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Reach To Teach has over 40 years of ESL teaching and recruitment experience with offices in the South Korea, USA, and Taiwan. We understand the business and care about our teachers. The schools and programs we represent are among the best in the business. We provide our teachers with an upfront and honest perspective, because were all teachers at one time as well. We will prepare you to live and work abroad for a year, while always offering support as well.

Reach To Teach the only American official recruiter for the EPIK & SMOE program. The EPIK & SMOE programs in Korea offer a unique experience to gain valuable ESL teaching experience in public schools with start dates in August and February.

We also work with a number of private schools from Seoul to Busan and everywhere in between. We have private schools openings every month, so it's always a good time to apply!

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Regarding the dog, I think that this would be specific to the countries immigration and visa laws. I would imagine there is some paperwork that needs to be done to bring any pet to a new country. However, I am sure it is possible. South Korea has tons of dogs for sale. I had a friend who adopted a dog during her time there and then returned home to the US with her South Korean dog.
It depends on the apartment you end up in, I have many friends with small cats and dogs so generally yes, but not all apartments will allow it.
Hi Kayla, It looks like EPIK requires a 20-hour in-class TEFL component along with a 100-hour TEFL certification.
Thank you Tyson, you've provided a great insight on what's available and possible!!

Reviews

93%
based on 58 reviews
  • Benefits 9.2
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 9.4
  • Safety 9.5
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Megan
10/10

Reach to Teach is Awesome!

While I do not begin my South Korean journey until tomorrow, Reach to Teach has been by my side every step of the way leading up to this big day! The staff is responsive and efficient, and turns a truly overwhelming process into manageable chunks. I have nothing but positive things to say about my personal recruiter. I think it's safe to say that deciding to move abroad is a HUGE undertaking and I'm not sure if I could have done it without his guidance and expertise. Thank you, to my recruiter, and the entire staff of Reach to Teach!

How can this program be improved?
I had a lot of "surprises" during the process. Things like not knowing that I wouldn't know which city I was placed in until after I applied (it's the opposite in the private school sector) and the fact that orientation is a week before the contract begins. These items may be commonly known by staff members, but to a newbie to the process losing a whole week before departure time is a HUGE deal. Because I am a planner by nature, and because there is a lot of information on the web that led me to believe otherwise, I had a lot of "freak out" moments before departure that could have been avoided with some critical knowledge about the entire process beforehand.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Julie
10/10

Smooth Process

RTT has helped me navigate the long application process to EPIK. I will list a few points to highlight how RTT has assisted me during this process:

*A practice interview with an RTT representative
*Constructive feedback on my application essay and lesson plan
*Regular contact via email and telephone

Yes, I recommend this program
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TV
9/10

Good experience

Good mock interview.

Liked to detailed emails of what paperwork to have done and when.

Good GET pamphlet. Helpful for the interview and the per-orientation test.

Liked that everything of mine was reviewed before getting sent to EPIK.

Only frustrating thing was the American government agencies. The FBI check took 12 weeks to come back and I wasn't sure it would come back in time. I am still waiting for the IRS form. They said it would be about a month. It has been a month and I called and they said they are behind and it may be processed at the end of the week, but they can't tell me if they received it or not. So I don't know if they haven't processed it because there was a problem with the fax or if it is just sitting on a desk waiting to be processed.

How can this program be improved?
A reminder sooner about the IRS form.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Julia
9/10

Strong Support

Joining this program I felt a strong sense of support from my recruiter and that by going to Korea with EPIK I would be looked after. Though the application process was long and complicated, I was glad that I was doing it with a program that could help me at any point.

How can this program be improved?
Because of my schedule it was difficult to have a set time for phone calls and wasn't able to be around my phone all the time and ended up missing a lot of phone calls and would have preferred more e-mail communication.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tami
10/10

Helpful & supportive

The Reach to Teach team was very helpful with my application and interview process as well as with preparing my documents after receiving my teaching contract with Korea. It was very helpful to be able to do a mock interview with a Reach to Teach member and receive immediate feedback on how I did and what to expect in the EPIK interview. I do wish that I could be provided with more details about what my teaching situation will be like before I actually arrive in Korea. Such as what grades and classes I will be teaching and knowing the name of my Korean co-teacher and contact information would have been really nice. I would have liked to be able to e-mail my Korean co-teacher before hand and get to know them a little before I arrive and it would have been nice to be able to start a little planning for the upcoming school year before I leave for Korea as well.

