There are lots of questions regarding teaching in Korea and many more about what are the requirements. If you are thinking that your airfare should be paid in advance or you will have to pay it, then its better that the employer purchases the ticket. There is always a big problem if you are given a telephone interview with someone speaking English with an accent; you are likely to cause offense if you frequently ask the interviewer to repeat every questions etc. but they wont bother if you just politely ask for the question to be repeated, if you’re really worried there is always an option of saying that you have a bad telephone connection.
The amount of paid holidays depends on what kind of schools you are in; public schools generally offer more vacation than private schools like hagwons. Many people are worried whether they can live on 800,000Won per month, you can easily live off less than 500,000Won per month. Mostly you can get a shared large apartment with another teacher, you would probably have your own bedroom and you will have shared bathroom, kitchen, and living room. Remember to get the photos of the apartment from the school before you sign the contract. The school should provide the things you mention in the contract. The apartment maintenance fees covers all the monthly pays for gas and electricity etc. except the garbage, you need to buy special garbage bags or you could be fined if you don’t.
The telephone bills is usually less than 40,000Won (including internet). Clothes and shoes that fit westerners are always hard to find and you might not get your favorite spices and seasonings, so its better you make arrangements for them before itself.
Strictly don’t go through an agency for a job. There are some people with good experience but a lot more with very bad experience.
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