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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to speak Korean to teach English in Korea?
2. Is there a fee?
3. Will I have to pay rent while I live there?
4. How much do utilities usually cost?
5. How will I be paid?

6. Is the salary adequate to live in Korea?
7. What taxes do I have to pay?
8. Do I have to arrange my own transportation to and from Korea?
9. How do I appy for one of the positions?
10. What if I have problems while I am there? Is there someone I can contact?
11. When is the best time to apply?
12. How long does it take to get a position?
13. Who takes care of the work visa to Korea?
14. What do I do first when I first arrive in Korea?
15. Where will I live?
16. What happens if I get sick?
17. Am I covered if I am sick?
18. Should I have any shots before I come to Korea?
19. How much does medical insurance cost?

Q. Do I need to speak Korean to teach English in Korea?
A. No. Most students prefer to be communicated with in english only. If a communications barrier occurs there will always be a translator there to assist you.
Q. Is there a fee?
A. No. We do not require any fee for our services from our teaching candidates.
Q. Will I have to pay rent while I live there?
A. No. Our teachers are not responsible for their rent. Although you may be responsible for the utility bill.
Q. How much do utilities usually cost?
A. Utilities include an apartment maintenance fee, heating, phone and electricity. The total cost is approximately anywhere from 40,000 to 80,000 Won depending on usage of course.
Q. How will I be paid?
A. You will be paid using direct deposit either monthly or bi-weekly in Korean Won.
Q. Is the salary adequate to live in Korea?
A. Yes. You will earn far more than enough is needed to live comfortably in Korea. Most teachers use this as an opportunity to go abroad and save some money or pay back student loans.
Q. What taxes do I have to pay?
A. Korean income taxes is around 4-7% of your salary. Although teachers from the United States are exempt from paying taxes on a certain portion of their overseas salary. As well, Canadians can apply to be non-residents and not be required to pay any taxes during their work in Korea. We recommend that you check on the current tax situation for your specific country.
Q. Do I have to arrange my own transportation to and from Korea?
A. No. We will make all travel arrangements for you.
Q. How do I appy for one of the positions?
A. Fill out our online teacher's application form and you will be contacted by one of our representatives.
Q. What if I have problems while I am there? Is there someone I can contact?
A. Yes. We have representatives in South Korea to help you adjust and to resolve any problems you may have during your stay in Korea.
Q. When is the best time to apply?
A. ASAP is recommended is applying for posted job. February and August are peak hiring months for schools in Korea. Jobs are normally posted 45 to 60 days before their start time.
Q. How long does it take to get a position?
A. Approximately 2 months is the average from the time you apply to the time you get a position. There is a 3 to 4 week preparation period prior to your departure. (telephone interview, confirm diploma, process visa & make flight arrangements)
Q. Who takes care of the work visa to Korea?
A. We process all the necessary paper work (E-2 visa). You are responsible for taking these documents to the nearest Korean consulate. Approximately three to four weeks is the average before your visa is issued.
Q. What do I do first when I first arrive in Korea?
A. We'll have someone waiting for you at the airport to transport you and your baggage to your apartment.
Q. Where will I live?
A. Usually your apartment will be within a five or ten minute walk of your school.
Q. What happens if I get sick?
A. The director of your institute will make sure you get all the care you need and will arrange for you to see an english speaking doctor if necessary.
Q. Am I covered if I am sick?
A. You are paid for upto 6 working days and the Korean medical insurance will cover any medical expenses you may need.
Q. Should I have any shots before I come to Korea?
A. None are required before going to Korea. Although we recommend you check with your doctor before your departure.
Q. How much does medical insurance cost?
A. Approximately 1.5 to 1.6% of your monthly salary will be deducted from your check. There would also be a small deduction for the Korean National Pension Plan but Canadians teaching english in Korea can get their entire contributed amount back when they depart back to Canada.

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