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Separated from North Korea in 1948, South Korea is now one of the most attractive Asian destinations for ESL/EFL teachers, with a unique mix of culture and technology, easy accessibility, and excellent food. TEFL jobs in South Korea are plentiful and most ESL teachers should be able to find a good position easily.

The huge capital of Seoul is home to over 25 million people and offers endless entertainment in the form of shopping, dining, cultural shows, and sporting events. Following the economic boom in 2014, Seoul is considered the most liveable city in Asia and is one of the largest technological hubs in the world. It is also the main location for finding TEFL jobs in South Korea.

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For those looking for a slower pace, the second-largest city of Busan offers beautiful beaches and fewer people, whilst rural villages are like stepping back in time and seem a world away from the rush of the cities. It is, however, still a good area to look for TEFL jobs in South Korea. A visit to the country’s islands is also not to be missed, with a trip to Dokdo and Ulleung-do offering the opportunity to observe the spectacular first sunrise, as well as beautiful flora and beaches.

Korean cuisine is well worth a trip to the country in itself, with popular dishes such as bulgogi, bibimbap, and kimchi gaining worldwide popularity. The food is healthy and varied, including rice, tofu, meats, vegetables, and fish, with ingredients and dishes varying from region to region.TEFL jobs in South Korea usually provide a salary that allows teachers to eat out regularly.

Transport in South Korea is excellent and it is easy to travel between regions. The country is also well linked to the rest of Asia, making it an ideal gateway for ESL teachers to explore other countries.

There is a huge demand for native ESL teachers with TEFL qualifications throughout South Korea. Although the majority of TEFL jobs in South Korea are found in the two larger cities of Seoul and Busan, there are also plenty of ESL opportunities in more rural areas.

Education is very important to Koreans and many students go to ‘hagwons’, academies offering extra tuition in a range of subjects after school. These provide ESL teachers with many opportunities to instruct not only children and students but also business people. For more experienced EFL/ESL teachers, jobs are also available in public schools and for those with formal teaching qualifications in addition to TEFL, international schools and universities also offer an excellent source of TEFL jobs in South Korea.

Working hours will vary depending on the type of school, however, an average of six ESL teaching hours a day is normal. Teachers working in hagwons are likely to be expected to work evenings after normal school and work hours.

In general, teaching English in South Korea is a well-paid occupation, although salaries can vary greatly with experience. Many TEFL jobs in South Korea will also offer return airfares, a bonus on completion of your contract, health insurance, and accommodation assistance in addition to a good salary, so it is quite feasible to save money. An average salary, the equivalent of around £1300 per month, is more than enough to cover living expenses, particularly as the cost of necessities such as food is also very affordable.

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