English Program in Korea

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English Program in Korea Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
56 Reviews
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Pros
  • Money is good for the cost of living in Korea, a good place to be able to save up (in 6 reviews)

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


Cons
  • No opportunities for advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • Lots of scheduling changes that are given to you last minute (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great way to immerse yourself in a different culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Guest English Teacher
    Current Employee - Guest English Teacher

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

    Pros

    Working for the government and great benefits (Free housing and airfare, health insurance, no problems with getting paid on-time)
    Plenty of vacation time
    Comfortable lifestyle and ability to save lots of money
    Co-teacher and school can greatly affect your opinion of the job

    Cons

    You will probably be the only non-Korean working at the school. Only able to take vacation time during school vacations. You do not get to pick your location and will be randomly placed in Korea.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time for 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great way to live abroad

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    • 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.

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  5. 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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at English Program in Korea

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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.

  7.  

    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

  8. 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
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for 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
  10.  

    The program is amazing.

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    • 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 for more than a 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
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    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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