1. Do I have to be an English or Education major to qualify for the Teaching Program?
No. you do not. The South Korean market has recently become very competitive so although all majors are accepted, it has become more advantageous if you are an English or Education major.
2. How many class hours are we supposed to teach in South Korea?
The standard work week is between 30-35 hours per week.
3. Do I need to speak Korean in order to teach English in South Korea?
No, you will be teaching Conversational English and most of the students already know English.
4. What should I take with me to South Korea?
The school will provide furnished accommodations which usually include the following: furniture, beddings, cooking utensils, TV, etc. Clothes are very inexpensive in South Korea so you might want to take very little clothes with you. You should try to take a laptop computer, a magic jack and a digital camera for your personal use.
5. Will I need to get any vaccinations before going to South Korea?
There are no mandatory vaccinations to go to South Korea
6. How much luggage is allowed on an international flight?
Each passenger is entitled to 2 fifty pound luggage and two carry-ones; this may include a hand bag or a notebook computer, and a backpack or a small suitcase.
7. How will I get from the airport?
A member from the school staff will meet you at the airport and take you to your apartment. There is a departure tax when leaving South Korea. You should check with the airline for the current rates.
8. Is it safe in South Korea for visitors?
The crime rate in South Korea is very low. The Korean people are usually very friendly to foreigners. You still however should take some precaution while on public transportation or in busy shopping centers.
9. Does it get cold in South Korea?
Korea has four distinct seasons:
Spring: Late March - May; Summer: June - early September;
Autumn: September - November; Winter: December - Mid March.
10. What is the school’s dress code?
Most schools will expect you to dress business casual
11. What are the emergency phone numbers for South Korea?
Directory Assistance: 114
Fire & Emergency 119 or 129
12. What is the banking information for South Korea?
Coins include: ₩10, ₩50, ₩100, ₩500
Banknotes: ₩1000, ₩5000, ₩10000, ₩50000
Major credit cards and cash are accepted in South Korea. Below are some of the most popular banks in South Korea.
· Korean Exchange Bank http://www.keb.co.kr
· KB Kookmin Bank- http://kbstar.com
13. What’s the exchange rate between US Dollars and Korean Won?
Currently the exchange rate is US$1 ≈1.09 Korean Won. Exchange rate fluctuates periodically and also varies between banks. Please visit www.xe.com for current conversion rates.
14. Is it possible to send money home?
Yes. Money can be easily exchanged and transferred to bank accounts around the world. Western Union services are available.
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