TaLK stands for Teach and Learn in Korea, a Korean government scholarship program created in 2008 under the direction of South Korean President Lee Myung Bak. TaLK is a unique teaching and service- learning opportunity for undergraduates and recent graduates in that it also offers an option to teach for 6 months or 1 year.
Applicants wishing to teach in the TaLK public school program in Korea need to meet the following minimum entry requirements:
Exchange students with qualification to attend a TaLK-affiliated Korean university that has a student exchange agreement between NIIED (National Institute for International Education) and their home university may also apply.
*Exchange students would teach 9 hours per week from Mon - Fri
Scholarship terms are either for 6 months or 1 year.
Feb 1st - Jul 31st
Aug 1st - Jan 31st
Feb 1st - Jan 31st
Aug 1st - Jul 31 st
Will somebody meet me at the airport?
Yes, you will be met by a team of TaLK representatives at the airport when you arrive in South Korea. Please note, airport meeting cannot be guaranteed for applicants who arrive late.
What do the training and orientation involve?
The preparatory training is designed to make your transition to living and teaching in South Korea as smooth as possible. The 4-week training session is full of useful information to help you become an effective teacher and enjoy your life in Korea! Training includes:
Is room and board provided during the training period?
Yes, room and board is provided, free of charge throughout the training period.
Is there a dress code for the training period?
Smart casual is preferred.
How will I be paid?
Your school will help to set up a Korean bank account for you and you will be paid electronically into this bank account every month. During the training period, room and board is provided in lieu of salary. Salary would begin at the end of March or September (depending on which term you start teaching). TaLK scholars are paid on the 25th of each month, or the prior business day if the 25th of the month falls on a weekend or holiday.
How much money should I bring to last me until my first pay-check?
We would recommend bringing approximately US$1,000 to see you through until your first pay-check, which is at the end of your first month of teaching at the elementary school.
Is it easy to meet other foreigners?
A great thing about teaching with TaLK is that the training period provides a chance to establish contacts and friendships with other foreign teachers who are in exactly the same boat. Also, such is the boundless Korean enthusiasm for learning English that even the smallest towns and villages have sizeable expat communities.
Can I extend my contract if I want to stay longer?
The contract can be extended for an additional period but can't exceed a total of 2 years.
Where are the placements located?
The TaLK Program provides young Korean schoolchildren in the more rural areas of South Korea with the opportunity to learn English with a native English speaker. Therefore, most placements are in the following areas - Busan, Chungbuk, Chungnam, Gangwon, Gyeongbuk, Gyeongnam, Incheon, Jeonbuk, Jeonnam, and Jeju. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the rich, vibrant culture of Korea whilst giving something back to local communities.
Are there any areas of Korea where TaLK scholarships are not available?
There are no TaLK scholarship placements in Daejeon, Gwangju, Gyeonggi, Seoul or Ulsan.
Can I choose my placement location?
Placement preference can be taken into consideration but cannot be guaranteed. Your placement location will be decided by the Provincial Office of Education based on the availability of positions in each region.
Can I apply with a partner/friend for the TaLK Program?
Yes, this is possible although joint applications do not always guarantee joint acceptance.
Can I get a cell phone in South Korea?
Yes! If you're on a six-month contract, you can easily set up a prepaid service cell phone. You'd have a local number and can top your phone up with cards from local newsagents and supermarkets. If you're on a one-year contract, you can obtain your own cell phone contract without a major problem as long as you provide proper form of identification (an alien registration card).
Do I need to pay my own utilities and if so, how much are they?
Yes, you would need to pay utilities. Electricity, water and gas combined usually come to around KRW70,000. All Korean apartments have floor heating which makes them very snug in winter. Even with the air-con on all summer, you'll rarely pay more than KRW75,000 a month in bills.
What should I pack?
It's advisable to pack two suitcases. Korea has four distinct seasons and can get extremely cold in the winter so it's worth packing a mix of both winter and summer clothes.
Can I get tax exemption whilst teaching in Korea?
All employees (including foreigners) residing in Korea are required by law to pay income tax, which is generally withheld from an employees' salary and paid by the employer. Most TaLK scholars are exempt from paying tax in their home countries for 2 years (except Canadian and Irish citizens, due to lack of tax treaty with Korea).
How does it work with the air-ticket to and from Korea?
TaLK scholars can either arrange their own flight or process the air-ticket through the TaLK Office. If scholars arrange their own ticket, the maximum reimbursement is US$1,000 for a one-way ticket.
Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis so it's best to apply early in order to secure your place!
Apply for your position on the TaLK Program now! To apply, please click on the banner below which will redirect you to the TaLK Program home-page.
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