Teaching English in Korea: At a Glance

A near-perfect balance of cutting edge technology and old-world tranquility, this tiny gem can't be overshadowed by its larger neighboring countries. With Russia, China and Japan just across the waters, South Korea's fascinating history, modern culture, and technological advances have the world's attention. With 11 million visitors annually, South Korea has become a popular destination in Asia, and a popular country for both tourists and ESL instructors alike.

With many teaching opportunities all over the country, you'll be able to find the perfect ESL placement for you, whether it's in Seoul's rousing metropolis in the north or the quieter, southern coastal city of Busan. South Korea's ultra-modern transportation system means you can leave the hustle of the city behind, and be deep in the peaceful countryside or national parks in less than two hours, perfect for exploring all that Korea has to offer.

Take a class on Korean cooking, or enjoy a dining tour and discover the best of Korean cuisine. Try some soju and discover why this distilled spirit is the most popular in the world. Or take the opportunity to explore other countries in Asia while there: Japan, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam are a few hours away by plane, perfect for trips during school breaks.

With its large ESL market, South Korea has teaching opportunities to fit your preferences; from children to housewives to business professionals. With its affordable cost of living, high ability to save, and multiple prospective students, South Korea has the right fit waiting for you.

Places to see in Korea

  • Travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone and get a rare glimpse of North Korea
  • Tour several of Korea's UNESCO designated sites, including the Jongmyo Shrine
  • Enjoy the tranquility of Seoraksan National Park (NaeSeorak)
  • Take a safari tour or ride the wooden roller coaster at Everland Amusement Park
  • Take in a performance of Sandae Noli, a traditional Korean dance of masks

Things to do in Korea

  • Learn Taekwondo from one of the many masters of the martial art
  • Enjoy an underwater tour on the Seogwipo Submarine
  • Take a page out of Psy's book and explore the Gangnam district of Seoul
  • Rocket down the rails on Korea's High Speed Rail network
  • Try a Temple Stay, and immerse yourself in Korean Buddhism

History, Art, & Culture

  • Take part in a darye, a traditional Korean tea ceremony
  • Experience the serenity of the historic Gyeongju's Bulguksa Temple
  • Attend the annual Chopail Lantern Festival, in honor of Buddha's birthday
  • Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Gwangjang Traditional Market in Seoul
  • Discover Seoul's best bakeries and restaurants

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Oxford Seminars makes every effort to keep our information as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, individual teaching positions and experiences may vary with job market conditions. Specific information listed cannot be guaranteed to be applicable when you are seeking employment teaching ESL in a specific country.

Note that certain positions require additional qualifications and credentials that are not negotiable due to specific country legislation.

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