Job Desciption
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    • Teaching Conditions

The following applies to all EPIK teachers, regardless of level, unless otherwise stated:

Settlement Allowance - 300,000 KRW (one-time payment)

All EPIK teachers will be provided with a settlement allowance of 300,000 KRW within the first month of their first contract only.

Free Furnished Housing

  • A leased house/apartment/studio-type room as well as basic household goods will be provided by your MOE/POE.
  • Basic household goods include: a bed, a table and chairs, a wardrobe, a gas stove, a refrigerator, a washing machine, a microwave oven, and a TV set.
  • Utilities and maintenance fees are not provided for and are the responsibility of the EPIK teacher.
  • Due to variations in housing costs in different regions of Korea, the size and location of the supplied housing can vary from MOE/POE to MOE/POE.
  • If housing is unavailable, a monthly rent of 400,000 KRW will be provided by your POE, in lieu of free furnished housing.

Severance Pay

All EPIK teachers who successfully complete their contract will be entitled to receive severance pay. Severance pay is equal to approximately one month's salary.

Entrance Allowance and Exit Allowance

  • All EPIK teachers will be provided with 1,300,000 KRW as the Entrance Allowance at the end of their first contract month. Note: For applicants placed in Busan, entrance allowance will be provided after the first six months of the contract.
  • To prevent early termination of contracts, the Entrance Allowance is issued as a form of a loan from the employer to the EPIK teachers. In the event that the contract is terminated within the first six months, including renewal contracts, regardless of the course or grounds, the EPIK teachers will be required to repay the aformentioned loan to your school immediately.
  • After the end of the contract, should the EPIK teacher decide to leave Korea and not immediately gain employment here, they will be entitled to an exit allowance of 1,300,000 KRW.

Renewal Allowance

2,000,000 KRW will be provided upon successful completion and renewal of your contract with the same MOE/POE. In this case, the other allowances (Settlement, Entrance, and Exit) do not apply.
*The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education does not offer a renewal allowance to their returning teachers.

Compulsory Medical Insurance - 50% of your premiums paid by your employer

Pursuant to the National Medical Insurance Act, your MOE/POE will pay 50% of your medical insurance premiums. Current medical insurance premiums are approximately 5.89% of your salary and are payable monthly. Your host MOE/POE will pay half of this amount (approx. 2,945%) with the remaining amount being deducted from your monthly salary. This medical insurance will allow you to receive medical attention and prescription medicine at a fraction of the cost. In the event that EPIK teachers have dependents living with them in Korea, the MOE/POE will pay 50% of their medical insurance premiums in addition to the EPIK teacher.

EPIK Orientation - An excellent transition and networking opportunity

  • All EPIK teachers will receive orientation and training related to living and teaching in Korea. During this orientation, EPIK teachers will be exposed to various subject areas and activities related to teaching and living in Korea.
  • The orientation is conducted by EPIK at the orientation venue, prior to your contract start date.
  • The orientation period is not included in the term of employment and, as such, is unpaid.
  • Orientation is mandatory for all EPIK teachers. If you are not present at the orientation, you will not be eligible for employment.
  • Lodging and meals will be provided during the orientation free of charge for all EPIK teachers.