Teaching in and of itself can be very rewarding. However, there are many other benefits which are provided by Korean schools. South Korea, in particular, is one country where those benefits are numerous for those who want to teach English as a foreign language, known as TEFL, or teach English to speakers of another language, known as TESOL.
By using an agency such as ESL Job Link, South Korea opens the world of teaching to those who want to teach at reputable schools. Those who are college graduates, have a good command of the English language, and are passionate about teaching can be placed by us in either private or public schools.
Salaries are very good in South Korea and teachers are typically able to save a great deal of money while living there. Korean schools cover the monthly rent for an apartment which includes all the basic living amenities and is generally spacious enough for single people. It typically has a bed, a refrigerator, washing machine, cooking utensils and a gas stove. Often a table, chair, sofa and a television are included.
South Korea also has very low costs for utilities, food and transportation. ESL teachers have a very low income tax or are completely exempt, and medical costs are inexpensive.
In addition, the airline flight to and from South Korea is covered by Korean schools.
As most schools provide the lesson plans and materials for class, sometimes requiring only special related activities to be developed, there is time for travelling and exploring over the weekends. Korea is a small country and easy to get around. During the summer, there is hiking in the mountains and during the winter months, these same mountains are ideal for skiing. The South has islands and beaches for relaxation.
For long weekends, it is possible to fly to China, Vietnam, Thailand, The Philippines, and Japan to get away from the hustle of the big city. Once teachers have completed their contracts, many take the time to travel around Asia with the money saved during the year.
In general there is a large community of foreign teachers in Korea, primarily from the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as Canada, New Zealand and Australia. So, should you ever feel a bit far from home, it is easy to find people who grew up in places similar to yours. This can make for a most enjoyable teaching experience in South Korea.