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English Camps; My Experience Teaching in South Korea

I have spoken about English camps in Asia briefly before but I wanted to go into a bit more detail considering the fact that I’ve just finished a 3 week camp in South Korea in January.

When I wrote this a few years ago, I had just had one of the greatest months of my life, teaching awesome kids, meeting amazing people, and all in a cool, foreign country. So I would like to share some of the information with you guys.

English Camps in Asia
Me at camp in 2012

What is an English camp?

English camps are short, intensive courses where kids get sent to fully immerse themselves in English for a period of time. Usually around 1 month. The idea is that they are only allowed to speak English for the duration of the contract.

teaching english inasia.

Who works at English camps?

It’s a bit of a mixture really but the majority of people who work at English camps are the ‘teach-travel’ type. Normally aged between 22-35, people are traveling in Asia and want to bolster their travel fund.  There are also an older group of teachers who may be retirees.

Who works at English camps?

When are these camps?

There are English Summer Camps and English Winter Camps. But dates are never set in stone. Factor in something around December 26th-January 30th and July 15th to August 15th, give or take a week or so.

winter english camp

Where can I work at an English Camp?

They are becoming more and more popular throughout Asia, at this stage Japan and South Korea are the most prevalent. They also exist now and again in Taiwan, China and Thailand.

teaching english overseas

Can I work at an English camp?

Probably, although it is quite competitive so you have to be prepared to lodge a quality application. This is an awesome, short-term job and the secrets out so you can’t just wing it. You need to be from a native English-speaking country (Ireland, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the US) so regardless of your English ability, if English isn’t your first language the embassies simply won’t give you your work visa.

Also, you need at least a bachelors 3 or 4-year degree and if you have no teaching experience you’re going to probably need a TEFL certificate too.

Teaching English In Korea

Where do we sleep at English camps?

It’s almost always the case that the English camp will supply you with free accommodation. More often than not in university-style dorms, often sharing with a fellow ELT (English language teacher). If they don’t supply accommodation they’ll most likely give you a stipend for renting your own place.

What about the food when we’re there?

Think high school/university cafeteria food in the country where the camp is held, that’s what you’ll get. Far from disgusting but certainly not gourmet, but hey – it’s free!

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English Camps in South Korea

How much do I get paid at English camps?

Most agencies and camps will pay for your flights to and from camp (or onwards to a destination of your choice). So depending on where you’re flying from, you will be paid accordingly. You’re looking at something along the lines of a return from London/Toronto etc + $500-$900 tax-free pay.

Or, if like me, you’re on the continent. You can get around $2k tax-free per 4-6 week English camp.

How do I get a job at an English camp?

Like I mentioned earlier, it can be quite competitive. If you know of anyone who has taught at camps previously, that’s a great avenue to pursue. Failing that my new company, Teach dot Travel (EDIT 2022 – YET ANOTHER START-UP FAIL OF MINE!) will be recruiting for both summer and winter camps in the upcoming months. Just comment below if you want any more information about that. Happy travels!!

My Final Thoughts

I taught English in Thailand on and off for a couple of years, and I taught English in South Korea at the camps. I loved both. Which was better? Maybe in South Korea, because it was one hit and you’re done. Money in your pocket, positive experience, and free to travel with your earnings! I flew straight to the Philippines immediately after.

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59 thoughts on “English Camps; My Experience Teaching in South Korea English Camps

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  2. I would love more information on teaching at a summer camp in South Korea this summer, it’s almost impossible to find relevant and up to date information online. I have my tefl certification and currently teach online. Any information of guidance on how to get started would be greatly appreciated.

  3. I must say that it’s a great opportunity! I also teach English online and also provide case study writing help for students, and I must say that the work at writing service gives a great chance to practice English grammar. Moreover, the usage of also allows us to analyze the information and define the necessary. I like to teach English and to communicate with different people.

  4. Hey! I am really interested in finding out some information about teaching at a summer camp in South Korea this summer! Struggling to find any information anywhere, do you have anything that could help me out? Thanks!

  5. Hi. Is it too early to start planning for Summer 2018? I am a US citizen and at present working on my Masters in English in Europe. I have a BA and I am also dual CELTA and TEFL certified. My past experiences include teaching English to non-native speakers in both the US and Mexico. Please let me know who I should contact. Thank you.

