Teach Live & Thrive in Korea

Rock the application process & truly prepare for your long-awaited K-adventure!

Watch the video to learn about this amazing course + mentorship program!

Is this YOU?

Have you had an interest in teaching English as a Second Language in Korea for a long time, but never had the initiative to actually pursue it?

Tired of your job, city, relationships and want a fresh start?

Are you at a point in your career where you want a change?

Are you currently in a comfortable job, but feel as though this could be the right direction for your future?

Does the application process feel daunting with your busy schedule?

Would you LOVE some assistance in determining the best way to obtain a teaching job?

Feeling insecure about culture shock, uncertainty on if you'll adjust/enjoy it all?

Do you feel that the time is NOW or NEVER and don't wanna put this off any longer?

Do you wish you could speak to someone who has experienced living in Korea and can provide the best advice?

...Let's talk ;)

I remember thinking that I was the most random person in the world. I studied Arabic and Spanish in college and yet I was fixated on moving to South Korea to teach English.

Girl, what the heck?! Stay ‘focused’! This doesn’t make sense for the path you’re on. What will your family and friends think?

I remember thinking,

“Why leave my life behind? I have a stable job that makes sense for my career.. And won’t a year abroad look bad on my resume?

On top of that, the application process wasn’t a quick one and done thing. It looked so intense and I got overwhelmed just thinking about it.

Was it worth it?

I tried ignoring the idea of teaching in Korea but the desire kept coming back.

How could I pass up an opportunity that would literally pay me to have an adventure?

As a true language nerd and lover of cultures and communication, I craved the experience of immersing myself in a new country.

I wanted to interact with people who lived and thought differently.

I wanted to learn a new language and eat delicious new food!

The idea of teaching young children in Korea both excited me and made me nervous.

What a wonderful opportunity to give back, grow, learn, and challenge myself!

In the world of teaching in Korea, there isn’t much of a support system for prospective teachers.

This is a BIG change, a BIG decision, and I know how daunting it all can be.

I also know the challenges foreigners face living and working in Korea.

I also know how AMAZING this experience can be with the right mindset, preparation, resources and guidance.

Teach Live & Thrive in Korea is the course and mentorship program where I share with you my insight from my 3-year experience as an English teacher in Korea.

You don’t have to do this alone.

For the next 6 months (yes, this process is a long one and I’ll be there with you every step) we’ll work together to help you figure out your best teaching path, job options, create a competitive application, and prepare you with knowledge, tools and resources for teaching ESL and living in SK.

The course is self-paced so that you can work through lessons when your schedule allows.

There are 7 modules in the course (videos, pdfs, tutorials, and more) that take you from the very beginning of your job search all the way to preparing for your new ESL career and life in Korea!

We’ll also have 1:1 video calls together that you schedule at times that work for you.

During these video calls we’ll make a personalized plan for you, edit and draft your essays & lesson plan for the application, and I’ll share with you tons of tips and info for you to be successful in this process.

And girl... I KNOW you’ve got a gazillion questions about what it’s like living in Korea as a foreigner. During our video calls is a perfect time to ask away!

When we aren’t planning and chatting away on our video calls, I am available to you through email, and the editing and revisions of your application documents continue via Google Docs.

Honestly, there’s NOTHING else out there like this program!

This program is not for everyone.

This is not for the nonchalant Jane who is only trying to move to Korea to drink soju, chase flower boys and go to K-pop concerts.

This program is for the women who want to take this move seriously, make smart decisions in the job search, optimize their application, and prepare fully so they can create the best experience possible.

If you want to be knowledgeable on all your options and choose a teaching path that is a good fit for you..

If you want to show up to your first day of classes with a teaching plan, resources and a good idea of the Korean workplace culture...

If you want to mentally prepare for living in a homogeneous society and unique culture..

this program is for you.

I am not a recruiter. I do not work for a recruiting agency. Joining the program does not guarantee you a job. I will also not pressure you into taking any job.

