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Teacher, Kindergarten, English

Experience Korea's unique culture and cuisine while making friends for a lifetime!
Korea SDA Language School
Seoul, South Korea
6-24 months
On site


  • Teach English to kids age: 5-7 years
  • Teachers are required to lesson plan with co-teachers, evaluate students performances, grade, report and consult with parents
  • Additional responsibilities may include: bus duty (bus assistant role to pick up or drop off students before or after school at pick up points in the community), lunch sitting (assisting students during lunch period, maintaining cleanliness of the room and students), and parent consultations (updating parents on their child(ren)s progress and development.


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


  • Acceptable Dress: Professional but comfortable dress for teaching children.
  • Men: Dress shirt, t-shirts and slacks.
  • Women: dresses, skirts, blouses (cap sleeves permitted), t-shirts, dress slacks and hosiery.
  • Men and women: turtlenecks and sweaters (in season)
  • Comfortable dress shoes, sneakers.
  • Unacceptable Dress: No shorts, 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.
  • Apartments are gender-restricted. A teacher may have a roommate or two.
  • Married couples will generally be placed in the same apartment together.

Living There

"Kinderest" Programs and/or Junior

  • CCTV's are installed in nearly all of our classrooms. 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.
  • The regularly scheduled work hours are from 9am to 6pm (Mon-Thurs) or 9am to 4pm (Fri).
  • 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 between 5-7 years, for a total of 40 hours each week.
  • Each semester is approximately 6 months long with a minimum of 10 days of vacation days per year, 5 weekdays at the end of July as Summer vacation and 6 days at the end of December as Winter vacation. All days listed as national holidays are generally days off and are announced in the Academic Term Calendar.
  • Class schedules vary greatly by institute and student enrollment per semester (Approx. 6-12 children per class)
  • Teachers should prepare to teach classes between the hours of 10am and 6pm.
  • Teachers are asked to supervise children during the lunch period.
  • In addition to the teaching hours, Teachers are expected to spend no less than 30 minutes throughout the day for their respective lesson planning with co-English Teachers, recording student evaluations, comments and grading, etc. (if necessary).

Sample Schedule of a Teacher's day who teaches at a Kinderest school from Monday-Friday.
[**Keep in mind, schedules may vary from institute to institute due to the demands of the school’s director].

Wake up and get ready to leave for the 2-15 minute walk to the institute.
8:30am: Arrive at institute. Prepare classroom setting and lesson, check emails. Or Morning Bus Duty.
Students start coming to school at 8:45am.
9:00-9:55am: Breakfast/Snack Time, morning devotional story time with children
10:00-12:00pm: Language Arts classes (Phonics/Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing)
12:00-1:00pm: Lunch break and Play time
1:00-3:00pm: Language Arts classes (Phonics/Listening/Speaking/Reading/Writing)
3:00-4:00pm: Afternoon Bus Duty or After School classes
4:00-6:00pm: Post-Kinderest Classes

9.00am-4:00pm: Friday Special Activities (Field Trips, Animal Fair, Theme days, Cooking, Seasonal Activities, etc.)

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. 


  • Insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Monthly Living Allowance - KRW 2,250,000 KRW.  (20,000 KRW is given for each additional class hour the teacher teaches or substitutes for over 40 hours/week.)

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
  • Food\Meals
  • Local Travel 
  • Utilities


  • 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 2,250,000 KRW.  
    • 20,000 KRW is given for each additional class hour the teacher teaches or substitutes for over 40 hours/week. 
  • After one year under contract at SDALS in Korea (multiple small contracts consecutively apply), the volunteer will receive $600 (USD) to provide for airfare back home if necessary.


  • 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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