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Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
62 Reviews
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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 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 (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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great way to live abroad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

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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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    EPIK was EPIK

    • 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

    Pros

    Good money
    Structure
    Fixed pay dates
    A clear contract
    Okay syllabus

    Cons

    A challenge with a co-teacher, especially because they change all the time
    Social obligations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make the English package more attractive to Korean teachers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Sometimes frustrating, sometimes maddening but ultimately rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Pros

    [disclaimer: I was placed at a very unique, small elementary school on the city outskirts. It was an abnormal situation even for the Korean teachers there.]
    I had a wonderful time and a great relationship with the school I was at despite a major language barrier during the first year. Students were mostly well behaved and school staff were supportive. Overall two of the best years of life.
    I never had any problems with sick days, vacation, pay, etc. One of the staff even helped me look for a new apartment and move before my 2nd contract had started.
    That said, regardless of placement you should expect things to be run in an orderly fashion for EPIK in terms of all paperwork as it is a government position. Your time off will be honored though it may be at the school's discretion, and classes are always within your set hours.

    Cons

    You're likely to be handcuffed by a bureaucracy that's far out of your control. Often times things will happen that seem nonsensical; classes will be canceled without warning, random classes will be altered, your co-teacher may change everything around last minute and not tell you etc.
    The cultural differences are real; it sounds obvious but plenty of people don't fully understand that they're moving to a new country and what all comes with it.
    Also there's no real room for advancement within the program.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great alternative work experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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
    Neutral Outlook

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