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1. Experience and Certifications
Q. Is previous teaching experience required?
A. No, previous teaching experience is not needed for obtaining employment or a work visa in South Korea.
Q. Are ESL training courses (TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, etc.) or certifications needed to apply?
A. No, training courses or certifications are not a job requirement for teaching in Korea.
Q. Can I work as a teacher in Korea without a bachelor's degree or greater?
A. No, the minimum qualification needed to obtain work in Korea requires applicants to have a bachelors degree or greater. Korean Immigration will not issue a working visa without this level of education.
Q. Do I need to speak some Korean to obtain employment with a credible school?
A. Or course not! Having no knowledge or understanding of the Korean language does not reflect the number of job offers you receive.
2. Money Questions
Q. How will my employer pay me?
A. Upon arrival your school will provide you with a Korean bank account. Your salary will be placed directly in your account each pay day. You will be able to withdraw money with your Korean bank card or your bank book.
Q. When will I be paid?
A. The large majority of schools in Seoul pay their western staff on a monthly basis.
Q. How can I send money home?
A. The process of sending money home is quite easy. Go to any international Korean bank (example: Korean Exchange Bank) and provide them with your account details for your home country. You will need to show them your passport and alien registration card, then wait for the money to go through. It's that simple!
Q. How much can I save in 1 year?
A. This depends on your spending habits, although most teachers easily save $10,000 - $15,000USD in their first year.
Q. Should I bring money into Korea?
A. Yes. Teachers get paid on a monthly basis, therefore having enough money to cover the costs of your first month in the country will be required. Seoul Teaching recommends having $600 - $800USD available for your first month in the country.
Q. Who will pay for my flight to and from Korea?
A. Your school will cover the costs of your flight to and from South Korea.
Q. Am I responsible for paying taxes in Korea?
A. Yes. As a teacher you will be responsible for paying taxes to the Korean revenue agency. These taxes should fall within the 3.3 - 5% bracket and will be deducted directly from your salary each month. Teachers are not responsible for filing their taxes with the Korean government; your school will handle these matters for you.
Q. Am I responsible for paying taxes in my home country while I'm in Korea?
A. Different western countries offer different tax options for their citizens while out of the country. It's best to check with your national revenue agency or a certified accountant on these matters to see what options you are eligible for.
Q. Who will pay for my accommodations?
A. Your school will provide and cover the costs of your accommodations during the contracted period. As a teacher you will be responsible for paying utility fees only.

3. Travel Preparations
Q. Who organizes my flight to Korea?
A. Seoul Teaching will organize your flight details with your Korean employer. After we have purchased your ticket we will send it to you in E-Ticket format via email.
Q. Who organizes my flight home?
A. Schools usually organize the teachers flight home.
Q. Will someone meet me at the airport?
A. Yes. Seoul Teaching will arrange to have someone waiting for you at the airport upon your arrival.
Q. Who will take me to my apartment upon arrival?
A. The person we have waiting for you at the airport will take you directly to your apartment or the school.

4. Health and Medical
Q. Are any immunizations required for entering Korea?
A. No. Immunizations are not required for obtaining work visas or entering customs.
Q. Are there any immunizations I should obtain before entering Korea?
A. Seoul Teaching recommends getting your HEP shots before arriving in Korea. It's also wise to speak with your doctor before traveling to a foreign country.
Q. Will I receive medical insurance during my contracted period in Korea?
A. Yes. All western teachers in Korea are entitled to 50% health coverage as stated in Korean law. The remaining 50% will be deducted from your monthly salary. Health coverage payments equate to roughly 1.8% of your monthly salary.

5. Accommodations
Q. Where will I live while working in Seoul?
A. Your school will provide you with an apartment in your area. The apartments are usually within walking distance of the school itself.
Q. Will my accommodations be ready upon arrival?
A. This depends on the teacher you will be replacing. If your apartment is not ready upon arrival then the school will place you in a motel for a few days until your apartment is ready. The schools will cover the motel costs during this time.
Q. Will my accommodations be furnished upon arrival?
A. The teacher apartments are usually furnished upon arrival. If they are not completely furnished then the school will organize the furnishing during your first week in the country.
Q. Who will pay for my apartment in Korea?
A. Your employer will cover the cost of your accommodations during your time in Korea, excluding utilities.
Q. Am I responsible for paying apartment utility bills?
A. Yes. Phone, internet, hydro and cable are the teachers responsibility.
Q. How much will utilities cost each month?
A. This depends on your phone plan, internet service (if applicable), etc. On average, utilities in Seoul for a studio apartments cost 100,00won per month.
Q. How big will my apartment be?
A. Not very big! Seoul is one of the most dense urban cities on the planet... meaning space is very limited. Generally speaking, the closer you are to central Seoul the smaller the apartments become. Even though the apartments are smaller than western standards, the majority of them are quite modern, designed well and very livable.

