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Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK)


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Who Can Apply: Citizenship in a country where the national language is English – Juniors, Seniors, and Recent Grads. Freshmen who are ethnic Koreans are also eligible – strong command of English.

IMPORTANT: Any male with Korean citizenship who has not fulfilled his military duty or received an official waiver must choose the six month contract term.

Description: The Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) program enables young people to teach English to Korean students and to experience and learn about Korean culture. Sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, the program seeks 630 TaLK scholars including renewals. Participants will receive Korean government scholarships and teach English in after-school classes of Korean elementary schools while enjoying cultural programs during their free time. Recipients will be placed at schools in rural areas in need of greater exposure to English and teach the language by forming one-on-one relationships with Korean university TaLK scholars. They can choose either a 6-month contract or a one-year contract. Candidates should have a desire to work with children, have a service-centered mind, a willingness to work in rural areas and have consideration for others with a positive attitude.

Program Preferences: Preference will be given to candidates who have or will have a degree in education, English, or subjects related to Korea and excellent school records including a good command of English, as well as candidates who have completed primary or secondary education in a country where English is the national language (i.e. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, U.K., U.S.A., Ireland and South Africa).

Award Amount: Teachers receive an allowance of 1,500,000 KRW/month (approx. $1,300/month), free housing arranged by the program or a housing allowance of 400,000 KRW/month (approx. $320/month), round-trip airfare, health insurance coverage, a settlement allowance of 300,000 KRW (approx. $240), opportunities to participate in cultural programs, opportunities to learn Korean, an orientation, paid leave and sick leave, and assistance from a Korean university student.

National Deadline: Application period for appointments beginning in fall: March - June. For appointments beginning in spring: September-December.

National Scholarships Office
2403 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland
College Park, MD
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