Korvia Consulting - Teach English in Korea
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(109 Reviews)

Korvia Consulting - Teach English in Korea

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.

South Korea
1 Year+
Salary / Benefits
Salaries: From 1.8M to 2.7M KRW
Housing: Single-Accomodation
Flight Ticket Allowance: 1.3M KRW Each Way
Working Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Teaching Hours: 22 Hours per Week
Vacation: 18-21 Days of Paid Vacation
Health Insurance: Provided

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...

Program Reviews

based on 109 reviews
  • Benefits 9.6
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  • Facilities 9.5
  • Safety 9.8
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  • Difficulty 9
  • Job Assistance 9
  • Growth 7
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  • Fun 8
  • Housing 8
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Really helpful for a picky canidate

I had a unique and interesting situation that Korvia was able to help me with. My fiance already had a position in a small town with a few schools, and we really wanted to live together. Other recruiters just yes-ed me then didn't deliver. They told me they could get me job there, just to find out that they didn't even have contacts in the city. Korvia found me a job in her town. The funny thing is they happened to find me a school closer to my fiance's apartment then hers! lol. I really would recommend these folks. They're a big agency, they work with a lot of public schools, and everyone's English was first rate. Even when I came in to deliver papers, everyone there was friendly and spoke English.

How can this program be improved?

The recruiter I worked with was really helpful. I already live in Korea, and had free time, so they asked me to file some of my own paperwork before I started the next job. Took a few taxi rides to immigration to get everything sorted out.

Yes, I recommend
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Korvia really cares about our well-being!

I had an amazing experience with Korvia! I was already in Korea when I needed a job urgently. Every staff member from Korvia worked until after hours to find me my dream job within two weeks. Everything went by smoothly and quickly.
I appreciate every Korvia member's time and concern for me because now I'm at a school where I am happy. It's been an amazing experience that I will probably re-sign with this school. I recommend this company because they help everyone as much as they can and work hard to find us the perfect job!

Yes, I recommend
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The recruiting team at Korvia Consulting has been very professional. I had the pleasure of meeting them before my job started and they were all very kind and helpful. My recruiter was extremely helpful throughout the whole job seeking process. I teach at a school in the countryside in Gyeonggido and it has been a pleasant experience so far. I highly recommend Korvia Consulting.

Yes, I recommend
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If you want to teach in Korea, check out Korvia

Last year, I was working in Korea and looking for a different job. Through a series of fortunate events, I was able to meet Jessie. At that time, I found out she was a recruiter for Korvia. Eventually, I decided to give Korvia a try.

I'm so glad I did.

Jessie was kind, friendly, and knowledgable from day 1. She was very forthcoming with information, and very receptive to my location preferences. I was fortunate enough to get a job thanks to the efforts of Jessie and others at Korvia. After I got this job, Korvia reached out to check in, which I appreciate. They also hold events for Korvia recruits.

I've since directed several of my friends to Korvia. I've been very pleased with my experience with this agency.

How can this program be improved?

Maybe it's because I just ate some really good ice cream, but there's nothing I can personally complain about. Korvia is great!

Yes, I recommend
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The best and most efficient recruiting agency in Korea!

My experience with Korvia has been nothing but pleasant. I had almost given up hope to continue teaching in Korea. During the process of finding a placement, I sent out countless applications and emails to recruiters seeking English teachers, but was the response was not only slow but the positions offered were lacking and not what I was looking for, or there was just no response which was really frustrating. Fortunately, I came across Korvia while searching online and after working with them I realized that I had found the best and most efficient recruiting agency in Korea.

After sending them an email, I was soon put into contact with warm and friendly recruiter who instantly made me feel welcomed and valued me as a possible candidate to teach as an English teacher in Korea. The interview process was the most pleasant experience I've had finding a job! I couldn't have asked for a better person than Jessie. i could feel her enthusiasm and care in finding a suitable school for me and I am most grateful and cannot thank her enough for her help.

I now live in Uijeongbu, Gyeonngi-do at an Elementary public school. I love my job as an English teacher and working at my current school. I believe Korvia dedicates their time and puts their utmost effort in providing teachers great workplaces and I really recommend other teachers out there to put their trust in Korvia's service and just be ready for the best teaching experience and a great chance to live and fall in love with Korean culture.

How can this program be improved?

If it was one thing I could change is informing teachers about their district coordinators or someone who they can speak to when they first arrive in their city. I was a bit unsure who to contact if I had questions.

Yes, I recommend
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Korvia, a recruiting company I trust

I've always wanted to try working abroad. The combination of cultivating my professional life while going on an adventure was an idea that I could not pass up.

