English Program in Korea Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great beginning to an ESL teaching career, or to just explore the field.

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    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits at the time of employment, although those have drastically decreased. If you are placed with a good school and have a nice co-teacher, the experience can be awesome.

    Cons

    If you have a bad relationship with your school or co-teacher, it can be a VERY long year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although the head district coordinators tried to create a good system, the system is one that cannot be changed because it's dictated by policy. Be more upfront with teachers about the opportunity and expectations, and go back to better vacation benefits.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good opportunity, no support

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at English Program in Korea

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  3. Can be good, or not...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Daegu (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Daegu (South Korea)

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was lucky to enjoy most of my time working in Korea. The orientation was really good for this company, and the communication before going to Korea was top notch.

    Cons

    After orientation, communication was almost non existent. The company cares little about what happens to their teachers after their placement and never checked in on them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more organized and do follow ups with your teachers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Worthwhile experience. you learn about yourself and another culture. use your time wisely. explore korea and asia.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Hoe-dong, Kangwon (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Hoe-dong, Kangwon (South Korea)

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    chance to save money and travel. try not to waste your money partying. this is a great chance to save and pay off loans. make sure your students enjoy the class.

    Cons

    lack of diversity. it is hard to fit in and be yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more open to foreigners

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Gambling in another country

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher (NET) in Daegu (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher (NET) in Daegu (South Korea)

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Seeing Korea, experiencing another culture, decent salary expectations.

    Cons

    Really 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Exactly what it sounds like

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

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    new experience, travel, easy work

    Cons

    company meetings, unclear structure, hit or miss

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Good job for young grads. Not a career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Daegu (South Korea)
    Current Employee - ESL Teacher in Daegu (South Korea)

    I have been working at English Program in Korea full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    EPIK 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 ManagementAdvice

    Create a system that rewards good teachers and creates new opportunities for the best.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Introduction to Culture Shock

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Elementary School ESL Teacher in Busan (South Korea)
    Former Contractor - Elementary School ESL Teacher in Busan (South Korea)

    I worked at English Program in Korea as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Paychecks 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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Good International Experience for New College Grads

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher in Daejeon (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher in Daejeon (South Korea)

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Mediocre 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.

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Guest English Teacher in Samch'ŏk (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Guest English Teacher in Samch'ŏk (South Korea)

    I have been working at English Program in Korea full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    There 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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