Teach English in Korea with Travel and Teach Recruiting Inc.

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Looking to take a gap year, save money to pay off student loans or just want travel the world? Whatever your reason, teaching in Korea is a great way to reach your goals.

Travel and Teach offers ESL teaching positions in great schools from Seoul to Busan. With high paying salaries, free apartment, airfare, medical insurance and visa sponsorship, our schools offer the most unique and exciting opportunities in Korea.

Travel and Teach offers a 100% free service and offers endless support from the time you apply to the time you leave Korea. This is our Travel and Teach Teacher Guarantee.

Questions & Answers

The basic tertiary requirement is to have a minimum of a bachelors degree! If your degree is not in education, it is also required to have a TEFL certification to allow you to obtain the skills and knowledge to teach students whose first language is not English.
Hi Wai Yee, It is certainly possible if you are of Asian descent and from one of the 7 countries that Korea will grant a working visa to. If you are not from one of those countries, unfortunately you won't be granted a visa though, even though you speak perfect English and have experience teaching. I hope this helps!
I am not Asian American myself, so I cannot comment from personal experience, but I can say that I recently completed a a teaching seminar with EBY Talking Club in Seoul, and of the six other foreign teachers there, two of them were Asian American. While it may have been harder for them to get a job of this type (I didn't think to ask), I can say that it is certainly possible. I hope this helps.
Hi Sam! Yes, it is certainly possible for two people to share an apartment and to either work in the same school and/or location; we are able to place couples or friends. Also, there isn't really a minimum age, but applicants must hold the minimum of a Bachelor's degree in order to get a teaching visa for Korea.

Reviews

93%
based on 78 reviews
  • Benefits 9.3
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 9.1
  • Safety 9.4
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Lindsay
10/10

Quick placement

I did an interview with Shane, and a week later he found a hagwon that was looking for a new teacher for me. I interviewed with the director, got the job the next day and left for Korea the next month. You have to gather a lot of documents, but the travelandteach checklist makes it easy to keep track of. Shane provided me with a lot of information and answered my questions promptly. He helped me get decently priced traveler's insurance and gave me instructions for what to do once I arrived in Korea. Having never traveled alone before I was extremely nervous, but thanks to the instructions everything went smoothly. Some hagwons can be sketchy but my hagwon director always pays us on time. I enjoy my job and have decided that I want a career in teaching ESL. If you are looking for a hagwon job, I would recommend travel and teach!

Yes, I recommend
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Scott
10/10

T&T was great!

It can be a nerve-wracking process if you don't have the right team of recruiters with excellent ties to foreign schools. But Jennifer was helpful from start to finish, and knew all my questions before I asked them. It was great to have someone working for me 24/7 here at home. I would totally recommend Travel and Teach Recruiting to anyone consider a gap year or a working holiday, or who just wants to experience how other cultures live.

Yes, I recommend
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Holly
8/10

A Month

Getting to Korea, wow.

First off, it was a HUGE SHOCK! regardless of wanting to go for such a long time, there was only so much you could do to prepare yourself. And let me tell you it will well at lest it was for me it’s gonna be nothing like you ever imagined. There are so many many tall buildings! And yes 99.9% things are written in Korean (funny that ae) which is still hard getting my head round. So many cafes and little shops it’s crazy

What they say about getting looked at is well um true. They are not doing it in a rude way at lest most them, are doing it out of curiosity being not Korean is really not common, lets just say 9/10 days I will see only Koreans (apart from at work but that’s different). In saying this there are so many that are so lovey and with there little bit of Korean and there little bit of english things work out good!

Everyone is in a huge rush, cars, buses, taxis and moter bikes/scoters are crazy, it wouldn’t be a normal day here without the fear of getting ramped into but one. They will no wait for you, best to be safe than sorry right? Speaking of taxis they are crazy cheap! In cheongju a 15-20min drive will cost you about $7 which blows my mind.

Shops are open crazy late here, not to mention the convenience stores open 24/7 which is great if you need anything haha.

Work is mainly good, feeling more and more confident each and everyday and the kids are so cute~~

As far as me i’m managing learning everyday getting a bit lonely as of late, but i’m sure it will pass. I am feeling pretty comfortable in my area so it’s time to go exploring!

Yes, I recommend
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Amber
10/10

Smooth Sailing!

Living in another country is always a very strange experience but luckilly my experience has been really good so far! I was given more than enough information by the recruiters and nothing came as a surprise. My job is great but at first I had a few communication issues with my boss, eventually though things were much clearer when my recruiter helped resolve the issues. Now I'm very happy! Living in a new place and new job is always going to have its ups and downs but luckilly for me it's been really big ups and only a few tiny downs!

