EXPERIENCE KOREA WITHOUT THE DRAMA
Immerse yourself in South Korea, kick-start your teaching career and embark on 365 days of adventure on this 12-month graduate opportunity with a difference.
From the simmering streets of Seoul to the breathtaking bays of Busan, South Korea is a land of contrasts. Both technologically advanced and rooted in tradition, it offers an unrivalled blend of old and new. Add to that the combo of cosmopolitan culture and insta-worthy natural beauty, and you’ve got a recipe for an unforgettable adventure.
On this 12-month teaching opportunity, you’ll immerse yourself in the buzz of modern-day Korea. You’ll gain hands-on teaching experience and turn your dreams of seeing the country into a fun-filled, fast-paced adventure. If you want to work hard and play harder, there really is no better place. Are you ready to make memories? Let’s go!
This is the opportunity for you if…
-> You’re in (or have just graduated from) your final year of uni and are ready for a new challenge — one that satisfies your urge to travel and kickstarts your career.
-> You’re fascinated by Korean culture and dream of living and working there — you just have no idea how to make it happen.
-> You’re totally up for travelling solo… but you wish someone else could deal with the confusing stuff so you can stop worrying and focus on having fun.
-> You want to start your teaching career and are seeking a way to gain experience, stand out and make memories.
Is that you? Great! We’ve got you.
Since 2014, we’ve been connecting globally-minded grads with exciting alternatives to the traditional ‘grad job’ we’re all bored of hearing about. After starting our own careers abroad, we discovered the world has so much more to offer than life at home — and we’re all about helping you see and experience it.
We’ve designed our services to create a safe, supported way to catapult yourself into the unknown. It’s not as scary as it sounds with us in your pocket: we’re here to guide, support and advise you every step of the way, so you can be sure you’re making a great decision.
Korea 365 is a 12-month teaching experience for career-minded grads keen to combine adventure with professional growth. Including thorough 1:1 guidance and support from a team that’s been in your shoes, it makes your move smooth and worry-free.
Dodge the drama and find a school you can trust
We’ve done the ‘is this really legit’ checks on all our partners and built relationships with real, honest schools and hagwons you can trust. They'll look after, pay and support you from start to finish, so you can forget about work drama and look forward to each day.
Gain hands-on work experience
Teaching in Korea is no joke. Whether you work in a public or private school, you’ll put in 9-hour days, from Monday to Friday and earn around £1,400 per month. You’ll plan and deliver your own lessons, boost your confidence and gain a new sense of worth.
Leave the confusing stuff to us
The Travel Grad team is here to guide you through all the confusing stuff — from gathering legal docs to applying for your visa. We’ll tell you which hoops you need to jump through and boxes you need to tick, helping you overcome overwhelm and get it right the first time.
First-time teacher? Awesome!
A 120-hour online TEFL course will get you up to speed with the need-to-know best practices and classroom management hacks before you leave. Then, you’ll arrive in Korea with the confidence, knowledge and motivation to make a positive impact on your students.
Make friends for life from day one
Around 80% of Travel Grads are solo travellers. If that’s you too, welcome to the family! You’ll meet the rest of the gang in a WhatsApp group before heading off, so you can chat, connect and arrive in Korea with a ready-made group of friends to share your journey with.
Experience Asia’s capital of cool
From nightlife and culture to spas and cuisine, Korea has its own world-class version of everything you can imagine — and more. Spend your weekends hiking through mountains, chilling on a retreat or belting out bangers at karaoke. Whatever you’re into, Korea’s got you covered.
YOUR PLACEMENT OPTIONS
You’ve got two options: public or private. No need to decide just yet. You can chat with our team about the differences on a call. That’s what we’re here for.
All public school placements go via one single channel, which means your application will either be accepted or rejected. We work with an experienced partner to prep your application for the best chance of success*.
Position: English Language Teacher
Location: Countrywide (find out when you arrive)
Schedule: Monday - Friday (9 am - 5 pm)
Accommodation: Included for free
Holidays: Roughly 4 weeks, plus two x 4-5 day weekends
*Don’t stress — if your public school application isn’t successful, we’ll match you with a hagwon that suits your needs.
Known locally as hagwons, these are private institutes that offer extra-curricular tuition to students of all ages. We’re connected to over 100 hagwons across the country, meaning you can choose where you want to teach and only accept a contract that you’re happy with.
Position: English Language Teacher
Location: Countrywide (know before you go)
Schedule: Monday - Friday (9 am - 5 pm or 1 pm - 9 pm)
Accommodation: Included for free
Holidays: Roughly 2 weeks, plus two x 4-5 day weekends
SO, NEXT QUESTION: WHEN DO YOU WANT TO GO?
It’s called Korea 365 for a reason — you don’t just stay for 365 days, but you can also choose to go any day of the year. Before you go booking flights, however, do keep in mind that an application for this option takes around 6 months in total. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Apply
Complete our online application form to tell us about yourself.
Step 2: Chat with us on an Interview Call
We’ll be in touch within a couple of days to discuss things further & to help you decide whether or not this whole work-travel thing is for you! You'll have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
Step 3: Sign up
Secure your spot by paying your first instalment, and let the good times commence!
Once in, you’ll receive the deets to start your TEFL, and we’ll hit go on the school application process. Don’t stress — we’ll guide you through every step and answer all your questions.
Travel Grad - Jarvis Reay
[Korea 365 - 2021]
“TravelGrad were very supportive throughout the whole process. They walk you through every step and are always there for you if you have any questions. They were also very honest and advised us to only accept offers which we were 100% happy with. TravelGrad reassured us that they only work with vetted institutions so there is no need to worry about ending up being placed at a shadey school. I would absolutely recommend using TravelGrad if you're looking to teach in South Korea or anywhere else in Asia for that matter.”
