By CRISTOFF ZAVALA
EPIK is a program in which teachers travel over to South Korea to teach English to Korean children or even teenagers. There are other options all around the world, such as JET in Japan for those who wish to teach elsewhere. Meeting the requirements may not be very easy, the applicant must have at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject, must be a citizen of an English-speaking country, and must have their TEFL Certificate. Four years of college is more or less the minimum to get a bachelor’s, while a TEFL requires an intensive four-week course which can be taken online or in-person. The course is a bit expensive as it will cost anywhere from $1500 – $2000, depending on where the course is taken the price may differ. After achieving all the requirements, one can now apply to EPIK. Applying can be done in multiple ways, the simplest being on their website, where the application form can be downloaded through a link. Once this is filled out and ready, it can be emailed to EPIK along with an attached image and a letter of recommendation.
An interview date must be sent in order to move on to the next step, this can take up to weeks. If the interview is successful, the applicant must send all necessary documents and contracts to the EPIK office. Now it’s time to go, after getting the E-2 Visa of course, which is needed to grant foreign entrepreneurs access to the country. Your flight to South Korea is already paid for by the EPIK program, after arriving in South Korea the applicant, as well as all the other applicants stationed in your area, will be placed in orientation together where everyone will be taught the basics of teaching in Korean schools for about a week. Completion of the orientation will then lead to the applicants being sent to their locations (anywhere from Seoul to Busan), where they will be introduced to their new officetel. This officetel is paid for by EPIK, with the exception of utilities and the deposit. After moving in, the new teacher is left alone to figure everything out, so at least elementary level Korean would be helpful with day to day life.