English Program in Korea

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English Program in Korea Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, especially since cost of living so low (in 6 reviews)

  • Great co-workers, adorable kids, not too demanding job, good pay (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • There's definitely a language barrier (in 5 reviews)

  • No opportunities for advancement (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great way to live abroad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time

    Pros

    Teaching is rewarding and the compensation is good.

    Cons

    You'll make more stateside with a degree.

  2.  

    Overall, good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at English Program in Korea

    Pros

    Learned a lot, loved the kids, co-teachers were nice

    Cons

    Strong hierarchy with regards to age

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to work for the unemployed English Majors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at English Program in Korea

    Pros

    Excellent savings potential for just graduating.
    School provided lots of cultural educational opportunities.
    Hours are very reasonable.
    Lots of free time for continuing education.

    Cons

    No material was provided to teach from.
    Translating teachers rarely present.
     Little to no feedback directly provided for improvement.
    No real career advancement opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create standardized books for different English levels.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great alternative work experience!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Dopyeong-ri (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Dopyeong-ri (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    I got to plan my own classes and was given free roam to teach how I wanted to. My work load was very comfortable and manageable and the children were very friendly and well behaved. Salary is tax free and you get accommodation on top of a very competitive salary!

    Cons

    Some of the Korean staff were a little cold towards me and it was difficult to make friends at work. This wouldn't have been so bad if there were other foreign teachers at my school, however I was the only one and so felt a bit left out at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would encourage the Korean teaching staff to make better use of the foreign teachers in both learning from the western teaching style and simply learning more about western culture. It is also a good chance for the teachers to improve their English and this should be taken advantage of!

    Recommends
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  6.  

    Safest Bet for your First Time Abroad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher in Gimcheon (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher in Gimcheon (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    +Excellent safety net. Lot's of other foreign teachers to get to meet, very strong communities.
    +Solid pay. You get paid what they say they will pay you. Better than working for an independent hagwon.
    +Nice bonus. Resigning bonus and return flight perk is excellent!
    +Room and board. Free accommodations, always a plus.

    Cons

    -So-so training. It's really hit and miss. The orientation kinda gets you ready, but after the week or so of classes, off into the wild you go.
    -Kinda random chance. Just like every job, the odds of you getting stuck at a problematic school are going to be 50/50
    -Unfulfilled promises. Your coordinator can only do so much. If the school decides to do shady things, trying to get them to lend a hand can sometimes be a pain.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great way to enter into the field of teaching English abroad.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher in Miryang (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher in Miryang (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    Gain experience teaching while having the flexibility and freedom to explore a new country. They provide you with a furnished apartment (or a housing allowance if you prefer to find one for yourself), 50/50 medical (doctor visits are pretty cheap anyway!), paid vacation and national holidays, and a bonus for renewing your contract. Awesome experience.

    Cons

    There's definitely a language barrier. All the schools I was placed in during my two-year stint in South Korea were in the country side where it English wasn't very common. Even in the bigger cities like Seoul and Busan had limited English. However, it is getting better!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training sessions sometimes seemed redundant and pointless. Sometimes the arrival dates don't match with their scheduled training dates so you may already be placed in a school teaching for months before going to training.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Great Opportunity to earn well, kind of teach, and live in a wonderful country

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Gwangju (South Korea)
    Former Employee - ESL Teacher in Gwangju (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    -Salary
    -Food (if you like it)
    -Korea (if you like it)
    -Expats (if you like them)
    Korea is a fantastic place - but your experience will largely be determined by you own personal comfort level with both Korean culture, your local expat community, and the location of your placement. A rural placement should only be considered by someone who is ok with solitude, and has a strong desire to learn Korean. A city placement can be considered by someone who has a desire to learn basic Korean only, and needs the familiarity of modern conveniences, and an easily accessible expat community.

    Korea is a great place to live in, and explore. The food is delicious (to most).

    Cons

    Depending on your location/position - you may or may not be really teaching. Korean office politics are very different from Western office politics. It is very difficult to actually "teach" a language when you have a class of 40 (or more), with students of varying abilities (sometimes including one, or two special needs!), and on top of that, you see them for only one hour a week. It is very difficult to form significant friendships with Koreans within a year. The expat community can make or break your experience. It is a very alcohol-centric culture (both local, and expat).
    B.S.mandatory training sessions from EPIK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicated with EPIK 4 times in 4 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    The program is amazing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Gwangju (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Gwangju (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    The pay is great and the amount of time you get to do other things like travel and try new experiences are unmatched.

    Cons

    Depending on how your co-teachers are will depend on how hard work will be.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Can be good can also be bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time

    Pros

    Much less work than typical Korean Hagwons. Pay is close to Hagwon rates. Co-teaching with capable teachings can be enriching and rewarding.

    Cons

    No control over where you are placed. Some teachers can be very difficult to work with. As such if you get a good co-teacher you'll have a great year. A bad co-teacher (i.e. a teacher who has no desire to co-teach but must because of directives from above) you will likely have a long year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try selecting Korean co-teacher who are keen to co-teach. Select CELTA (or other 120 hour TESOL) certified native speakers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    English

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

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

    Pros

    Easy job.
    Decent pay for a recent college grad.

    Cons

    No room for growth in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow us to have more power with policy implementing.

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