Should You Teach in Korea?

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Should You Teach in Korea

 

Just having a little fun with this with a touch of seriousness. I remember thinking to myself should I come teach in Korea, and it’s a very time consuming process to get to a place where you say “Ok, I’m going to leave everything I know, and go live in a foreign country. Click on the picture for a closer look at the graphic.

 



15 thoughts on “Should You Teach in Korea?

  1. I am constantly surprised at the amount of people who would answer “NO” to the “Are You Interested in Teaching?” question and yet still come here… -___- 헐…

  2. A person cannot dislike children and be a good teacher, regardless if it is to teach English or other subjects. I truly hope only positive people make the choice to teach in Korea and other countries. Thank you for posting this, it is very useful.

  3. The only issue I have is that I never really seen myself as a teacher before. I would like to teach, but I am just wondering if I can.

    Any thoughts to help me?

    • That’s ok in my book. If the interest is there, then I think it wouldn’t hurt coming over to try at a hagwon or public school. But it would help to go through a TEFL certification first. This will give you at least a glimpse into what it could be like teaching here (and I think public schools require it now)

      • Cool, nice to get some other advice on it. If I wanted to teach as soon as possible. It sounds like openings are available for hire in the Fall and Spring. Correct me if I am wrong!

        If I wanted to try to get into the Spring section, would I be able to get a TEFL cert. What about the other cert. that I hear a lot about – TESOL?

        I never really seen myself as a teacher, but I think I could do it. Every other aspect of moving there is great, and I love it. However, a bigger goal of mine is to stay in Korea long enough so I can find a job within my career as a Software Engineer (or related job).

        • For public schools, the main hiring times are Spring and late summer but there are some openings during the year if you look for them.

          If you wanna go the public school route, then you had better get on it now because I think EPIK will be closing the application process down soon. I’m pretty sure you can apply, and as long as you tell them you are enrolled in a certification class, they will let you go through the process.

          Like I said before, just make sure that you enjoy teaching somewhat so try to take a certification class that allows for some in class training. You could even volunteer in your city to see if it might fit you.

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