The Basics

If you want to teach in S. Korea here's what you need to know. (Of course over time requirements will change, but hey, that's what a recruiter is for right?)

Step 1: You will need a criminal background check. (At the federal level for all of you U.S. folk.) It can take up to 3months according to some people. Mine took 2 to send get done and back to me.

You can read all about how to get one off the government website. It'll cost about $18. I suggest getting an extra copy or two because...well things happen sometimes right? You can print off you own information and payment forms and just send it out. Simple.

Sidestep: You can go to the police department or somewhere else for you fingerprints. You can also do them yourself, but I didn't want to mess mine up. I know. I'm a wimp.

Step 2: Get your diploma (B.A. or above) apostilled. 

You are only getting a copy apostilled. Not the real thing. Why? Immigration will keep these papers on file. This is why they ask for copies! Where can you get this done? With your secretary of state. Look yours up online and search for the apostille section. I did a next day rush, but if you let them take the full week or so that most require it's probably only about $20.

 Step 3: Get at least two different recommendation letters. One from a teacher? One from a professional?

I got both of mine done by teachers, but at least in the case of EPIK two different kinds is preferred. Again, try to get two from the person both signed in pen.

Step 4: Transcripts are a must for public schools I think. 2 of them.

Then again you should already have some of these right?

Step 5:  Get certified to teach.

Many employers want to see you with at least 120hr TESOL certification. You will read about CELTA and DELTA being better certificates and they are, but that's not what Korea wants or is familiar with. You can do it online or in-class, but get it. I think we're in the last stages of it being useful to get an edge over other candidates. Soon it'll be a normal requirement. -_-

I used TEFL USA and had a great time learning. (Please don't be scammed. There is no board to accredit these different programs. Look for reviews from real people!!)

Step 6: Apostille your FBI background check.

I used an outside source to help get a quick turnaround. You can just send a letter when you send the check off in the first place telling them you need an apostille for S. Korea (specifically). There are many companies that do this. I used this one.

 I suggest starting the job hunt about a month after sending for the background check. In the meantime, research where you want to live.
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