Live, Work & Travel in Korea

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Top Sites

Life in Korea – Travel, culture, shopping and information.

The Red Dragon Diaries – A guide to life and teaching in Korea from a Facebook addicted, cubical-dwelling, corporate IT wannabe turned ESL teacher.

Employment in Korea

Employers, Agencies & Placement Services – Agency for English teachers looking for work in Korea.

Canadian Connection – A Toronto based consulting agency that helps teachers locate ESL positions in South Korea.

English Program in Korea – EPIK offers foreign university graduates the opportunity to experience Korean culture. Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree, have tefl experience or qualifications, and be a citizen of  Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States of  America. Participants will work at  training centres, any other educational institutions, or a combination of these in one of 16 cities/provinces.

Flying Cows Consulting – A UK based company which places graduates in schools in South Korea. Staff have lived and worked in Korea and offer free advice to all applicants.

I Love – An ESL job placement agency in Toronto, Canada that recruits potential teachers who are interested in teaching English in Korea.

Park English Recruitment Agency – There are many benefits to teaching in Korea. The biggest benefit of teaching ESL abroad is experiencing the culture and rich heritage of another part of the world. The annual salary of teaching English in Korea is between $24,000 and $35,000, which is comparable with starting salaries in the US, and positions include health benefits.

People Recruit – Teaching positions for degree holders. They used to use the free advertising we offer in our Jobs Abroad Bulletin but banned them for being annoying.

Employment Resources for Finding Work in Korea

Advice & Useful Sites for Finding Work

Adventures in Teaching English in South Korea – An insider guide for both newcomers and veterans. The site looks like someone cares for it – though it is showing its age – the articles are informative and looks at working in Korea from several angles.

Hi Teacher – Teach English in Korea. Information, job listings, website directory and more.

Teach English Korea – Information and advice for working in Korea, along with a list of jobs.

Teach ESL Korea – Dan Henrickson helps motivated, outgoing teachers, secure ESL teaching jobs in Korea.

Waygook – Well used community forums geared towards EFL/ESL teachers in South Korea.  Sign up for a free account to access lesson plans.

Gap Year & Voluntary Work in Korea

Unpaid Positions & Adventure

Kimchee Guesthouses – There are several Kimchee Guesthouses around Seoul and each invites volunteer helpers to stay short or long term and work three hours a day in exchange for accommodation.

Kyungsung Hostel – Work exchange positions are available at this Busan hostel and in their language café. The minimum stay is one month but two is preferred.

Seoul Base Camp Hostel – The rooms here are tents arranged in what was once an abandoned dance hall. They have a guest work exchange programme where for three hours of work each day they offer free board and all that their guests are entitled.

Study in Korea – A study in Korea programme run by the Korean government.

WWOOF Korea – A rare opportunity to find non teaching work in Korea.

Living in Korea

Real Estate and Resources for Staying Long Term

Eat Your Kimchi – Simon and Martina are a married Canadian couple that moved to South Korea in 2008. Every week they make videos about food, adventures, travel, and culture and sometimes they make videos about their dog and cat, too.

The Red Dragon Diaries – A guide to life and teaching in Korea from a Facebook addicted, cubical-dwelling, corporate IT wannabe turned ESL teacher.

Travelling in Korea

Accommodation & Getting Around

Korea Tourism Organisation

Life in Korea – Travel, culture, shopping and information.

Templestay – Templestay is a unique cultural programme which lets you experience the life of Buddhist practitioners at traditional temples which preserve the 1700 year old history of Korean Buddhism.

Other Useful Korean Websites

Culture, News…

Haru Korean – Connecting learners and native speakers of Korean.

The Korea Times – Daily English language newspaper.

Index image courtesy of Heechul