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Teacher, English and Bible

If you enjoy the variety of teaching different grade levels, this may be just what you're looking for!
Korea SDA Language School
Seoul, South Korea
6-12 Months
On site


  • Teach English Classes to all ages
  • Teach Religion Classes to adult students


  • Speak Fluent English
  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree required (only from accepted countries - Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA))


  • Professional dress for teaching.
    Men: tie, dress shirt and slacks.
    Women: dresses, skirts, blouses (cap sleeves permitted), dress slacks and hosiery.
  • Men and women: turtlenecks and sweaters (in season), comfortable dress shoes.
  • Unacceptable Dress: No jeans, shorts, sneakers, T-shirts, short skirts, sleeveless garments, or jewelry during work hours.


  • Housing is provided, but varies by institute.
    • English Teachers may be provided with either an apartment where they will have their own bedroom, but share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom with 2 to 3 other teachers; or a private studio with no other roommates.
    • Apartment rooms are typically small and basically furnished without TV and/or AC.
    • Utilities and maintenance fees are not included and must be paid for by the teacher.
    • All apartments are gender-restricted.

Living There

Adult and/or Junior Programs

  • The regularly scheduled working hours are 240 hours per “teaching term” [1 teaching term = 2 months] with 16 hours of religion class included.
  • New English Missionary Teachers (“ET-1”) are expected to attend a 2-week Orientation before a teaching term.
  • Teachers are also expected to teach a number of “20- to 60-minute” English classes to students of all ages (Elementary to High school & Adults), for a total of 224 hours each term.
  • 16 hours of “religion classes” will be taught in addition to 224 teaching hours per term [and will not exceed 16 hours per term and cannot count towards the 224 teaching hours (Friday Night Fellowship (Vespers) and Saturday Sabbath clubs do not count toward “religion classes”)].
  • With the exception of “special teaching days” (i.e. scheduled Friday morning(s) and/or Sunday(s)) and two Fridays each term for a religious group event called “Mission Day” and a “Special Day” group event [events vary per school]), there will be classes only from Monday to Thursday.
  • Each term is approximately 8 weeks long with about 32-teaching days.
  • At the end of each term, teachers are given a term break, from 1-3 days in between terms.  All days listed as national holidays are generally days off (unless prior stated by HQ) and are announced in the Academic Term Calendar.
  • Class schedules vary greatly by institute and student enrollment per semester (Approx. 4-12 students per class)
  • Teachers should prepare to teach classes between the hours of 6am and 10pm.
  • In addition to the teaching hours, Teachers are expected to spend no less than 2 hours throughout the day for their respective lesson planning with co-English Teachers, recording student evaluations, comments and grading, etc. (if necessary).
  • Those who unfortunately lack the number of classes to fulfill their contracted hours are required to participate in one-on-one, small group, and/or special classes via video conferencing, over the phone, and/or in the classroom. These extra classes are usually assigned by the Director/Pastor of the school.

Sample Schedule of a Teacher's day who teaches at an Adult/Junior school with 7 hours of teaching from Monday-Thursday.
[**Keep in mind, schedules may vary from institute to institute due to the needs of the school program].

Wake up and get ready to leave for the 2-15 minute walk to the institute.
6:30 am: Arrive at institute. Prepare classroom setting and lesson, check emails.
Students start coming in at 6:45am.
7:00-8:00 am: Adult class #1
8:05-9:05 am: Adult class #2
9:05-9:55 am: Teacher can prepare or rest at their classroom, at home, or in the staff room.
10:10am-11:10am: Religion Class
11:10-2:30pm: Lunch break. Usually go to the apartment and eat. Come back to the language school by 2:30pm to prepare for next class.
3:00-6:00pm: continual 30 /45 minutes Junior classes (Elementary to High school / K-12 students)
6:00pm: go to the apartment and rest (or use time to prepare for future classes).
7:10-8:10pm: Adult class #3.

Teacher's Lounge

  • Every institute has a Teacher's Lounge that has the following resources: computer with internet, chairs, tables, copy machine, and telephone.

Teacher's Housing
All of the Teachers' apartments are not longer than a 10-15 minute walk from their respective institutes in case they would like to go home during their breaks. Some teachers live by themselves or, in some cases, may have to share an apartment, but have their own room, with one or two other teachers.

Weekend Programs

  • Teachers have the greatest opportunity to impact the lives of students through the weekend programs. All students are invited to attend weekend programs to improve their English as well as to learn about Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Teachers are required to participate and lead out in all weekend programs unless it is their weekend off.
  • Teachers receive two weekends off per term and it should be scheduled and discussed with the Director and staff of the school.
  • Weekend programs consist of an hour of worship on Friday evening at 7:00 pm with a discussion and activities that follow the worship based on a worship thought.
  • On Saturday morning, there are club activities at 10am.
    • English Teachers are free to choose how they will lead their club activity.
    • Some popular activities include: Bible reading, translation, music (listening to a song and studying the English lyrics), drama, etc.
    • Students are cordially invited to join the following worship hour at 11am.
  • Teachers may be asked to translate for the sermon (by reading a prepared script in English of the Korean sermon), preach a sermon, do children's story, or perform “special music”.
  • Some local institutes choose to pursue additional activities in the afternoon, but it is up to the local director, coordinator and Teachers if they decide to do so.


  • Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Monthly Living Allowance - KRW 2,200,000 KRW.  20,000 KRW is given for each additional class hour the teacher teaches or substitutes for over their 224 contracted hours, not including the 16 hours of religion classes taught.  

Not Included

  • Visa
  • Medical/Inoculations
  • Travel to and from home country - The volunteer will be expected to purchase their own ticket coming to Korea. In the case they are financially unable to do so, the Academic Office staff may be able to purchase their one-way ticket to Korea. This, and the cost of the mandatory health check the volunteer will go through when he or she arrives in Korea, will be taken from their first month’s stipend and/or over a period of time
  • Local Travel 
  • Utilities
  • Food/Meals


  • The Korean government only allows people with the following passports to teach at the SDA Language School: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA).
  • Volunteers with passports and/or diplomas from other countries will not be issued a teaching visa by the government.


  • Monthly Living Allowance - KRW 2,200,000 KRW.  
    • 20,000 KRW is given for each additional class hour the teacher teaches or substitutes for over their 224 contracted hours, not including the 16 hours of religion classes taught. 
  • After one year under contract at SDALS in Korea (multiple small contracts consecutively apply), the volunteer will receive $600 (USD) to provide for airfare.


  • Teachers must follow the current COVID-19 regulations for travel and upon arrival to Korea.
  • A teacher must carry out a health screening check including HIV, TB and a drug test after arriving in Korea.
  • A teacher with a positive HIV/drug test will have their visa revoked by the Korean government.
  • All teachers are required to produce an apostilled Criminal Background Check for Visa processing - any criminal violation unfortunately would cause one to be denied a Teaching Visa by Korean Immigration.

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