Korvia Consulting - Teach English in Korea

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Korvia Consulting Airport Arrival
Korvia Consulting Airport Arrival
Temple in Woods
Temple in Woods
View from School Window
View from School Window
Orientation Site in Busan
Orientation Site in Busan
In Korea
In Korea
At Jongmyo Palace in Seoul!

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.

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!

Questions & Answers

I arrived in Korea (Seosan) last week, and Korvia helped me with my ARC card! I was picked up from school and taken to my medical exam, as well as to submit my ARC paperwork the next day (once we received my exam results). I just have to pick up the ARC card on my own when it is ready.
Hello Nicole, Thank you for your question. Generally, most schools have an academic curriculum and a textbook for ESL teachers. Here are some related articles you may be interested. 1) Tips for Teaching Young Learners in Korea: https://www.korvia.com/tips-teaching-young-learners-in-kore… 2) Korean Sample Lesson Plan Tips | Korvia Guide https://www.korvia.com/sample-lesson-plan-tips-korvia-guide/...

Reviews

97%
based on 119 reviews
  • Benefits 9.6
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.5
  • Facilities 9.5
  • Safety 9.7
  • Instruction 9
  • Support 8
  • Value 8
  • Academic Rigor 9
  • Job Assistance 9
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Malani
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!
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Nick
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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

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!

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Matt
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Tanya
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Patrick
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Anthony
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Experience

I was placed in South Korea nearly a year and a half ago thanks to Korvia Consulting. To them I owe much gratitude and many thanks. I was well on my way to making the steps necessary to get here after sending them an inquiry email. They've always proven themselves as prompt, professional, and friendly throughout the entire journey.

I was placed in Gumi, South Korea. I left my city request open and was very glad that I did. I would have never chosen Gumi on my own, but have found this place to be more than I could have asked for. It is conveniently situated near the center of Korea, allowing for easy travel throughout the country. It's isn't too small, neither too big. I have made many friends here and absolutely love my school placement; my co-teachers and students leave nothing to be desired.

Monday through Friday I teach 3rd-6th graders and have two after school classes. We use a variety of textbooks that the school provides. My work life has been an easy adjustment thanks to my co-teachers. The administrators of my school, including the principal and vice principals have taken good care of me.

I would suggest anyone wanting to come here for a year to teach English to study the language prior to coming. You may not feel you need it once being here, but it will go a long way. It will make life more convenient and it will give you greater insight into Korean culture. Korea is a beautiful country and it's people reflect that quality. Definitely give Korvia Consulting a try if your heart desires to be placed through EPIK.

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Robert
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An excellent company for a great experience

This is my fifth year in Korea and my third having been placed by Korvia. they are nothing short of AMAZING! They are always professional, courteous and extremely helpful.

From day one they were extremely supportive and never stopped being supportive once I was placed, they regularly check up to see how I am going and if I am still enjoying Korea and my job. They regularly host functions that their recruiters and recruits can attend in order to socialize and unwind.

I have recommended them to many people and they have helped some of my friends come over too.

An excellent company with an amazing staff!

What would you improve about this program?
It is currently being improved by Korvia enlarging their area in which they can place teachers... I hope they can recruit for Jeju in the future ;)
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Klinton
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best choice I've made!

Korvia has helped me with everything since I first applied in 2012. When I first arrived they kept in contact with me to make sure everything was fine and if I was enjoying my school. Yet, still to this day in 2015 get messages from my recruiter asking me if I'm enjoying my position and if there is anything she could do to help me. I don't think you're going to get that kind of service with any other recruiting agency than Korvia. They have been the best choice I've made while I was looking for a job. I'm sure they would do the same for you! :)

What would you improve about this program?
Just if I wanted to apply for more than one program I could. However, I know applying for more than one program (EPIK, GEPIK, SMOE) can be difficult for the applicant and the recruiter. So, I undertand
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Rafi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Exceptionally helpful

I am extremely glad to have worked with Korvia Consulting. Having lost my last job in Korea due to budget cuts, I was very unsure whether or not I would be able to find a new teaching position. However, working with Korvia, I found that they consistently searched for positions that would appeal to me. They are the most organized recruiting company I've worked with, and they provide all the basic information necessary to consider each position. They are very quick to answer questions during the recruitment process, and they are so, so helpful even after employment. They made sure I got settled in properly, and continuously check up on my experiences in Korea. They are reliable in every aspect.

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Priscilla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Korvia made it happen

Korvia is on top of their game when it comes to helping you with the application process, which only seems to get more complicated with the recent job cuts and red tape for incoming NETs. My recruiter Ciena was always great about following up with me. I could tell that they really cared about making this happen for me by their detail-oriented and organized help through each step.

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John
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very professional and helpful!

I work in a middle school in Korea. I work with a co-teacher and we teach the class together. I've found Korvia to be a professional and helpful organisation. They set me up with a school that met my criteria, and were helpful in all phases of the application. Submitting the correct documents can be quite a complicated process, but they remained patient throughout and gave clear and accurate instructions. They have a great reputation here in Korea among English Teachers and I highly recommend their service.

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Nina
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Recruiters

My experience with Korvia has been wonderful. Ciena, was my recruiter during my first year in South Korea. She helped me with all of my questions and responded in a timely manner. Even when I moved from Gangneung to Incheon and I had questions while switching jobs she still assisted me. The best part of working with Korvia is how caring their staff is! My recruiter, Ciena, checks in on me from time to time and even sent me a lovely postcard recently.

One thing that is great about Korvia are the quarterly parties that they throw so new and former recruits can hangout and meet each other. If you are interested in moving to South Korea to teach English, I highly recommend using Korvia!

What would you improve about this program?
I think that Korvia does a great job. One thing that would be great is having resources for new teachers such as a list of important numbers or basic Korean phrases and learning materials available to new teachers.
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LM
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach in South Korea

Minimal experience needed, decent pay, low cost of living, plenty of support to teach and learn. Korea wants native speakers in their elementary classrooms and you will teach alongside a Korean teacher. In most situations, you will have the support of your coteacher, it will be a rewarding experience, and not too difficult. People with actual teaching degrees and experience may find the English Program in Korea rather frustrating, as the Korean government has a specific curriculum and method to follow, but the ability to really take the lead and use your experience completely varies school to school. If you are placed in any decent-sized town or city, you will find lots of other expats and a lot of English spoken, so adjusting to life in Korea can be fairly easy. Consider staying two years or more, as there are many benefits available to those who renew. Get your own transportation and see Korea on your own terms. Most EPIK teachers earn enough money and have plenty of time to maintain active social lives and travel throughout Korea and other countries.

Most importantly: Korea changes CONSTANTLY. Be flexible and very adaptive to sudden change.

What would you improve about this program?
More heads up regarding placement location and living quarters, so that incoming teachers can know what to expect and what to bring with them. Fitting your whole life into one or two 20kg suitcases, when you have no idea what to expect, is a really difficult task.