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Teaching Private Lessons in Korea and Japan

This is a topic many people are curious about before heading overseas to teach.

People have asked me, “Is it true that I can make a lot of money teaching private lessons in Korea and Japan?”

The answer is, “Yes and no.”

In Korea, a teacher can make quite a bit of money teaching private lessons after work or on the weekends, but there is an element of risk. In Korea, if you are working on an E2 or language teacher visa, you are legally, not allowed to teach private lessons. You are only allowed to earn income from your employer. many people do it of course. I even taught private lessons from time to time, but if you are ever caught by officials from immigration, and people are indeed busted, you could face deportation.

In Japan, the situation is quite a bit different. teaching visas are portable. Once a school sponsors you for your visa, you are allowed to moonlight teaching private lessons. Some schools might not like you doing it, but legally, there I nothing they can do. In Japan however, the appetite for English isn’t as strong as in Korea. Also, the pay may be lower.

Here is a video I made for my BusanKevin You Tube channel about the topic: