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Can I apply without a university degree?
How do I get the E2 Work Visa?
How long does the application process take to teach English?
Can I contact current ESL teachers working at the school interested in hiring me?
Do I need to have TESL or TEFL certification to teach English?
What are qualifications do I need to become an ESL teacher?
Does my country of origin matter?
Where do you conduct your interviews?
What kind of picture should I send?
Do I need to be able to speak Korean?
I don’t graduate until next year? Should I apply now?
When do you hire teachers?
Why do I have to send my original degree and my transcripts? Will I get them back?
Where do I send my documents?
What is the interview like?
Why have I not heard from you?
Do I have to pay for the flight?
Am I too old or too young?
Why do you need my picture?
Can I work for a shorter period of time? Are the contracts always one year?
This seems like a good deal? Is there a catch?
Is Korea safe?
I graduated from a university in a country other than the ones listed as being the required nationality. Can I still get a visa?
I completed my BA in 3 years? Will I qualify?
 
Can I apply without a university degree?

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No. Again, this falls under Korean Immigration and the E2 visa requirements. The minimum education requirements are a BA or BS equivalent or higher.
 
 
How do I get the E2 Work Visa?

Step1.
Please obtain:
1. your original Bachelor's Degree
2. 3 sets of sealed, official, university transcripts
3. criminal background check

Step2.
Interview with Pegasus

Step3.
Canadians ONLY: Your documents must then be sent to the Korean Consulate in your jurisdiction to be verified, then sent back to you.
Americans, British, Australians, South Africans, New Zealanders, NOT Canadians: must get your criminal checks appostilled.

Step4.
Interview with school in Korea.
Once you have a contract from your school, you must send your documents to the school in Korea by FedEX, DHL or UPS.
Once the school has received your documents they will submit them to Immigration to sponsor your visa. This takes about a week to 10 days. Immigration will issue the school with a Visa Insurance Number which will be e-mailed to you.

Step5.
Once you have you Visa Issuance Number, you will apply for your E2 Visa at the Korean Consulate in your jurisdiction. At this time, you will need to arrange an interview with the consulate before they can issue you your E2 Visa.

It takes about 5-10 days for the Consulate to processes your E-2 Visa. The cost varies depending on what country you are applying from, usually $65 CANADIAN.

you have been issued your E2 Visa, your school will arrange your flights and send you an e-ticket. Pack your bags, you're on your way!

When you get to Korea, your director will take you, along with your passport, degree and transcripts to the Korean Immigration Office to apply for an Alien Registration Card.

This will be your I.D. Card while you are there.
 
 
How long does the application process take to teach English?

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Generally the process takes 6-10 weeks to be a teacher depending on what documents you need to get. How quickly you can get your documents will have a direct impact on how quickly we can secure you a teaching job.

After we receive your application, we will review its contents and contact you. If you meet our application criteria to teach English, we will arrange a phone interview with you. After the phone interview, we will contact you to let you know if you have been accepted as a Pegasus teacher. Teaching jobs are available monthly and we get new requests daily from our schools looking for quality teachers. 

We will let you know once we have a job and send out your resume. If a school has interest in speaking with you, we will arrange an interview with the school director. This is a good opportunity to discuss the specifics of the job, get a feel for the teaching position and ask any specific questions about teaching. If all goes well, the director will send you a contract which you should review before accepting the teaching job.

We then contact you will all the necessary details needed to process your visa for your teacher ing job. The director will then ask you to send the necessary documents to Korea to secure your job. Once the school has received your papers they will go to the Immigration Office to apply for your work visa. This takes about a week. The school will email you a Visa Insurance Number which you then have to take to the Korean Consulate nearest to you, along with your passport and other documentation. It may sound a little confusing, however, we will assist you every step of the way for teaching English overseas and make sure you are informed and know exactly what needs to be done. Once you have your E2 visa you are ready to teach. 

Meanwhile, we will work with the school to book your flight and arrange your itinerary. Once you have your visa, we will arrange your ticket and send you an e-ticket. For public schools, sometimes you will be required to buy your own ticket, which will be reimbursed shortly after you arrive. We will also arrange with the school to have someone meet you at the airport.

Our teachers are also on Facebook under the group: TEACH IN KOREA-PEGASUS TEACHERS. We suggest you join this group and make some contacts before you arrive.

http://www.facebook.com/group.html?gid=2342129698

All the ESL teachers know what it’s like to be a newcomer and we want to establish a community of Pegasus Teachers.
 
