Any advice at all would be great! Im a Kiwi and wondering about teaching in South Korea. I am wanting to know if it is as good as websites claim it is - that is earning $3700NZ (approx 2.6mill Won) per month, full airfare paid for and accomdation provided? Do you end up spending much money, is South Korea as cheap as say Thailand? And what are the Teaching conditions like? What happens if you didnt want to work out your one year contract?
I know these are really broad questions and proberly asked a hundred times, but im trying to decide weather or not to do something different for a year and save alot of money.
I went to Thailand, Cambodia and Veitnam last year and just loved those cities, but the money would not be so good.
Thanks everyone out there!
Hi Anna, I am currently teaching in China but Korea will definatly be the next place I teach. The cost of living is very cheep and accomadation is provided within your contract. For either shared or seperate accomadation. To be reasiltic the average teaching salary would be about 2.2 million Won (not alot of difference I know from what you said). Obviously if you go to a big city the salary is less and the cost of living is higher. If you go to a smaller town you have more chance of negeioating your salary. Almost all TEFL jobs will pay your return airfare after a six month contract and both directions after a twleve month contract. I have spoke to many people working in Korea and they love it as I do in China. Most web sites do give you the correct information.
I have some contact details of schools if you are interested.
On a seperate note... I am looking for another teacher here in China if you are interested? Let me know.
Good look whatever you decide.
Check out Dave's ESL Cafe. It has specific forums for various countries, including South Korea. http://www.eslcafe.com/. You should be able to get a lot of info from other forum members.