  6. Hi,

    I am very interested in getting a summer camp role this summer! I have a bachelors degree and a 120 hour TEFL certificate. I have had a number of teaching roles but looking to get into teaching English. I will be flying into Singapore in May.

    Could you please provide some more information on how to apply for these roles?

    Many thanks,


  7. Hey!

    My name is Chaz. I am a school counselor. I hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. I do not have a TEFL certificate nor experience teaching structured English but I’ve volunteered for small English programs enhancing English skills of my friends from Japan.

    I have participated in Guy Healy Japan Summer Camp 4 years ago and I have a free summer to do something similar. I’m navigating through your website but it’s hard to determine what opportunities are available for this summer. And not sure if deadlines have passed or what not. But I am interested if there is something happening this summer in terms of camp anywhere. Please get back to me at your earliest convenience. Thanks!

  8. Hi!
    I’m a native English speaker from Scotland. I’m currently teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam. I have 120 hour Tefl and a degree. My contract finishes in May and would love to find a summer English camp. Could you please give me some information.
    Many thanks,

  9. Hi, I’m a certified international school teacher currently living in China. Looking to make the most of the summer break by teaching at a camp. Would be much appreciated if you let me know about any openings this year! Thanks!

  10. Hi. 🙂 I am interested in doing some short term teaching in an english summer camp. Have you any positions available for this year or next year.?

  11. Hiya,

    I am looking for a summer job just for a about a month in July. I am a fully qualified teacher and have two years esl experience. Any you have any summer camp positions available then I would love to hear from you.
    Thanks Jen 🙂

  12. Hey there! Looking to find some information on teaching at an English camp in Taiwan for Summer 2017. Any tips on where to look? Cheers mate 🙂

  13. Hey Johnny!

    I’m interested in teaching at English camp this Summer, are you currently recruiting for teaching positions?

  14. Hello Johny,

    I am currently US citizen but my nationality is South Korean. I will be going to Korea for a month as a vacation and wanted a summer camp job as well for experience with the korean students. I have noticed that there are not a lot of job posting for summer 2016 yet. When would be the great time to start looking since right now, there seems to be barely any. If I have two citizenship from US and South Korea, do you think I will still need Visa C for working?

    Thank you!

  15. Hello Johnny, I want to work at a summer camp later this year. I am from the UK, I am 22 years old and have both a degree and online TEFL. I don’t mind where I’d teach but would like to ideally start in July. Could you send me any more information about where you’d advise for a first time TEFL teacher please, and how I can apply?

  16. Hello Johnny, I have just finished my TEFL course online and starting looking for jobs when I found your amazing website.I would love to participate in a summer camp if you have any positions in Taiwan or Thailand 🙂 Thank you for all the postings on your website, they are very helpful and good luck with the future countries! Almost done 🙂
    Nancy (Canada)

  17. Hello Johnny. I’m a US citizen and I’ve been teaching English in Italy for the past 13 years. I would love more information regarding your new company.

  18. Thank you for the information! I am an American EFL teacher currently based in Moscow, looking to teach at a summer camp in South Korea, Japan, or Taiwan this summer. If there is any information you could share via email, I’d be much obliged 😉

  19. Hello, my name is Conni and I am seeking a summer camp to work at in Asia. I worked at a summer camp in Tokyo for the summer of 2015 and would like to go to a different country. I have been in education for more than 15 years. My email address is Thank you.

  20. I am from India. Though we are not an English speaking country, English has been declared as one official language of communication. Now after reading your blog, it seems that I am not eligible to apply for the camp. Therefore, can you be advice me on other teacher options for Japan and south Korea?

  21. Hello! I am a primary/junior teacher from Ontario, Canada. I am interested in teaching in a winter camp so was hoping you could give me some advice/information about that!

  22. Hi Johnny,

    I am so happy I came across your site. I have been a Teaching assistant for the last 14 years with a diploma in Creative Communications. I would be interested in any summer camp opportunities. My first choice would be Thailand but would be happy for the opportunity anywhere. If you could at all point me in the right direction of any opportunities for a summer camp, I would be most obliged.

