Program Overview

Let's TaLK! Are you ready for a fresh challenge? Get ready to make a positive, meaningful impact on international education while exploring the rich culture of Korea!

Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) is a Korean government-sponsored teaching and service-learning scholarship program that enhances public English education in rural schools.   NMU is an "MOU" university - which gives you preferred status when you apply through the NMU International Programs Office. 

The TaLK program is either six months or one year long, starting every February and August.


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Who is eligible?

  • Bachelor's degree candidates who have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study
  • Associate degree recipients
  • Recent 4-year college graduates and graduate students

Why should I TaLK?

  • Offer an invaluable service to a rural community
  • Learn about the history and culture of Korea
  • Explore opportunities for your future career
  • Discover your skills and talents
  • Build life-long international networks

What are the duties?

  • Teach English as a second language for 15 hours a week in the after-school program of a rural elementary school
  • Design lesson plans and create teaching materials
  • Assist with activities related to English language education

What are the benefits?

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Health Insurance
  • One-month training to develop teaching skills
  • Vacation leave
  • Opportunities for cultural experiences
  • Government scholarship certificate
  • Monthly stipend
Joe with a group of Korean students
Joe with a Korean student

"Don’t let excuses get in the way, with two years of college experience, a passport and an interview or two you could head to Korea for a job with the TaLK program. There you’ll meet others like yourself from other English speaking countries around the world and make the kind of friendships that will last a lifetime. I wouldn't trade it for anything, and neither will you."


Former TaLK Program Participant