It is possible to find a summer job in Korea, but your search will require patience. Summer camps recruit teachers for the summer, as do SAT cram programs. Since money was my priority, I concentrated my search on SAT cram programs, which pay markedly better than summer camps. I was hunting for two to three months of work at 4.0 million won a month (equal to about $3300 U.S. in summer 2010), with airfare and apartment included.
In January 2010, I googled "summer teaching job Korea". What did I find? Not much. I found a few job postings dated 2008, and I found exactly one essay written about a summer teaching experience in Korea. I wrote the author of said essay and asked her how she locked down a temporary position. She replied with this:
"I taught for Elite Educational Institute. They did pay for my flight and housing for just the summer...They mostly hired year-long people but hired some extra help... I think there were 6-8 of us. However, be warned -- they only consider people from Ivy League and similar schools. It doesn't really matter how good of a teacher you are; they mostly care about how they can advertise you to parents. Lovely, right? Welcome to education in South Korea! =)
So, keep that in mind when you email... They'll also ask for a photo at some point in the interview process. They're looking for clean cut."
I found the Elite Academy website and emailed the branch in Bundang. Inquiring about summer positions, I attached my resume and my picture. I waited.
I got no reply.
Elite Educational Institute is a nationally recognized academy that has been helping students achieve success since 1987. The Apgujung Elite branch in Korea is looking for enthusiastic university graduates to teach our 2010 summer SAT program. Many of the students who attend the boot camp attend international schools in Korea or attend schools in the states and are in Korea for the summer and are bright and motivated students. The academy is located in a prime location in central Seoul, Apgujung, only a few minutes away from Gangnam. This is the perfect opportunity to make money, interact with engaging students and faculty, and experience Korea and its rich culture!
Contract Period: 6/14/10 – 8/6/10
• BA/BS degree
• Native English speaker
• F4 or E2 visa
Experience: previous teaching experience preferred, but not required.
Location: Apgujeong, Seoul. Central Seoul (great location!)
Work Schedule: 120 hours
Pay: 3.0-4.0 million won + Overtime
Airfare: roundtrip airfare provided
To apply, send an email with a copy of your resume, diploma, and a recent photo.