Q&A: Teaching in South Korea

16/10/2014 - Katie Penberthy

Stacey and Daniel are currently in South Korea, and by the looks of things, they are having the time of their life.

I conducted a short Q&A to find out more about their experience of the programme so far.

Q:  What made you apply for the Paid Teaching in Korea programme?

A: We both knew we wanted to teach and to travel so this programme looked like the best option for us. Korea is close to China, Japan, Thailand and many more countries so it makes travelling during vacation time very easy and inexpensive. The salary for English teachers in Korea is also one of the best in the world. Plus with the school paying for flights and accommodation it means you can spend your money travelling and you can also save a lot. We also did a lot of research into Korea and everything was positive from all of the foreign teachers here.


Q: Why did you choose Gap 360?

A: We looked at a few different travel companies but gap 360 stood out because of the range of programmes they had to offer. We didn’t know which country we wanted to teach in but when we went onto gap 360’s website there was so many options and Korea stood out to us. Gap 360 also offered a TEFL course which we completed and received a certificate for. We can now use this qualification in many countries around the world. Gap 360 were also very helpful from the very beginning. I would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to travel. Me and Daniel are about to book our next trip with Gap 360 for after our year in Korea is over!


Q:  What is teaching at your school like?

A: We were lucky enough to get a job at the same school. We love our jobs. We have a lot of fun with the kids and the other foreign and Korean teachers. The students are very respectful of the teachers and they also know that education is very important. It makes teaching them a lot easier. We work at an English village so it is very different to a public schools and private schools (Hagwons) but I have spoke to people in all types of schools here and they are love their schools.


Q: What do you love most about Korea?

A: This is a hard question. We love so many things about this country. Life is very good here. We go out after work and on the weekends and never get bored. There is always something to do or somewhere new to visit. The food is delicious, the temples and palaces are just beautiful, the night life is amazing, there’s a very low crime rate and everyone is super friendly! It’s just an all round amazing country.

In fact, from what I’ve heard most foreigners tend to stay in Korea longer than a year because they love it so much!


Q: Do you have any advice for people looking to do this programme in the future?

A: Yes, DO IT! Money is great, travelling opportunities are endless and you will have so much fun. If you are looking at coming alone and are worried then don’t be. There are so many foreign teachers here. You will meet friends in no time.


If you want to teach in South Korea like Stacey & Daniel, give us a call: 01892 527392

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