There is a reason why Korea is one of the top destinations in the world for ESL teachers. There are many benefits to teaching in South Korea and the thousands of teachers that flock there every year can't be wrong. Take a look below to find out why you should take the plunge and get a job teaching in the Land of the Morning Calm.
Thanks to Korea's thriving economy and attitude towards education, there is always a high demand for English teachers. This means that if you are a viable candidate, it should not take you long to find a teaching job in the city of your choice. It's also easy to arrange a job before you leave your home country, by conduction interviews by Skype and corresponding by email/phone.
Good Location for Traveling
Korea is surrounded by excellent locations to fit in extra travel in your holidays. You can take a short trip to Japan for just a little over $100, as well as fly to any number of nearby Asian countries. In addition, Korea has excellent public transport to make it really easy to explore new parts of the country during the weekend.
Although this should not be the top of your priorities as an English teacher abroad, we all have bills to pay and things to save for. Salaries in Korea are some of the highest in the world for ESL teachers. Coupled with a low cost of living, low tax rates, free accommodation and subsidized medical care, it is easy to save a significant portion of your pay packet each month. As a foreign teacher, you can also expect to have your flights reimbursed and receive a month's bonus pay upon completion of your contract.
No Teaching Certificates Required
Most teaching jobs around the world require some form of teaching certification. While a TEFL/CELTA can't hurt your application, it is certainly not required for most private teaching positions in Korea.
Great Expat Community
There is a huge expat community in Korea, especially foreign teachers from the UK, US, South Africa, and Australia. If you are ever feeling homesick, there will always be other foreigners who are glad to meet you at your local foreigner bar. Or, you can join one of the many expat communities on Facebook to find things to do, places to go, and people to hang out with.
Most jobs will provide you with a free, fully furnished apartment with everything that you need for a comfortable life in Korea. Most apartments come equipped with cooking utensils, a fridge/freezer, TV, cutlery, and seating. While apartments are not that big in Korea, they are big enough for one or two people to live in comfortably.
Korea is a country of stunning natural beauty, with majestic mountains and sprawling cities, there is something for even the most discerning traveler. Not only is the country beautiful to look at, but you are also spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor activities. Whether you are a fan of hiking, skiing, laying on the beach or exploring a new metropolis, Korea has something for you.
There are many more reasons why you should consider teaching ESL in Korea. If you have any questions or any other points to offer, please add them in the comments below!