How can this program be improved?
I wish I could start applying for and receiving documents sooner. I didn't have much time to apply for my E2-Visa, because I didn't receive my contract with the school until mid-July.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jamie
10/10

The Long Road to Korea

My experience in going through the EPIK application process was nerve wracking and made me feel accomplished at the same time. I would say that the most nerve wracking part was when I was waiting for my NOA and seeing other people get positions without word about if I got mine. Other than that, the process was smooth-going.

How can this program be improved?
I wish Reach to Teach told me immediately when they found out my EPIK placement, instead of waiting until it was 100%.
Yes, I recommend this program
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adinard4
10/10

Reach to Teach a step above

A big thank you to Reach to Teach! I have worked with a placement agency in the past and was satisfied with the experience, but Reach to Teach really did go a step above in helping me secure a teaching position and adjust to life in a new country. I found the Reach to Teach staff to be highly competent and knowledgeable, as well as personable. Their guidance and step by step instructions really did serve to simplify and streamline what can often be a complicated and daunting process. Again, a big thank you to the Director of Recruiting and the rest of the Reach to Teach team.

How can this program be improved?
Difference of time zone can make for some inconvenience.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicole
10/10

Highly Recommend Reach to Teach

When I was applying to teach English in Korea I had so many unanswered questions, anxieties and concerns. Reach to Teach, hands down, answered all of my questions, curiosities, concerns and laid all my anxieties to rest. They really walk you through each step of the process thoroughly so that you know what to expect. Not only are they genuinely and extremely helpful, but thorough as well. They really make sure that you have and get all of your documents in a timely manner. They do follow-up phone calls to make sure that all your questions are answered throughout the entire process, and they are always available through emailing. All the staff that I've encountered at Reach to Teach have all been extremely helpful, kind, genuine, friendly, patient and understanding. I highly recommend them. After you send in your EPIK application to Reach to Teach, they review each application thoroughly, and then give you a call to go over your application step-by-step before they submit it to EPIK. After I had received my call, I felt really confident about my application and knew I was in good hands. In addition, they have mock interviews so that you know what to expect when your EPIK interview actually occurs. I found this to be extremely helpful because by the time I was scheduled for my EPIK interview, I felt confident going into it. Also, at one point, on my application, I wrote that I would apply for my E2 visa in San Francisco when the time came. Afterwards, I discovered that each Korean Consulate is responsible for certain areas within the U.S., and thus I needed to apply in Seattle and not in San Francisco. I immediately contacted the Director of Recruiting at Reach to Teach. He responded promptly, checked with EPIK immediately and contacted me right away to inform me there wasn't going to be a problem. One thing I really appreciate about Reach to Teach is that they genuinely care about the people they help. Again, I highly recommend them!

How can this program be improved?
none
Yes, I recommend this program
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rsuzuki
10/10

Great Assistance

I found that I was able to get a lot of help from this program in preparing myself for the application process as well as for going overseas. I always felt that someone was going to be there to help me along the way and I think this program is really great and well coordinated.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
10/10

Applying to EPIK with RTT

Reach to Teach has been very helpful throughout the whole EPIK application process. The process is lengthy and requires a lot of specific paperwork, and it has been very helpful to be able to have all my questions answered along the way.

When I asked my recruiter a question I always received a very quick response (almost always within 24 hrs), and I also received occasional phone calls from my recruiter to check in with me along the way.

Deciding to move abroad is a huge decision, and it comes with a great deal of stress along the way. Reach to Teach has done a great job at making everything as simple as possible to navigate the process and provide support throughout the whole experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Conor
9/10

Great service!

I had a great experience applying to EPIK through Reach to Teach. The staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable. They were able to convey important details about the application process that I would not have known without them. They prepared me for the interview and gave great feedback for improvement.
Without Reach to Teach, I do not think I would have been able to complete the application process.

