English Program in Korea
4.0 of 5 52 reviews
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Updated Jun 14, 2014

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    Good opportunity, no support

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGet to live abroad, experience a new culture, good orientation in beginning as far as culture goes.

    ConsAfter orientation, you are on your own, preparing you for teaching could be better.

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    Gambling in another country

    Native English Teacher (NET) (Former Employee)
    Daegu (South Korea)

    ProsSeeing Korea, experiencing another culture, decent salary expectations.

    ConsReally luck of the draw working conditions. Some will get a great position, others will get a school where the teachers really didn't want you to begin with but are stuck with you. No opportunities for advancement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exactly what it sounds like

    Native English Teacher (Former Employee)
    Busan (South Korea)

    Prosnew experience, travel, easy work

    Conscompany meetings, unclear structure, hit or miss

    Advice to Senior ManagementEPIK is doing their job, but if I had to give some advice. Provide more details with interviewees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good job for young grads. Not a career.

    ESL Teacher (Current Employee)
    Daegu (South Korea)

    ProsThe money is decent considering the low cost of living. Many schools have decent teachers. The work is quite easy, and there is a decent amount of vacation.

    ConsEPIK teachers rarely work together, so most are the only foreigner in their school. This means a fairly lonely existence for non ethnic-Koreans. If you happen to be Asian, you may have a slightly easier time. The biggest issue is the complete lack of potential for advancement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a system that rewards good teachers and creates new opportunities for the best.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Introduction to Culture Shock

    Elementary School ESL Teacher (Former Employee)
    Busan (South Korea)

    ProsPaychecks were on time and once a month
    Housing and Visa was set up before leaving the US
    Cultural Program prior to being placed at your school
    Stipend was provided for airfare and housing once 6 months was completed

    ConsSome Korean Teachers don't actually want you at their school
    You have no idea what city or school you will be placed at until you get to S.Korea
    If you don't like your school, your stuck for the rest of the school year

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the experienced ESL Teachers and place them in classrooms where they are actually teaching, not sitting in the back of the room.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good International Experience for New College Grads

    Guest English Teacher (Former Employee)
    Daejeon (South Korea)

    ProsExperiencing the far East. Kids are so well behaved compared to the US. Getting to teach abroad. National health insurance package is really great.

    ConsMediocre Pay, Few Holidays. Your host teacher could be great or terrible to work for. Even though I was a certified teacher back in my home country, I wasn't treated as an equal.

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    A great experience to learn about a new culture and travel the world while teaching English.

    Guest English Teacher (Current Employee)
    Samch'ŏk (South Korea)

    ProsGreat benefits and pay for the amount of work that you have to put in. Benefits include average pay, housing, pension, health insurance, vacation days, and yearly bonuses.

    ConsThere is sometimes a lack of communication from your superiors and the cultural and language barriers can make working with other challenging. The application is very long and tedious and many of your questions about placement and living arrangements won't be answered until the day before you start work. It requires a lot of patience to overcome these challenges.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Be prepared for chaos and disorganization

    ESL Teacher (Former Employee)
    Seoul (South Korea)

    ProsThe kids are great and teaching can be incredibly fun

    ConsKorean managers are clueless and have odd ideas about the way English should be taught. Curriculum will change randomly and at inappropriate times. Parents make anonymous complaints about teachers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire Korean managers and hire native English teachers to manage English departments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Pay but Thankless Work

    Native English Teacher (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat pay and benefits, especially since cost of living so low. Decent vacation time. Essentially a really excellent deal if you want to live abroad for awhile. The hours aren't long but can be made so due to discplinary issues (students, for the most part, speak zero English and you cannot control them yelling in English). If you have a great co-teacher the experience will be great.

    ConsDepending on your placement, you could have an amazing experience or an abysmal one. Be prepared to not have your ideas acknowledged or considered, run into issues scheduling vacations any time in advance, or getting heat turned on in your classroom. NETs aren't really considered "real teachers" in Korea, especially since they are foreigners. Be prepared for culture shock and to likely be unappreciated. If you have a bad co-teacher, I am oh so very sorry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great if traveling, not teaching, is your main priority in Korea.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sŏngju-gul (South Korea)

    ProsIf you are considering teaching English in Korea, working for the government is your best bet. At least you have the support of the federal government, not just your private employer.

    ConsThere are virtually no opportunites for advancement; you will remain an English puppet with no responsibilities for as long as you want to stay there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive teachers more motivation to actually learn about the local culture. Also, stop micromanaging our lives. Give us more flexibility with vacations, time off, etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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