The best jobs in South Korea have the pickiest employers. Including relevant volunteer work and training on your resume separates you from the crowd--and trust me there is a crowd. With thousands of foreigners coming from several countries in the name of employment and opportunity it would benefit you to take this point quite seriously.
When one teacher began her job search in Korea, she insisted on finding employment with a school that offers summers off. Her recruiter told her that was impossible and that 5 days of vacation per year was standard for a first year teacher--until she got a new recruiter and exposed her advanced certification. She is currently enjoying her summer vacation by traveling Asia!
There are tons of easy volunteer opportunities and training programs for Los Angeles residents who would like to attract the best employers and secure the best benefits. Consider the following and look for opportunities in your area.
- Take the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test)
- Enroll in a TEFL or CELTA training program (This is highly recommended, but you may want to avoid online classes as many employers do not acknowledge them as relevant training.)
- America Reads literacy program
- Do classroom observation at a local school
- Infinite Family online child mentorship program
- Join Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Search Craigslist for tutoring opportunities
Seeking opportunities like these ensures that teaching is something you find rewarding before you embark on this journey, and proves to employers that you are serious about being a great teacher.