6. Submitting your application
Q. When should I submit my application?
A. Although we work with applications 2-3 weeks before scheduled starting dates we try to finalize jobs (between teachers and schools) 6-10 weeks in advance. When possible we recommend submitting your application 2-3 months before your desired departure date.
Q. What will I need to include in my application?
A. Your updated resume, a recent photo and the completed application form. Please visit our 'job requirements' and 'visa procedures' pages for detailed information.
Q. When will I start receiving job offers from Seoul Teaching?
A. This depends on a number of variables which include: When you applied, when you want to depart, location requests, salary requests, student age requests. We try to provide all applicants with offers 2-6 business days after we have received the application and conducted the initial interview.

7. General
Q. How much does Seoul Teaching charge the applicant?
A. All teacher services are FREE to the applicant.
Q. Does Seoul Teaching take a percentage of my salary?
A. No. Seoul Teaching does not take a percentage or set amount from your monthly or yearly salary. As recruiters, we obtain a 'one-time' fee from the school you decide to work for.
Q. Are there short term contracts available?
A. At times we are able to locate short term contracts, 6-8 months in length. However, these positions are quite rare and are usually filled within a few days of the opening.
Q. How many hours would I be working each day, week, month?
A. The industry standard for 'in-class' teaching hours at schools in the Seoul region equate to: 5.5 - 6 hrs/day, 25 - 30 hrs/week, and 110 - 120 hrs/month.
Q. Who do I contact if problems arise?
A. In the event that problems arise with your employer, then we recommend contacting us right away.
Q. Do Korean employers discriminate against non-Caucasian teachers?
A. Yes. Not all Korean schools discriminate against non-Caucasians, however many schools specifically request Caucasian applicants. Why? Many Koreans feel that minorities from western countries are not native English speakers, regardless of where they were born and raised. Additionally, many Korean employers specifically request Canadian and American teachers only. Why? Because much of the media and English influence in Korea comes from North American culture and schools feel that students will have an easier time understanding teachers who speak with an accent that's familiar to them.
Q. Do the schools supply training and orientation?
A. Yes. Depending on the schools immediate needs, teacher training and orientation will last 1-5 business days.
Q. When does the official school year begin?
A. The official school calendar begins at the start of September; the second semester begins in February. Public schools positions in the Seoul area are usually the first to fill up and the majority of jobs here are only available at the start of each semester, September and February. Alternatively, private language schools (Hagwons) in Korea hire new teachers based on the current teacher's contract, not the academic calendar. Because of this factor private school positions in Korea are available 12 months of the year.
Q. Why do Language schools hire western teachers all year long?
A. Because too many teachers are required to fill the number of positions available during designated months only. Unlike public schools which employ 1 western teacher per school, some private schools employ up to 12 western teachers. Additionally, private schools do not have set academic calendars and are able to phase in new employees with relative ease.
Q. Will my school provide a developed curriculum to follow?
A. Yes. All private schools in Korea will have a designated curriculum for the teachers to use. Public schools also have some curriculum to follow, although you will likely be required to develop as well.
Q. Will my school have a dress code to follow?
A. This depends on the schools. Generally speaking Korean schools in Seoul allow their teachers to attend work in 'semi-casual' attire. Presentable jeans, khakis, low cut skirts, golf shirts, etc. are usually acceptable at most schools. Schools also require male teachers to be clean cut during work days, Monday to Friday.
Q. Can I apply with a friend?
A. Yes. We do not guarantee jobs at the same school for every couple, but we do our best to accommodate your requests. If we are unable to place you at the same school then we can usually place 2 people at separate schools in the same area.
Q. Is Seoul a safe place to live and work for a year?
A. Yes. Statistically smaller American, Canadian, British and Australian cities have higher crime rates then Seoul.
Q. Is traveling to other parts of Korea safe?
A. Yes. Korea is a very safe country to travel as an individual or as a group.
Q. What items should I bring with me to Korea?
A. It's quite easy to find everything you could possibly need in the Seoul area.


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