Where do we start?! Well,
we use the term “Benefits” loosely and basically we
lump everything you’ll come across in a contract, onto this
page. The following is what one can expect to find in an average
contract in Korea. Here is a concise summary of what benefits you
• One economy class
roundtrip plane ticket given
• Furnished apartment provided
• 2-3 weeks holiday, sick leave
• Medical coverage
• Access to all teaching materials and resources
• Higher salaries with EFL/ESL experience and/or ESL/EFL Certification
• Bonus of one month's salary upon completion of contract
Companies we deal with will
provide one economy class roundtrip ticket from the international
airport of your choice to Korea and back. If it so happens
you would like to fly to a destination other than back to your original
point of departure, that can be arranged as long as the destination
is equal to or less than the value of flying back to your original
point of departure. If it is more, you may have the option of paying
the difference. Many teachers do this after they finish their contracts
because they are about to do some travelling in other countries
in Asia before returning home.
A furnished two-bedroom apartment
is provided and usually shared with one other teacher. If you are
a new arrival and are replacing a teacher, chances are, you are
moving into his/her apartment. This is beneficial, as your roommate-to-be
will be helpful in showing you the neighbourhood, the shops and
the transportation routes to various places around the city you
will be situated in. Because of the fact that teachers previous
to you have lived in the apartment, you will find everything you
need that has been left behind. Companies supply the apartments
with beds, desks, chairs, couches, pots/pans, TV, VCR, washing machine
and the rest of the basics but you may find that certain other luxuries
are there from previous teachers. Some schools will have single
accommodation in the form of a studio or 1 bedroom apt, depends
on the school and their set-up.
Some schools charge deposits
they will collect from you over the first three months of your contract.
It will be returned upon completion of contract when all utility
bills have been paid in full which are the responsibilities of the
teachers., as is the shape of the apt upon moving out. This is to
combat teachers racking up huge long-distance telephone bills before
they leave and then do not pay the bill. The companies, in many
cases, are stuck with hundreds of dollars worth of charges. Yes,
unfortunately, there are dishonest teachers out there and this is
why certain companies no longer want to take the chance. Some companies
we recruit for do not charge this but others do. Locations of the
apartments are in close proximity to the schools, usually within
walking distance or a short bus/subway ride away.
There are usually 10-13 nationally
recognised paid holidays in Korea along with 10-12 school holidays
that are conveniently lumped around the major holidays like in Korea
such as Chu-Sok, to give the teacher maximum time off for that given
period. Teachers are typically given 30 hours of paid sick leave
(30 classes/ 5 full teaching days). Whatever is not used shall be
paid out upon completion of contract. There is also Emergency Leave
where teachers are eligible to receive 6 days of paid leave in the
event of death or serious illness in close family members.(Note:
sick days and emergency leave vary among contracts.
The medical insurance is provided
by the Korean Medical Insurance Union (KMIU). The benefits are the
same as for Koreans. The teacher pays 50% and the employer the other
half. It works out to approximately 1.5% of your gross salary.
Typically, salaries range
from 2.0-2.8+ million Won/mt Obviously, these figures depend on what credentials you
possess, how much full-time classroom experience you have under
your belt and other factors such as relevancy of Bachelor’s
and/or Master’s degrees. An applicant who has little or no
experience(please do not count tutoring or coaching sports/camps
as classroom experience, it will be of little value), can expect
the lower salary of 2.0 million Won/mth. Someone with say, 2 years
of teaching ESL abroad and who has TESL Certification, might warrant
2.3 million Won/mth.
Bottom line here is, you must
have at least a Bachelor’s degree for starters, no exceptions
to the rule for Korea. This is a government regulation
You MUST have a Bachelor’s degree.
Teachers have access to all
teaching materials and resources and are not required to bring their
own materials. For example, YBM's publishing division in Seoul publishes
all textbooks. There is a teachers' room at all schools that holds
all materials and resources and includes photocopiers, stereos and
computers. Of course some variation will occur between countries
and companies here.
Upon completion of a one-year
contract, the teacher will receive as a bonus, one month's pay that
is based on the average gross salary of the previous twelve months. Contracts do vary though and sometimes a bonus is paid out each month instead of a lump sum at the end of the contract.
If the teacher decides to sign on and extend his/her contract, the
bonus shall be paid out at the end of the new contract along with
the bonus for the second year. All teachers are given the option
to extend their contracts beyond one year or sign a long-term deal.
All Korean schools have severance packages.