Want to know the most popular country in which to teach English? South Korea! Teachers from native English speaking countries such as the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and America flock to South Korea every year to take up teaching posts at schools all over the country. There are, on average, more than 20,000 foreign teachers in South Korea at any given time – many more than in other Asian countries such as China and Japan.
Some of the main reasons why the country is such a popular destination for teachers are: good money and benefits, low cost of living and a great lifestyle.
Good Money and Benefits
Depending on your qualifications and which school you teach at, you could earn anywhere between $2,000 and $2,300 a month. Because tax rates and cost of living are low, you should be able to save up to half of this – even if you eat out regularly. Your furnished housing and half your medical insurance is paid for by the school you work for, and they also cover your airfares into and out of Korea. These are great benefits that make the opportunity even more appealing.
Low Cost Of Living
Like most countries, living in the capital, Seoul, is more expensive than in the smaller towns and cities, but the cost of living is still much lower than in most Western countries. Utilities, for example, cost less than $100 a month on average.
Because it is such a popular country in which to teach English South Korea has a large community of foreign teachers, so if you ever feel that you’re in need of familiar accents, you can always find other ex-pats.
You can also travel around South Korea on weekends and your days off. There is great hiking in the summer and excellent skiing in the winter. At the end of their 12-month contract, most teachers will use their bonus and some of their savings to spend a few weeks or even months exploring nearby China, Japan and other countries in Asia.