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Teach Away Inc. is an official recruitment provider for the Korean National Institute for International Education Development (NIIED). Teach Away works with the Ministries of Education in Korea to place English Language Instructors (ELIs) in teaching jobs at public schools in Korea through the world-renowned EPIK program. The EPIK program offers teachers a unique experience by allowing them to share their culture and knowledge with students while gaining experience teaching ESL in public schools across Korea.
EPIK offers one of the best employment packages in Asia:
• Salary up to 2.7 million KRW/month (2.0-2.2 million KRW/month is average)
• Over 5 weeks of vacation time
• 1.3 million KRW entrance and exit allowance for flight
• Free Furnished Apartment
EPIK stands for English Program in Korea, a program sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education. The EPIK program was established in 1995 with the mandate to improve the English speaking abilities of students and teachers in Korea and to develop cultural exchanges. Through the EPIK Program, over 1,000 teachers are placed in ESL teaching jobs every year.
Applicants must have:
• Completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent at an accredited college or university
• Be a citizen of a country where the primary language is English
• Be fluent in English
• Meet the requirements for an E-2 or F-4 visa
You can indicate which POE (Provincial Office of Education) you would like to work for, but there are no guarantees that teachers will be granted their first choice. Teach Away has the following openings for February 2012 placements:
|Provincial Office of Education||Job openings for February 2012|
EPIK Placement Locations
EPIK teachers can work in almost any province of Korea. Location preference is granted on a first come-first served basis. EPIK will decide which Provincial Office of Education (POE) the teacher will work for after receiving the teacher’s documents. Then, the POE will determine the teacher’s school placement. Teachers will work at primary and secondary schools within a designated POE, but some may be asked to also work at other educational facilities within the POE system.
Salary for EPIK teachers
A teacher’s salary is based on a combination of qualifications and experience. Comprehensive salary guidelines have been put in place for English teachers working for EPIK. The table below will outline each salary level:
|Level||EPIK Requirements||Monthly Pay (Million KRW)|
|1+||Level 1 plus 2 consecutive years of teaching experience within the same Provincial Office of Education (POE)||2.5||2.6||2.6||2.7|
|3||Bachelor’s degree in any discipline||1.8||1.9||2.0||2.1|
The period of employment is for 1 full year (i.e. February 2012 to February 2013). A typical working day is 8 hours in length, with actual teaching hours ranging from 22-24 hours per week. Overtime pay is available if teachers are asked to work outside of their designated hours. ELIs work Monday to Friday.
All EPIK teachers will be entitled to the following benefits:
All English teachers with jobs in Korean Public Schools work under the guidance of a supervisor designated by a specific Provincial Office of Education (POE). Teachers are responsible for conducting English classes in cooperation with Korean teachers. ELIs will assist with the development of teaching materials and activities related to English language education.
Training in Korea
All EPIK teachers are required to attend a mandatory 9 day professional training session. The orientation period is not included in the term of employment and as such, is unpaid. Teachers will learn about the Korean Public School system, their role as English teachers, living in Korea, and many other useful topics. Attendance at orientation is a mandatory condition of employment.
What is an ELI?
An ELI is an English Language Instructor hired by the Korean Ministry of Education. ELIs usually work together with Korean co-teachers in a classroom on a daily basis. ELIs are responsible for conducting English conversation classes for Korean primary and secondary public school students as part of the Korean government’s aim to promote and strengthen English language education.
NOTE: ELIs are sometimes referred to as GETs – Guest English Teachers
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