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  • Tylah W
  • Newgookin

    • 3

    • May 18, 2021, 05:04:20 pm
    • Ulsan, South Korea
Hello there!

I am a South African teacher that has been teaching in Korea for nearly 2 years now.
I have been at the same school since arriving and have taught ages 5 to 16.

I am hoping to find a new job that will focus on elementary and up (even up to high school). Like many others, I am specifically looking to move to the northern part of the country, if possible, but am open to other options.

Additionally, I have a total of 140 hours TEFL qualification as well as a 4-year degree.

My contract ends in July so I am seeking a job that will start around AUGUST/SEPTEMBER.

Hope to hear from you soon!


  • hangook77
  • The Legend

    • 3242

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Re: Experienced Teacher, currently in Korea, seeking employment
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2021, 08:20:26 am »
No worries.  I am sure a low paying hakwon job will pop up soon enough. 


  • Kyndo
  • Moderator LVL 1

    • 2215

    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: Experienced Teacher, currently in Korea, seeking employment
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2021, 10:13:39 am »
^ Which you'll probably be looking to avoid.

If you're not already, I would recommend looking into public schools.
EPIK would be the way to go, of course, but I've heard that many people have also had luck with direct hires (not facilitated by EPIK etc).


  • Tylah W
  • Newgookin

    • 3

    • May 18, 2021, 05:04:20 pm
    • Ulsan, South Korea
Re: Experienced Teacher, currently in Korea, seeking employment
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2021, 02:09:08 pm »
Ah, I'm actually looking more at Hagwon jobs. I have been at one for two years and enjoy it. I did actually apply to EPIK but it seems to be a bit of a mess over there and even my recruiter is confused with their acceptions/ rejections this time around. I think it may be partially due to all the deferrals from last year.

Either way, evening Hagwon jobs are a bit more suited to me currently. I am applying on various sites of course.


  • Tylah W
  • Newgookin

    • 3

    • May 18, 2021, 05:04:20 pm
    • Ulsan, South Korea
Re: Experienced Teacher, currently in Korea, seeking employment
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2021, 02:10:36 pm »
^ Which you'll probably be looking to avoid.

If you're not already, I would recommend looking into public schools.
EPIK would be the way to go, of course, but I've heard that many people have also had luck with direct hires (not facilitated by EPIK etc).

I had heard that it was nearly impossible to get into a public school without EPIK. Would they be looking on esl job boards too or approaching schools directly?


  • Kyndo
  • Moderator LVL 1

    • 2215

    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: Experienced Teacher, currently in Korea, seeking employment
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2021, 07:32:06 am »
Yeah, independent hires are pretty rare, and while I've seen one or two adverts from schools posting vacancies, usually it's just via word of mouth from other public school teachers so it might be pretty hard to stumble across something that would suit you without already having local connections.

If you're still looking for different recruiting agencies, maybe this might be helpful
https://www.90daykorean.com/recruiters-in-korea/

Although I remember that there's a SA teacher placement agency for ESL in South Korea. Used to be called "Teach Korea", but now has changed its name to "GoldKey Education" I think. I have a few Saffer friends who've used it and highly recommend it.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2021, 07:43:43 am by Kyndo »


  • Kyndo
  • Moderator LVL 1

    • 2215

    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
Re: Experienced Teacher, currently in Korea, seeking employment
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2021, 12:13:10 pm »
Also, here's a  public schools doing a direct hire:
https://www.waygook.org/index.php?topic=122165.0;topicseen