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Updated Jun 10, 2021

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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Decent

    Jun 10, 2021 - ESL Teacher in Yongin, Kyonggi
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    Pros

    Good schools, pay is always on time, lots of holidays

    Cons

    Low pay, no chance of career advancement

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    All about what you make of it

    Apr 26, 2021 - Teacher in Icheongeo-ri
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Travel in Korea and very stable

    Cons

    Deskwarming. It is simply degrading.

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  3. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Nice! Great Benefits

    Oct 12, 2020 - ESL Teacher in Seoul
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You get nice healthcare and you get free rent. Also paid during summer and winter break.

    Cons

    Everything varies depending on school

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Okay

    Sep 2, 2020 - Native English Teacher in Suwŏn, Kyonggi
    Recommend
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    Pros

    26 vacation days, easy to plan lessons

    Cons

    Have to desk warm, many students not motivated , mixed bag of what your co-teacher could be like

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Excellent opportunity

    Oct 4, 2019 - Guest English Teacher in Seoul
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Support from community, dynamic work environment, preparation for future work as an instructor, easy to save money

    Cons

    High work hours and extracurricular demands, variable work environment -- really depends on where you end up, little negotiating ability

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Depends on the school you are placed in

    Oct 5, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great country to work in, co-teachers to share classroom management with

    Cons

    It can be difficult to co-teach with some co-teachers

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    NET

    Jul 16, 2018 - Native English Teacher in Seoul
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great job, good perks, if you're placed in a city close to Seoul the transport is quick and easy.

    Cons

    Pay is low by US standards

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  8. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Experience really depends on school

    Oct 6, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Fair hours, sick days, and vacation days ESPECIALLY in comparison to private academies - They seem to pay attention to an applicant's preferences as much as possible (being near a city, living close to your school) - Free housing and low living costs - Always paid on time - Coordinators and staff members really try to help new teachers adjust to the country

    Cons

    - Overall experience really depends on the school and/or the English co-teachers - It can be hard to get in touch with GEPIK coordinators in the event of an immediate problem - Positions are unstable with schools losing funding & adding more restrictions with each passing year (schools blocking GMail, switching from Microsoft programs to only Korean ones)

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  9. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Teaching English in South Korea is a good overall experience

    Jun 24, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Most of the difficulties of moving to a new country are mitigated by the program and your Korean teacher who's usually assigned by the school to handle your affairs. Close proximity to major cities, including Seoul. Great students based on my experience (but it's based on the school you work at)

    Cons

    You have to interview at the schools individually. Whereas with EPIK you simply apply to the program and are assigned a school. There are negatives and positives to the hiring process with both EPIK and GEPIK.

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Better than a hagwon!

    Mar 31, 2017 - Teacher 
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    Pros

    - Government job, so no issues with being paid on time, health care and pension are paid into - GEPIK schools are close typically close to Seoul for easy access - More vacation time and generally more freedoms than in private academies (early leave, more time to take vacation - Good hours 8:30a-4:30a generally

    Cons

    - Actually working environment all depends on what school you are placed in and the staff there. School might as well be separate entities with how principals run their schools - Desk warming - The pay scale hasn't been updated in years to reflect the rising cost of living - There is no career advancement. If you want to teach university, most won't even look at experience at these schools

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