Teaching Jobs at Public Schools in Gyeonggi-do (Province)
What is the GEPIK Program In Korea?
GEPIK stands for Gyeonggi English Program in Korea. GEPIK is a government initiative that employs native English teachers to teach in Public schools in Gyeonggi province. It was established in 2003 and there are currently over 1,000 foreign ESL teachers working for the GEPIK program.
Who is Eligible to teach for GEPIK Program?
The cities located in this province are what we refer to as Seoul "satellite" cities as they are often a stone’s throw from Seoul. Being public schools, the contract is 100% secure with the salary and benefits being identical to EPIK. However, the major difference is in the hiring procedure. For the EPIK program, teachers are hired by a central location and assigned to individual schools. For GEPIK, the hiring process is reversed, with the individual schools hiring teachers directly. This makes the hiring procedures shorter and simpler. GEPIK schools tend to start looking for teachers approximately three months before the starting date e.g. they will look for teachers in June for a September start. Similar to EPIK, the majority of jobs are available in March and September.
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
Why work for GEPIK?
• Citizen of an English speaking country (Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom)
• Native English Speaker
• Have a completed Bachelor’s Degree from a University or College in an English speaking country and have the qualifications required by the program (refer to the pay scale below)
GEPIK offers many benefits that are unavailable in other areas of Korea. In addition to the standard benefits of free flight, accommodation and one month severance pay, GEPIK teachers also receive the following benefits:
Responsibilities of GEPIK English Teachers
• Vacation time is 20 days instead of the common 14 days offered in other public schools, or 10 days offered in private schools
• Settlement allowance of 300,000 KRW for all teachers
• Proximity to Seoul and access to Seoul Subway System
• City and rural placements available (bonus for teaching in a rural area)
Successful applicants will be required to conduct English conversation classes for Korean primary and secondary school students as part of the Korean government's aim to promote and strengthen English language education.
Primarily, GEPIK teachers are required to conduct beginner to intermediate English classes at an assigned Gyeonggi Province school with a Korean “co-teacher” as a team. The term of the contract is for 52 weeks. The NETs shall work 8 hours per day, 5 calendar days per week excluding Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays (approx. 14 days) of the Republic of Korea. GEPIK English teachers are required to teach 22 classes (varying from 40 – 50 minutes) per week. The work hours of NETs may follow the normal work schedule of Korean teachers.
GEPIK Benefits and Salary
English teachers in Gyeonggi Province are entitled to many benefits including the following:
• The benefits are pretty much identical to the EPIK program (refer to EPIK benefit section of our website)
• Free single housing (utilities not included)
• Free flight (reimbursed upon arrival in Korea)
• Settlement allowance
• One month salary at the completion of the contract
• Paid vacation of 20 working days + 13-15 national holidays
• 50% medical insurance and national pension contribution etc.
|Gyeonggi Province, which is located in the area immediately surrounding Seoul, has the highest demand for English education in all of Korea. This program offers teachers a unique experience by allowing them to share their culture and knowledge with students while gaining experience teaching ESL in Public Schools across Korea.
The population of Gyeonggi Province as of the end of 2012 was about 11,940,000 which is approximately 22% of the nation's total population. The total area is 10,183㎢ which is approximately 10% of the total land area of South Korea. Furthermore, there are 31 city and county-level local autonomous governments in Gyeonggi Province.
|Gyeonggi Province (GEPIK) is the largest local jurisdiction in South Korea already exceeding Seoul with an annual population increase of 340,000 for the past five years. In addition, Gyeonggi Province (GEPIK) is located at the center of not only Korea, but the economic sphere of Northeast Asia as well which strengthens its position as a "Truly Global Gyeonggi Province."
GEPIK Salary Scale
Salary for English teaching jobs in Gyeonggi Province public schools depends on a combination of qualifications and experience. The guidelines are outlined below;
Newly Changed Pay Scale for GEPIK 2012
Starting dates and when to apply for GEPIK
Your employment teaching in Korea for the GEPIK program will be for the duration of one year. The GEPIK program has two start dates per year at the beginning of each semester. The 1st arrival date is at the end of February while the 2nd is at the end of August.
It can take up to 3 to 4 months to prepare all the required documents, therefore, we strongly advise that you compile the required documents and begin the application process as early as possible (at least 3-4 months prior to August or February).