I found Korvia Consulting through a connection that I had. The Korvia staff was very kind and tried their best to find the best time for my initial interview with them. When a time as established, they made sure I understood the time and date of the interview due to time zone differences.

During the interview, I was greeted by my soon to be recruiter. She was very kind, positive, and helpful during the whole process. I felt no pressure whatsoever and actually enjoyed the interview process.

After being accepted by Korvia Consulting, my recruiter was AMAZINGLY helpful. All of my questions were answered within 24 hours and she even checked up on me every now and then to make sure my GOE application process was going well. I remember an incident where my recuiter thought I had an interview in a few hours, so she personally called me because she thought I didn't know about it. I actually rescheduled it beforehand with Ciena. However, I really appreciated my recuiters concern!

Even after moving to Korea, I still hear from my recuiter from time to time. She even helped be understand the bus system!

I have nothing but good things to say about Korvia Consulting and hope others will work with them as well. The recruiters really care and are extremely nice people. You will not regret working with them!

How can this program be improved?

I had only 1 mishap during my interview process. I sent off a copy an important document. I thought a copy was acceptable, but turns out they needed the actual thing.

The wording in an official email was a little bit confusing. My only suggestion would be to double check with your recruits on the understanding of the required documents.

Yes, I recommend
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A Team of Amazingly Helpful Members

I love working with Korvia, and I couldn't imagine doing it without them. They truly are the best when it comes to seeking great teaching opportunities in Korea. Everything from the webinars, the EPIK pre-interview, timeline prep and Korvia social parties has helped my transition to Korea so much smoother than expected!

My recruiter Daisy was always on hand to help me with any difficult questions I had. I was actually waitlisted by EPIK because of a document taking longer to mail out then expected - but Daisy didn't lose hope in making something happen. She worked with me to figure out other options and finally were able to find me a placement here.

I'm so grateful for the phenomenal Korvia team. Without their lovely support and hard-work, I wouldn't be here enjoying a new chapter in my life. If you're thinking of coming to Korea, please do yourself a favor and work with this lovely team of champions!

Yes, I recommend
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Perfect 10s across the board!!

It may sound cheesy to say so but I have been so pleased with my experience working with Korvia that I cannot imagine working with any other agency. In fact, I never even felt the need to look elsewhere. From the beginning, my application process was smooth and looked after with great care. Ann, my recruiter and one of the directors at Korvia, was professional, caring, diligent, and worked with me to find a position that met my personal preferences as well. When I was suddenly sick right before I was supposed to move to Korea, Ann worked with my school and helped make the altered shift be as smooth as possible. As I've continued to work in the GEPIK program here in Korea over the years, Ann has continued to work with me in finding new positions and has remained patient despite how particular and stubborn I can sometimes be. I have also had the opportunity to work with a few of her team members and have found them to be just as helpful and bright. Because of all of this, I ended up recommending many friends from the states to work with Korvia and they have come to Korea and also had great experiences with the team as well! After three jobs through Korvia, three referenced friends, and over three years of satisfaction, I simply can't recommend Korvia enough.

Yes, I recommend
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Korvia creates a new tier of Korean recruiting agencies.

Korvia is the best recruiting agency in Korea. There are no agencies I've seen that are even in the same league as them.

I've been working in ESL for the last eight years. I've taught in Korea multiple times. Even back in the United States, I would still apply to jobs abroad just to see what was out there. I worked with recruiters, applied to schools directly, even applied through the almighty EPIK and SMOE.

In all that time, I had never had an experience I would even call satisfactory. Then I got into contact with Korvia and I was blown away. I didn't know a recruiting agency of this quality even existed.

Here are some of the reasons why they are great:

- They have connections to jobs I didn't even know existed. I applied during the off-season for public school hiring, so I thought I'd be going hagwon for sure. Not only did Korvia hook me up with a public school (which I didn't know was possible during off-season), they actually had a ton of schools available. I couldn't even keep up with how many available public school positions they were throwing at me. I have never seen an agency have anything close to this kind of opportunity.

- Korean staff that all speak English extremely well. Not only do they speak English well academically, they speak well culturally too. They're direct and clear, which is a relief for anyone who has spent time working in Korea. Also, they're friendly and understanding.

- They reply quickly and do a great job of keeping you up to date on what's happening.

- They offer support even after you arrive. On my first day at my school in Korea, there was a gift bag of pencils and information waiting for me at my desk. They offer parties with Korvia teachers for us to make friends. They ask, confidentially, if everything is going well with the school and the transition to Korea.

After years of experience, I can confidently say that you will not find a better agency with Korvia. If you're even thinking about teaching in Korea, send them a message and see what's available.

