School Life


I teach English as a Guest English teacher in South Korea. I work a 40 hour week and I am contracted to teach 22 hours of classes. I was also given two additional after school classes which brought my total teaching time to 24 hours (you are paid for over time).

Working for EPIK, there is a chance that you may be given more than one school. I know some people that were placed in more than 3 schools! I was placed in two schools. I am at my main school 4 days a week and my second school once a week. My main school is a 15 mins bus ride from my house while its a 50 mins bus ride to my second school. There is also one bus that takes me there and it comes every 30 minutes. I like to call this school my rural school although its just in a really small town on the outskirts of Gyeongsan.

My Main school:

We have two buildings and my office is in the second building. Usually in other schools, all the teachers work in one room so I would say that I am pretty fortunate. My school is a medium sized school as we only have two classes for each grade. Each class is usually between 20-24 students. I teach with two co-teachers (my co-teachers across both schools happen to be all men which is rare).

Second school:

This is a very small school located in a small town. There are around 45 students in the whole school and there is only one class for each grade. Each class has anywhere from 6-12 students. It is a very close knit school and it has a very different vibe to my main school. I only have one co-teacher at this school and I taught the after-school classes alone.

My typical day*

8:15am-8:30am: Arrive at school
8:30am-9:10am: Prepare for today’s lessons (I have 6 classes Mon-wed, 4 on Thurs and 2 on Fri)
9:10am- 9:50am: 1st period
10:00am-10:40am: 2nd Period
10:40am-11:00am: Break
11:00am-11:40am: 3rd Period
11:50am-12:30pm: 4th Period
12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm-2:10pm: 5th Period
2:20pm-3:00pm: 6th Period

Students go home!

3:00-4:30pm: I plan and prepare materials for the following day and then it’s home time!

*This is only for my main school.


I hope this gives you an insight of school life in South Korea


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