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A first-timers guide to teaching in South Korea

Teaching English in South Korea may be an exciting experience for first-time international teachers, but it can also be a bit intimidating. In this blog, we will look at what to expect as a first-time foreign teacher in South Korea, to put your mind at ease a bit.

South Korea has a distinct and rich culture that must be respected and appreciated. As a foreign teacher, you will be required to adjust to South Korean cultural standards. When you first arrive, you may suffer some culture shock, but try to be open-minded and tolerant of the differences. At the end of the day, it can be something you absolutely love!


While English is widely spoken in South Korea, you may experience certain language hurdles while speaking with students or colleagues. Before you arrive, study some basic Korean words, and you will continue to develop your language abilities while teaching and immersing yourself in the culture.


The school system in South Korea reflects the country's strong work culture. You will be expected to work hard, but your achievements will be well rewarded. It is critical to keep a professional demeanor and demonstrate dedication to the tasks you are given. Classrooms in South Korea are usually well-equipped and contemporary, with a variety of instructional materials and tools available. Class sizes might be big, and you may have pupils of all ages and skills to instruct. If you open up your imagination and put your resources to good use, you can produce fascinating and successful classes for your pupils with some preparation and organization.


Most South Korean institutions provide free or subsidized lodging to international teachers. This may be a huge advantage, although the quality of the accommodations might vary greatly. Some instructors may be assigned to a shared residence with other teachers, while others may be assigned to their own apartments.


Korean food is recognized for being spicy and tasty. While there are numerous foreign food alternatives in South Korea, you should also be prepared to taste some local specialties.