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Looking to teach abroad for a year in a beautiful country soaked with rich culture? Then look no further! With this TEFL internship, you’ll gain a lifelong TEFL qualification and enhance your teaching skills while exploring the cultural delights of diverse, vibrant South Korea.

Teaching in Korea offers the opportunity of a lifetime. With a one-year contract teaching children from elementary to middle school, there are also opportunities to stay if you’re not ready to leave! We have teaching placements throughout South Korea in both large cities and small towns across the country, with a choice of private or public schools too.

Teach English in South Korea, and you’ll be helping young language learners succeed. But you’ll also get to experience South Korea outside the classroom. Between the festivals, concerts, restaurants and World Heritage Sites, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Your internship kicks off in the beautiful city of Seoul with a whole week of orientation. Along with other TEFL teachers, you’ll learn all about South Korea’s fascinating culture and teaching in the country to prepare you for your exciting new TEFL adventure.

A waiting list is now open for Summer 2022. Email us your details to hello@tefl.ie to save your space & make sure to answer the questions below

* What’s your name, contact email and phone number?
* What’s your highest Level of Education?
* Where are you holding a passport from?
* Are you available for a 12months teaching placement?


  • Salary between KRW2.0 million to KRW2.3 million, depending on qualifications & experience
  • 120 Premier TEFL Course + 30 Hour Teaching Young Learners
  • Flight reimbursement
  • Accommodation
  • Medical insurance
  • End of contract bonus & certificate of completion
  • 1 week orientation on arrival & 2 CPD weekend orientations in the year
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ongoing in-country support
  • Renewal contract without the fee
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • TEFL certificate (included)
  • Criminal background check (from all countries lived in over 18)
  • Passport from Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand*
  • Good health, mentally and physically
  • Available for one year minimum
  • Enthusiastic & flexible on preferences
  • Schools require Teachers to be Fully Vaccinated for COVID or express in writing their Willingness to be Vaccinated.
  • Legalisation of bachelor’s degree
  • Visa (support provided)
  • Flights (cost is reimbursed, but initial fee is on the applicant)
  • Travel insurance
  • Budget: Please be prepared until your first paycheck
  • Police check
  • Vaccines: Consult your doctor
  • Should there be regulations in place to enter a country, additional expenses may have to be paid by the applicant. These costs may include: A COVID-19 fit to fly certificate for a test within a certain time frame before departure.
  • Travel insurance covering COVID-19.
  • Quarantine for public schools. For private schools, quarantine can be done in your already-paid-for accommodation.


1 year placement
Monthly salary between KRW2.0 million to KRW2.3 million
120 Hour Accredited TEFL Course
Orientation upon arrival & continuous training
Rent-free accommodation
Medical insurance

Where will I be teaching?

Schools are located nationwide, from big cities to small towns. The South Korean HQ is in Seoul. Preferences can be given during the application process, but not guaranteed.


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    Our South Korea TEFL internship couldn’t be simpler – and you’ll have our team of experts to help you every step of the way.

    Apply & Train

    Apply now and schedule your interview. You’ll get instant online access to your 120 Hour TEFL course to get started straight away.    

    Interview & Docs

    If your interview is successful, it’s time to provide all your documents, including: Degree, police record and copy of your valid passport.    

    Go to South Korea

    Once you’ve been formally accepted, you’re ready to go! You’ll be informed to book your flight and, on arrival, taken to your orientation.     


    As well as your free time while teaching English in South Korea, you can take part in two cultural orientations throughout the year. Classes and excursions will take place over three consecutive weekends. On these weekends, classes and excursions are held in the capital, Seoul.  

    Excursions and experiences may include:  

    • Korean language classes  
    • Gyeongbokgung Palace, commonly known as the Grand Palace, the largest of five grand palaces in South Korea  
    • Traditional South Korean Taekwondo Class  
    • Korean cooking lesson  
    • Jongmyo shrine  
    • Tea tasting 


    Rent-free accommodation is your typical Asian style accommodation complete with kitchenette and you get it all to yourself! The internet in South Korea is one of the fastest in the world and quite cheap. Internet and cable generally cost about $35 (US dollars) a month. Utilities can cost around $40-150 a month, depending on the month and season, which will cover electricity, gas, water and maintenance fees. 


    There are two main options for teaching English in South Korea (depending on your eligibility):  

    Private language centres (Hagwons): Students go to learn English either as a supplement to their public school education or as a replacement for their public school education. Class sizes tend to be around 8-15 students per class. Teachers have access to internal systems where they can share lesson plans. Minimal lesson planning is required at private schools. 

    Public schools: Students go here for their day-to-day schooling. Teachers who work in public schools typically teach at 1-3 different public schools (depending on the province) during the week to fill up their schedules. Working hours are typically in the mornings and afternoons, from Monday-Friday. There are usually around 20-30 students per class at the public schools. There is a South Korean teaching assistant in the class. More lesson planning is required here. 


    Well known for its stunning beaches, rich heritage and ancient temples, it’s no surprise that South Korea is a top TEFL destination. From training to placement locations, our free Guide to South Korea gives you all the info you need about our South Korea TEFL internship and how to teach in Korea. 

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