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English Program in Korea Reviews

Updated August 2, 2017
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Pros
  • The cost of living in South Korea is low compared to the US for me so I was able to completely clear my debt of student loans in two years (in 8 reviews)

  • You will have a lot of free time (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Last minute changes, long wait times (in 10 reviews)

  • Often disconnect due to language barrier (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "English Teacher"

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    Former Employee - English Teacher
    Former Employee - English Teacher
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at English Program in Korea (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Relatively easy
    -Only have to teach 22 hours per week
    -Most classes finish by noon
    -A good amount of vacation time
    -If you're from Canada, USA, and a few other countries you are exempt from paying taxes

    Cons

    -You are probably going to be the only foreigner in your school
    -There may be a lot of desk-warming (sitting around doing nothing)


  2. "EPIK Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great opportunity to teach English while learning another culture. Full immersion as you will most likely be the only foreigner in your school.

    Cons

    Once you're done with orientation, you are on your own.

  3. "Native English Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Native English Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Guaranteed housing, good pay, lots of benefits, and usually there is a Korean co-teacher to assist you in the classroom.

    Cons

    You don't get to choose your placement. Sometimes you will live in rural areas with long distances from your home to work.


  4. "English Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good Program. Fair with pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Luck of the draw with school placement.


  5. "Okay place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time

    Pros

    Easy to apply, no brainer. Good place if in between jobs and not sure of your next step. Easy pay.

    Cons

    Not able to decide where they will place you. Luck of the draw.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great overall experience with adequate work/life balance."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    A lot of downtime allows for opportunity to lesson plan for upcoming classes. Generally a low-stress environment.

    Cons

    Communication could be better. Obviously you don't expect everyone to cater towards you being in a foreign country but communication was often lacking.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - District Coordinator
    Former Employee - District Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employment Benefits, Work/Life Balance, Vacations, Housing, Work Life

    Cons

    Poor Administration, bad communication, vacation time limited to certain periods, chain of command fuzzy

  8. Helpful (1)

    "EPIK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great cultural experience. Get to teach and travel around SE Asia. Life changing experience. Lean a lot of Korean culture and the school system.

    Cons

    Being away from home and in a different culture can be trying at times. Cultural differences are the biggest pros and cons.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Way to save money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Easy day to day job
    -Able to travel frequently
    -Can save money

    Cons

    -Can get boring and mundane
    -Co-teachers are essential to a smooth year


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Easy and fun job but the teacher management is worse than before"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at English Program in Korea full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun classes, easy workload, lots of free time, low accountability, cultural experience, great coworkers mostly

    Cons

    The management of foreign teachers is getting meaner and taking away benefits slowly. It often makes teachers feel like we are little children.

    Advice to Management

    Reward teachers for good work and make incentives to stay


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