    Chadd Cawson

  23. Hello, Johnny!

    I’m currently a Biology teacher and I’m extremely interested in teaching abroad in South Korea for the summer of 2015. If you have any information please let me know!

  24. Hi,
    I’m so happy I found your site! ‘d love some information about the English summer camps in Thailand and availability. If possible, for December 2014. I’ve been considering the CELTA in Chiang Mai but would like to do it after the summer camp. Help pretty please 🙂

  25. Hey Johnny,

    I’m also from Ireland, and am looking to get out as often as possible. I’m keen on travelling to Asia this winter during college holidays. I am also planning on going to the states next summer and would like to work in camps on both occasions. I’d like to spend as little as possible, have you any suggestions on where to start? I’d literally go anywhere outside of Europe

    Go raibh math agat

  26. Hey Johnny,

    I am currently seeking employment for a winter camp for this winter (2014-15) although I am most interested in working in Hong Kong. Do you happen to have any ideas on camps there? My resume is a strong contender with years of experience.

    Thanks so much!

  27. Hi, this websites great! thanks for all the tips and sharing your experiences!

    I’m wanting to do a english summer camp in either vietnam, thailand, cambodia this coming summer July/ August. I’m currently teaching in china, then travelling, but looking for a summer camp for after. Would be great to have some information, I’m finding it a bit of a dead end at the minute.


  28. English camps are good, especially for non English speaking countries. We organize English camps here in Australia for overseas students.

  29. Hey Johnny
    I’m looking to teach at an English camp in Korea this summer, but am only available for 1 month. Could you possibly guide me to where I should look for such opportunities?


  30. Hi Johnny, I’m really keen to teach English at a summer camp in Asia this year. Could you recommend any good camps? It’s hard to know where to start! Thanks.

  31. Hey Johnny, been following you for a while now, I taught in Korea last year and am in Thailand now. I just quit my job and am trying to become more location independent like you 🙂 I think working camps all over and then being able to come back to my base set up in Thailand sounds perfect. Would love to talk to you more about your company and teaching camps in Korea,Japan and even Thailand. Will check out your website but would love to email you as well.. Mine is

    Thanks for the help, cheers!

  32. Hey Johnny, I’m really interested in teaching at a winter camp in January or February (I’ve just qualified from a Trinity TESOL course). I’ve scoured the internet for upcoming jobs for 2013 but cannot find anything beyond this month! Are there any websites you know about that I’m missing?

    Love your site 🙂

  33. Hi!

    This past summer I taught English in Italy with ACLE. In September I’m moving to Madrid to teach English there with NALCAP until June. I’m already looking into summer camp opportunities for next year. Can you please send me some information? I’ve never been anywhere in Asia and am extremely interested!

  34. Hey Johnny! I’d be interested in learning more about the camps! It would be a nice way to visit and learn about S.Korea since it’s too cold there for me to be there for a year! Haha!

  35. AS I mentioned before, you may recall, I’m really interested in teaching in an English camp. I felt a bit sad though that the governments won’t give me a visa because I’m not a native English speaker. Heck, I invested 20 of my years into this language, so I should be given a chance. As far as teaching goes, do you think that teaching for 5 years at a University (not English but other topic, not to mention teaching students from the international section) counts for something?
    Btw, just finished “around the world in 80 days” per your suggestion (even mentioned you on my new book website project – Keep on entertaining us with your travels! 🙂

  36. This sounds awesome! I’m moving to Thailand for a (yet to be obtained) teaching gig with a TEFL and college degree in hand – hoping it all works out once I get there and this sounds exciting 🙂

  37. Hey Johnny, I’d be quite interested in getting some more info regarding the English camps and your new company. I’m curious if you know of any setups like this in Central or South America, as that is where I’ll be starting my travels later this year (after 4 trips to SE Asia I think it’s time to check out another part of the world lol)

    Keep up the great work! You’re an inspiration to all of us who seek long-term world travel..thanks man.

    1. i dont know of any in Central or South America Andy I’m afraid, although I am certainly looking! That would be great so let me know if u stumble across any too 🙂 thanks for the kudos too mate =)

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