Why Teach in Korea

Koreans are obsessed with education to enable the best future for their children. No wonder that two thirds of Koreans aged 25-34 hold college degrees with mandatory English classes. English teachers in Korea can expect to make between $1,300 and $3,000 per month.

 

How far exactly will your salary get you in Korea? Most teachers can put away quite a good portion of their salary - even with a salary of $1,900 per month. You can live quite comfortably when teaching in South Korea.

 

Most foreigners settle in Seoul, the country’s capital, or Busan, the second largest city in Korea. However, you can find charming cities all across the peninsula. The number of expatriate English teachers hailing from English-speaking nations has increased and stood at more than 22,000 in 2010.

 

The “Korean Wave” (Hallyu) is overflowing the West, with K-Pop and K-Dramas being more popular than ever.

 

At the same time, the number of foreign arrivals in South Korea has increased from 8.7 million in 2010 to over 14 million in 2014.

 

Most tourists travel to the three best known places: Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island. Even though Korea is a rather small country, it is a country rich with history and culture. How about visiting the famous royal tombs of the Joseon Dynasty or stop by one of Korea’s historic villages of Yangdong or Hahoe? Don’t forget about the volcanic island and lava tubes of Jeju!

 

Unique to Korea, almost every meal comes with a variety of side dishes (banchan) that accompany rice and the main dishes. Traditionally, Korean dishes are mostly spicy and flavorful with fermented red chili paste (gochujang) and pepper flakes.

 

Be sure to try the following most popular dishes: Bibimbap, Kimbap, Korean BBQ, tofu stew, raw beef, and don’t forget Korea’s most popular alcoholic drink: soju – Korean rice schnapps!

 

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