 
 
 
Do I need to have TESL or TEFL certification to teach English?

No. Teaching jobs in most private language institutes abroad do not require CELTA, TEFL, TESL or TESOL certification. Certification may be required if you want to teach in a high school, university or government institution.

Many companies will try to give you the impression that if you take their training, you can get English teaching jobs in Korea. The fact is, even without their training, you can get jobs in Korea if you meet the requirements of education and nationality.
 
 
 
What are qualifications do I need to become an ESL teacher?

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Pegasus looks for teachers that have a high level of professionalism and a passion towards teaching English overseas. We recruit people with a positive attitude and a strong work ethic to teach. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are interested in learning and experiencing Korean culture and teaching English as a second language. You will be working with a team of teachers so we feel it is important that you are flexible and easy to get along with. There are many teaching jobs in Korea, however all require at least a bachelor's degree. English must be your be your first language in order to get a teaching visa called an E2. A clean criminal record is a requirement to secure a teaching job and a health inspection will be done when you arrive in Korea.
 
 

Does my country of origin matter?

Yes. As per Korean Immigration, you must be a native English speaker from the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand. This is NOT our policy…it is the policy of the Korean Government. No other countries will qualify for a teaching visa. A valid passport from one of these countries is required.  

There are absolutely no exceptions. Please do not apply if you are not from one of these countries, regardless of education, English skill, or experience. These are the rules set forth by South Korean immigration.

 
 
Where do you conduct your interviews?

The majority of our interviews for jobs in Korea take place over the phone. Whenever possible, we interview our teachers in person. However, because teachers come from all over the world this is very difficult to interview everyone face to face. Our interviews are extensive and detailed. We want to get a good sense of who you are and how you would be as a teacher. We also want to get an idea of what you are looking for so we can match you with the right school. We are looking for teachers who have a passion for children, teaching and experiencing life abroad. Teaching jobs are a full time commitment so we look for serious candidates who are going to teach English for the right reasons.
 
 
What kind of picture should I send?

Remember, this is your first impression, so consider it part of your job interview. A recent photo is always best. It should be clear, and not too far away. We would prefer you be alone in the picture, smiling and looking professional and friendly. If you have a couple of pictures you think might be good, feel free to send more than one. 
 
 
Do I need to be able to speak Korean?

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NO!! In fact, most schools request that the teacher ONLY SPEAK ENGLISH in the classroom. This encourages the students to start thinking and talking in English.

You can get by living in Korea without ever learning to speak any Korean. There will always be someone willing to help, and people are quite patient and often more than happy to practice their English skills with you.

Many Churches, universities and Cultural Centers offer free Korean classes to foreigners. Many foreigners learn Korean and find it enriches their experience. Korean people are always very impressed when foreigners talk to them in Korean.

To learn Korean before you go: http://rki.kbs.co.kr/learn_korean/lessons/e_index.htm
 
 
I don’t graduate until next year? Should I apply now?

Yes, you can apply now! We suggest sending us your resume; cover letter and photo (fill out the online application) and we will file it away until closer to the time. We will also send you a monthly newsletter so you can see what jobs are available on a monthly basis. We have a good tracking system. You probably won’t hear from us until a few months before the date you specified in your application as little can be done before hand.
 
 
When do you hire teachers?

We hire on a monthly basis so you can apply any time. The contracts are for one year so there is continuous turnover. There are always great positions for qualified applicants wishing to teach English as a second language.
 
 
Why do I have to send my original degree and my transcripts? Will I get them back?

Korean Immigration requires all applicants to submit these documents when issuing the E2 visa. They inspect the documents to make sure they are authentic. The transcripts which are in a university sealed envelope are extra proof that your degree is legitimate.

In the past few years, there have been a number of cases of people without degrees or buying fake degrees online.

We understand that people are uncomfortable parting with their hard earned university diplomas. You will get them back from the school as soon as you receive your Alien Registration Card. (See E2 Visa Process). If anything should happen to your documents, Pegasus will make sure they are replaced at our expense.
 
 
Where do I send my documents?

If you accept a position you will be asked to send your documents to the school in Korea. We will send you the address of the school. You will be asked to mail the following documents via FedEx or DHL to the school at your expense. Once the school has received your documents they will submit them to Immigration to sponsor your visa. This takes about a week to 10 days. Immigration will issue the school with a Visa Issuance Number which will be e-mailed to you. You will then be required to take this letter along with other documents to the nearest Korean Consulate. It takes about 3-10 days for the Embassy to processes your E-2 Visa. (If you mail your documents it takes longer). The cost varies depending on what country you are applying from, usually $65 Canadian. Once you have your visa you are ready to go.
 
