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If you enjoy the variety of teaching different grade levels, this may be just what you're looking for. This Assignment is in the Northern Asia-Pacific Division (NSD) of the Adventist Church.
Korea SDA Language School
Seoul, South Korea
6-12 Months
On site


Teach English and Religion Classes to all ages.


  • Speak Fluent English
  • Bachelors Degree required


  • Acceptable Dress: 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

GENERAL INFORMATION about SDA Language School:
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. Class schedules vary greatly by institute and student enrollment per term therefore, 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.

*This is a 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 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 minute Junior classes
6:00pm: go to the apartment and rest (or use time to prepare for future classes).
7:10-8:10pm: Adult class #3.

Those assigned to an institute with a “Kinderest” program (Kindergarten) have a slightly different kind of schedule. Work hours are from 9am to 5pm (Mon-Thurs) or 9am to 4pm (Fri), and teachers are expected to work up to 40hrs/week. Classes can be 20 - 60 minutes long with 0-10 minute passing periods. Some part-Kinderest schools include Junior classes (Elementary to High school / K-12 students) which may be taught in the afternoon to evening, between 3pm – 8pm, depending on the schedule.
Teachers are required to attend scheduled meetings, come on time to the institute to plan the day's classes with their co-English Teachers as well as for grading, reporting, and consultations with parents (if need be).

CCTV's are installed in nearly all of our classrooms for safety purposes. Each class is recorded and only the headquarters, local coordinator, director, as well as the teacher, have access to viewing the recordings. This is purely used to assist the teachers in every possible way when needed, to help each teacher be the best that they can be, as well as support in a positive manner.

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

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 at SDA Language School:
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 follows 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. During 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
  • Accommodations
  • 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.  
  • Local Travel - Shared

Not Included

  • Visa
  • Medical/Inoculations
  • Travel to and from Location
  • Local Travel - Shared
  • 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 visa by the government.


  • After one year under contract at SDALS in Korea (multiple small contracts consecutively apply), the volunteer will receive $600 (USD) to provide for airfare.
  • 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. 


  • Teachers must go through a 14-day Self Quarantine period after a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
  • Submit to an immigration health screening including HIV, TB and a drug test after arriving in Korea.
  • A teacher with a positive test will have their visa revoked by the Korean government.