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K-Buddy Knowledge Base

Applying to be a K-Buddy

Application can be done in 3 simple steps:

1. Go to K-Buddy page and submit the application form.

2. Team will assess application and send Pre-Approved or Waitlist or Rejection email (applicants will be notified via email within 5 business days)

3. Team will contact you for a quick interview session (to be completed within 7 days of Pre-Approved email being sent)

4. Once you are confirmed (applicants will be notified via email within 5 business days), you will receive our backend access to configure your K-buddy dashboard.

Minimum Requirements for K-Buddy Applicants

1. Native Korean speaker or able to speak Korean fluently like a native.

2. Able to communicate in simple English.

K-Buddy

  • K-Buddies are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable Koreans who use their time to provide learners with conversation practice.

K-Buddy Plus (coming soon)

  • K-Buddy Plus have training as educators and/or extensive professional teaching experience. They can provide students with resources, prepared materials, and structured lesson plans to help students reach their goals. To apply for a K-Buddy Plus, kindly drop us an email.

What you need to do as a K-Buddy:

1. Native or Level 6 on TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean)

uBitto currently requires language proficiency of Advanced (C2 or Passing Level 6 on TOPIK) or “Native” level in order to be a K-Buddy. uBitto uses the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages for reporting language proficiency.

2. Reliable access to an internet connection

You will need regular access to the internet to:

1. Meet your learners online.

2. Accept lesson requests from students. Requests will expire if you do not respond within 48 hours.

3. Communicate with your learners and manage your K-Buddy profile. 

You should have reliable access to an internet connection with a speed of at least 2 MB per second.

You can test your connection speed here and improve your connection speed here.

3. VOIP software (Skype, Hangouts, Facetime)

You must download, install, and create an account using one of these options before your first lesson. All are free to use for calling between computers. 

Make sure that this software is working on your device:

To protect your privacy, do not give out your personal account information to students or post it on your profile. When a learner requests a session with you, K-Buddy will provide you and your learner with the contact details so that you can add each other on your chosen communication platform.

4. External microphone and/or webcam

Using an external camera or microphone typically provides better audio/video quality than using your device’s built-in camera or microphone.

5. A K-Buddy user profile

Register for a free profile on uBitto.com. After creating your account, you can apply for a K-Buddy account.

6. A completed K-Buddy application

Log into your uBitto account and click on “I’m interested in being a K-Buddy”. Follow the links to complete your online application. If approved, this application will become your teaching profile.

You will receive an email once your application has been reviewed.

1. Native proficiency OR,

2. Passing Level 6 in TOPIK 

We do realize that many potential and capable individuals who are not quite at this level may have much to offer to other language learners.

However, we want to ensure that any learners who want to learn Korea (whether through professional lessons or informal conversation) can confidently find expert teachers with a thorough grasp of the target language.

Therefore, at the present time, we must require learners to be at Level 6 for TOPIK or native proficiency.

Your picture plays a huge and significant role because it gives students their first impression of you. K-Buddy with excellent profile photos may also be promoted by our marketing team.

Please see these examples, requirements and instructions to help you choose or take a great picture. 

Updating K-Buddy Profile

The onsite class is conducted at The Promenade, 5-17-2, Persiaran Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Baru, Pulau Pinang.

Language used in class is Korean and English only.

For effective learning and for everyone to receive sufficient amount of attention, this class will be in a private group only, therefore seats are available in first come first basis and limited. Usually we have about 15 students in a class, not exceeding 18.

The class will continue to higher level as long there is minimum students per class.

Depending on your learning purpose, you may continue as long as you would like to. Kindly refer to our Achievement Table.

– Sprout Level (1) 24 classes (~6 months)

– Survive Level (1) 24 classes (~6 months)

– Solid Level (1) 24 classes (~12 months)

– Significant Level (1) 24 classes (~12 months)

Note: Estimation above is based on once a week class schedule at 90 minutes (1.5 hours) duration. It is acting as a guideline but not a guarantee. Progress depends on students’ effort as well. Many students are able to reach certain achievement before the estimated duration.

