6 Great Reasons To Teach in South Korea
One of the most interesting aspects of TEFL is deciding where to teach English around the world. It’s also the most challenging. It’s easy to see why, with so many fascinating and different places to pick from. Have you considered teaching in South Korea? South Korea is a popular destination for EFL teachers because it is less touristy than other East Asian countries. It’s no surprise that South Korea is one of the most popular TEFL destinations, with its unique blend of modernity and heritage, as well as excellent teaching packages.
Here are six reasons why so many English teachers choose to work in South Korea.
1. Diverse Surroundings
South Korea strikes a wonderful balance between the bright lights of a bustling city and the slower-paced attractions of rural living. Seoul, the country’s dynamic metropolis, has a lot to offer. You’ll never run out of things to do in this cosmopolitan metropolis, with its towering skyscrapers, vibrant nightlife (including plenty of karaoke rooms), and must-see sites.
The most difficult element will be deciding what to undertake first. However, Seoul isn’t the only intriguing city. Busan, Jeonju, and Daegu are all fantastic cities in South Korea to teach English and live a faster-paced lifestyle.
Do you prefer a more tranquil setting? Smaller South Korean towns have a slower pace of life but are no less intriguing. Discover the lesser-known beauties of rural Korea while learning about the country’s more traditional side. Because of South Korea’s well-connected public transportation systems, you should have little trouble visiting less-visited locations.
2. Outdoor Adventures
South Korea’s blend of mountains and seashore makes it an unforgettable trip, especially for adventure enthusiasts. Hiking is a popular sport in the country, which has 22 national parks and endless mountains. It’s a terrific way to take in the scenery. The numerous mountain resorts will be a definite favourite among skiers and snowboarders looking to hit the slopes in the winter.
And don’t forget about the beaches. You’d be excused if you didn’t think of South Korea as a beach resort. However, because it is a peninsula, the country has miles and miles of lovely beaches and coastlines to explore. South Korea has beaches for everyone, whether you want to surf or just relax and enjoy the sun.
You can also visit the many islands that make up the country, Jeju, for example, is the most well-known island in South Korea. It’s one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and it’s a popular tourist destination. Ulleungdo, Hongdo, Geojedo, and Oedo are some of the other islands that are waiting to be explored.
3. Generous Teaching Packages
Throughout the country, public and private (Hagwon) schools normally provide free lodging and flight reimbursements. Wouldn’t that take some of the pressure off your shoulders? Not only that, but salaries are generally highly competitive.
The typical monthly income for a full-time teacher is roughly 2 million-2.5 million Won (£1,280 – £1,600 / $1,670 – $2,000), so you may easily save money for your next adventure. In South Korea, teaching hours might be long. However, because extensive paid vacation entitlements are common, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all that this lovely country has to offer.
4. Rich, History, Culture
South Korea is a fascinating blend of old and new. Despite having some of the world’s most modern cities, the country’s rich history and traditions have not been forgotten. When it comes to historical sites to visit, you are truly spoiled for choice.
There are 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Korea, as well as numerous cultural landmarks to visit. Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, Daejeonsa, Cheongsong-greatest gun’s temple, and the historic city of Gyeongju are all worth visiting. This is only the top of the iceberg.
Traditional hanok villages with Korean wooden houses can also be found to admire. Jeonju Hanok Village is South Korea’s largest hanok district. You can not only admire the architecture, but also participate in traditional activities such as tea ceremonies and hanji-making workshops. You can still witness people dressed in traditional Korean clothing (hanbok) and enjoy traditional Korean dance and music performances.
5. Tasty Food to try
How can we discuss South Korea without mentioning its amazing cuisine? To enjoy traditional Korean cuisine, go to restaurants, order fast food, or wander through street markets.
From stews and soups to noodle meals and vegetable side dishes, there’s enough to savor. Kimchi (fermented veggies) is a typical Korean side dish that goes with every meal in the country.
It’s so popular in Korea that families set aside time in the winter for a tradition known as gimjang (the annual kimchi-making). Hoeddeok (sweet syrupy pancakes), bulgogi (marinated beef barbeque), and sundubu-jjigae are other well-known delicacies to try (soft tofu stew).
6. High Standard of Living
Teaching English in South Korea can be a decently priced profession. The cost of living in Seoul, for example, is 38 percent less than in London, according to Expatistan. There are numerous ways to cut costs. Keep in mind that your employer is normally responsible for your lodging.
You can also save money by avoiding imported foods and tourist traps. Public transportation is also reasonably priced. This means your daily commute will be less expensive, and you’ll be able to spend your vacations and weekends exploring other parts of South Korea. South Korea also boasts eight international airports and one of the best airlines in Asia with direct flights.
Teach English in South Korea and you’ll be able to do a career you enjoy while also saving money and travelling as much as you want. South Korea places a strong focus on education and the importance of English. As a result, English teachers enjoy a high level of respect, which is extremely advantageous when instructing a group of young or adult students.
Do you want to work as an English teacher in South Korea? Read Shannon and Eddie’s real life experience in their South Korea blog. Our all-inclusive paid internships are a great way to get started. You will receive 120 hours of TEFL instruction, as well as a one-year teaching placement, airline reimbursement, accommodation, and other benefits. Not to mention the opportunity to participate in everything we’ve discussed in this blog!