How can this program be improved?
I know some people don't like to be bothered too much but I always find it reassuring when I get frequent emails asking how I am and if everything is ok! It doesn't hurt to always be in touch, even if the person has no issues.
Yes, I recommend
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Graham
10/10

Great Experience so Far!!

So far everything has been great, my thanks to the guys who helped me through applying, securing my job and coming out here. Korea has been amazing so far, I love the people and really enjoy my job! Not to mention the food is good, sadly I might be putting on a few pounds haha

Each question I had was quickly answered and I didnt feel alone out here by my recruiter! So thanks for that. I hope to stay out here for the future as I love the lifestyle and people.

How can this program be improved?
So far I have had no problems! Sometimes if I had a burning question that needed a quick answer it might have been nice to have a more direct way to contact the recruiter, maybe some kind of instant message/whatsapp way to communicate? Email is good for 99% of things but sometimes its good to have a more direct line
Yes, I recommend
Zach
10/10

Just do it

It's been amazing journey so far in Korea! From the very beginning working with Travel and Teach to actually being in Korea and teaching. I've enjoyed every second of it. Niko was more than helpful in every step of my Journey, he found me a great placement and checking up on me. I've been able to experience a new culture and meet new people all while having a rewarding job. I've also been able to have a slice of home by joining a baseball league. If you're thinking about doing this program i'd definitely recommend it and like my title says, just do it.

Yes, I recommend
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Lindsey
9/10

ILS Korea

Shane was a great recruiter especially because I had a very unique situation and a short time period to find a teaching position. He helped me navigate all my obstacles of the visa process. I would definitely work with him again and recommend him to friends. However, only after being at the school for a few weeks and talking to other expat teachers did I know that the school I'm at is poorly rated among teachers because the teaching hours and expectations is significantly higher than specified and agreed upon.

Response from Travel and Teach Recruiting Inc.

Hi Lindsey,

It is my pleasure to have been able to help you through your situation in order to get you to Korea. Your mother and aunt were also a huge help, as we all worked together to get your visa documents taken care of when you were away. Team work!

As for the teaching, the first month or so is a transitional period which takes some time to adjusted to, especially as you do not have experience teaching ESL. Your TEFL certification will help, but a bit more time and experience in the class will also be beneficial. In the beginning, you might need some extra hours to get things figured out.

That all being said, if you are teaching more hours than you are contracted for, we want to know about this right away so that we can reach out to the school. We always make sure that our teacher contracts are being honored with regard to pay and hours worked. I have sent you an email, so I look forward to your response.

Yes, I recommend
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Kathryn
10/10

Amazing Experience

I applied through Travel and Teach just to see where I stood in the process of being able to teach and ended up with an interview a few days later. The whole process was so quick, but Shane was so hopefully throughout the whole process. He answered any and all of my questions and concerns which was so hopeful since my whole life did a complete 180 in a months time. He was so helpful and even after I landed in Korea he was available for me whenever a situation occurred. I definitely would recommend and have recommended Travel and Teach to my friends.

Yes, I recommend
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James
10/10

Very good recruiting agency and Niko is the best!

The process to become a teacher in Korea is hectic, but travelandteach helped the entire way. I was able to land a job without my TEFL, but I feel out of sheer luck and Niko. I would recommend that they would have a better checklist for new teachers based on the legal documents and timeline. It took me almost 3 months to procure every document and it was not cheap. Other than that is was a great experience and I hope I could use travel and teach in the future.

Love them a lot!

Thanks

How can this program be improved?
Not recommend the apostille company, they were not helpful. Go to the SOS in your state.
Yes, I recommend
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Lydia
10/10

South Korea

I don't really have any stories yet. I have been sick and the only thing i have energy for is work. I am getting better and I think I will have more stories later in the week. I do have a small story.

One day I was teaching a class and Ranie teacher came in and asked my to help her for five minutes. So I went out in to the hall and I helped bring in some food. It turns out that one of the students in the class had a birthday or scored high a test. I heard to different reason why we were having a party in class. It was nice to sure food with my students.

How can this program be improved?
While I was going through the process of completing all of the necessary documents, I think it would have been more efficient if Niko, my adviser to let me know what was the next step after what I was currently working on. That way I could have prepared for it in advance and finish the process sooner. It is a long process and can be very confusing for someone who had never done it before.
Yes, I recommend
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Priscilla
10/10

Teaching in South Korea: Once in a lifetime experience!

