Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Reader Question: Non-Native Speaker Jobs in Korea

This question from Angelica from Mexico:

"I really would love to have the chance to teach in Korea but all websites that I have seen are only looking for native speakers. Of course I understand why, but I hope I can find a school like the one where I used to to teach in Thailand. Even if it's for volunteer  work I would love it. I am not interested in the payment, but in the experience."

Unfortunately, it's almost impossible for non-native speakers to get visas to teach English in Korea, no matter how fluent they are in English.  However, there is a way around this: become a student!  I've had some international friends in the past who were students in Korea, and as a student, you're legally able to work up to 20 hours a week (I think) during semesters, and more during vacations.  So, you could get a part-time job at a hagwon while studying Korean at the same time.

1 comment:

vici cassie said...

Hi.
Great advice! What kind of visa do you then apply for?
And won't it be hard to go to school AND work?:S Or is it possible to study without going to school? Or does taking korean lessons count as studying?"/