IS KOREA THE PLACE FOR YOU? IT IS IF…
-> You’re a native English speaker who’s keen to make a difference in students’ lives by teaching them to speak your language.
-> You’ve got (or will soon have) an undergraduate degree in any subject and you’re looking for a way to combine travel with career development.
-> You’re up for an intense, full-time challenge and can commit to a year-long placement.
-> You’ve got a clean criminal record and are ready to invest in making your journey happen.
*Also, according to Korean work visa laws, there are specific regulations around those taking mental health medications. If this may affect your placement plans, let us know, and we’ll be happy to chat to you about other options.
YOUR INVESTMENT: £1,249
120-hour online TEFL course
Free Accommodation in a studio or 1-bedroom apartment for duration of contract
Full application process assistance (incl. School application, visa process and related documents)
Flight price to South Korea refunded on completion of contract
50% medical insurance covered by your school
In-country support during your placement
Whatsapp group chat access to meet friends from the day you sign up
“I found Andrew and travel grad via an online ad and made the decision to commit after an initial conversation over the phone. Andrew immediately struck me as a very genuine character with his clients best interests at heart which has always proved to be the case. There were plenty of difficulties during my pre-arrival process, almost all of which resulting from COVID, but Travel grad were able to safely and professionally guide myself and plenty of others through the process, seek excellent alternatives and keep candidates’ spirits high. I would absolutely recommend travel grad to anyone like myself and others, for first-timers and even for more experienced teachers seeking a new adventure.”
The added extras…
You’ll also get access to three exclusive Travel Grad bonuses so you can hit the ground running:
Explore our South Korea Members Area, where you’ll find tips and travel guides that prepare you for your journey
Browse our Lesson Plan Library for ready-made lesson plans you can use, adapt or take teaching inspo from
Receive a completion bonus of 1 month’s salary when you finish your 365th day in South Korea
Flexible & Reassuring Payment Structure
Ease the burden on the bank and your mind by splitting the fee across two equal instalments: the first when you sign up and the second when you sign your employment contract. This is to reassure you that we’ll find you a contract you’re happy with.
After paying your first instalment, you’ll receive the login details to start your 120-hour TEFL. This qualification is then yours for life!
The unavoidable costs
Legally and safely moving to South Korea involves a few extra costs. These will be spread over the 6 months before you go, and we’ll give you a heads up before they’re due so you won’t be caught off guard.
Legalise Degree £160
Travel Insurance ~ £400
Flight ~ £500
Initial spending money (for before your first salary lands in your account) £500+
Vaccinations~ Average is £100 (however, applicants have reported paying anywhere from 0-500. It really does depend on what you get, where you get it, and your own personal attitude to risk.
IT’S SO GOOD, YOU MIGHT NEVER WANT TO LEAVE…
Apply today to arrange your interview and become the next Travel Grad to enjoy:
Expert support from a team that’s been in your shoes and knows their stuff
A reliable placement at a public school or fully legit vetted hagwon
Thorough personalised support every step of the way to answer your questions and put your mind at ease
An eye-opening cultural experience that propels your personal and looks great on the CV
A nerve-busting supported route into travelling, teaching and exploring South Korea with other like-minded grads
Travel Grad - Emma Johnston
[Korea 365 - 2021]
“I could not recommend TravelGrad more, my experience has been great! Andrew is so helpful and has been there at all times if I ever had any question or anything! I am now teaching in South Korea and am having the best time living and working over here. It is an incredible country and I am enjoying teaching at my school too! I am so glad I decided to go through TravelGrad as it made all the stages prior to departure a lot easier and stress free as a result of the support that TravelGrad provided at all times! Thank you TravelGrad!! :)”
Would you like to speak with some TravelGrad applicants, currently partaking in the Korea 365 opportunity? The following applicants have given us their instagram accounts for this reason. Don’t be shy to drop them a message or give them a follow. It can be quite informative and reassuring!
johnnyball_ (arrived March 2022)
sophielhlee (arrived May 2022)
pv1ter (arrived April 2022)
Is this the right option for me?
The fact you’ve made it this far suggests it is. If you’re a soon-to-be or recent grad looking to immerse yourself in South Korea and gain teaching experience in an intense yet rewarding environment, this is 100% the right option for you.
Want something a bit more chill?
Chat to us about our other options.
Can I apply with a friend or a group?
Yes, although in most cases we can place a maximum of 2 people together.
Will I be close to other Travel Grads?
Our graduates are spread out all over the country. But South Korea isn’t that big (you can pretty much get anywhere within about 4 hours), so the chances are you won't be too far from the closest Travel Grad. If you wish to be placed super close to other applicants, just let us know during your application, and we’ll try our best to make it happen.
What is the accommodation like?
Teachers in Korea typically live in small studio apartments on their own. This gives you a true insight into what life is like here, as this is how the majority of people live, especially in the cities. The accommodation will be functional, secure, and free! It will be all yours, without any need to share.
How do I know I’ll get my money’s worth?
We’ve put every effort into creating a service that puts your safety and happiness first. That means going the extra mile to make sure you feel relaxed, supported and excited the entire time. Past and present Travel Grads tell us this is exactly how they feel, so we’re sure your future self will think so, too.
Is it possible I won’t like it?
There’s no denying that living abroad has its ups and downs — it’s part of the experience. That said, our goal is to ensure you make the best decision for you. So to make sure you do, we share everything you need to know about life as a teacher in South Korea during the application process. If at any point before you leave, you feel another opportunity is more suitable, just let us know and we’ll see what we can do! Then, once you’re there, our team is only ever a text or call away.