Opportunities in government and public schools throughout South Korea.


The positions:

  1. Duration – They are for a set period of 12 full months.
  2. Responsibilities – This section lays the groundwork for what you are expected to do. Of initial expectation is that you – the teacher improve the conversational ability of their students. But how do you do that? This will include class preparation, lesson planning, developing the curriculum, tests & evaluations, attending meetings, extracurricular activities, assisting the Korean teachers & other duties designated by your employer, but always within the boundaries of your contract. If you have not taught English before, it’s not as easy as you might think! If you don’t already have one, it might be a good idea to take a TEFL/TESOL course.
  3. Place of work – You can only teach English for your public school. Teaching private classes is illegal here in South Korea. Do it at your peril. If caught, you would lose your position.
  4. Working Hours – There are 22 classes per week. For an elementary level, each class is 40 minutes long. For middle & high, they are 50 minutes each. Since these are government positions, hours are standard – 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.
    Salary EPIK GEPIK Chungnam Incheon Gyeongnam
    2.0m to 2.7m 2.0m to 2.5m
    2.2m to 2.7m
    2.0m to 2.5m 2.1m to 2.7m
    Level Pay per month Bachelor Experience(b) Master(a) Certificate(c)
    3 This level is only available for the Gyeongnam program
    2 2.0m to 2.2m Yes(d) or Yes
    2+(e) 2.1m to 2.3m Yes 1 year (f) or Yes or Yes
    1 2.3m to 2.5m Yes 2 years and Yes or Yes
    1+ 2.5m to 2.7m Yes 2 years as Level 1(g)

    a – If Bachelor is in Education, the Master can be in any field. If the Master is in Education, then Bachelor can be in any field. If either Bachelor or Master is not in Education, a CELTA, PGCE or TEFL/TESOL 100+hrs is required.b – Formal full-time classroom experience.c – *CELTA, PGCE or TEFL/TESOL 100+hrs. Dif Major is in Education then a teaching certificate is not required.e – if Master is in Education & Bachelor is in any discipline or Master is in any disciple & Bachelor is in Education then one year as Level 2 is not required. F – 1 year at Level 2 teaching for the same MOE / POEg- 2 years at Level 1 teaching for the same MOE / POE.

    Lower boundaries are for metropolitan cities. Upper limits are for ordinary sized cities.

    Additional monetary benefits may also apply to these positions (such as rural – 100k per month & even many school allowances- 100-150k per month.) The maximum that can be made in a government public school is 2.95m won per month.

    The following are two examples to show how much a teacher would make under the following conditions :

    1. The teacher has a Bachelor in Education & 2 years of experience
    2. The teacher has a Bachelor in Art & 1 year of experience

    In the first case, the teacher would be a level 1 teacher; who would make a basic salary of 2.3m-2.4m in a metropolitan city & 2.5m in a regular sized city. In the second case, the teacher would not be eligible & would need a TESOL / TEFL of at least 100hrs. You can still apply while you are getting your TESOL / TEFL and once you have your certificate, you would become a level 2+.

    This may be necessary to secure a public school. If you don’t have one, you can still apply, but you should have completed this course one month before the date you would like to start employment.

    Taking this course may also increase your salary given the above information and will undoubtedly improve your level of competitiveness.

    If you are unsure of your level, please contact us.

    1. Airfare – An entrance allowance of 1.3m & an exit allowance of 1.3m (total of 2.6m) is provided to all teachers.
      If your flight to Korea is less than 1.3m, you keep the difference. If it is more, you need to pay the extra.
      The entrance allowance is provided within two weeks of arrival (except for Busan & Jeju positions.) The exit allowance is provided on completion of the contract.
    2. Housing – A single, studio apartment. Rent free & includes a bed, table, chairs, TV, separate kitchen facilities, refrigerator, washing machine, separate bathroom with a western toilet & sometimes an air-conditioner. Utilities (electricity, gas & water) are not free & how much they cost depending on how much you use them. It can range between $50 to $150USD per month. Internet access (you must have your own computer/laptop) & cable tv are optional & run at about $30USD per month each.
    3. National Pension. It represents 9% of your income. It is mandatory for you (unless you are South African, in which case, you are not required to contribute) & your school to provide 50% with each towards this amount. The American, Canadian & Australian governments have an agreement with the South Korean Government. The good thing is that you can get the entire 9% back once you complete your contract. To get that:1. Visit your local pension office
      2. Complete application form
      3. Provide your bank details in your home country
      4. Provide them proof that you are departing South Korea
      The process takes between 4-8 weeks.
      The UK, Irish or New Zealand citizens do not have the same agreement. So, you will not be able to get a refund on your contributions once your contract is complete.

To apply for this position please send the following documents to [email protected] quoting Korea1274 in the subject line.
Copy of Degree
Copy of TEFL Certificate
Copy of Passport


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