• South Korea
    • Seoul
52+ weeks


Salary / Benefits
21 official vacation days.
Settlement allowance of 300,000 Won for the first year.
Some medical insurance covered.
Apr 23, 2018
Oct 06, 2011
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About Program

SMOE seeks committed and driven teachers to teach Korean elementary and middle school students. Teachers should be creative, motivated, and enjoy working with young children. Teachers are expected to regularly communicate with students on a conversational level. Oral communication skills are essential to this position.

Duties for teachers include: Conducting classes along with local teachers, or other English teachers; preparing lesson plans; designing extracurricular activities to aid in students development.

Teachers will be placed in elementary or middle schools within the SMOE system.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Decent Experience

I worked for SMOE in 2008. Your experience will vary greatly depending on what school and area you are placed in. For me, I was in a school that never had foreign teachers before. They were very helpful and happy to have me. My apartment was a five minute walk to the school which was very helpful. The school bought me new furniture and appliances (that were on the checklist to provide) and placed me in a very nice bachelor apartment. I was quite happy at the school. I taught the staff some English and went out with the staff a few times for dinner and karaoke. The staff were very friendly for the most part and tried to make me feel a part of the school.

SMOE had some development training which was interesting and helpful. I didn't like that I had to stay at the school for 40 hours when I only taught 22 hours a day. I also thought that some of the training was useless for teachers who had taught in Korea previously as I had.

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Yes, I recommend this program

SMOE Excellence.

SMOE has placed me in school that I could have only dreamed about. The school is located 10-15minutes away from my apartment and everything that I need to run the classroom is provided. The staff has been overwhelmingly helpful and have calm my nervousness for my first day of official teaching on Monday. In regards to the school, apartment and SMOE staff I have no complaints. However, the SMOE orientation in Suwon for 8 days can use a bit of change. The information that new English teachers were given in those 8 days of orientation at Kyung Hee University is invaluable. The lectures were perfect, every worry that I had about lesson planning, teaching and the students were answered by experienced teachers in a clear and concise manner. I never felt too overloaded and I really enjoyed the cultural awareness topics and fields trip. Now, with all that said and done the only thing that I think SMOE should consider changing are the 12-13hrs class days. Honestly, being for be up from 7am-8:20pm was very tiring and by 5pm most people were exhausted and not as lively in the classroom. I think SMOE should figure out a way to have these orientation lectures last for 12 days and everything ending at 6pm because with jet-lag and exhaustion those 12-13hrs days left a bitter taste in my mouth even if it was for my own good. I also disliked the 12am curfew but I doubt SMOE should change that because I am sure if we teachers didn't have it we might get into a little mischief.

I am extremely grateful for my job and I hope to renew with SMOE/EPIK next year. I already recommended this program to a friend and hopefully she can join me this coming Spring.

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