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Teacher Testimonials

I am very happy with my branch location so far - apparently Seocho has one of the best reputations among the Seoul branches, and they do a great job of managing and supporting teachers, which has already been evident. My team manager helped so much in the apartment process and has made it clear that he's available for any questions regarding getting settled. I'm really excited to start working there!"

Rebecca Fritz
Graduated from: Notre Dame University
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Location in Korea: Seoul
School: ChungDahm Institute

When I decided to teach in Korea, I knew I wanted to work with Aclipse. Starting my application was as easy as clicking the "Apply Now" button! Within one week, I had an interview with a recruiter, as well as feedback for next steps. My recruiter, Colette, was super helpful and available to answer any questions I had. She provided guidance on exactly where I needed to go and which documents I needed to bring, so I could quickly gather the necessary paperwork for my visa application. I received an offer to teach in Korea within three weeks of applying. My recruiter kept in touch with me, helped me figure out travel logistics, and even coached me on the types of questions I should ask my lead teacher. When I landed in Korea, it was reassuring knowing that I could reach out to my recruiter at any time with any concerns. The best thing about working with Aclipse is although I have been in Korea for some time, I can still reach out to Aclipse with any questions or concerns I may have. This type of sustained connection between recruiter and recruit is one of the benefits of choosing Aclipse."

Christine S.
Graduated from: Howard University
Hometown: Washington, DC
Location in Korea: Seoul
School: ChungDahm Institute

Hi Ms. Keil, I hope all is well! The training was intense but certainly useful and a great opportunity to improve my instruction. I have become more familiar with the instructional material and methodology, which is extremely helpful, especially after having the chance to observe the classes I will be taking over. The experience so far has certainly expanded my view on teaching, gives me an opportunity to explore new curriculum, and has helped me to better understand my role as a teacher at Chungdahm. I arrived to my apartment and branch yesterday afternoon and am now settling in. I feel very welcomed by my branch manager and coworkers and I even got a chance to meet some of the students I will be working with. Having a bit of insight before my first day of how things work at my branch has definitely helped me to better prepare for my first day. The city seems to be a perfect fit for me, as it’s not too big or busy but has a lot of conveniences, places to explore, and interesting restaurants. Also, it’s easy for me to travel outside the city. While my Korean is very basic, I know how to read the writing and that has made me more comfortable when going out. I am thrilled that I have a chance to learn another language and actually use it on a daily basis. It’s been quite easy to adjust here thus far and I am excited to learn more about this country, its people, and the language. Thank you very much for helping me throughout the entire process. You gave me a lot of insight and information that has made the transition from back at home to here so much smoother and comfortable. I am very happy with my decision to come to South Korea to teach and I am looking forward to the adventures I will have in teaching and in life here!"

Amanda Abercrombie
Graduated from: Temple University
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Location in Korea: Uijeongbu
School: ChungDahm Institute

Not once have I regretted using Aclipse as a means of finding teaching work in South Korea. I received a lot of help from Jessica in getting my paperwork sorted and was able to get a decent idea of what lay ahead of me. It is thanks to her and Aclipse that I now enjoy a fulfilling role in the company of people I now call friends."

Joel Watts
Graduated from: University of Sunderland
Hometown: Midleton, Ireland
Location in Korea: Gwangju
School: ChungDahm Institute

I have now been living in Korea for 9 months and it has been a truly life changing experience. My confidence has grown immensely and my teaching skills have improved immeasurably. Aclipse has supported me throughout my whole journey; from application to moving to working 9 months later. My recruiter, Collette, answered all of my questions and concerns and made the transition to a new job and country a smooth one. Living in Korea has afforded me so many opportunities that I would not have had access to had I stayed in my home country. I have met some lifelong friends along the way, and if given the chance to do it all again, would certainly do so."

Louise Izzard
Graduated from: The University of Reading
Hometown: East Sussex, England
Location in Korea: Pyeongchon, Anyang
School: ChungDahm April Programme

If I were given the opportunity to turn my life around completely but had to keep one thing the same, I would keep teaching in South Korea - hands down. I feel so blessed to have experienced this in my life. Aclipse was the only recruitment agency I got in touch with, and it was worth it. My recruiter Colette took me through each step until I was in Korea. It was such a smooth process. Chungdahm was a great place to teach at. The staff was friendly. The students were great, and I learned so much from them. I was placed in Dongdaemun branch in Seoul along with four other people from my training session. Call it lucky, but I got a good head start with Aclipse and the people I met in my first week. Life after that just got better and better. I am currently working at the University of Alberta where I meet students on a daily basis that have no idea what they are doing after they graduate. The only thing I say to them is, "Go to South Korea and make lots of money. Have an experience of a lifetime, and pay off that student loan. You owe this to yourself.” Good luck."

Sobia Samad
Graduated from: University of Toronto
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location in Korea: Dongdaemun, Seoul
School: ChungDahm Institute

I am really glad I got in contact with Aclipse, as my recruiter Colette had been a great help through the entire application process. Within a couple months I was all set to go and take a leap into a new experience - and I am grateful I did. So far the experience has been great as I was fortunate enough to be placed at a great Chungdahm branch, in the beautiful city of Seongnam just south of Seoul. If you have any questions, Aclipse is there to answer them. Not once did I feel uncertain about jumping at this awesome opportunity!"

