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    Teaching in Korea

    I have been hearing about Korea being a good place to save money. I would like to hear from anybody that has worked there. Also I want to know where the cheap budget places are to stay in Seoul and Busan. And does korea have visa on entry , do I need a return ticket? Are there any other things I should know before going?

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    Cheap places are called "guesthouses, min baks, motels and yeogwans." Do a search.

    No visas on arrival in Korea. Apply ahead for a tourist visa and do a "run" to Japan after securing employment or roll the dice and organize a job on arrival. You'll get a ticket, a visa and an apartment, but the actual job will be in question until you complete your first week (at least).

    There are ALOT of things you should know before going, (especially since you hadn't even researched their visa regs.

    Read, then read some more, then ask some sensible (semi-informed) questions and they'll be answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    There are ALOT of things you should know before going, (especially since you hadn't even researched their visa regs.

    Read, then read some more, then ask some sensible (semi-informed) questions and they'll be answered.

    To give you an easy start, some of the things jimbo refers to above are humourously covered in the following video. The video is funny, the issues can be very serious...

    Why You Shouldn't Teach English in Korea | Xtranormal

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    No visas on arrival in Korea.
    There is a visa on arrival for US citizens still, correct?

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    Yes, the....I hastily skipped over that.

    90 day visa on arrival (for tourism and business) for US citizens...

    ---Update---

    John,

    I believe an outbound ticket is necessary. Most people who go to scout jobs buy a "changeable" ticket and initially have it set for 3 months (later change it to one year later).

    Basics:

    partially furnished accomodation is provided(typically a studio apt.) - or - key money and rent money to get something modest on your own.

    one roundtrip ticket per contract/year

    2,000 - 3,000 usd per month.

    50% of health insurance

    one month salary bonus at completion (one year)

    This is all very general....

    The first thing you have to decide is WHAT kind of teaching job you are qualied ie; will be applying for.

    Institute, school system, university, corporate, for example.

    Each of the benefits vary and there are variances within each system even.

    Some offer travel allowances, others give more %age of insurance, sick days, vacation time, etc...

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