• Same as the EPIK program (refer to the EPIK required documents)
• We will provide you with detailed information once you apply for the program
Public school Required Documents
In order to prepare accordingly, please begin acquiring the following required documents and keep me updated on your progress.
The key to securing a reliable position quickly is to make sure you get all of your documents in hand as soon as possible
1) A passport that is valid for at least 12 months after the date that you hope to start in Korea.
GEPIK Job Market (Tips on Getting Chosen for a Job)
2) An apostilled photocopy of your University degree (Apostille is not applicable to Canadians ,therefore, for Canadian teachers certified by the Korean consulate for Canadians). You must get photocopy made, and this copy must be apostilled.
3) THREE (3) sets of sealed University Transcripts
4) 2 Letters of Reference - 1 academic and 1 professional in nature, if possible.
**These are mandatory for all public school jobs: ink-signed, dated, on company/school letterhead. You will need to have these as soon as possible if you're considering public school jobs.
5) A national level Criminal Record Check (CRC) that is less than 6 months old, that has been apostilled (Apostille is not applicable to Canadians ,therefore, for Canadian teachers certified by the Korean consulate for Canadians). Americans must get a national level check conducted by the FBI. UK applicants must get a Subject access form and have it apostilled. For Canadian teachers their national CRC must be certified by the Korean Consulate rather than apostilled. All other nationalities must also get a national level CRC and have it apostilled. The FBI criminal checks have a very long processing time (6-12 weeks), so please order yours as soon as possible. The earliest you can start in Korea is about 4 weeks after you can get all documents in hand.
• There are more teachers available than jobs.
• Public school jobs are highly sought after by a large number of ESL applicants.
• Be as open as possible for location. GEPIK jobs have become a rarity as they no longer receive funding from the Gyeonggi Ministry of Education. All positions are now funded either directly by the school or through the city.
• Have your docs ready and preferably at our office. Document readiness will play a big role in getting a position. If you have everything ready, then your chances improve dramatically.
• Get a 100 hour TESOL if you don't have one. For the majority of applicants an ESL Certification is now a requirement.
• Many GEPIK schools are now looking for teachers who are already in Korea (many schools prefer face to face interview etc.). If you are already in Korea and plan to go back to your home country for a short vacation, it would be much safer to secure a GEPIK job before you leave Korea. Once you are out of Korea, it will be harder to secure the job.
As I mentioned above, public schools now require at least a Level 2 applicant which in most cases means you'd need to complete a TEFL course. With the Korean ESL market becoming increasingly competitive, hogwans are also now seeking only the most qualified applicants, which makes sense, so having such a course will greatly enhance your chances of securing a good ESL teaching job in Korea. In addition, if you take a TEFL course and you teach at a public school you will earn an additional 100,000 KRW/month, so it will pay for itself in 6 months. You will surely become a more confident teacher and employee once you understand the ESL classroom better. We've had lots of our teachers take this course below, and all feedback has been excellent:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How many openings are there?
A. Currently there is no hard figure on the number of positions as schools are no longer funded through the Gyeonggi Ministry of Education but total numbers are far below previous years.
2. Am I guaranteed a job?
A. No, we can't guarantee a job. For anyone that sends in docs and doesn't get placed, we will return your docs or help obtain placement in another location.
3. Can I get a job in X city?
A. It is very difficult to grant these kind of requests. Narrowing down the field is not helpful in making sure you get placed. Competition for jobs this year is really high.
4. Do I have to pay for my own flight?
All public school boards require that the teacher pay for the flight and then reimburse the teacher upon arrival. In the past, for those who are absolutely unable to pay for a flight, we have assisted, however due to the volume of applicants this year, we may not be able to assist so you should be ready to cover the cost of the flight and then obtain reimbursement upon arrival
5. What can you do to help the process run smoothly?
|• ||Work quickly on your required E2 documents –especially your FBI or national level criminal check and 2-3 Letters of Reference
|• ||Please try and be flexible to the various cities and areas of Gyeonggi-do province. These cities usually have between 500,000 to 1,200,000 people, deep foreigner communities, lots of western entertainment, Korean culture, close to mountains, while also being easy to get to other cities, or Seoul is extremely easy.
|• ||Answer all calls on your phone, even the ones that come up as "unavailable".
Please reply to any email from your us within 12 hours.