English Program in Korea
4.1 of 5 45 reviews
epik.go.kr Seoul, South Korea 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Apr 19, 2014

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Great experience.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at English Program in Korea

ProsEasy and fun job. Plenty of free time to study the language or do as you please. Having a coteacher is great.

ConsNo choice over location. Lots of time spent "desk warming" where you must stay at your desk even though there is no work to be done.

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Good opportunity, no support

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at English Program in Korea

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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Overall, good experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at English Program in Korea

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

ConsStrong hierarchy with regards to age

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A good place to work for the unemployed English Majors.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at English Program in Korea

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

ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementCreate standardized books for different English levels.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Best decision of my life thus far

Native English Teacher (Current Employee)
Boryeong (South Korea)

I have been working at English Program in Korea as a contractor for more than a year

ProsWhen choosing to teach English abroad, you are faced with many options in a host of different countries. EPIK is one of the most reliable and highest paying organizations which is why so many people pick to come to South Korea. The contract is specific, you will get paid on time, and the school(s) you teach for are held accountable by the Korean government to the signed contract. The pay is good, and it is possible to save half of your salary to bring back home, pay off loans, etc. Korea is a great location to travel from and there are vacation times in winter and in summer. Additionally, I have met lifelong friends through orientation as well as locals and foreigners that I have met in my city.

ConsIt can be a struggle to get used to the Korean way of doing things, which tends to be extremely last minute. Language barrier is always a bit of an issue, both in terms of getting around as well as communicating with coteachers. However, I have found everyone to be very friendly and accommodating to me.

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

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EPIK is a great company to work for for some.

Native English Teacher (Former Employee)
Changwon, Kyongsang-namdo (South Korea)

I worked at English Program in Korea as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsAll the basics are covered; health insurance, rent and housing, signing bonus and vacation.
Easy job as long as you have a coteacher
Students in high school are fun to teach because there isn't much expected

ConsDifficult co teachers can mean a year of misunderstandings.
Not a lot of value in the actual teaching portion with large classes.
Can be lonely because there are so few English speakers.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive more responsibility to your teachers and expect more from them and they will deliver.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A wonderful life experience.

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

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

ProsGreat co-workers, adorable kids, not too demanding job, good pay.

ConsAwkward cultural misunderstandings, sometimes working on vacation for seemingly no reason.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was a great cross-cultural and educational experience!

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

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

ProsAll the co-teachers are very helpful in telling you exactly what they expect, and they let you work independently. They will also give you tips about where to live, eat, and play. And there's so much history there! Great food and great people!

ConsTaxi drivers can be a little reckless when they drive and a few Koreans don't like foreigners, but not much bad about the place.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm 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)

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

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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A great way to try your hand at teaching, or simply have a home base to travel.

Guest English Teacher (Former Employee)
Changwon, Kyongsang-namdo (South Korea)

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

ProsGreat pay, low bills, lots of vacation/free time

ConsCulture can rub some people the wrong way (vegans, non-whites), experience can vary widely depending on situation (co-teacher, apartment, school, etc)

Advice to Senior ManagementLess paperwork...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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