How can this program be improved?
The only issue that arose was availability. Because I was on the east coast of the United States, it was hard to find times that were reasonable for me and Reach to Teach to communicate. Urgent questions needed time to be addressed (it was understandable because we were on different sides of the planet). There isn't really a way to fix this issue and Reach to Teach was quick to get back to me as soon as they could.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Brett
9/10

A Great Experience

Throughout the entire process of getting to South Korea, Reach to Teach was extremely helpful. Every question that I had was answered quickly and thoroughly, and it was evident that the representatives from Reach to Teach truly cared about my placement in South Korea as well as my wellbeing. I just want to thank the Director of Recruiting for all of his help, and would strongly recommend that anybody who is contemplating teaching with EPIK go through Reach to Teach!

Yes, I recommend this program
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originosity
5/10

The Ups and Downs of Reaching to Teach

I am currently teaching in South Korea through Reach to Teach's recruiting program. I have been in Korea for 3 months and live on the outskirts of Seoul.

Korea has been amazing. Everyone here is super nice and although there is an initial culture shock, getting used to the scene is not that difficult. The nightlife is amazing, people are generally super amiable and unprejudiced and the community is very supportive.

Regarding my job, it has its ups and downs. I am currently a 'back-up' teacher meaning my job requires substituting for teachers that go on vacation. I will remain a back-up teacher until the Winter semester when a position opens.

The promises Reach to Teach made regarding this position is one of the major criticisms I have of the recruitment program. The recruiter, who was otherwise extremely helpful and supportive, made the position seem ideal when it is not. He said the back-up teachers would get first choice when the semester started as to which campus they would go to. This was not the case for me. Basically, you teach where the company tells you to teach, and you have little to no choice in the matter. I believe you do have 'first refusal' meaning you can refuse a position at a campus if you do not want it but coming here I thought I would have a choice at several different campuses. The recruiter spun it into something it was not.

However, overall I love Korea and my job when I actually get to teach (I am just a back-up teacher, as I said). Korea is way better than America, and I am seriously considering not going back to my home country.

How can this program be improved?
I know you get paid for recruiting people to Avalon, but stop spinning things into something they are not. The back-up contract is not all it is cracked up to be. They pay less money and you do not get a choice as to which campus you get placed at like they told me. You only get 'first refusal' meaning you can refuse a position if they ask you early enough. Ultimately though you will still get placed where they want to place you.
Yes, I recommend this program
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jrpitts88
8/10

Great Program!

I was thoroughly impressed with ReachtoTeach's program.
Especially to have them meet me at the airport on my arrival in Korea! They were incredibly helpful!

Yes, I recommend this program
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waltre
8/10

Good and bad; give and take

First and foremost, I am very happy with my decision to teach in Korean public schools under EPIK. The process leading up to this point, as assisted pre-departure by Reach to Teach and upon arrival by EPIK staff has been terrific. Their combined assistance has helped make my transition to my new life in Korea painless (well, as painless as possible!)

I should be honest, though; there are days that I really love my job, and others that I feel miserable. But that's what the job is, and applicants should know that up-front. I would not want to discourage anyone from making this audacious step to teach abroad, because ultimately it is rewarding. There are days when things in and out of the classroom just do not go as planned. But it happens. For every tribulation, there is an even stronger feeling of inspiration and strength.

My situation teaching in South Korea has been unforgettable, to say the least, but it has not been without its disappointments. I never thought (or wanted for that matter) that I would be placed in a small rural town in the countryside of Korea. There is quite honestly almost nothing to do in the town. However, with the simple rural life comes small class rooms and friendly neighbors. Overall I am extremely happy with my job teaching for EPIK. I have had to give a little bit, but in return I have gotten so much!

And that is how I would summarize this job to anyone interested in teaching abroad, particularly in Korea--Not everything will go according to plan, but don't let that scare you! As much as this can be a tedious job, it's also an adventure! There will be good and bad, but roll with the punches because you're in for a great ride! Don't be afraid to take the plunge.

How can this program be improved?
As much as EPIK did to help me through the process of getting here, and then through orientation, I feel slightly abandoned by my employer. I'm here for better or worse and I can't change anything that might dissatisfy me.
Yes, I recommend this program

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As any ESL Teacher can tell you, finding a good teaching job abroad can be difficult. Similarly, a lot of ESL schools feel that finding a good teacher is equally difficult. This is where we at Reach To Teach come in. Our motto is matching great...