My name is Priscilla. I am currently writing this review from my apartment in South Korea (Daegu). I feel so grateful and blessed to have this experience that I felt the need to share my story with Travel and Teach:

Graduating this year with a B.E.D., I knew I wanted my first teaching experience to be abroad. I did not have the money to travel during my time in school, so I always made a promise to myself that when I get my diploma I would fly out of the country! I started to do research to know where I wanted to go. Since my childhood, I have always been interested by Africa and South America, but the idea of going to Asia never came to my mind. Realizing this, I thought: "I need to go to Asia!!!! " I then started my research and two countries came up : Japan and South Korea. My conclusion was that both had great working conditions, but it was wisest to go to South Korea if I wanted to save up some money for my masters. (The cost of living in Japan is higher!!)

The next step was to find a legitimate recruiting company. After a lot of research, I found Travel and Teach. The first thing that caught my attention was that they had affiliations with different Universities in Canada. Now, this is the first time that I saw this in my research and I thought this was very impressive because if Universities trust this organization with their students, it means that it is LEGIT. I called two of those Universities and they confirmed that they were working with Travel and Teach. I instantly knew that I wanted them to be my recruiter. The application process was very easy and straightforward. My recruiter was so nice and intentional. Having taught himself in South Korea made it very helpful because he could answer all my questions.

I have been teaching in Daegu for one month now and I am enjoying myself to the fullest. My apartment is situated in a safe area (which is super important for me as a woman!!!) I was fortunate to teach in a private school. I loooove my students. My co-workers are so helpful and caring. Overall, I could not have asked for more. I keep on thanking my recruiter because he did an amazing job by finding this teaching position. So, once again THANK YOU NIKO!!!

Hope this review helped to clarify your decision to teach abroad. I leave you with the wise words of a world-renowned scholar:

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
Dr. Seuss :)

Yes, I recommend
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Mary
9/10

Great company!

I definitely wouldn't have made it Korea without Travel and Teach - at least not as easily! My recruiter was very helpful as well as prompt. He was available to answer all questions and at anytime, and that was really comforting to know as I prepared to move. Travel and Teach places you with a school, walks you through all the paperwork, sets up your flight, and provides a useful and thorough info packet about Korea. Any bumps along the way, and my recruiter helped me figure it out. I've been really happy in Korea, and I owe it all to Niko and Travel and Teach! Thanks!

Yes, I recommend
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Selina
10/10

Travel&Teach was with me every step of the way!

Travel and Teach Recruiting provides the utmost service for ESL teachers! T&T is extremely helpful with regards to job placement, visa application, and flight planning. Now, I spend most of my time teaching the cutest kindergarteners English! I couldn't be happier. I would strongly recommend T&T to anyone that wants to teach English as a second language in the beautiful country of South Korea.

How can this program be improved?
My recruiter was very helpful and I hope to stay in touch in the future. However, there were times when they confused U.S.A and Canadian regulations concerning visa procedures. For example, recommending F.B.I services through Accurate Biometrics instead of the R.C.M.P in order to obtain a criminal record check. I realize that recruiters deal with a large number of applicants, so I'm sure that was the main cause for confusion.

Also, please note that:

1. Canadians MUST request for their fingerprints to be included with their criminal record check. Otherwise, they will only receive a "vulnerable sector check," which is free of charge and insufficient for the visa process.
2. The cost for a fully detailed R.C.M.P check is $25. Many detachments refuse to accept debit, credit, or cash. So, a money order, which can be obtained from any bank or post office, for the exact amount may be required.
3. In rural provinces, services like these may only be available by appointment and on certain weekdays. For example, fingerprints were ONLY processed on Wednesdays where I'm from and that was non-negotiable.
4. A cleared criminal record check that is sent electronically can be processed in as little as 3 business days. Though, they are normally sent my mail if the applicant lives in a rural area, so it usually takes about 2-4 weeks before the final results are physically in their hands.

Thank you for your help and support!!!! I'm very glad to have chosen T&T :)

-Selina
Yes, I recommend
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Steven
10/10

Review for Travel and Teach

I started out with the Travel and Teach program with Niko. Niko answered all my questions and worries all the time. The TEFL program was very rigorous and prepared me for teaching in South Korea. Since I have arrived in Korea I have had interesting experiences including going to a cat cafe, singing korean karaoke and old people trying to kill me with carts at e-mart. The program was exceptional and and I have recommended it to my friends who are interested.

How can this program be improved?
I really can't think of anything.
Yes, I recommend
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Stephanie
10/10

Travel and Teach at Swaton

It has been a long process of working to get a teaching position in South Korea. Travel and Teach, especially Shane at Travel and Teach, helped the long process go smoothly. Any small bump or confusion along the way on our part was fixed and simplified. We are so happy that we were able to receive our positions and work in Korea. The students are amazing at the school. I can't wait to see them all everyday. I would definitely recommend this position to anyone interested in teaching English and working abroad.

Yes, I recommend

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