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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. "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.

  3. "English as a second language teacher"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at English Program in Korea as a contractor

    Pros

    The pay on the contract is exactly what they pay you. The money is good, they pay on time, and it's usually pretty easy work. They have a great community of expats and give you plenty of training.

    Cons

    You don't get to know where you will live until you are dropped off. Can be amazing or pretty unexpected. Either way your year will be worth it.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing great. Please try to keep all NET teachers treated the same in regards to housing, vacation, camps, etc.


  4. 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.


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    "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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at English Program in Korea full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The job was in a great location with a very engaged staff.

    Cons

    There was not enough curriculum support for new teachers.


  7. "Best decision to work somewhere different"

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    Former Contractor - English Teacher in Suwanee, GA
    Former Contractor - English Teacher in Suwanee, GA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay was great and was able to save substantially especially since my rent was paid for by the company. Lovely country, people and food. Great opportunity for travel, adventure and to learn the language. Received my pension, severance pay and exit allowance after ending the contract. The health insurance is great. Keep an open mind with everything when considering this program. It made even the cons not so bad.

    Cons

    Program downsized drastically when I left making the new intakes a smaller size. Contract changes including salary and pay scale decreases. You cannot choose a specific school, district or province but you can suggest a province. Cannot choose what type of school- high school, middle school or elementary. You can suggest your choice with your application but it it possible you'll be placed differently. EPIK program is almost cut entirely from high school.

    Advice to Management

    I haven't had problems with management.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Epik changed my life"

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    The amount of amazing people you will meet along your journey through Korea is something that you can't pass on. Teaching english in Korea has enabled me to immerse mysef in an amazing culture that i will cherish for the rest of my life.

    Cons

    there have been many rumors that the government would terminate the EPIK program. But with the dissatifaction with this rumor from the Koreans that want their children to learn English from a foreigner, i think the program will continue to go strong for the next couple of years

    Advice to Management

    keep the EPIK program GOING!!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great way to immerse yourself in a different culture"

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    Current Employee - Guest English Teacher
    Current Employee - Guest English Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


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