I wanted to enquire about places for English teachers in Korea where there are 2 spaces available for a start this September (2011), for a year, or in February next year (2012), for 6 months. We are both degree qualified people from London. One with a degree in English who has taught English before and the other with a degree in Chemistry who has taught English before in a foreign country. We are looking to come to Korea together, and would like to find out if there is availability this year such that we could be together, not necessarily in the same school (although this would be perfect), but perhaps at two schools in a similar area / province so we can live together. We would be open to teaching in a city location OR countryside location and would consider either. If it is too late to apply….perhaps you could facilitate a start in September this year (and stay for a year) for one of us, and the other could come in February next year (and stay for 6 months). Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Regards, Ben
Short Answer: Yes.
Long Answer: There are hakwons (private academies) and then there are public schools. Korean Public schools begin in March and end the following February with a month or two break in the summer, and a month or two break in the winter.
Hakwons are always hiring. Public schools, not so much. They don’t follow the typical Western Education schedule (developed around harvest time- I think.)
Your best bet is to find a RELIABLE Hakwon for two. Recruiters love high quality foreign folks, because when they connect teachers they can collect a bounty of a million won (Roughly $1,000 USD) or so.
I hope that helps. It looks like in your question you’re already asking other firms – smart move.