Why South Korea?
Teaching English (ESL) in South Korea - a treasured experience
Teaching English (ESL) abroad is a great opportunity to travel, earn money, experience different cultures and learn foreign languages. Anyone can go almost anywhere in the world and find at least some form of job opportunities to teach English abroad. The demand for Native English speaking teachers in Asia has never been greater, and job opportunities abound throughout the continent. The major ESL (English as second language) markets include South Korea, Japan, China and South East Asia, each having distinct cultures, languages and opportunities. South Korea is the class of the bunch amongst all. The South Korean English teaching market has provided opportunities for many people who want to teach English abroad.
Japan, much like South Korea has a thriving and mature ESL (English as second language) market, offering English teaching positions in both the public and private (secondary) market. Public School positions are very limited throughout the country with most employed at private language centers (privately owned businesses). Japan has one of the highest living cost indexes in the world (housing, food, transportation, cell phones, internet, medical costs). Housing is another factor when considering Japan. Housing is not provided as part of your contract benefits. You are responsible for locating and paying for your own housing out of your own salary. Housing costs in Japan are some of the most expensive in the world. While salaries in Japan can be relatively high, the overall burden of daily living costs makes it near impossible to achieve any accumulated savings, a burdensome chore. On the other hand, South Korea is less expensive than Japan, and the cost of living is manageable.
China and South East Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia) are in fact on the opposite end of that spectrum. The markets in these countries are not as mature as South Korea and have a ways to catch up in terms of classroom support and benefit packages for foreign teachers. The need for Native English teachers is recognized,. However, the governments have little means to provide training, benefits packages (competitive salaries, bonuses, housing, insurance, and round trip air fare), and classroom support for teachers from abroad. The salaries for teachers in this part of the world averages to roughly $600 US dollars a month. While this may be sufficient to provide you with a comfortable lifestyle locally it simply does not equate into savings back home. If one of your goals while working abroad is to accumulate a nice cushion of savings, something to show at a years end, doing so in this part of the world is not a reality.
Why South Korea is a marvelous destination for teaching English
as a second language (ESL)?
Teaching ESL (English as a second language) in South Korea as a Public School teacher provides the best opportunities throughout all of Asia, if not the world. South Korea has shown rapid growth for the past 25 years. This advancement and growth has created a great market for ESL (English as a second language) teachers in South Korea. With salaries that translate into substantial savings back home in the west, the low cost but high standards of living (very cheap food, transportation, high speed internet access, cell phones), benefits that include free modern single housing and free national health care insurance South Korea offers opportunities second to none. Maintaining a relatively high standard of living while achieving personal savings goals in South Korea is very much a reality. And that’s only part of the story. Geographically, South Korea lies at the heart of Asia.
Welcome to South Korea! We offer a fantastic opportunity for teaching ESL in Korea for the ones looking to teach abroad. Teaching English abroad provides you a great opportunity to save quite a bit of cash while enjoying a good lifestyle.