More and more people are choosing to travel and teach English in Korea in schools, universities and academies. This option allows you to see the world while at the same time earning money, so constraints such as a job back home or running out of funds no longer have to stop you experiencing new cultures. There are countless advantages to this kind of job, and a few of them will be discussed now.
A major benefit is the fact that the job allows you to explore a new country without having to save up the kind of money that you would usually need for such a trip. Since English is a highly sought after language in Korea, getting the necessary documents to teach there is usually a relatively simple task, in comparison to trying to find other kinds of work abroad which can often be almost impossible.
This demand to learn the English language also means that there are plenty of positions
available in the country. Every school or academy wants to be able to advertise themselves as having a native English speaker on the staff so finding a job there is not difficult. As many people find that job opportunities are scarce in their home countries, this can be a very appealing option.
To teach at most Korean establishments, all that you need is a degree in any subject from a university. Teaching experience or previous training is not required although it may mean that you get a slightly better wage. As long as you show capability at interview or assessment day, teaching in Korea is an option for anyone with a degree no matter what academic background they have.
A year or two teaching in the country can also help you if you would like a career in education, whether at home or abroad. Once you have experience in the classroom you will be at an advantage when applying for other teaching jobs, and if you wish to qualify to teach at home then this experience will also look good.
It is very possible that you will be able to earn a more generous salary in Korea than you would get back home. The pay for English lessons is attractive, and there are many additional bonuses that are offered by most employers, which supplement your income. For example, it is usual for a teaching position to include rent on a studio apartment and the air fare to get to the country and back again.
As well as the fact that you will be earning a good amount of money and not having to spend any on rent, many things that you will be spending money on are less expensive than they may be in your home country. Trains and buses in particular are very cheap, and food will not set you back too much as long as you eat local produce and not imported goods.
By coming to teach English in Korea, you are likely to find that you have an experience that you will never forget. Not only will you be able to put aside some money while still living comfortably, but you will get an incredible chance to immerse yourself fully in the way of life of another country.
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