FAQ for TEFL Course & ESL Jobs Korea
What is ‘Travel and Teach Project’ of ATI?
The ‘Travel and Teach Project’ of ATI is a wonderful opportunity for eligible teachers to get as assured ESL job in the oriental countries after completing an online TEFL course from ATI. This comes at a mere price of USD 500 and the teachers will be able to earn enough from the schools to cover their course fee and also travel around.
Can I save money or pay off student loans while working in Korean schools?
Korea has the most lucrative ESL job market and the teachers are paid very well. The teachers are paid about USD 1500 per month, which is enough to survive in Korea. The accommodations are provided by the schools and also Medical insurance. The apartments have all necessary amenities and are near the schools so the candidates can avoid communication cost. If the teachers choose not to.
When will I get the TEFL certificate?
The TEFL certificate will be given to the candidates after they complete the ESL job contract with American TESOL Institute.
Do I have a choice of city or schools?
No, there is no choice of a city or schools you will have to take a job which we provide through our job placement agencies.
What is the climate like in Korea? What kind of clothes should I bring?
South Korea has four distinct seasons. It is very cold during the winter months and during summer months, it is quite warm. As the ESL teachers will be staying for a year in South Korea it is better to bring clothes for both summers and winters. Western clothes are very popular in this country and even in the stores you will find all the western lines of clothing.
What shall I so if I get sick in South Korea?
There are a number of good hospitals in South Korea, where you can good medical attention. There are enough western facilities and the doctors are very helpful. The school authority can help the teachers in getting medical treatment.
How is the food in Korea?
How safe is South Korea?
How is the nightlife in Korea?
How about sing credit cards in South Korea?
How is the Internet service in Korea?
How is the telephone connection in South Korea?
SK Telecom and KTF also offer mobile phone rental services, and some handsets support GSM SIM roaming. Both companies have outlets at the airports in Seoul, Busan and Jeju and charges start from W2000/day. Reserve in advance via Tour2Korea (the official Korea Tourism Organization site) for a discount and guaranteed availability.
Will the schools provide Visa and Work permit?
Will the airfare be reimbursed?
Is there a pick up facility from the airport?
- Name of the airline
- Number of Flight
- Departure from and date and time
- Any information on transit
When do I get the salary? What are the terms and conditions?
Employee shall not claim against Employer any compensation and/or payment other than those provided for in Contract.
The category 1 Employee whose contract is renewed for a second term or subsequent terms at the same school may be eligible for salary raise up to the maximum GEPIK limit of 2,500,000 won by 100,000 won per year respectively. The increase is at the discretion of Employer, neither automatic nor guaranteed, according to Employee’s teaching performance and contributions made toward the achievement of the educational goals of GPOE.
If a teacher obtains further qualifications such as a Masters degree or TESOL certificate (with over 100 course-hours) during the contract term, if applicable, he/she will be promoted to the next employment category (with corresponding raise in salary) the month following the date of course completion. However, promotions shall be limited to one pay category increase per year. (ie. Category 3 to 2, or Category 2 to 1; not Category 3 to 1)
The Korean income tax (approx. 3% which is exempted for foreigners, except for Canadians, for the first two employment years in Korea) and the national pension contribution (approx. 9%, of which Employer pays for the half, refundable for the US and Canadian citizens at the end of Contract term) and the national health scheme (approx. 5%, of which Employer pays for the half) as required under Korean law shall be withheld each month from Employee’s salary.
The pay scale is as follows; category one for 2.3 mill. KRW; category two for 2.1 mill. KRW ; category three for 2 mill. KRW)
Can I renew my contract?
What kinds of leaves shall I get in the job?
Paid leave of fourteen days will be given to the
employee during the term of the employment. It has to be approved by the schools
principal before 15 days and one cannot take it when the schools are in session.
In case of maternity leave, the first 60 calendar days shall be paid leave by
employer. If there is unused paid leave the teachers can transfer it to the next
The employees are entitled to seven sick leaves. A doctor’s report has to be submitted to the employee. The paid sick leave in a term cannot be more than 15 days. After that, the sick leaves will be without pay. The total paid and unpaid sick leaves of the employees are thirty. For special cases like marriages or deaths in the family the ESL teachers will be allowed some special leaves.
Rules regarding termination
- If employee violates the laws of the Republic of Korea
- If Employee fails to perform or unsatisfactorily perform any of the duties stipulated in this contract.
- If Employee fails to perform continuously his/her duties for more than a week without any excuse.
- If any of the information provided in Employee’s application is found to intentionally false or inaccurate.
A written notification will be given to the teacher 15 days before the contract is to be terminated. The visa of the employee will be cancelled and he will be paid for the number of days he has served.