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Travel to South Korea on a Budget

World Explorers is the the ideal program for adventure travelers, a gap year or traveling on a budget. You receive a private room and three daily meals in exchange of teaching English for 15 hours weekly to your host family.

The rest of the time is yours to explore as you wish!

Neither degree nor experience is required. You also don’t need to speak the local language. 
Your Destination

South Korea

Famous City
Popular Dish
Main Tourist Attraction
Seoul Tower
$1 buys $1422.99 South Korean Won

South Korea has been in the spotlight in recent years for its pop culture and cuisine. Whether you are a fan of Korean boy bands such as K-Pop, are learning the language or just can’t get your fill of kimchi, CHI would love to send you on the adventure of a lifetime teaching English to a host family in South Korea. As a World Explorer in South Korea, you may be asked to tutor high school aged teens preparing for a high school abroad program in the U.S. Other families have younger children that are eager to learn English from you!

CHI works with trusted overseas partners in Seoul, South Korea to find the best host families possible for you. Please note that most placements will be outside of the city center. Seoul has a population of 10 million inhabitants, with over 600,000 international residents. It is a popular destination for people to teach English after they become TEFL certified. World Explorers often acts as a stepping stone for people thinking about teaching English abroad. Give it a shot and see how well your students learn from you.

Are you studying Korean? Cultural immersion forces you to put yourself out there and try communicating with the locals. You will be surprised at how quickly you can pick up new grammar, use the correct verb tenses and improve your accent when you are surround by native speakers.

As a World Explorer in South Korea, you will be able to take in the best of Seoul. Bukchon is said to be the most beautiful historical district in the city, a place where visitors wander through tiny streets and peer over the gabled walls to view old hanok (traditional Korean houses) of various shapes and sizes. All three of Seoul’s major tourist spots (Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Cheonggyecheon stream and the King Sejong statue), are a short walk from small Gwanghwamun subway station. Have you got Gangnam style? Go check out the trendy neighborhood for yourself! The Bonguesa temple in Gangnam is a wonderfully serene spot in the middle of the city, providing striking views of the traditional city juxtaposed with the modern skyline. Overall, Seoul boasts amazing shopping, great restaurants and happening clubs. Seoul is well connected to other regions of the country. Trains can take you to tropical beaches and lush valleys in no time!

Some of the overseas partner agencies we work with place restrictions on age. We recommend this destination for travelers ages 18-30. Some older candidates may be considered, but we cannot guarantee it.


In order to teach English in South Korea you must:

Be at least 18 years old

Be a high school graduate

Be flexible and adaptable to a different culture

Be respectful of your host family’s rules

Be a fluent English speaker *

* from the United States, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand. Residents from other countries may only be considered if they are completely fluent in English
Travel options from 30 to 90 days

Program Costs

CHI is a non-profit organization, but we still have fixed costs that are necessary for running the program. Our overseas partners are actually for-profit, and we must take that into consideration as well. Our partners do the work to find and screen excellent host families that match your interests and needs!

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