How can this program be improved?

There are multiple agents working at Korvia who will be sending you job vacancies, so it got a little confusing sometimes about who to talk to and when. However, it was a very minor problem. Even when I messaged the wrong person, they quickly forwarded and got me in contact with the right person.

Yes, I recommend
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KorVia is the way to go!

I came to Korea in 2011, and I've been with Korvia from day 1. I heard about Korvia from a friend who was already here teaching. The four years that I have been with Korvia, it has grown into this huge, wonderful, supporting agency to hundreds if not thousands of applicants. In 2011, I felt Korvia was still a small agency. My recruiter then, Jean, was able to get to my questions right away. Now,during application peak times, it takes a day or two but Korvia is still on top of things. I promise.
Korvia is doing something right to grow so fast and be among the very few agencies EPIK and GEPIK partner with.
I believe Korvia grew because their service is beyond a doubt EXCELLENCE. This is possible because of their hardworking recruiters.Thank you Korvians!
I promise you will not regret choosing Korvia. I have recommended Korvia to so many people and will continue to do so. They will be there for you from the initial process until you leave Korea.

Yes, I recommend
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Trustworthy and Dependable Recruiters

My experiences with Korvia have been nothing but amazing so far.

I had other friends that came through Korvia before I arrived and, they spoke of nothing but great things from their recruiters and experiences. So, I knew I had to go through Korvia myself when I chose to stay for a second year. It was definitely a great decision.

The entire application process was clear and always well explained. Whenever I did have a question, my recruiter, Ciena, would always answer my questions in a quick and timely manner. She was nothing but helpful and I felt genuinely cared for under her guidance. She never hesitated to look for my best options and she always made sure to check in with me from time to time, just to make sure things were progressing well.

The job that I have now is wonderful and I'm very happy with my area, school, students, and community. I don't think there's anything I would change about my current position at all.

Korvia is a very respectable organization. I always recommend them to anyone when they ask me about what recruiting company they should use. I never even hesitate to say their name, they've done so much for me and I know they are more than capable of doing the same for many others.

All in all, I am more than pleased with my experiences with Korvia.

Keep up the awesome work!!!

How can this program be improved?

Honestly, there is nothing I would change. Their agency is on point!

Yes, I recommend
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Professional and Caring Recruiting Organization

Coming to Korea is a bit decision, and I had a ton of questions, both in terms of Korean culture as well as the actual steps in becoming a teacher. Korvia, and especially Ann Park, answered each and every questions promptly and completely. She really helped to calm my nerves, and Korvia, being a Korean company, gave me an immediate connection to the country I have called home for these past two years. At every step in the process, Korvia was there to help. They made sure I understood the documents I needed to get and asked for updates to ensure everything was going to plan. It is already overwhelming to think about moving to another country, and I think it would have been way too much for me to handle the entire application process on my own on top of that. Korvia took some of the burden off me and handled communication with EPIK for me. As soon as I arrived at the airport, Korvia staff were there to greet me and give me a free phone to use until I could get my own. That's just part of the great service they provide. Once we got settled in Korea, Korvia offers parties and fun activities for its recruits, but I, unfortunately, wasn't able to attend because I didn't live in Seoul. Still, it is nice that they want to continue to connect with recruits and support us even after we have arrived. I stayed in contact via email, and it was always pleasant to hear from Korvia. Thank you Korvia for getting me to Korea. It has been a fantastic 2 years working at a middle school in Daegu, and I'm so glad to have had this amazing experience.

How can this program be improved?

Once you arrive in Korea, if you work for the EPIK program, you should have an MOE to contact when you need some specific help at school or with the program overall. But still, it would be nice for Korvia to provide more information about things that need to happen back in the US (or any home country) as a US resident living abroad. I think Korvia could be a bit more helpful once the teachers arrive in Korea in this way. For example, the JET program provides its US teachers with information about how to file US taxes. The EPIK program does not, to my knowledge, provide this information. Maybe since the EPIK program does not provide it, Korvia could help in this way. I really think EPIK should provide that information, so it's more of a suggestion for them, but if they don't help with it, maybe Korvia could.

Yes, I recommend
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Great Recruiting Organization

My recruiter was Sarah and she was amazing. This is a fantastic company that helps you along every step of the way, which is exactly why I chose Korvia. They are extremely professional and always answer you with a quick response! Sarah was there to answer every little detail I had as well as help review and correct my application. I couldn't be happier with the outcome and my placement here in Daejeon. Thank you guys for all your help!

Yes, I recommend
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EPIK reject got 2nd chance with Korvia!