Russell Canceran
Graduated from: University of Toronto
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Location in Korea: Seongnam
School: ChungDahm Institute

I have had a blast here. Exploring Seoul and many other Korean cities like Busan, Suwon, Pyeongtaek, and Jeonju has been so wonderful. Additionally, Jeju island was simply breathtaking. I have also been able to travel to Japan, Indonesia, Canada, and will be venturing to Thailand next month. Aside from the traveling opportunities, I really love working with these students each day. They are so bright and insightful, not to mention funny. I have an awesome branch manager and great co-workers and truly enjoy what I do here. Obviously, it's clear to see why I am interested in staying longer!"

Bianca Lilavois
Graduated from: University of Missouri
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Location in Korea: Osan
School: ChungDahm Institute

Aclipse is awesome! I applied to multiple recruiting services earlier this year and they were the first to respond. My recruiter, Jessica Keil, answered all my questions (and trust me, there were a lot). She also helped me convince my parents that Korea was safe. Jessica was very honest with me during our phone assessments and was patient with me when I had trouble obtaining certain documents. When I applied to Aclipse, I was fresh out of college. I had done some tutoring and camp counseling, but I didn’t have experience teaching 10+ students in a classroom setting. I was nervous about if my students would respect me or if I was qualified enough to teach them. But Chungdham’s week-long training really prepared me for what was in store at my April branch. And even after I arrived, the other teachers (foreign and Korean) helped fill in any gaps. Finally, I’ve been in Korea for more than a month now and I’m so happy I came. I love my students, my co-workers and my city. Thus, I would 100% recommend Aclipse to anyone who’s thinking of teaching in Korea!"

May McQueen
Graduated from: Mount Holyoke College
Hometown: Washington D.C.
Location in Korea: Bucheon
School: ChungDahm April Program

As a graduating student at York University, I had mixed emotions about my future. I knew that I wanted to teach abroad but I wasn't sure of what steps to take or if I would be placed with a reputable company. Aclipse was the first recruiter who reached out to me when I started applying for teaching positions in Korea. At first, I was apprehensive about going forward with only one recruiter as I have heard of the challenges of dealing with recruiters. However, my Aclipse recruiter Colette answered all of my questions and concerns. Throughout the entire application process, she ensured that I knew what steps to take, what I would need, and responded back to my emails in a timely manner. Leading up to my depature, I recieved emails from Aclipse about my big move to Korea. I was also able to search their blog for any tips on how to pass training week as well as how to get through my first week of teaching. After passing training week, I moved to the CDI April branch in Jeonju where I was welcomed with open arms. My branch manager and co-workers provided me with the assistance that I needed to make a smooth transition into my new role as a teacher. Although training week is over and I am now placed at my branch, Colette maintains regular check ups to ensure that I am doing well in my new role as an ESL teacher. Taking a chance with Aclipse is a decision that I do not regret. If you are looking for a teaching position in Korea, I would strongly recommend using them as a recruiter."

Romy Darius
Graduated from: York University
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Location in Korea: Jeonju
School: ChungDahm Institute

After finishing university, I knew I wanted to work abroad but I had no idea where to start. I was mainly focused on teaching in Europe, so when someone suggested Korea, I wasn't sure what to think. Aclipse provided so much information, before and during the application process, that when I finally arrived I felt really prepared for everything that Korea involves. My recruiter was consistently professional, helpful, friendly, and kind. From the complicated visa procedure to a simple packing checklist, everything was made as smooth and pain-free as possible. I would definitely recommend Aclipse for people wanting to come to Korea--and even people who don't think Korea is right for them. The world is full of surprises."

Keegan A.
Graduated from: American University
Hometown: Gig Harbor, Washington
Location in Korea: Seodaemun
School: ChungDahm Institute

If anyone is thinking about teaching abroad I would highly recommend Aclipse. They made the entire process for my wife and I very easy. There are many steps to go through and our recruiter Colette did an amazing job quickly replying to every question we had, regardless of how random or weird the questions may have been. We had a not so good experience with a different company when we went to Taiwan, and were a bit hesitant at first when starting our second teaching abroad journey, but quickly felt at ease with the help that Aclipse provided. We even had some extra steps to take due to some background issues and they had no problem changing our move out date so we could get them resolved. They really made moving out here simple and worry free."

Mike Boulter
Graduated from: University of Colorado Denver
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Location in Korea: Songdo
School: ChungDahm April Program

When I first sent my application into Aclipse for a teaching job in Korea I was still on the fence about whether or not I really wanted to go because I honestly expected the application process to be confusing and complicated. My application experience was the total opposite thank you to the help of my recruiter, Kathryn, who was always quick to respond to my questions and provide me with all the information I needed throughout the process. She has also been in contact with me since my arrival which I thought was very personable of her. Aclipse is definitely a reliable company that I would recommend to anyone who is thinking about working overseas!"

