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My English Center is looking for new teacher starting at the end of August this year. The "official" description is below but as a teacher in the job I can add the following:

The office is relaxed - you will sit with 3 other NETs, a Korean manager, 2 Korean staff and everyone speaks English and is supportive of one another - no overbearing hierarchy and office politics. We are definitely busy as we teach different programs and it requires a fair amount of planning - but I rarely ever have to take work home.  The official contract hours say 25 teaching hours per week; however, for me, it has typically fallen between 19 hours to 24 hours per week depending on the term and the programs we are running at the center that semester. We do teach a gifted program on Saturdays during most of the school year, which is another four class hours, but you’re paid overtime for those separately from the contractual hours. Saturday classes are paid at the end of each semester. It’s a bit difficult to determine the exact hours while looking at the schedule, because currently our Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are more about facilitating activities, working with other teachers at the same time (so you share roles), and teaching groups of 5-9 students in 5x30 minute sessions, but the contact time is calculated for each teacher and shown to us by the manager and administration prior to the semester beginning, in case we have any questions. However, since we are an English Center and not an elementary school, and since our activities and pieces of our program are slotted into different time intervals, one “teaching hour” is 50 minutes—not the typical 40 minutes of elementary school (for contractual hours calculation purposes). Our current schedule is as follows: we teach a two-day English immersion program at the center on Mondays/Tuesdays and Thursdays/Fridays, we teach at a public elementary school every Wednesday during the school year (which typically involves 4 classes each Wednesday, and you teach at the same elementary school for the entire semester), twice a week we teach an after school program at the English Center, and we teach a Saturday gifted students class which is usually held 3-4 Saturdays a month during the school year (with the exception of certain times of the year—as noted in the official write up). We also have one teacher in the office who stays behind on Wednesdays and teachers an adult class and a low level phonics class for the public elementary school we are attached to. While working Saturday may not be ideal for some, they are the best students we have all week, so teaching those classes is very rewarding. You also receive 40,000 won per class for teaching Saturday lessons (4 classes per Saturday x 40,000 won per class = 160,000 won per Saturday). We also sometimes teach camps or extra gifted lessons during school break times. These things mostly depend on what the education office decides the schedule should look like each school year. So, it is possible—depending on the wants/needs of the education office—that are schedule can change a bit each new school year. That said, the workload and planning has seemed completely manageable (and, honestly, somewhat easy) to me compared to other jobs I’ve had in Korea.
 
The school is looking for someone with experience, and—of course—you should be comfortable teaching kids. You don't have to be a clown or entertainer; just a hard worker who is capable of fitting in with the team, doing your part, and is comfortable with planning/organizing so everything runs smoothly and you get your part done.

Location: Gyeongsan is a nice place, has all the conveniences you need, and its clean and more low-rise than Seoul. I'm within walking of HomePlus and eMart, as well as the Daegu metro (it stretches all the way out here - it’s a 25 min trip to downtown). Getting to Dongdaegu Station takes me about 35 mins (bus+subway) and then its 1hr40m to get to Gangnam on the SRT. Convenient to visit places in the southern areas too. Overall, it's very livable - no complaints about location.

Official write up:

Location: Gyeongsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Starting date: 2018-08-26
Teaching days: Mon-Fri (Sat-see description)
Student Level: Elementary/Middle
Working schedule: AM 08:30 ~ PM 04:30
Teaching hours: 25 Teaching Hours per week (50 mins/teaching hour)
Salary/Budget: 2,200,000 Won ~ 2,700,000 (Depending on experience)
Overtime pay: KRW 40,000 (Won/Hour)
Multiple Schools Allowance
1. 100,000 Korean Won (KRW) per month for two schools.
2. 150,000 Korean Won (KRW) per month for three or more schools.   
Settlement Allowance: 300,000 Won
Accommodation (Housing): Provided
Benefits
Medical & Pension/Severance/ Paid Vacation (26 days)
Entrance Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Exit Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Renewal: 2,000,000 Won
(The Employee shall not receive an Exit Allowance for the completion of the current Term of Employment nor shall the Employee receive an Entrance Allowance for the renewal Term of Employment.)
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Description:
This is a Public English Education Center, affiliated with the Gyeongsan Office of Education. Teachers will help facilitate a two-day English Experience Program for public school students who visit our English center, they will co-teach and/or lead classes at outside public schools in Gyeongsan, and they will teach after school classes at the center. Teachers will also work on Saturdays in a Gifted Education Program. Saturday classes are three to four times per month, March to November, from 8:30am-12:30pm. Teachers will be paid 160,000 won for each Saturday worked.
 
