emailed my recruiter a handful of times for advice and she's always been attentive and helpful. It's really cool that they do get-togethers every few months. They're really low key and fun.
I'm trying to think of anything negative from my experience to make this review less one-sided but I honestly can't think of anything. As I stated before, though, I really didn't need a lot of hand-holding so I can't attest to how Korvia is for someone who needs a lot of assistance every step of the way. I'm sure they're just as great!

Yes, I recommend
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Jeanie
10/10

The Best!

Korvia Consulting was there from start to finish!

I was fortunate enough to work with Jina Rhee! She was very attentive to everything. When she was not in the office, one of her colleagues reached out and helped me with my questions.

Korvia Consulting will work with you step by step. They are caring and amazing group of people!

Yes, I recommend
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William
10/10

Quick and reliable recruiter for South Korean public schools

This is the best recruiter I have used in South Korea. They helped me throughout the application process and with every school interview. My recruiter, Ann, helped me through every step of the process and was literally always available if I had any questions. She continues to help me with scheduling immigration even though it has been a year since I was first hired. And most importantly, they truly care about placing the best possible candidates in schools.

Yes, I recommend
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Eamon
9/10

Good experience

I am very happy that I used to Korvia to find my job here in Korea. I had previously heard horror stories about Hagwons and how hot or miss they can be. Korvia did their due diligence with my Hagwon and it worked out wonderfully.

Daisy and Ashley were very helpful during the process and offered me a lot of options. When one didn't work out, they were right their with another one shortly after. Great people working there and certainly a recruiter that has earned a reputation of being the best.

If you are struggling to figure everything out on your own or need a good outlet to various English teaching positions throughout Korea, send them an email.

How can this program be improved?
Offer assistance to those who desire to teach abroad, even if they do not yet have their Tefl certification.
Yes, I recommend
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Emily
9/10

Korvia- Going the Extra Mile

If you are considering teaching ESL in Korea, then you've probably noticed how confusing and stressful the process can seem. Korvia really helped me to navigate my way through the long application process. Every document, every interview, every form, every contract. They took the time to explain every step of the process, and provided really useful advice.

What I like about Korvia is that they go above and beyond. They really make an effort to make sure you find a job that you will be satisfied with, and continue to stay in touch after your placement to ensure that you are still happy. Not only did they maintain in contact with me, but also with my Korean co-teachers, in order to make sure that both of us were satisfied. They genuinely seem to care about fitting the teacher to the right position and school.

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I would definitely recommend using Korvia's service if you are considering coming to teach in Korea. I also would recommend using them if you are considering returning to Korea. I intend to apply to a different program in Korea next year, and I certainly will be using their services again. They are profession, genuine, and supportive. Thank you, Korvia!

Yes, I recommend
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Lauren
9/10

Korvia: There for you

There can be a lot of ups and downs in the process of trying to come to Korea. No matter what happens Korvia is available to help pick you up, dust you off and help you try again. It can be a long process but Korvia is very supportive, helpful and willing to answer your questions.

Right before I was suppose to leave a job fell through and they worked hard with me to help me find a replacement. Not just my agent, but the network of them work together and work really hard to help you get to where you want to be. You just need to be open and flexible. They're really good at what they do and they make sure you get to Korea safely and to your new school/home safely as well. They're the only ones who include a ride from the airport to your new home. They check in on you to make sure you're adjusting and will even (if you're both free) meet up for coffee when you're in town. They also throw wonderful welcome/teacher parties.

Yes, I recommend
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Tom
10/10

Highly recommended

I dealt with Daisy and Ashley from Korvia. I found them to be highly professional, encouraging and supportive.

I researched online and Korvia seemed to come as the most highly recommended, and after working with them, I can see why.

I was a little anxious as I applied quite late in the process, but they reassured me and found the exact type of placement I was looking for.

The application process can be very daunting, but Koriva gave a step by step guide and made it as simple as possible.

I now work of a school in the Gyeonggi province and it is everything ?I could have asked for.

I feel as though if I have any questions or concerns, I could still reach out to them. I would highly recommend them to anyone wishing to teach in Korea for the first time, or even to experienced teachers who are looking to transfer.

Yes, I recommend
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Jeffrey
10/10

Believe the hype.

Korvia really does pull out all the stops. Right from your arrival, their friendly representatives will meet you at the airport and help you get transported to your new home and job. From that point on, communication is always easy and swift, and they're more than happy to help with any issues or questions you may have while living and working in Korea. I've dealt with many recruiters, but at this stage of the game I recommend only one.

Yes, I recommend
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Yoyin
10/10

Invested staff

I'm very happy that I went with Korvia as my recruiting agency.
From when I first started this process, everything was so overwhelming. I did a lot of my own research, but I still had questions. Lots of them. My recruiter was great, she always got back to me quickly no matter the scope of my questions. She kept me up to date and let me know whenever there was a new development with my application. Even after arriving, they provided support via transportation from the airport and a welcome package. I can't speak for other recruiting agencies, but I can't imagine getting the same experience I got at Korvia elsewhere.

Yes, I recommend
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Dallas
10/10

Wonderful experience!

After working with a different recruiter for nearly 6 months and getting only a few emails, I switched to Korvia. The difference was incredible. In the three months before I left the US, I spoke to Korvia almost daily as they worked with me through application and departure! I really felt like the ladies at Korvia wanted to help me get the best job possible based on my preferences. I was offered jobs through both recruiters, but I chose Korvia because I did not feel pressured into taking the position. It suited my needs perfectly and I couldn't be happier!

How can this program be improved?
Sometimes the time constraints were very stressful and expensive, especially when you live in a rural area with few options for some services. Having to ship documents practically overnight from the US to Korea was insanely expensive and required some travel due to my location.
Yes, I recommend
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Derek
10/10

One of the Few Reliable Recruiting Companies

Korvia Consulting is one of the few reliable recruiters in Korea. Many recruiters scam you into the worst jobs possible and leave you to rot after they get their money. Therefore I was very hesitant when my friends told me to go through Korvia Consulting. I cringed, procrastinated and eventually gave in. The whole experience with them was wonderful. They walk you through the process, look for jobs with your specifications, and most importantly, they check in with you after you secure your job. They even provide webinars and lectures on what to do during your first month in Korea. In the end, the thing that really struck a chord with me was the fact they treat you like a human. That's more than what the majority of recruiters can say in Korea.

Yes, I recommend
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Joshua
9/10

Korvia is the right recruiter to use.

Before I decided to go with Korvia I had researched other options. After researching I found most of the people who used Korvia were extremely happy they did. Fast forward to now and I can say I am also extremely happy I did. Daisy was assigned to me and from day one she was always there to answer questions I had and to help me prep for the interview. Some of you might think, "Well...yes..thats her job", but I never felt like I was put on a backburner. Even though I know she had plenty of other applicants to deal with I always felt like my future as an EPIK teacher was important to her and she would do whatever she could to help and spend whatever amount of time needed. If you want to come to South Korea to teach English I strongly advise using Korvia.

Yes, I recommend

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Korvia Consulting is an ESL recruiting agency based in Seoul, South Korea that works with the Korean government (GEPIK, EPIK, GOE,) and commercial franchises and programs in China to place English teachers into public and private schools across the...