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View Larger Image Korea is one of the highest paying countries to teach English in. After I left university, one of my desires was to teach English abroad. I looked up every possible country and opportunity that I could imagine, ranging from big cities of the Middle East, through to small Polynesian islands, isolated for thousands of miles.

I weighed up all the pros and cons of each country, read through mountains of online material, and in the end, I finally settled on teaching English in South Korea. I spent one year teaching kids of all ages, as well as a few adult classes, and loved my experiences.

Here are my top ten benefits of teaching English in South Korea: Money Although teaching is an experience, it is still a job. From a job, we get money. In Korea, that money is rather good.

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University jobs can pay a lot more. A lot of teachers also make extra money by teaching private classes outside their regular classes. Although some employers will turn a blind eye to these activities, I have seen people lose everything, but I have rarely met a teacher who has not taught at least a few private classes.

Another bonus is that all national holidays are paid and if you are lucky, your school may also offer you extra vacation time. It varies between nothing my school and a month, although university teachers sometimes get several months paid vacation each year.

Upon arrival, my school took me to my apartment and then to the hospital for my health and drug tests if you are found to have drugs in your system, you cannot get your E2 visa.

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Shortly afterwards I received my residency card and became a fully fledged, legal alien. Medical Coverage Your employer will contribute half of your medical insurance, while the other half is deducted from your wages, along with your pension contribution.

This ensures that you will receive free medical treatment all year round, as long as you keep your alien residency card on you. As a UK citizen, the pension money cannot be touched until retirement in the UK although other countries receive it as a lump sum upon departureso I arranged with my school to cancel my pension.

This also meant that my medical insurance had to be cancelled as they are paid together. I arranged my own travel insurance with a UK company and the total cost was considerably less than if I had continued with the combined cost of Korean medical contribution and pension.

If you wish to do the same, you can get good quality, comprehensive travel insurance from this page. Pre-arranged jobs Using one of the many agencies online, it is very easy to arrange a job before you leave your own country.

Interviews will be done over the phone and when you arrive, your life will be ready to go. In fact, sometimes the time is a little too short. Many teachers will arrive on a Saturday or a Sunday, only to start teaching or observing on the Monday morning. I have teamed up with a Korea recruiter for people who want to teach English in South Korea and you can apply here.

With the way the level of supply and demand for English teachers has changed over the past few years, you might also want to consider teaching in other countries. However, you do need to have a minimum of a hour TEFL course in order to be employed by a government school and having a teaching qualification may result in higher pay.

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Use the little infographic style quiz I created to see whether or not you should do a teaching qualification, then read lots more about the topic here. Free, Fully Furnished Housing Although they are not the most luxurious of apartments, housing in Korea is generally spacious enough for single people or couples when in a couple apartmentand includes everything that you need to live.

Check the specifics with your employer before you arrive, but generally housing includes all bedding, cooking utensils, a fridge, and a washing machine. I also had a table and chairs, a sofa, and a large television. However, you will comfortably have enough money to go out for dinner Korean restaurants are very cheaptake taxis when you need them, and spend weekends away.

In my experience, I would generally go out for dinner and drinks several times a week, then go away every other weekend. Unfortunately, groceries in South Korea are not cheap. These include makgeolli, soju, and fruit wines amongst others. If you ever feel a bit far from home, it is easy to find people who grew up in similar places to you.

In my city DaeguI knew without fail, that if I walked into one of the five bars that foreigners frequented, I was guaranteed to find someone or a great many people that I knew. Within Korea, there are also a lot of foreigner sub communities such as vegan and eco-warrier groups.

The national sports leagues are also a lot of fun, primarily football and softball although smaller leagues Irish sports and ruby are also catered for. During my second stint in Korea, on Jeju, I became involved in volleyball, ultimate frisbee, hiking, cycling, and football.

There were plenty of foreign teachers on the island and the social aspect of my life was incredible. Thus if you need another beer at 6 in the morning, look no further than the flashy lights.Teaching English Language Learners to Read.

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