Having taught English in South Korea for nearly 3 years, I know the ins and outs of working in both a private institute (hagwon) and a public school. If you want to only work for a public school, make sure to apply for the Gepik program, which places you near the provinces that surround Seoul. From my experience, the maximum distance you’ll be from Seoul will be around 2 hours. Most likely, it’ll take you about an hour to reach the capital, where you can go shopping and partying on the weekends. You’ll also want satisfy your cravings for Western food when you’re out in Seoul!
If you are more interested in working for a hagwon, there are many recruiters you can find by simply typing, “recruiters for teaching in Korea.” I personally recommend Adventure Teaching, which I used when I first went to Korea. The recruiters were quite receptive to my concerns and placed me in an excellent school in Yongin, a large city located in the Gyeonggi Province.
Never ever pay a recruiter! Recruiters get paid by the school or hagwon that hires you. Thus, if you come across a recruiter that asks for payment, cease all contact and find a more reputable one. If you rather find a teaching job in Korea by yourself, I highly recommend that you visit Dave’s ESL Cafe or WorknPlay Korea.
Cover Letter For Teaching English Abroad
Dear Sir or Madame,
Perhaps you are in search of a highly motivated college graduate who is passionate about teaching English and interacting with Korean students and has the energy and drive to “pay my dues,” acquire knowledge and work professionally. If so, then we should talk!
I have an extensive background working with children. As a tutor, I’ve worked with inner-city elementary school children to improve their skills in English and Math. I’ve also worked at a medical camp, helping teenagers with disabilities to overcome everyday challenges. In addition, I’ve also participated in volunteer projects working with children both home and abroad.
I approach all of my work with discipline and focus. What my resume cannot illustrate is what sets me apart from the other candidates, namely my penchant for organization, my eye for detail and my positive and personable nature. I look forward to a personal meeting at which time we can discuss your needs and my qualifications in detail. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
As you can tell, the above cover letter is short and simple. I provide some of my experiences working with students in order to show the reader that I can succeed as a teacher. You do not need to have any teaching experience in order to apply, however, you want to provide strong reasons as to why you want to teach. If possible, be as specific as you can about your past experiences by providing the name of the organization, your job description and what you were able to accomplish. Feel free to take the above teaching cover letter template and make it your own!