Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)

Start impacting the lives of students who need you the most!

As of January 2022 the program has been suspended until further notice. 

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.

Since April 2012, SFU Co-operative Education has placed on average 20 students a year in the TaLK program.

TaLK and EPIK info session

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.

Date: Thursday, Jan 30th
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: AQ 5037

Seating is limited. 

Register on myExperience: https://myexperience.sfu.ca/events.htm?evtId=2882

If you have any question, please contact: goicoop@sfu.ca.

Time to get a real taste of culture. Start TaLKing!


  • 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

"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

Curious about Carey and Faline's amazing experiences with TaLK?

Read more here

Interview Tips

  • 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