Teach English in South Korea

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A Guide to Teaching English in South Korea

The South Korean economy relies heavily on export to the US, Western Europe and Australasia, so English language skills are really important for professional Koreans and there are loads of TEFL jobs in South Korea. Both wages and demand for TEFL teachers are high, so it's a great choice, especially for first time teachers.

TEFL Jobs in South Korea

There are countless hagwans in Seoul, Busan and pretty much any other city across the country. You'll need a university degree to get your working visa, and although there are employers who will hire untrained teachers, a recognized TEFL qualification will make finding work with a reputable school a lot easier.

Wages and Cost of Living

How much you can earn by teaching English in South Korea obviously depends on your level of training and experience. But as a rule, wages for TEFL jobs in South Korea are very competitive and a monthly pay packet of around 2.5million Won (US$2100) a month is not uncommon. As an English teacher in South Korea your salary will be among the best for your profession anywhere in the world. The cost of living is still pretty low, but it's slowly increasing as the economy strengthens.

TEFL Cities in South Korea

These are our top three places to teach English in South Korea. They all offer something a little different, but each has one thing in common: a high demand for TEFL teachers and loads of TEFL jobs.

TEFL Jobs in Seoul

Seoul is home to over 10 million people. It's South Korea's capital and its most important center for commerce and industry. The opportunities for teaching English in Seoul are many and varied with language schools and institutes scattered across the city and its suburbs. While the cost of living is higher in Seoul than many other parts of the country, there is a large ex-pat community that makes it a great choice if you’re new to the country.

TEFL Jobs in Busan

Busan is South Korea's second city and the number of TEFL jobs in the city is second only to Seoul. Due to its position on the coast it enjoys a more comfortable climate than many of the inland cities, and although it lacks the cosmopolitan airs and graces of the capital, Busan has a distinctly Korean charm about it that gets under your skin after a while and leaves you feeling that you’ve had a more 'real' experience of teaching English in South Korea.

TEFL Jobs in Gwangju

Gwangju sits amid stunning countryside in the agricultural region of Jeolla. It is also home to a number of thriving industries and universities. The opportunities for teaching English in Gwangju are wide and varied, including TEFL jobs in universities and language schools across the city.

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