Korvia Guides are official materials written by Korvia in order to help individuals better understand or complete a certain process.

How to Get an FBI Background Check in One Week

UPDATED: 04/07/16 Obtaining an FBI background check is one of the most headache-inducing parts of applying to teach English in Korea. And with the excruciatingly-slow 3-4 month FBI processing time, it’s easy to see why. But now Korvia has teamed-up with Accurate Biometrics (one of the leading FBI-approved channelers) to create an FBI background check process [...]

By | September 7th, 2016|Document Guides, Featured Articles, Guides|59 Comments

Residency Certificate | Korvia Guide

A Residency Certificate or Residence Certificate is a document that proves a person is a primary resident of a certain country. In the case of living and working in South Korea, a Residency Certificate can exempt individuals from being double taxed while teaching at a public school in Korea. Which [...]

By | August 13th, 2016|Document Guides, Guides|2 Comments

Apostille | Korvia Guide

An "Apostille" is a verification seal or page that is attached to a document to certify it for international use. Only state or federal governmental entities can issue apostilles. Apostilles are required in order to submit various documents to teach English in Korea. Apostilles do not have an expiration date. Which documents need to be [...]

By | August 4th, 2016|Document Guides, Guides|2 Comments

Survival Korean: Useful Phrases for New NETs

So, it’s finally happening. You’ve got your contract in hand, your plane ticket purchased, and you’ve been practicing your polite bow in the mirror for weeks. You’re all set to leave familiarity behind and embrace life as a teacher in Korea. Or almost, anyway. If I could give one piece of advice to new expats, [...]

By | August 1st, 2016|Editorials, Featured Articles, Guides, Living Guides|2 Comments

How to Teach English Camp in Korea Like a Pro

Just as your excitement grows for the end of teaching a semester, you’re thrown a curveball by the co-teacher. “You need to have a lesson plan for a two-week English camp by next week.” The anticipation dissipates. The clouds darken and that smile turns into confusion. English Camp? This was how I felt when I [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Editorials, Feat. Editorials, Guides, Living Guides|2 Comments

Korean Sample Lesson Plan Tips | Korvia Guide

Help! I’ve never taught ESL before and I have no idea how I should prepare! Can you give me some recommendations? Often when trying to obtain a teaching position with a public school program in Korea like EPIK, GEPIK, or GOE, applicants are required to submit a sample lesson plan with their application. Some programs will even [...]

By | March 24th, 2016|Guides, Process Guides|3 Comments

Transportation in Korea

One of the best things about Korea is how easy it is to get around the country, let alone your local city. Whether it’s by bus, subway, train, or car, there are plenty of options when it comes to choosing your ideal form of transportation in Korea. Transportation Cards If you’re new to Korea, one [...]

By | December 15th, 2015|Featured Articles, Guides, Living Guides|0 Comments

Instructions for Teachers Completing their Contract in Korea | Korvia Guide

The end of the year is approaching which means that your current contract completion date may be coming up soon. This means It is time for you to make another decision about the upcoming year. You may decide to leave Korea and begin a new future in your home country or in another, or you [...]

By | December 7th, 2015|Featured Articles, Guides, Process Guides|0 Comments

Visa Instructions for Renewing Teachers in Korea | Korvia Guide

This guide is for teachers that are currently in the process of finishing a teaching contract in Korea and have already gotten permission to renew their contract with their current school. In order to renew their contract, renewing teachers in Korea will need to report their renewal to the Korean immigration office that has jurisdiction [...]

By | December 1st, 2015|Guides, Process Guides|0 Comments

What You Gonna Do With All That Junk: Recycling in Korea

One of my earliest memorable experiences in Korea was an old woman yelling at me after I threw a bag of trash onto a garbage pile. I couldn’t understand what she was saying and had no idea why she was upset. When I told my coworkers the story, we worked out that I hadn’t disposed [...]

By | September 18th, 2015|Featured Articles, Guides, Living Guides|0 Comments