Abroad ESL Teacher for Korea Immigration Recruiting Service (KIRS)
Summary(Review): Note: Out of the business. The website is no longer valid.KIRS (Korea Immigration Recruiting Service) is a local recruiting agency in South Korea.
Job Overview for Abroad ESL Teacher:
Salary Per Month:
Late Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
Elementary & Junior (age 5-15)
High School & College Prep (age 15-18)
Job Details for Abroad ESL Teacher
Bachelor or above
Native North American
Native Australian/New Zealand
Native South Africa
Min Hours Per Week:
Abroad ESL Teacher Job Description
What is EPIK?
EPIK, affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Education, was established in 1995 with the missions of improving the English speaking abilities of students and teachers in Korea, developing cultural exchanges, and reforming English teaching methodologies in Korea.
EPIK extends invitations to responsible, enthusiastic native English speakers who are motivated to share knowledge with Korean students and teachers. If you are looking for jobs in teaching, EPIK will be a great choice.
Through EPIK, English language education will cultivate open-minded and well-rounded Korean individuals capable of advancing Korea in this age of information and globalization. In doing so, EPIK will promote cultural exchange and foster strong ties between Korea and other countries. If you choose to explore the world through teaching English in Korea, you will be rewarded.
Roles and Responsibilities
- To assist Korean teachers with their English classes and/or jointly conduct English classes.
- To conduct English conversation classes for Korean students and teachers.
- To prepare and assist developing teaching materials for English language education.
- To assist with activities related to English language education and other extracurricular activities.
- To demonstrate a good command of the English language, both written and spoken.
- To perform other duties as specified by the host POE (provincial offices of education).
What is GEPIK?
GEPIK is Gyeonggi English Program in Korea, which was established to provide English education in the Gyeonggi province. Surrounding South Korea’s capital city, Seoul, lies Gyeonggi-do province — an area which has the unique attraction of mixing the best of big city life while maintaining plenty of space to get out and roam without all the hustle and bustle of the big city. Annually, Gyeonggi-do is rated as having the best lifestyle by foreign teachers in South Korea, offering the conveniences of the big city as well as the opportunity to engage and explore South Korea’s more traditional ways of life. Gyeonggi-do is an amazing place where one minute you can find yourself among South Korea’s trendiest and hippest shopping centers and restaurants, and the next minute submerged in the tranquility of Buddhist temples with fresh water streams peacefully passing you by as you stretch your legs for a long mountain hike. Interconnected with Seoul’s vast and convenient subway and bus lines you’re always within reach of something new and exciting.
Abroad ESL Teacher Job Requirements
- Be a citizen of a country where English is the primary language
- Teaching certificate (TESOL/TESL/TEFL/CELTA/TESL) required
- Be a maximum of 62 years of age
- Be mentally and physically healthy
- Have a good command of the English language
- Have the ability and willingness to adapt to Korean culture and lifestyle
- Have completed two full academic years or more at an accredited college or university.
- Be a citizen from a country where the primary language is English.
- Canadian citizens from the Quebec Province and countries where English is a co-official language and/or applicants from non-English language backgrounds whose first language is not English must have been taught in English-language schools from junior high school through the university level.
- Ethnic Korean applicants with foreign citizenship or legal residencies must have been taught in English-language schools from junior high school or earlier and have lived abroad for a minimum of 10 years. (If you are a male citizen of the Republic of Korea under the age of 35, you must have either completed mandatory military service or have received an official waiver.)
- Be fluent and proficient in the English grammar and structure and be able to communicate fluently with clear and distinct pronunciation.
- Be mentally and physically capable of performing specified responsibilities and duties.
- Have the willingness and ability to adapt to Korean culture and living.
- Meet the criteria of eligibility for E2 (work) visa set forth by the Korean Immigration Authority.
- Aged 50 or over may be excluded from the selection due to the purpose and the aim of GEPIK.
- Some teaching positions require a TESL / TESOL / TEFL / CELTA Certificate. Other positions pay their teachers extra if they have a certificate.
- Most positions pay more for English literature / English education / Elementary education / Early Childhood education / Linguistics degree.
- Schools typically pay extra to teachers with a Teaching Certificate and/or a Master’s degree.
- Prior teaching experience is rewarded based on number of years of teaching experience.
- Some schools look for teachers with History / Debate / Journalism / Economics backgrounds.
- Applicants with Creative Writing / Editorial / Peer Review / Public Speaking experience are sought after for High School positions.
- BA/BS is required for almost all teaching positions.
- A criminal background check (for Americans: from the FBI) is required and must show that the applicant has no criminal record in order to qualify for any teaching position.
Abroad ESL Teacher Salary and Compensation
- Competitive salary
- Housing accommodations
- Medical insurance contributions
- National pension contributions
- Tax benefits
- Vacation/sick days
- Severance pay at the completion of employment contract
- Flexible working hours
- Relocation allowance (flight/settlement)
How to Apply to Abroad ESL Teacher?
Abroad ESL Teacher Interview Process & Tips
1: Application Form with a glued passport photo
3: Copy of Passport photo page
4: Educational Documents
- Sealed University Transcript
- Apostillized copy of Degree
- TESOL/TEFLE Certificate (min of 100hrs)
5: At least two or more References (Personal & Professional)
-Your Professional References should describe
- Work duties and performance
- Duration of FULL-TIME employment
- Full contact information of referee/employer
-Your Personal References should describe:
- Your character and full contact information of the referee
6: Criminal Record Certificate
- Apostilled or confirmed by the consul at a diplomatic mission abroad
- Issued within 6 months from the application date
- A nationwide criminal background check from your own country’s government which covers the whole country’s information
-Please note that possession of any criminal record will immediately disqualify you from gaining employment in GEPIK
Company Information for Korea Immigration Recruiting Service (KIRS)
KIRS (Korea Immigration Recruiting Service) works to help competent and responsible teachers with a good command of English and work ethics find the right place to work in Korea.
- KIRS was founded by Tokhan Kim who has been recruiting and placing English teachers in positions in South Korea for the last 30 years. KIRS focuses on taking good care of teachers pre and post placement. KIRS has experience dealing with the Korea Immigration Service, which means you’ll get your working visa quickly and hassle-free.
- KIRS’ philosophy is to match great teachers with great jobs. There are currently 20,000 English teachers working in South Korea. That means a lot of positions are available.
- Many schools in Korea do not advertise teaching positions online nor do they have dedicated recruiting resources. KIRS’ staff is bilingual and are able to effectively communicate and coordinate with the schools for you during the hiring process. In addition, KIRS will assist with any questions you may have post hiring.
Why Choose KIRS?
- KIRS matches enthusiastic English teachers with public schools, private institutes in Seoul and other parts of Korea.
- KIRS helps teachers get their E-2 Visas (working visa) quickly. KIRS can process your visa faster and with fewer problems than other recruiting agencies.
- KIRS helps teachers and schools get acclimated to the foreign teacher experience.