• Is there anything specific that the cover letter must say?

    The cover letter doesn't need to say anything specific. It's more for the immigration office people to look at. They want to know why you want to to to Korea.

  • Do I need to get any shots before I leave?

    The Korean Immigration donesn't request to get vaccinations to foriegn teachers coming to Korea. but tf you need, you can get some vaccinations in the US.

  • Is the school/accommodation air conditioned?

    The school will be air conditioned. The housing usually isn't unless someone who lived there before you installed one. You can buy one to put on your wall for $100 if it's something you cannot live without :)

  • I own a mountain bike, although I am not sure if I want to g..

     I would not bring it! You will find many cheap bikes on craigslist from former teachers leaving Korea. I bought one for $60 when I got there and had no problem selling it when I left. Koreans are also very active so if you're looking for something nicer, there are bike shops on every corner. I wouldn't spend the money to ship it out when so many are available over there.

  • Is there any issue accessing English websites. (i.e. Yahoo, ..

    No, you will have no problem getting access to these websites.

  • Does the school/living accommodation have wifi?

    School have internet access and you will have to pay for it at your apartment. I paid 20/month for internet and phone.

  • If I buy a computer before I come to S. Korea will it be abl..

     Yes :)

  • What is the school dress code?

    The schools in Korea are business casual. I wore slacks most days of the week and jeans on Friday. There are a few occasions where you will need to dress your best, such as graduation and open class.

      At all times during the term of this contract, teachers must maintain a clean and neat appearance. While suits and ties are not mandatory, a professional appearance is desirable. (No sleeveless shirts, shorts, holes in clothing, visible piercing(s), visible tattoo, etc.)

  • Tell me more about Korean National Holidays

    List of Korean National Holidays for 2009

    Koreans officially follow the Gregorian calendar, though some holidays are based on the lunar(Chinese) calendar. During the official holidays, offices and banks are closed but palaces, museums, most restaurants, department stores, and amusement facilities are open. Seollal and Chuseok are most important traditional holidays for Koreans. Millions of people visit their hometowns to celebrate with their families during these periods. On Seollal, Koreans hold a memorial service for their ancestors and perform sebae, a formal bow of respect to their elders as a New Years greeting.

    Official Holidays
    New Years Day (January 1, Every Year)
    The first day of the New Year is recognized and celebrated.

    Seollal (January 25 - 27, 2009)
    Lunar New Years Day (Seollal) is one of the most important traditional events of the year, still much more significant than January 1st. Most businesses are closed, and people take several days off to visit their hometowns to be with family. Members of the family get up early, put on their best clothes, and everyone bows to their elders as a reaffirmation of family ties. Feasts are held with specially prepared food such as ttokguk and manduguk. People play traditional games or fly kites, and spin tops.

    Independence Movement Day (March 1, 2009)
    This day commemorates the Declaration of Independence proclaimed on March 1, 1919, while under Japanese colonization. A reading of the declaration takes place in a special ceremony at Tapgol Park in Seoul, where the document was first read to the public.

    Buddhas Birthday (May 2, 2009)
    The 8th day of the 4th lunar month. Elaborate, solemn rituals are held at many Buddhist temples across the country and lanterns are hung in the temple courtyards. The Sunday before Buddhas birthday these lanterns are lit and carried in parades in the evening.

    Childrens Day (May 5, 2009)
    On this day, parents dress up the little ones and take them to childrens parks, amusement parks, zoos, or to the cinema for a full day of fun and games.

    Memorial Day (June 6, 2009)
    Memorial Day is set aside to honor the soldiers and civilians who have given their lives for their country. The largest ceremony is held at the National Cemetery in Seoul.

    Liberation Day (August 15, 2009)
    This day commemorates Japanese acceptance of the Allies terms of surrender and the resulting liberation of Korea in 1945.

