Ideal for first time English teachers looking to gain valuable teaching experience in a safe and secure environment.
12 months teaching placement – 3 spaces remaining


Looking to spend a year teaching English in South Korea, a beautiful nation with a rich culture? Then you’ve come to the right place! While enjoying the cultural delights of unique and lively South Korea, you’ll earn a lifelong TEFL qualification and improve your teaching skills with this TEFL internship.

Teaching in Korea is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you’re not ready to go after a one-year contract teaching students between elementary and middle school, there are options to stay! We can offer teaching positions in both large cities and small towns across South Korea, as well as a choice of private or public schools.

If you teach English in South Korea, you will be assisting young language students. However, you will have the opportunity to see South Korea outside the classroom. You’ll be spoiled for choice between the festivals, concerts, restaurants, and World Heritage Sites. Your internship begins with a week of orientation in the magnificent city of Seoul. You’ll learn all about South Korea’s intriguing culture and teaching in the nation alongside other TEFL teachers to prepare you for your exciting new TEFL journey.

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Essential information about this trip

Salary up to $2,050 - €1,730 - £1,500 depending on qualifications & experience
Rent-free accommodation
One-way flight reimbursement
End of contract bonus (equivalent to one month's pay)
120 Hour Advanced TEFL Course
Ultimate Pre-departute Culture Course for South Korea
12-month long teaching placement
Teach in public or private language schools
Visa Assistance
Full arrival induction
In-country teacher meet ups
One month online Korean language lessons
Medical insurance (school covers 50%)
Weekends off & All public holidays off
Ongoing in-country support
Introduction to Korean Culture course
Cultural Etiquette at Korean Schools short course
Bachelor's degree from the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland, South Africa or New Zealand
TEFL certificate (included)
Criminal background check (from all countries lived in over 18)
Be aged between 21 - 35 (speak to an advisor if you are older)
Passport holder from one of the following countries: USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland, South Africa or New Zealand
Good health, mentally and physically
Available for one year minimum
Enthusiastic & flexible on preferences
COVID vaccination preferred, however please highlight to our team if you are not
Legislation of Bachelor's degree
Visa (support provided)
Flights (cost is reimbursed, but initial fee is on application)
Budget: Please be prepared until your first paycheck
Police Check
Vaccines: consult your doctor
Should there be regulations in place to enter a country, additional expenses may have to be paid
Insurance: It’s really important to sort your travel and health before you go, covering COVID-19 treatment.
Quarantine: If you are hired by a public school you will need a reservation for a 10-day Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel (if required at your time of travel) plus airport pickup. Private school teachers can quarantine at their studio apartment.


Your TEFL course or teaching qualification may give you the credentials to teach abroad, but preparing yourself for the impending cultural change is a whole new ball game. Before you arrive in South Korea, having a solid understanding of the culture will help you in many ways. You will find it easier to navigate social situations, make friends, perform better at work, and transition into local life.

Your Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Getting there

Travel to Incheon airport (ICN)  where you will take a short taxi ride to your orientation hotel (unless you need to complete quarantine at an ASQ hotel for 7 – 10 nights).

Day 2-14


When you arrive, you’ll get a full week of cultural orientation (a mix of online and in-person activities according to Covid-19 regulations).
You will learn about Korean culture, language, and society at orientation, as well as develop friendships with other teachers. Visits to a Taekwondo “dojang,” a Korean cooking class, a visit to the Korean war monument, and the Hanbok experience at the Grand Palace in Seoul were among other cultural excursions.

Day 15-364

Your teaching experience

After completing 120 hours of certified teacher training, you’ll feel confident. You will work in either a public or private language school depending on your qualifications.

Teachers in public schools work at one to three schools in the mornings and afternoons, with classrooms of up to 30 students. Private schools, also known as Hagwons, have fewer classes and usually offer after-school activities in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

Your students will be largely young elementary and primary school students with a mixed level of English ability, providing you with a fantastic first-time teaching experience. During your 40-hour work week, you can expect to spend roughly 22 hours (public schools) or 30 hours (private schools) on hands-on teaching, allowing you time to develop lessons based on the in-house curriculum. Your main goal will be to help your eager pupils gain confidence as they improve their English skills through English conversational practice.

You’ll get the opportunity to seek assistance from local educators, but don’t forget to implement your own creative abilities to the classroom; this is your moment to shine!

Day 365

After your internship

You did it!  Don’t forget to congratulate yourself on a job well done. It’s time to decide if you want to continue to travel or teach in South Korea (or both).

By renewing your contract, you may be able to extend your stay in Korea and continue teaching. As a confident and experienced TEFL teacher, the opportunities are limitless for you.

What our teachers say


Schools are located nationwide, from big cities to small towns. The South Korean HQ is in Seoul. Preferences can be given during the application process, but not guaranteed.

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If you are interested in teaching English in South Korea and would like to learn more, request a call with one of our experienced travel advisors about this opportunity. Register your interest below!

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    How it works

    Before you go, you’ll have an application form to fill out and documents to submit, a video chat an then you’ll be on your way.

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    Cultural excursions

    Unsure of what to do with your valuable spare time? Look no further! We realise that your adventure bucket list is long, so put these suggestions from our previous TEFL teachers in South Korea close to the top!

    Outside the Classroom

    Outside the Classroom

    As well as your free time while teaching English in South Korea, you can take part in two cultural orientations throughout the year. Classes and excursions will take place over three consecutive weekends. 

    Teach & Travel

    Teach & Travel

    Rent-free accommodation is your typical Asian style accommodation complete with kitchenette and you get it all to yourself! The internet in South Korea is one of the fastest in the world and quite cheap.

    Work Schedule

    Work Schedule

    Students in Korea come to learn English as a supplement to or a replacement for their public school education.

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