The school is located near Imdang subway station (Green Line 2) and close to Yeungnam University. Transportation to Daegu is only 25 minutes by subway.

Send a resume and cover letter to: nfrankget@gmail.com
All documents must be ready (police clearance within 6 months, apostilled degree, etc.)
Out of country possible, in country transferable visas preferred.


  • NorthStar
  • Expert Waygook

    • 618

    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Seoul
The pay for the forced Saturdays should be paid with the normal salary...NOT at the end of the term.


Rubbish.


  • hangook77
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1239

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
I wish I were looking for a job.  It would be a good gig. 


The pay for the forced Saturdays should be paid with the normal salary...NOT at the end of the term.
Rubbish.

Well, no it shouldn't.  It's a special program and is paid differently.  I've just finished teaching 32 night classes this semester and I get paid at the end when they tot up how many I taught.  That's what they do with special public school programs.  Would be nice to have got my night class money each month, but that's not how it works.  I still get the money though. 


  • thunderlips
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1583

    • June 07, 2012, 10:01:55 am
    • South Korea
Will the new applicants have to act as recruiter to fill their position also? Or is doing more work for free optional? Do we get a recruiter fee?


  • NorthStar
  • Expert Waygook

    • 618

    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Seoul
The pay for the forced Saturdays should be paid with the normal salary...NOT at the end of the term.
Rubbish.

Well, no it shouldn't.  It's a special program and is paid differently.  I've just finished teaching 32 night classes this semester and I get paid at the end when they tot up how many I taught.  That's what they do with special public school programs.  Would be nice to have got my night class money each month, but that's not how it works.  I still get the money though. 

Are your classes voluntary?

I would not trust any Korean administrator or school, to pay what I would be owed, so far down the line without some sort of shenanigans.


Are your classes voluntary?

I would not trust any Korean administrator or school, to pay what I would be owed, so far down the line without some sort of shenanigans.

For students, yes, but they don't have to pay for them, unlike the 'bang-kwa-hoo'.  It usually depends on the budget for all teachers, as high school has much more money available for extra stuff like this as students will always take the classes.  Last year, the Korean teachers and I would teach 10 classes for their night classes and then they get paid at the end.  This year, my school told me I can teach as many as I can as they had 'unlimited' budget.   Actually, I got paid today for them, after my co-teacher inputted the hours on 'Edupin' last Friday, so pretty quick.  Happy day.

Actually, I did a program years ago similar to the OP's on Saturdays, where I was teaching 'genius' middle school first graders essay writing in a different city to my own.  I think I did 5 Saturdays of 3 hours each and got paid at the end of the program.


Will the new applicants have to act as recruiter to fill their position also? Or is doing more work for free optional? Do we get a recruiter fee?

I'm not leaving... We just happen to have two teachers leaving at the end of this term. We have hired a recruiter, but we have not gotten many decent applicants from them. Who knows where they're pulling potential teachers from, but I was asked if I would mind trying to find a few (since I did the same last year when a teacher left). I've been here nearly two years now, and I will be signing for a third year as of August.


  • NorthStar
  • Expert Waygook

    • 618

    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Seoul
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Entrance Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Exit Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Renewal: 2,000,000 Won
(The Employee shall not receive an Exit Allowance for the completion of the current Term of Employment nor shall the Employee receive an Entrance Allowance for the renewal Term of Employment.)




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Entrance Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Exit Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Renewal: 2,000,000 Won
(The Employee shall not receive an Exit Allowance for the completion of the current Term of Employment nor shall the Employee receive an Entrance Allowance for the renewal Term of Employment.)




That's in reference to renewal. If one renews, they will not receive an exit allowance for completion of the current term when renewing their contract, nor will they receive an entrance allowance beginning at the new term in which they've renewed. It's standard for public school/government contracts.


  • NorthStar
  • Expert Waygook

    • 618

    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Seoul
Quote
Entrance Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Exit Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Renewal: 2,000,000 Won
(The Employee shall not receive an Exit Allowance for the completion of the current Term of Employment nor shall the Employee receive an Entrance Allowance for the renewal Term of Employment.)




That's in reference to renewal. If one renews, they will not receive an exit allowance for completion of the current term when renewing their contract, nor will they receive an entrance allowance beginning at the new term in which they've renewed. It's standard for public school/government contracts.

..don't care if it "is" standard" (don't recall that being the norm years ago, though).  That is just a crap deal. 


Quote
Entrance Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Exit Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Renewal: 2,000,000 Won
(The Employee shall not receive an Exit Allowance for the completion of the current Term of Employment nor shall the Employee receive an Entrance Allowance for the renewal Term of Employment.)