It is 100% okay to join this program AND work with a recruiter- the more help, the BETTER.

Teach Live & Thrive in Korea is for those who want a deeper understanding of what they are getting into.

It is a holistic approach to the ESL Korea job search, application and preparation process.


Be prepared BEFORE you get there!

Don't make the mistake of depending on your employer for proper training and preparation.

What you'll learn in this course:

  • How to optimize your application for the Korean market
  • How to create a lesson plan for your application & beyond
  • Gain an arsenal of classroom games, resources & activities
  • Avoid “foreigner” mistakes and embarrassing moments (K-culture cheat sheet)
  • Make a great 1st impression at your new job..even earn brownie points!
  • Prepare mentally for the infamous CULTURE SHOCK
  • Confidently choose and & sign a contract that is a fit for YOU
  • Transition smoothly: packing list, must-have apps, best Facebook groups/sites to join
  • Money Matters: How much money to bring, budgeting and saving $ in Korea


Class Curriculum


Benefits of this program:

✓ First-hand insight

✓ Passionate mentor

Guidance & advice about life and jobs in Korea

Accountability during application process

✓ Mental & Emotional support

What do people I've worked with say about me?

Watch Nina's testimonial here!

More testimonials!

"Before this program, I was extremely nervous and overwhelmed because I had never done this kind of thing before. Sometimes it can be a long and stressful process but I'm glad that I found this program. We went over things like the application, class management tips, culture, interview tips, and even other ways to find a job besides the popular ones ( EPIK, GEPIK etc.). Before the program i had no idea how to even write a lesson plan but she went through my lesson plan and my essay and told me things that can be improved. I am glad that I found this program because I am definitely a lot less overwhelmed and I know what to expect and prepare for when making this move."

- Jazmine Burnam, EPIK Program applicant

"Tonya as a teacher is a treat. She loves to elaborate on everything and she always explains something whenever you have questions. She really loves her job and I believe she's really passionate at what she does. I am satisfied with her class."

- Tamara Brown, TaLK Program applicant

"When I made the decision to teach English in South Korea I was extremely excited but also extremely nervous. I had no idea what to expect and how I would survive for a year in a completely different country where I didn't even speak the language. Tonya helped to ease all of my fears and worries. She was there for me during the application process giving me tips on what documents I needed and where I needed to go to get them. She also provided an abundance of information on what to expect culturally and tips for the classroom. She was awesome! Thank you Tonya!!"

- Dana Rogers, TaLK Program Scholar

"Tonya's presentation was so helpful, I read it before going to Seoul and I also read it 10 mins after leaving the airport in Seoul and everything made much more sense, like the bus driver who I thought was mean- turns out that's just their culture. So after that, I got used to Koreans being very short and blunt with me and it didn't bother me anymore :) Also, the note about the towel! It's so true. I'm glad I brought my own towel. It's little things like that that make so much sense after spending just a day in Korea. Definitely download all the apps and get familiar with them before arriving. They're a must. Thanks Tonya for helping me navigate Korea successfully."

-Wendy Recinos, tourist in Seoul.

This course is not open for enrollment.


Your Instructor

Tonya Chen
Tonya Chen

Moving to South Korea was one of the BEST decisions I've made! My life changed drastically as I adapted to a very different living situation, workplace and social culture. In the classroom, I learned to be flexible and develop my own unique teaching methods with students from Kindergarten-age to adults. I created originally lessons, conducted camps, directed plays and was even asked to run my own Dance English K-pop class! Outside of the classroom I dove deep into my dance hobby, enjoying the vibrant K-pop/Urban scene of Seoul. Socially, I developed conversational Korean, made life-long friendships, and even found my now husband! Having such a positive experience has inspired me to create this course to help prepare others logistically, culturally, and mentally for a FANTASTIC life and career, teaching English in South Korea.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts whenever you enroll and is completely self-paced. You also decided when to schedule your 1:1 sessions with me.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I 'd never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.