Teach South Korea


Teach South Korea


Status : Program Open
Embassy : Open
Vaccination Required : No
PCR Required to Enter : No

Teaching English in South Korea is an excellent opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while experiencing the rich culture of the East. It can be the start of a lucrative, professional career path as well as your chance to gain international experience. You will be provided with an informative cultural orientation both online and in-country, experienced teacher assistance, and a high quality teaching position! We will go the extra mile to make sure you have a smooth and successful transition into life in South Korea. Teachers earn a salary starting from KRW2.1 - 2.3 million - $18,800 - $20,500 per annum. All contracts are for a minimum of 12 months, and are renewable. Teachers also get FREE furnished housing, FREE airfare, paid holidays and contribution to health insurance coverage.

The South Korea Cultural Foundation online and in-country courses are designed to prepare future English teachers for all aspects of life in South Korea. Through online classes, the course delves into the heart of South Korean culture and values  before you arrive in the country. Once in the country, it  includes active-learning through excursions to various sites of cultural and historical significance.

Teaching English abroad is an excellent alternative to the traditional post-graduate employment path.
Teaching in South Korea can be the beginning of a rewarding career path, not to mention a chance to gain a one-of-a-kind international experience.

- Airport pick-up / Arrival assistance
- Full background checks on employing schools
- Accommodation and employment assistance
- Alumni Status: placement anywhere in Asia for free. For life.
- Access to Online Teacher Resource
- Visa Support

- Salaries KRW2.1-2.3 million - $18,800 - $20,500 per annum
- FREE Accommodation (Studio or 1-bed apartment)
- Contribution to Medical Insurance
- FREE Flights and 1 year completion bonus!

Top Placement Areas:
1. The Greater Seoul and Gyeonggi Area
2. Incheon
3. Daegu
4. Daejeon
5. Busan

Placement Types:
1. Private 80%
2. Public 20%

In-Country Orientation:
The South Korean cultural orientation is an initiative designed to help Placement Only ESL teachers who will be teaching in South Korea adapt to the social norms and new environment, allowing them to integrate smoothly into Korean society. The program consists of various activities and excursions to orientate and inform new teachers. It takes place twice a year, during spring and fall,  in the capital Seoul, and is spread over 3-4 weekends each season. We invite all the Placement Only participants who have been placed through us to attend these weekends. Highlight activities may include:

• Korean Language Classes (now provided online as part of out online cultural orientation)
• Bukchon Hanok Village Tour
• Hanbok Cafe and Gyeongbokgung Palace Tour
• Traditional Tea Tasting
• Korean Cooking Class
• Taekwondo Class

Gaining an understanding of language, history and culture is essential to making a success of teaching in South Korea.


- Any Bachelor’s degree from a South African institution
- 120 Hour TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate
- Aged 21 and older. Applicants 35 and older will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
- Minimum of 12-month commitment
- Native English speakers
- Good mental and physical health
- No criminal history
- South African passport only - no other African passport holders
(US, Canada, NZ, Australian, Irish or British accepted too)

Start/Finish Dates

We offer year-round placement.

Visa Info

Visa support by our partners in South Korea to obtain a work visa to live and work in South Korea for a year.

You will be provided with a comprehensive visa checklist. Items include your Bachelor’s degree, transcripts, Police check, health form, TEFL/TESOL certificate, references, employment contract.


Admin fee R9950
Program fee $625
Other fees Please see more info below
Visa fees USD$50-80
Travel Insurance R1795 - Up to age 29; R1900 - Over 29; 1 Month Policy; Contribution by school once in country
Airfare (approx) One-way tickets reimbursed by school.
Recommended Spending Money US$2600


Application Time:
Average of 4 - 6 months from the initial application until arrival in South Korea

Application Process:
Contact OVC today to begin the process. You will need to meet the requirements listed in the eligibility section. OVC will give a full checklist of documents to prepare to begin the placement process.

Working hand-in-hand with our partners in South Korea you will be placed, attend an online and in-country arrival orientation and move smoothly on to your placement to begin your South Korean adventure!

More Info

Additional costs for Documentation Budget:
- Degree notarized, apostilled
- Visa - USD$50-80
- SAPS Clearance - R160
- Bank Acc Setup - No charge
- Medication Shots/Vaccination - USD$0-500*
- Refundable House deposit - USD$100-150**

*No shots are 100% compulsory. Consult your doctor for shots
**If requesting your  own room during course/orientation, and one is available, cost is an additional $500

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