Good news! No official test but there will be small test/pop quiz to gauge students’ understanding and level from time to time. This also serve as checkpoint to get to know about students’ comfortability to proceed further.

Student can also test their level through the quizzes available on uBitto Learning Management System (uLMS).

There will be no official certificate issued by instructor. The only certificate recognised by Korea/worldwide is to take the International Proficiency Test for Korean Language (TOPIK exam).

You can use this certificate to apply for jobs or for education purposes. This is an external exam conducted twice a year in Malaysia, usually in April or October at Kuala Lumpur.

There will be additional prep classes to students who are keen to sit for the exam as the TOPIK exam gets nearer. TOPIK exam and enrolments charges is to be borne by student. We can help to furnish info and registration.

Being A K-Buddy

The onsite class is conducted at The Promenade, 5-17-2, Persiaran Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Baru, Pulau Pinang.

Language used in class is Korean and English only.

For effective learning and for everyone to receive sufficient amount of attention, this class will be in a private group only, therefore seats are available in first come first basis and limited. Usually we have about 15 students in a class, not exceeding 18.

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The class will continue to higher level as long there is minimum students per class.

Depending on your learning purpose, you may continue as long as you would like to. Kindly refer to our Achievement Table.

– Sprout Level (1) 24 classes (~6 months)

– Survive Level (1) 24 classes (~6 months)

– Solid Level (1) 24 classes (~12 months)

– Significant Level (1) 24 classes (~12 months)

Note: Estimation above is based on once a week class schedule at 90 minutes (1.5 hours) duration. It is acting as a guideline but not a guarantee. Progress depends on students’ effort as well. Many students are able to reach certain achievement before the estimated duration.

Good news! No official test but there will be small test/pop quiz to gauge students’ understanding and level from time to time. This also serve as checkpoint to get to know about students’ comfortability to proceed further.

Student can also test their level through the quizzes available on uBitto Learning Management System (uLMS).

There will be no official certificate issued by instructor. The only certificate recognised by Korea/worldwide is to take the International Proficiency Test for Korean Language (TOPIK exam).

You can use this certificate to apply for jobs or for education purposes. This is an external exam conducted twice a year in Malaysia, usually in April or October at Kuala Lumpur.

There will be additional prep classes to students who are keen to sit for the exam as the TOPIK exam gets nearer. TOPIK exam and enrolments charges is to be borne by student. We can help to furnish info and registration.

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Getting Paid

The onsite class is conducted at The Promenade, 5-17-2, Persiaran Mahsuri, 11950 Bayan Baru, Pulau Pinang.

Language used in class is Korean and English only.

For effective learning and for everyone to receive sufficient amount of attention, this class will be in a private group only, therefore seats are available in first come first basis and limited. Usually we have about 15 students in a class, not exceeding 18.

The class will continue to higher level as long there is minimum students per class.

Depending on your learning purpose, you may continue as long as you would like to. Kindly refer to our Achievement Table.

– Sprout Level (1) 24 classes (~6 months)

– Survive Level (1) 24 classes (~6 months)

– Solid Level (1) 24 classes (~12 months)

– Significant Level (1) 24 classes (~12 months)

Note: Estimation above is based on once a week class schedule at 90 minutes (1.5 hours) duration. It is acting as a guideline but not a guarantee. Progress depends on students’ effort as well. Many students are able to reach certain achievement before the estimated duration.

Good news! No official test but there will be small test/pop quiz to gauge students’ understanding and level from time to time. This also serve as checkpoint to get to know about students’ comfortability to proceed further.

Student can also test their level through the quizzes available on uBitto Learning Management System (uLMS).

There will be no official certificate issued by instructor. The only certificate recognised by Korea/worldwide is to take the International Proficiency Test for Korean Language (TOPIK exam).

You can use this certificate to apply for jobs or for education purposes. This is an external exam conducted twice a year in Malaysia, usually in April or October at Kuala Lumpur.

There will be additional prep classes to students who are keen to sit for the exam as the TOPIK exam gets nearer. TOPIK exam and enrolments charges is to be borne by student. We can help to furnish info and registration.

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