Kate T.
Graduated from: Carleton University
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Location in Korea: Gangnam
Schools: ChungDahm I-garten

Aclipse was incredibly helpful in getting me from the idea of teaching in Korea to actually being in Korea. They walk you through every step and it was the best recruitment process I've ever been through. If you're at all considering it, be assured that they're the real deal and it will be one of the best decisions you've ever made. Go for it!"

Zac P.
Graduated from: Heythrop College,University of London
Hometown: London, United Kingdom
Location in Korea: Seoul
School: ChungDahm Institute

“I had heard through friends about people going overseas to teach English abroad, and the option has satisfied my desire to travel, as well as helped me pay off my student loans. The children that I teach are between the ages of 10-16. They are a lot of fun to be around, and most days it hardly feels like work at all.

"When I first told my family and friends about going to teach overseas for a year, I received mixed responses. I can now safely say that coming to Korea has far surpassed any of my expectations. If you are the type of person who loves to travel, meet new people every day, and experience new things with an open mind, then this is where you should be.”

Dan Parsons
Graduated from: University of Waterloo
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Location in Korea: Namwon
Schools: Haneul Middle School and Inwol Middle-High School

“My decision to use Aclipse Recruiting to find a teach abroad position has been one of the best decisions in my life. I have been in Korea for two months and I have had nothing but positive experiences since I got here. Even the application process was simple and straightforward, and I loved how almost everything was taken care of for me.

"I was very impressed how quickly I was contacted after applying and how efficiently the hiring process was. Within six weeks, I was on my way to South Korea to start my new life as an English teacher. Once I arrived in Korea, I was greeted by friendly faces, and I was warmly welcomed to the town and schools where I would be teaching. I didn't have to worry about anything; everyone was incredibly helpful. ”

Krystal Lapierre
Graduated from: University of Ottawa
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Location in Korea: Jochiwon, Yeongi County

“I left Texas in late February, and I have been teaching in Gwangju, South Korea for about two months now. The experience is great: the people, the friends I am making here, the students!

"Aclipse was excellent at finding a job for me. They found a position for me with ChungDahm. They continued to check up on my status, both before and after my departure. It is an adventure I am fortunate to experience.”

Laura Wilbourn
Graduated from: Texas State University
Hometown: Sugarland, TX
Location in Korea: Gwangiu
School: Chung Dahm Institute

“The staff is amazing and will do anything they can to help. Korean food, for the most part is pretty good, but I'm not sold on kimchi. I was exceptionally lucky to meet two Korean girls on the subway. They are part of a ‘cultural group.’ Through these two, I have met up with a soccer group and started Tae Kwon Do. Also, they are teaching me Korean. Incheon is a good location for travel, too. I have seen a good deal of Korea and took a weekend trip to Tokyo.”

Michael Morgan
Graduated from: Pennsylvania State University
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Location in Korea: Incheon, Namdong-gu
School: Incheon Teacher

“I'm here in South Korea and had a wonderful first week. The kids treat us like rock stars. They are so cute! I went on a field trip Friday to the zoo. The zoo is also an amusement park. I took lots of pictures. The classrooms all have large screen TVs, and the libraries would put our public schools to shame.”

Joy Hill
Attended: Virginia Commonwealth University and National-Louis University
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Location in Korea: Chungnam Province

“Everything is going really great over here! I have adapted quite well and even had a family member out to visit last week. My branch is wonderful. I feel very good about where I'm at. Everyone was very welcoming and has taken care of everything that I might need. I work with 8 or 9 other instructors, and they are very friendly. The work schedule is great. I work Mon.–Thurs. 4–10:30 p.m., and Saturday 3–6 p.m. There is a lot of prep time outside of work, but I think prep time depends on your own personal work ethic, and how confident you feel in the classroom.

"All in all, Korea suits me and my lifestyle very well. I've seen some magnificent palaces, many different markets, and have experienced much of the nightlife. On the weekends, my coworkers and I travel abroad mainly to the greater Seoul area because there is more nightlife there.”

Lauren Wheeler
Graduated from: Washington State University
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
Location in Korea: Incheon

“The process can be as quick as you want it to be. I left my corporate job in Chicago and was teaching in Korea after three weeks. After speaking with other English teachers in Korea, I realized that Aclipse goes beyond what most recruiters do. You can trust the people at Aclipse; they tell it how it is. They work with you at your pace, and get as much information to you as possible. Their public-school contacts in Korea are actually the safest and most helpful of all organizations. I would strongly recommend using this recruiting agency for anyone thinking about teaching English abroad.

"It is amazing being an American in Korea. You are an instant celebrity. Three of the kids wrote me a note saying how happy they are I am their teacher, that they have learned so much, and apparently I look like David Beckham. You only teach 22 hours a week, and any extra time you work, you earn overtime. The 22 hours is really 22 periods at 40 minutes a period. Lesson plans for most programs are provided. You pretty much teach the same lesson to 6 or 7 groups of kids a week. My boss is very helpful and really lets all the teachers have a lot of input into the lesson. The Korean teachers are also very nice, taking us out for dinner a few times a month and showing us around.”

John Stephens
Graduated from: Western Kentucky University
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Location in Korea: Jeonju, Republic of Korea
School: Jenoju English Center