A Guide to Part-Time Jobs in Korea (for people who don’t want to be English teachers)
Have you ever wanted to live in Korea but aren’t sure you wish to support yourself by becoming a teacher? Maybe you would like to visit Korea for a little while and are looking for part-time work that will allow you to have time to search for idols. What if you like working with children but don’t want to be a traditional teacher? Are they any jobs that you can do in order to survive on your own while living in Korea? The short answer is yes. One type of work that allows you to have plenty of free time is a work exchange program. There are several different types of work exchange but for the sake of this article, we’ll stick with the companies that will allow you to work in South Korea.
Work Away is a site that offers people to find places to stay in exchange for a few hours of work. Now this isn’t something to choose lightly. You have to be willing to work but you get free room and board and some offer food as well. Most of the jobs are 4-6 hours long, which means you will have the rest of your time to explore the surrounding area. Work Away charges $30 for a 2-year membership, which means you can contact the posters, but to view the choices is entirely free.
If you are learning about agriculture, then WWOOF is a program that might be worth looking into. World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farm teaches you the finer points of organic lifestyles and will pay for your room and board in exchange for some volunteer hours. You will not be going to Seoul if you pick this type of job to do. If you don’t mind living in some of the more rural areas of South Korea, where you can focus on farming and learning Korean, then WWOOF Korea is the way to go.
Maybe you like being around children but aren’t ready to commit to teaching. Then you should try your hand as an au pair. An au pair is similar to a full-time babysitter. You care for the children while their parents are away. You may have to do some other jobs like housework or cooking but, you will get paid for it. You’ll also get room and board. If this sounds like something you can handle in Korea, then Au Pair World will help you find the right family for you.
Now that you’ve heard about different types of jobs you can have in Korea, you may be wondering how you can even work in a different country. If you are visiting Korea for up to 3 months and are coming from the USA, South Africa, Australia, Canada, the UK and EU countries, you will not need a visa. However, if you do plan on working in any of the professions above you will need either a work visa or permit.
The type of visa varies depending on what job you want to get. There are short term, C-4, visas for people who plan on staying and working in Korea for 90 days. Professional visas are for people who plan on staying and working in Korea on a more permanent basis. E-2 visas are for those who plan on teaching English in Korea. The school that you work for will help you get this type of visa. Working Holiday visas are for those from certain countries, between the ages of 18-25 (or 18-30, depending on the country), and only want to stay temporarily but still support their vacation by working.
In order to get any type of visa you will need a passport, passport-style pictures to attach to forms, your resume/CV, the contract with the company that is hiring you, and copy of your academic credentials. Once you give copies to your employer, they will file the work permit application with the Ministry of Justice and the Entry Inspection Division of Immigration Office. If you are approved, you will be issued a Certificate of Confirmation of Visa Issuance, which you will then have to submit to your country’s Korean Embassy. Don’t let these steps deter you from applying for jobs because your employer will help you with these steps and make the process bearable. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a useful website with more information or you can check out your local Korean Embassy’s website
Whatever you decide, I’m sure there are some positives and negatives with the job, but that’s life right? Hopefully, this broadens your choices when choosing the perfect type of job for you in Korea. Have you had any experiences with these types of jobs? Or perhaps you know of another kind of job you can get in Korea. Let us know by leaving it in the comment section below.
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