By Lauren Bauer and Sara Dorsey, Greenheart Travel Teach Abroad Program Managers
The application to teach in South Korea this spring will be available around the end of the month. For those preparing for an opportunity to teach English abroad, this application process is time intensive. As you begin to gather documents, keep these 5 tips in mind to increase your chances of being accepted as an English Teacher in Korea.
1) Get a TEFL certification
Our partner in South Korea now requires a TEFL certification to teach English abroad if you do not have a degree in Education or English, a Master’s Degree, or a teaching certificate.
Get started on an online TEFL course to make sure you meet the application requirements.
2) Gather your documents NOW
The most common reason that people don’t get a position teaching in South Korea is because they wait too long to get their required documents together. Get started on your apostilles and letters of recommendation now! Budget in time for mailing, questions and requests for written recommendations to avoid the stress of last minute application submissions.
3) Apply for the FBI Level Criminal Record Check TODAY
If you are a U.S. Citizen, you will need an FBI Level criminal record check. If you have not applied for one yet, do so immediately. It can take weeks for it to process and you cannot apply without this document.
4) Pay attention to detail
Read and follow instructions carefully when filling out the application, preparing your documents and writing your essay. This is essential to ensure that your application does not get delayed or rejected.
5) Start learning about Korean culture
Begin educating yourself on the culture, history, language, and food that makes South Korea so unique, and make sure you can answer basic questions about the country itself.
Stay tuned for the application to become available in the next few weeks! By keeping these tips in mind, you will be on your way to an amazing adventure teaching in South Korea.