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Working in an English Village in South Korea

Updated on August 12, 2014

Things to Expect in an English Village

For anyone looking to teach in South Korea for the very first time, an English village is another option for those not interested in working in either a public school or a private language school (hagwon in Korean).

English Immersion Classes

In most English villages, they have themed immersion classes for both elementary and middle school students. The most common themes are the following: police station, restaurant, travel agency, airport, pharmacy, clinic/hospital, post office, bank, house, and department store. Depending on the English village, the immersion may last for one day or for the entire week. For example, the English village in Yeongcheon City, South Korea, the immersion classes for elementary and middle school students last three days and one day respectively.

For these immersion classes, it is pretty common for all teachers to use the same type of book while teaching the students. In some cases, the teacher also has the freedom to choose what activities that can be used during such classes, as long as the activity is relevant to the class theme.

Work Hours

Normal work hours for teachers is usually from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. However, some English villages may allow teachers to leave a little earlier around 4:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. Probably one downside for some new teachers is that if you have to teach an adult evening class or a middle school class on Saturday mornings at the English village. But at least you will still get paid extra for teaching an evening or weekend class though.

Monthly Salary

Your salary each month ranges around 2.1~2.5 million won, depending the level of education and teaching experience you have. If the English village you work at requires you to teach evening classes and/or weekend classes, it is a good opportunity for teachers to earn overtime pay. One thing I'll point out is that you should make sure that you will be paid for the overtime, especially if the teaching hours are outside of your normal working time.

Housing / Location

Depending on the village, teachers may live in either a studio apartment or a dormitory near the English village. As far as location of the village is concerned, the majority of English villages tend to be in a rural part of South Korea. If your current living arrangements is a ten minute walk to the village, then more power to you. Otherwise, you may have to take a bus down and in some cases carpool with other teachers. It isn't unusual for teachers to also take a 5~10 minute taxi ride together to get to the English village.

Extracurricular Programs for Adults and Gifted Students

Some English Villages may offer English conversation classes for working adults. Intensive English classes may also be offered to elementary and middle school students who have high competence in using English. For these types of classes, a teacher have to teach them during the mornings, evenings, and/or weekends.

Foreign Coworkers

In every English village, you will definitely have other foreign English teachers working there. There will be some Korean teaching staff as well. Depending on the size of the village, it can be as low as three foreign teachers or as high as fifty teachers. As for Korean staff, it can go from one to twelve Korean teachers on average. Usually English villages in South Korea have a 20/80 ratio of the number of Korean and foreign teaching staff respectively.

Vacation Time

This will vary based on the teaching schedule of the village, but essential you should expect to have around 15~20 days of vacation taken during parts of the winter and summer. Some English villages may already have a set time block for teachers to take their vacations. Out of common sense, make sure to check with the village's administration staff to check when you can take your vacation time and also how many days you are allowed to take. For example, if your contract says you have 18 vacation days (10 days in the winter and 8 days in the summer), then you are more likely to use only the assigned number of days for that time.

For renewing teachers, they may get one or two extra weeks of vacation, which they may take on the following vacation period. Like I already mentioned, talk to the administrative staff and look over your contract to avoid any confusion regarding when you can take time off.

Additional Benefits and Incentives

Some other things teachers should get when working at a Korean English village:

**Reduced or free lunches when there are classes.

**Health insurance coverage.

**End of year severance (equivalent to one month's salary).

**If renewing contract for an additional year, some English villages will provided teachers with a renewal bonus (the amount of the bonus will vary depending on the English village).

**If renewing contract, may receive an increase in monthly salary during the duration of the new contract (unless the teacher is already at the maximum pay scale at the English village).

List of English Villages in South Korea

Here are a list of some currently running English villages in South Korea right now:

Gyeonggi Province:

Gyeonggi English Village -- Paju Camp: http://www.english-village.or.kr/ (In Korean and English)

Seongnam English Town: http://www.snet.or.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Anyang English VIllage: http://www.ayev.co.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Icheon Global Peace Village: http://gpv.unesco.or.kr/ (In Korean and English)

Suwon Global Village: http://www.swgv.or.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Gwacheon English Town: http://www.gcyc.go.kr/englishtown/ (In Korean Only)

North Gyeongsang Province:

Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village: http://www.dgev.ac.kr/ (In Korean and English)

Yeongcheon English Town: http://www.y1000-e.go.kr/yet/ (In Korean Only)

Yeongju English Center: http://www.yec.es.kr/ (In Korean Only)

South Gyeongsang Province:

Changnyeong English Village: http://www.cev.co.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Geoje English Village: www.gev.co.kr/ (In Korean Only)

South Jeolla Province:

Mokpo English Village: www.mpev.go.kr (In Korean Only)

Jangheung Foreign Language Center: http://www.jnjhe.go.kr/jhtown/ (In Korean Only)

Yeosu Foreign Language Center: http://www.yset.co.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Jeju:

Jeju Experience English Village: http://www.jejuevillage.com/ (In Korean Only)

Seoul:

Seoul English Village -- Gwanak Camp: http://gwanak.sev.go.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Seoul English Village -- Suyu Camp: http://suyu.sev.go.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Seoul English Village -- Pungnap Camp: http://pungnap.sev.go.kr/ (In Korean and English)

Nowon English Village: http://nev.nowon.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Gwangju:

GJ International English Village: http://www.gjvillage.co.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Incheon:

Incheon English Village: http://www.icev.go.kr/ (In Korean Only)

Busan

Busan Global Village: https://www.bgv.co.kr/ (In Korean Only)

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      RaineEven 11 months ago

      I worked at Suwon Global Village in Suwon. I want to warn teachers about this school. I wish someone warned me.

      Pros:

      - you can make curriculum so that's fun

      - you get paid on time

      - they dont have a dress code

      - 10 vacation days

      - sometimes treated to lunch or dinner

      - cake on your birthday if the director likes you

      Cons:

      - You are talked down to constantly. Verbal abuse by the director and Education manager.

      - There is blatant favoritism in the office. Maybe some people might get extra incentives like bonuses or days off etc. for doing the same thing that everyone else is doing.

      - Teacher morale is very low.

      - You are video recorded after saying you're not comfortable with it and even though it's not legal.

      - you work on your unpaid lunch break

      - you are not paid overtime ever - even for national holidays or when you work a 12 hour day

      - you contract is in Korean with English translation. if you say that your contract says you should get paid overtime, they will say that it doesn't say that in Korean so.

      - Any attempt to 'stick together' as teachers is met with threats.

      I would give this school 1 / 5 stars

      If you are really laid back and go with the flow, this school might be for you.But if you want to be respected and appreciated, please choose somewhere else.

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      abrennan861004 3 years ago

      Hello, Nikki. Actually, I currently work at Yeongcheon English Town in Gyeongbuk Province. A lot of the websites I've listed I have found on Korean search engines like Naver and Daum. As for the the English village you are looking for, I don't know if it will help or not, but there was a blog about this English village that you can check out.

      http://globalsuwon.wix.com/swgv

      Most of the content is in Korean, but the drop options does show the types of programs that English village has. Besides going on forums like eslcafe.com and waygook.org, sometimes looking at professional networking sites like LinkedIn can help you find teachers formerly or currently working there. If you have a LinkedIn account, you can try messaging these teachers, getting some insight on the work environment there.

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      Nikki 3 years ago

      Hi there,

      I was just wondering... have you personally worked at any of these English Villages yourself? I was trying to find reviews about "Suwon Global Village" and was wondering if you had any advice.