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How to Live in South Korea- Living in Korea as a Foreigner- Moving to Asia and Teaching English

South Korea has become a popular spot for millennials seeking adventure in far away lands- moving to Asia and teaching English is now very common. Finding an English teaching job in Korea can be very lucrative, and requires little in the way of credentials or experience. The pay is decent and the cost of living is VERY low. How low? So low. Your employer will typically pay you in the range of 2.1-2.5 million won a month, and will cover such expenses as airfare to and from Korea, as well as your housing. At the end of your contract you’ll probably even receive a severance bonus equal to an entire month’s pay! This is why many English teachers are able to save money, pay off debts, AND travel and it makes moving to Asia and teaching English a key prospect.

The easiest way to get a job is to surf the Korea Job Board on Dave’s ESL Cafe ( There are lots of jobs listed, including jobs for couples looking to get hired together. Believe it or not, lots of schools would love to hire a couple because they can save money on housing that way. Lots of folks get hired through a recruiter, but we found that recruiters don’t really care about helping you get a job as much as they care about collecting their fee from your school once you’re hired. More on that later.

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Getting your documents in order is easily the most difficult part of the process. It depends on your country of origin, so you’ll have to check with the South Korean Consulate in your country for details. As an American, I had to produce multiple apostiled copies of my university diploma, transcripts, and FBI background check. The background check alone takes a few weeks to process and required a trip to the local police station for fingerprinting. These requirements change frequently, so be sure to check online for the actual requirements. Here’s where the recruiters come into play. Most recruiters won’t even talk to you until you’ve gotten all of these documents in hand, that’s when they’ll start looking to place you into a school. I highly recommend finding tefl jobs in Asia on your own, that way you’ll have more control over where you’ll end up.

Next you’ll just need to pack your bags! Before we left the country, we binge-watched most of the old videos on These guys have become internet sensations, but if you end up falling in love with them, like we did, it’ll be fun to go back and check out their old stuff. They cover so many topics on life in Korea, including what to pack in your suitcase, and what to leave out and help you understand what living in korea as a foreigner is like.

Moving to Asia and teaching English- Korean street dining

Transitioning to life as an English teacher in Korea may not be easy. There will definitely be days when you long for the comfort and simplicity of home. Some days you’ll love your students, other days you’ll swear they were spawned from one of Voldemort’s left over horcruxes. Your boss won’t always be as nice as they seemed at first, and you’re bound to have some communication struggles. One of the best parts will be making long lasting friends with other foreigners living in Korea who share your interests. Remember, these people also left their homes in search of adventure and took on the challenge of moving to Korea. The key to a successful year is to keep a positive outlook, enjoy the unique experience, and realize that the whole trip is a waste if you spend the entire time bitching about this or that.

Moving to Asia and Teaching English How to Guide

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Here’s what we had to say after a year living in South Korea!
And here’s what we said after visiting 3 years later!
Comment question: would you ever consider moving to Asia teaching English ? If you’re looking for other ways to make money while traveling, I’ve listed a few of my tips.

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  1. Katie @ The Katie Show Blog

    October 22, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Wonderful post and some good tips in there for those who want to give it a go! It must be such a rewarding experience!

  2. Allison (Fun Family Vacations)

    November 9, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Some great tips! Good to know about the recruiters. Thanks!

  3. Kevin Wagar

    November 10, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Great tips for living local in this amazing country! I have a lot of friends who’ve taught in S. Korea and they’ve all loved it.

  4. Christopher

    November 12, 2016 at 9:04 am

    I think this is what I’m gonna do when I retire.

  5. Brian

    November 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm – that’s hilarious. I had a nice visit there 8 years ago and my best friend taught English there for 5 years (like the David Bowie song!).

  6. Chantell of Travel for Your Life

    December 18, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Great post thank you for the tips. I’m thinking of doing this one day so this was really helpful for me, especially the info about recruiters, hadn’t even considered that .

  7. Anne

    April 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    We’ve just returned from Korea and our biggest challenge was figuring out what we were eating! That and communication but it was great fun.

  8. Izzy

    April 12, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I loved EatYourKimchi!!!! Such a great vlogging couple! Great tip about David’s ESL cafe but I think its important to mention other teaching avenues such as EPIKa as David’s ESL cafe is predominantly hagwon, which is a work environment that doesn’t suit the majority.

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