TEACH AND LEARN IN KOREA
Start impacting the lives of students who need you the most!
The Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) program was established in 2008 as a government initiative to increase accessibility to quality English education in rural areas.
As a TaLK scholar, you will lead after-school English classes at a public elementary school for only 15 hours a week. You will have the freedom to create your own lesson plans and have plenty of time to engage in culturally-edifying activities sponsored by the provincial offices of education.
Join over 2,000 scholars who have been through this unique teaching and service-learning scholarship program and make a meaningful contribution to the international community.
For more information, visit the official TaLK website here.
Since April 2012, SFU Co-operative Education has placed on average 20 students a year in the TaLK program.
- Round-trip airfare
- Accommodation (furnished housing)
- Medical Insurance Coverage
- Vacation leave (students on 6-12 month contracts):
Up to 14 days/year but only 7 days/semester (must speak to mentor teacher far in advance to arrange)
- Monthly stipend
- Settlement allowance
Past Co-op Student Experiences
Here are the experiences from past international co-op students:
"TaLK is a great program for students in the process of obtaining their Bachelor's. Even if you have no experience in teaching, there is a month-long orientation before you start work. Other TaLK teachers are always willing to share their experiences and tips with one another. I have learned so much these past few months from my mentor teacher, Korean co-teachers, fellow TaLK teachers, and my students. I have changed since living in Korea. I have become more independent and outgoing interacting with the people here. It's been a fantastic journey so far, and I'm looking forward to my next term here.”
- Carey Lau, Business & Science Co-op Student
"As I learned more about the TaLK program, I imagined myself applying the skills I’ve learned towards teaching more and more. Coming from a background in Science and Business, along with piano music certification and an AP art portfolio, I saw myself as the ideal candidate. Arrogant? Maybe. But I was ambitious – I was keen on gauging my personal growth and taking on a worthy challenge that I’ll probably never forget. It was a challenge indeed."
- Faline Lee, Arts & Social Sciences Co-op Student
Read more about Faline and Carey's amazing experiences with TaLK here.
- Review the TaLK website: in particular, the videos or "TaLK essays" that previous TaLK scholars have produced prior to their interviews
- Prepare examples of where you have demonstrated strengths regarding physical and emotional health
- Interviewer will want to get a sense of genuine interest in teaching, children and Korea - do not convey you are applying because you "want a vacation"
- Give examples of times when you've overcome challenges, how you deal with stress, how you deal with unfamiliar circumstances, and where you've displayed independence and self-reliance
- There will be questions regarding your teaching style/methodology (i.e. how would you conduct a class when no one speaks the language?)
- There is a personal essay component to the interview and this is where you can articulate your thoughts about why you want the job and really show the interviewers who you are as a person and what you are passionate about
Things to Consider
- Teaching class size can be anywhere from 5-25 students
- Classes are taught in an after school program and they are not part of the regular school curriculum
- During the 3 week orientation, take advantage of extra classes they offer like Korean cooking and Korean language training (both popular classes)
- Research the region in which you want to be placed
- You will not have information on the school, how many students, or region, etc. until after you have left for Korea and are participating in orientation
- Students have used their school earnings in many ways:
Some students spend everything while some students have saved up to $10,000 and paid off entire school debt, while others made donations to the school/children to help the underprivileged children in the community
- Not paid for time off for being sick and class must be made up at later date
- Students must pay taxes on money earned when they return to Canada
- Program caters to individuals and not couples
Want to learn more about the exciting opportunity to teach and learn in Korea?
Join us for a TaLK and EPIK info session! Representatives from the Korean Ministry of Education will be available to help answer questions.
Seating is limited.
Date: Thursday, Jan 30th
Time: 2:30- 3:30 PM
Location: AQ 5037
Register on myExperience: https://myexperience.sfu.ca/events.htm?evtId=2882
If you have any question, contact: email@example.com