 
What is the interview like?

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There are usually 3 interviews. Pegasus will do an initial interview to get an idea of who you are and what you are looking for in terms of our overseas teaching positions. We want to make sure you and the school are a good fit. Our offices are in Vancouver, so the interview will be done by phone. We arrange a time to talk, which usually last 30 minutes, depending on your questions.

After the initial interview we will recommend a couple of positions available for employment in Korea. If you would like to interview with the school, we can arrange an interview with the school director/manager. This is usually informal and allows you a chance to get to know more about the school and each other. It is also an opportunity for you to ask specific questions you may have about the school and English teaching jobs in Korea and for the director to get a feel about you. If the director is happy with the interview they will send you a contract and we assist you from that point on.

The third interview is with the Korean Consulate in your jurisdiction. If you are unable to visit the consulate in person, they might make arrangements for a webcam interview.
 
 
Why have I not heard from you?

After the interview, there may be times when you don’t hear from us for a while. If you have not graduated, we cannot do much until you have your bachelor's diploma in your hands. It is best to contact us once you have officially graduated. Typically, schools start the hiring process about 2 months from the day they require a new ESL teacher. Feel free to keep in contact with Pegasus regarding the status of your documents.
 
 
Do I have to pay for the flight?

No, you don't pay for the flight. We will make arrangements for payment of the flight and send you an e-ticket.
 
 
Am I too old or too young?

There are no real restrictions on issuing a visa when it comes to age. The only restriction is from the school doing the hiring.

The trend is to hire those from about 22-35 years of age. Those over this age do still find employment in Korea, but it sometimes takes longer. Therefore, if you are within this age range, you will be a prime candidate.

If you are in your forties, fifties, or sixties, you are still more than welcome to apply. We have had success in placing your peers. However, your patience will be required in finding a suitable position.
 
 
Why do you need my picture?

When hiring, the school does not have a chance to have and a face-to-face interview with you in person. Your photo should express that you are professional and enthusiastic. Just as you would present yourself during a traditional job interview.
 
 
Can I work for a shorter period of time? Are the contracts always one year?

All overseas teaching positions are for a 12 month period. The school invests a lot of money into hiring an ESL teacher. Between the flight, visa process, training, and housing fees, they put quite an investment in every teacher they hire. It would not make financial sense for them to hire someone for a short term, only to have to turn around and do it all over again.

The kids also get attached to their teacher and it takes a while for you to get to know the kids. Every time a teacher starts, there is an adaption period. The directors prefer to keep this consistent so the children’s learning is not interrupted.
 
 
This seems like a good deal? Is there a catch?

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There is no catch. Korea is growing fast economically and the need to learn English has become vital. Therefore English teaching jobs in Korea are in high demand, as Koreans wants to be included in the global business world. Korean schools realized they needed to offer incentives and great benefits like free flights and accommodation to attract English teachers. The high availability of jobs makes it competitive for schools to find individuals wanting to become English teachers in Korea.

In order to enter good universities, students must do well in English. In order to do business internationally, people must be able to work and speak in English. Furthermore, they want to learn to speak properly, with correct accents and pronunciation. So, they require native English teachers such as you.

Most people are not willing to take a year off and move to a foreign country for many different reasons. It takes an adventurous spirit. Teachers, especially from North America, are in great demand. For you, it may seem like the adventure of a lifetime, but for most people, it is very scary to leave home for a year.
 
 
Is Korea safe?

Yes, Korea is a safe country to live in. Research shows that incidents of violent crime are substantially lower in South Korea than they are in other Western countries such as Canada and the U.S.

Of course, you always want to be aware of your surroundings as you would in any area you traveled.

However, you will find very quickly that you are surprised at how safe you can feel walking around such large cities. It’s quite a contrast from what you are probably used to.
 
 
I graduated from a university in a country other than the ones listed as being the required nationality. Can I still get a visa?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is no. If you are Canadian and got your degree in France, you will not qualify for an E2 visa. Your 3 or 4 year degree has to be from an accredited university that is in a country that qualifies for a visa.
 
 
I completed my BA in 3 years? Will I qualify?

Yes. As long as you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university you should qualify. The university should be in a country that qualifies for an E2 visa.
 
 
 
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