I originally applied to the EPIK program through another recruiter. Unfortunately, EPIK rejected me, and when my previously enthusiastic and "dedicated" recruiter found out, he dropped me like a hot potato and told me, "Have a nice life". To say I was devastated, was an understatement. I worked very hard to prepare myself for the EPIK application process and the possibility of moving to another country.

I was determined to find a teaching position in Korea. I knew there were other possible outlets. I just needed a reputable recruiter to help me explore those options. So I applied to Korvia Consulting! I was paired with Sarah as my recruiter, and I can tell you that she has been such a great support through my entire process.


When I applied to Korvia, my application was pre-screened, then I was offered an interview with a recruiter (Sarah). This interview was maybe 15 minutes total. I believe the purpose of this email is to decipher individuals who are truly passionate about wanting to teach in Korea, from those who are looking for a free vacation. My advice is to be prepared when entering this interview. Know why you want to teach, and how you plan to teach. What is your teaching style (again, do your research if you do not know)? Where do you want to teach? I would suggest that you be pretty flexible with your options, mainly because Seoul is one of the hardest places to find a position now-a-days due to the lack of funding. Maybe consider the GEPIK program. Many locations in Gyeonggi-do are within an hour subway metro ride to Seoul. Either way, even if you are not placed anywhere near Seoul, the experience of living in another country and immersing yourself in a different culture should be a great opportunity all together.

Finding placement

I would say that this portion of the job process was the longest. Although Sarah was my official recruiter, all of the Korvia recruiters will send you descriptions of job openings. I could get 1 or 2 everyday. It was my duty to respond to these emails and tell the recruiters whether I was interested or not. If I was interested, then the recruiter would send my information (application and introduction video) to the school. It was at that point the school would decided whether they wanted to have an interview with me or not. Though this process sounds pretty easy, it was hard finding a school that wanted to interview me. I went 4 months without any interviews. The first an only school to interview me, ended up being the school that hired me!


As I mentioned early, be prepared. Already have your documents done, or in the process of being done. As for me, I had my documents done VERY early (August 2014). Therefore my background check expired (it only lasts 6 months). So once I received my job placement, I had to basically travel the entire United States to have my background check submitted, certified, and apostilled (I literally flew to Washington D.C. to have my background check apostilled in person).
Anyways, despite how crazily hectic everything was, Sarah and Ann Park stood by my side and reassured me continuously along the way. They were very organized. Once they received my documents in the mail they informed me right away. They made sure that things went smoothly despite my situation.

Additional Assistance

One of the main reasons I chose to apply through Korvia,is because of the services they provide you.
When my plane arrived in Korea, Korvia had a driver meet me at the airport and drive me directly to my apartment.
They also provided me with a preloaded Korean SIM phone card so I was able to communicate with people here in Korea and at home. The SIM card has about 30 minutes preloaded on it, but you can add more time and internet data if you want.


Since I was denied by EPIK, my next option was to apply through GEPIK, so my placement is located in Namyangju, Korea (about an hour east of Seoul). What I can say, is that despite it being considered "rural", it is still a pretty hustling town. I cannot say that your town will be similar to mine, but I can say that, you will be within a 30-45 minute distance of an Emart or shopping area (what I have deduced from other teachers working and living in the Gyeonggi-do area). I was stringent about wanting to teach at a public school, and I was awarded just that. From what I understand, private schools are quickly becoming the route to go because of reduced funding for the native teachers. I am happy with my school, co-teachers, students, and location.

Social Activities

Korvia is trying to bridge together their teachers through parties during the spring, summer, and fall. I was able to attend the Spring 2015 party, and was able to meet many teachers who have become good friends. I really appreciate this step they are taking, because this is one of the only times I get to interact with other foreigners in a open and comfortable environment, other than the GEPIK orientation.

All-in-all I was extremely satisfied with my experience through Korvia Consulting. I would HIGHLY recommend them if you are considering teaching English here in South Korea!

Yes, I recommend
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Highly recommended!

This is my eighth year in Korea. In spring of this year, I needed to find a new school for the first time in four years. A good friend of mine has spoken highly of Korvia Consulting for a while, so I signed up with them. Ann Park, Jessie Kim, and the rest of the staff did an excellent, thorough, professional job from my first contact with Korvia through my new placement, and after.

I had used a couple of other recruiting services in the past. One went out of business and the other was the exact opposite of Korvia: it was obvious that staff members did communicate well with each other, and were even worse when it came to providing information to me. Korvia always communicated with me in a timely manner, and made the process feel personal, positive, and even friendly.

I highly recommend Korvia Consulting to anyone interested in teaching English in South Korea.

Yes, I recommend

About Korvia Consulting

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