    Chuseok (October 2 - 4, 2009)
    Chuseok is one of the years most important traditional holidays. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Chuseok is often referred to as Korean Thanksgiving Day. Its a celebration of the harvest and a thanksgiving for the bounty of the earth. Family members come from all parts of the country to visit their ancestral homes.

    National Foundation Day (October 3, 2008)
    This day commemorates the founding of the Korean nation in 2333 B.C. by the legendary god-king Dangun. A simple ceremony is held at an altar on top of Mt. Manisan, Ganghwado province. The altar is said to have been erected by Dangun to offer thanks to his father and grandfather in heaven.

    Christmas (December 25, 2008)
    Christmas is observed as a national holiday in Korea as in many other countries.

    Special Days
    Labor Day (May 1)
    Although Labor Day is not a national holiday, banks and business establishments are closed, and many people enjoy a day off.

    Parents Day (May 8)
    Sons and daughters show their love and respect for their parents on this day.

  • What kinds of questions will i be asked during the interview..

    Relax. Be yourself. You'll do fine!
    General Questions

    1. Could you please tell me about yourself?
    2. What are some of the things on your current job you have done well?
    3. Why do you want to leave your current job?
    4. How has your job prepared you to take on greater responsibility?
    5. What steps have you taken in the past two years to improve your qualifications?
    6. What skills and abilities do you have?
    7. D/O/B, birth place?


    Teacher Interview (New and Experienced Teachers)

    1. Why do/did you choose to become a teacher?
    2. What are your plans for continuing your professional growth?
    3. What kind of students do you like to work with and what type of students could you teach most effectively?
    4. How would you individualize instruction for students?
    5. How would you challenge the slow learner and the advanced learner within the same class?
    6. What kind of teachers would you prefer to work with? Why?
    7. What are some personality characteristics you find undesirable in people?
    8. How would you integrate technology into the curriculum you would teach?
    9. Would you please describe any innovative projects you have been involved in developing?
    10. Would you tell me an example of how you have used cooperative learning in your classroom?
    11. What rules do you have for your classroom?
    12. What do you consider to be your strengths and how will you use them in your teaching?



    1. How does your experience and education qualify you for this job?
    2. How does your education qualify you for this job?
    3. Why did you choose to attend the college that you are attending?
    4. What aspect of your education applies to this position?
    5. What training have you received that qualifies you for this job?
    6. What have you done outside of formal education to improve yourself?
    7. What training opportunities have you taken advantage of and why?
    8. What additional training will we have to provide for you if we hire you?



    1.  Tell us about yourself.
         Focus on the aspects of your experience that apply specifically to the position that you're applying for.
    2.  How are you qualified for this job?
    3.  How does your current job qualify you for this position?
    4.  How does your experience qualify you for this job?
    5.  Describe a typical day at your present position.
    6.  What were your three greatest accomplishments on your last job?
    7.  What are some of the things on your current job you have done well?
    8.  What is the most difficult assignment you have had?
    9.  What accomplishment on the job are you the most proud of?
    10. What steps have you taken to improve your job skills?
    11. What significant contributions have you made to the operation of your work group?
    12. How has your current position prepared you to take on greater responsibilities?
    13. What makes you more qualified than the other candidates?
    14. Why do you want to leave your current job?
    15. How has your job prepared you to take on greater responsibility?
    16. Tell us about your qualifications for this position.
    17. What actions have you taken in the past 10 years to prepare you for this position?
    18. What steps have you taken in the past two years to improve your qualifications?
    19. In the areas where your experience falls short for this job,
          what steps will you take to make up for this shortfall?
    20. Describe yourself.
    21. What skills and abil ties do you have?
    22. Recall an incident where you made a major mistake. What did you do after the mistake was made?
         What did you learn from this mistake?
    23. What is the greatest failure you've had?  What would you have done differently?
    24. What action on the job are you the least proud of?
    25. Tell us about a difficult situation that you encountered and how you resolved it.

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