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Korea ranks second on the global education index

Notorious for the amount spent on higher education, Korea reaps the rewards ranking second out of 50 countries by Pearson Education on a new global education index called the Learning Curve.


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Before you depart we will provide you with detailed instructions on how to get to your destination from Incheon airport. If you are taking a bus it is really easy just come out of the arrivals gate into the terminal lobby, each exit out of the airport is numbered and the number corresponds with the platform where you will take your bus from. Next to exit 9D you’ll find the bus ticket desk where you can purchase your ticket. Once you have purchased your ticket give myself or Kyeongmi a call from a payphone so we know when to meet you. The buses are really comfortable; you will have large reclining leather seats, can put your luggage under the bus and can sit back and enjoy your first glimpse of South Korea.

When you arrive at your destination either your director or someone from Teach Koreans (if you come to Cheongju), will meet you and take you to your apartment. It maybe the case that you are taking over the current teacher’s apartment and they are going to be training you for a couple of days in which case you’ll be put up in a hotel (paid for by your school of course)

We try our best to have you arrive on a Friday so you can have the weekend to settle in and meet some other foreigners in your area before observing classes on Monday. However, in some cases this may not be possible and you may be expected to start your training the day after you arrive. We know this isn’t ideal but we will inform you by email before you arrive about the day you will start work.

Training Period

Alien Registration & Health Test

Arrival in Korea

When you arrive at work on the first day make sure you dress smartly regardless of the dress code in your school. As always first impressions are paramount so get off to a good start by appearing professional and eager to begin teaching. During the first conversation with your director it is always a good idea to prepare some useful questions about the school and what is expected of you. Ask about the number of students in the school, their level, the school’s culture and teaching philosophy, what is to be expected of you in the classroom, your schedule and  anything else you think might be helpful

You will have between one to five days of observing classes, exactly how long will depend on your school’s situation. Make the most of this time, take some notes about how the teacher conducts the class and the admin you are expected to do. Do your best to remember the students’ names as it is important to build up a rapport as quickly as possible. After a couple of days of observing you may be asked to take a few classes on your own with guidance from the current teacher to ensure you are ready to start teaching on your own. Once the observation is over you will be expected to hit the ground running and develop your teaching skills as you go along.

The first few weeks will be very confusing, you have to get used to your teaching schedule, get your head around the admin work and may be a stuck for ideas in the classroom. Furthermore you’ll still be getting to know your students and some kids may be a little apprehensive and shy around you making it difficult to connect with them. Outside of work everywhere will look the same, the food will taste and smell quite strange, you will have to meet a whole new set of friends and no doubt you will feel a little homesick. For some people this is very daunting but for most this is reason you are moving away from your home comforts. While everyone deals with these feeling different our advice is to be patient, before you know it the teaching will come a lot easier and more enjoying, you will have a new network of friends, will have picked up some essential Korean expressions and hopefully will start feeling comfortable in your new surroundings.

Legally you have 90 days from your arrival in Korea to register with the local immigration office and apply for your Alien Registration Card (ARC). The ARC is like a National Insurance Number (UK) or Social Security Number (US and Canada) and gives you the right to get national health insurance, open a bank account and take out a phone contract. It is therefore in your best interest to get this sorted as soon as possible.

Before you can apply for the ARC you need to pass a routine health check. There are designated hospitals in your local area that are authorized to administer the test. Your director will hopefully organize this for you but if it’s not being sorted out in a timely manner then please get in touch and we will direct you on where you can go and what you need to do. (If you are located in Cheong Ju, Kyeongmi will organize everything for you so you don’t need to worry)

You will need to take the following documents to the designated hospital::

The check involves a blood test, urine test, eyesight test as well as measurements of your height and weight. The test will check for serious medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, TBPE and drug use (INCLUDING CANNABIS). If you are unsure about your health we recommend that you visit your doctor and be tested in your home country. If there are any discrepancies with your health screening in Korea, your visa may be revoked and you will be deported and possibly blacklisted (leaving you unable to enter Korea).

After about a week you will receive a call instructing you to go to the hospital to pick up the results. Hopefully you will receive a clean bill of health in which case you can apply for your ARC. In order to get the ARC you need to go to the immigration office with the following documents:

The ARC takes about a week to process during which time your passport will remain in the immigration office. The immigration officer will issue you a receipt confirming they have your passport, so, in the highly unlikely case you get stopped by the police you can present the receipt as evidence of your identity as legally all foreigners must carry either their passport or ARC with them at all times.