Korvia Consulting - Teach English in Korea

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Dedicated Support: With You from the Beginning Till End.

Our #1 priority is you. We believe that by hiring qualified and dedicated teachers we can improve the overall quality of the Korean education as a whole. We are with you through the application process, at the airport when you arrive, and the last phone call you’ll receive if you decide to go back to your home country. We’ll be with you until the end!

About

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

Hi Salma, Yes, you can use TESOL instead of TEFL.
Unfortunately, at this time the Korean government only issues E2 English teaching visas to those from one of the 7 native English speaking countries (USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, & New Zealand). Those that fall outside these citizenships can still come to South Korea as a student or tourist but unfortunately are not able to come as an English teacher. We hope that...
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/.

Reviews

97%
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  • Benefits 9.6
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.5
  • Facilities 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
  • Instruction 9
  • Support 8
  • Value 8
  • Difficulty 9
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rachel
10/10

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 this program
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Michael
10/10

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 this program
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Lee
10/10

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 this program
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Rocio
10/10

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 this program
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Abbi
10/10

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 this program
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Tyler
10/10

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 this program
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Nathalie
10/10

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.

Interview:

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!

DOCUMENTS, DOCUMENTS, DOCUMENTS!

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.

Placement

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 this program
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Joseph
10/10

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 this program
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Stefanie
10/10

An Amazing Experience

If you're planning on teaching in Korea, use Korvia! They helped me with every aspect of the application process and were able to answer any question that I have. I've been in Korea for over a year and still working in the schools they placed me in. I've really haf such a wonderful experience. Especially wheb I compare it to my friends who did not go through Korvia.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Malani
10/10

Korvia Has Always Taken Very Good Care Of Me

Since I arrived in Korea, I have been with Korvia. They have always been professional and have assisted me with every step of the application process - and there have been several. They have provided me with excellent institutions to work at. Schools that have been nothing but good to me. It has been 6 years already and they have very recently placed me in a marvelous position at an excellent institution. I am exceedingly grateful.

Ann Park has always had my back and goes out of her way to help me. That is why I recommend this company and her by name, to my friends and newcomers. When I call, she remembers me and she is never too busy to help me.

I appreciate them looking out for me so much.

Blessings!

How can this program be improved?
I have been super blessed all the way with this program. I have no complaints. Everything is great. Korvia operates like a well-oiled machine!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nick
10/10

Wonderful people, easy to talk to, continuous support, recommended!

I had heard many good things about Korvia Consulting from friends and various people over the past few years in Korea. Everyone was happy to have Korvia as a recruiter and recommended them to me. I have lived in Korea for the past five years and, unfortunately, had some not so great recruiters over those years. After meeting with Korvia... wow! What a breath of fresh air!

They call themselves the Kovia team but I think Korvia family is more suitable. The recruitment process does take some time and there is a lot of back and forth communication involved. Even after having gone through the recruiting process a few times previously, there were still a few hiccups along the way with getting documents signed and approved. My recruiter was great in replying to my emails promptly (does she sleep???), following up with me, and was very pleasant and genuinely helpful.

I also was fortunate enough to meet the Korvia team at their workplace. They were very warm and welcoming and looking around at their desks I could see how busy and dedicated they were to being really good recruiters. Korvia also keeps in touch with you after you've started working and will help you with your transition to a new school and any challenges you may encounter. I would recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone who is coming to Korea for the first time and even for the seasoned vets still teaching over here. Get in touch with them today and let them help ease your transition into Korea! Also, welcome to Korea! ^^

TL:DR Great people, amazingly helpful, quick responses, above and beyond service. Basically, your success = their success. They want you to succeed!

12/10 would recommend again!

How can this program be improved?
I really think they could use a nicer office! hahaha. To be honest though... I can't think of anything... very satisfied. Thank you.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Alex
10/10

Korvia made a notoriously complicated process simple

Applying to a public school system across the world is a really intimidating process. EPIK has very specific nuances about so many important documents, so it was important for me to seek out a recruiting company that was established and knowledgeable so that I could get it right the first time. There are a ton of recruiting companies out there but in retrospect I'm really glad I chose Korvia because of my recruiter, Sarah Lim. The quality of your recruiter can make or break your experience. It's not just about getting you hired, which Sarah was fantastic at, but about the follow-up as well.

I have already been in Korea for four months teaching in Busan, and I JUST received (because the IRS takes forever to do anything) a super important tax document (Residency Certificate... *shudders*) personally forwarded to my school by my recruiter. That is AMAZING, it's been five months since I've even thought about the thing. Most recruiters cut ties when you get hired, but mine has been keeping regular tabs on me and inviting me to different Korvia events and what not. I'm not particularly needy, and I don't really ask for help all that much, so I'm really glad I had someone behind the scenes making sure that I got my first choice in location and helping me feel welcomed since day one in Korea. Keep it up Korvia!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Matt
10/10

Friendly, professional, honest.

I've lived in Korea for seven years and have used Korvia to find a public school position (GEPIK) twice. They are honest, which is more than I can say for other recruiters! I love Korvia and can't recommend them highly enough. I worked with Ann Park, and she was totally open to my ideas and suggestions, but honest enough to put me in my place if I was being unreasonable. Since I used them, I have recommended them to many friends, and everyone has been more than satisfied with their work.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tanya
10/10

Wonderful!

Korvia has been so helpful since the beginning. They listened to what it was that I was looking for, and found me just that. I am so thankful for all that they have done for me. To this day, even though I now am an English teacher here in Korea, we still keep in contact, and I know I can rely on them for anything.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Patrick
10/10

A Great Recruiter

I recommend KORVIA if you are interested in teaching in Korea. I have worked with them several times and I have always found them to be very honest and easy to contact. They did a good job of setting up the interview and processing the documents I needed to work in Korea. I never had any doubt that everything would work out.

Yes, I recommend this program

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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...