That's in reference to renewal. If one renews, they will not receive an exit allowance for completion of the current term when renewing their contract, nor will they receive an entrance allowance beginning at the new term in which they've renewed. It's standard for public school/government contracts.

..don't care if it "is" standard" (don't recall that being the norm years ago, though).  That is just a crap deal. 

Then I'd say you're delusional if you think it's a "crap deal". Literally, what is offered in the contract for this position is far better than what you'll find at nearly every academy and is better than even most public school positions offer. This position still gives both entrance and exit flight allowances (instead of one or the other), it still provides a renewal bonus (which many positions got rid of in recent years), and the overtime pay is 25-50% better than most contracts offer. I honestly can't see how I'm being heckled for this posting. There are far worse things being posted here. All things considered, this is a great job/contract.


This position still gives both entrance and exit flight allowances (instead of one or the other), it still provides a renewal bonus (which many positions got rid of in recent years), and the overtime pay is 25-50% better than most contracts offer. I honestly can't see how I'm being heckled for this posting. There are far worse things being posted here. All things considered, this is a great job/contract.

I agree 100%.  It is definitely a good position with good benefits.


  • NorthStar
  • Expert Waygook

    • 618

    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Seoul
OK, then.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2019, 12:30:18 pm by NorthStar »


Quote
Entrance Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Exit Allowance: 1,300,000 Korean Won (KRW)
Renewal: 2,000,000 Won
(The Employee shall not receive an Exit Allowance for the completion of the current Term of Employment nor shall the Employee receive an Entrance Allowance for the renewal Term of Employment.)




That's in reference to renewal. If one renews, they will not receive an exit allowance for completion of the current term when renewing their contract, nor will they receive an entrance allowance beginning at the new term in which they've renewed. It's standard for public school/government contracts.

..don't care if it "is" standard" (don't recall that being the norm years ago, though).  That is just a crap deal. 

Then I'd say you're delusional if you think it's a "crap deal". Literally, what is offered in the contract for this position is far better than what you'll find at nearly every academy and is better than even most public school positions offer. This position still gives both entrance and exit flight allowances (instead of one or the other), it still provides a renewal bonus (which many positions got rid of in recent years), and the overtime pay is 25-50% better than most contracts offer. I honestly can't see how I'm being heckled for this posting. There are far worse things being posted here. All things considered, this is a great job/contract.

Nah....no incentive to stay, unless you don't mind loosing out...plus, mandatory Saturdays and you don't receive the fruits of that labor until the end of the term? 

Are those multi-school allowances already factored into the salary description?  Does one have a choice?  Is there a travel allowance for multiple schools?   What about the housing?  Where would that be?  On or off campus? 

Also....25 teaching hours....how many teaching hours are required at normal public schools?  Are those 26 days of paid vacation inclusive of national holidays? 

No matter how much glitter you put on a turd, it is still a turd.

No incentive to stay? The pay scale is exactly the same as public schools in this area. The incentive to stay is increased pay. Or do you believe public schools aren't worth staying at as well?

Also, the Saturday overtime is just like any overtime in public school outside program funding. It is paid at the end of the term. It is literally the same at any public school job.

Multiple schools allowance isn't factored into the base pay, and it is possible to receive here depending on the schedule you choose/are given when you start.  Housing is either provided or a housing allowance is possible as well (400,000원).  Housing is off-campus. There is no on-campus housing.

Normal public schools require 22 hours.  And the 26 days of paid vacation are the same as given with public schools; they do not include national holidays. The same national holidays/red days as public school are given here.


  • NorthStar
  • Expert Waygook

    • 618

    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Seoul
Whatever makes you feel important, bud. 


How many applicants you got so far already?


How many applicants you got so far already?

Around 9 or 10.


  • hangook77
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1239

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Will the new applicants have to act as recruiter to fill their position also? Or is doing more work for free optional? Do we get a recruiter fee?

I'm not leaving... We just happen to have two teachers leaving at the end of this term. We have hired a recruiter, but we have not gotten many decent applicants from them. Who knows where they're pulling potential teachers from, but I was asked if I would mind trying to find a few (since I did the same last year when a teacher left). I've been here nearly two years now, and I will be signing for a third year as of August.

Korea is getting a bad rep for pay and benefits.  The market outside the official EPIK intake has gone into decline.  The wage by itself is nothing special but the paid Saturdays for those who want to earn more money make it a good gig however (for now).


  • m.corless
  • Super Waygook

    • 259

    • August 30, 2011, 02:55:14 pm
    • Toronto, ON, Canada
The market outside the official EPIK intake has gone into decline.

I thought your stance was that hagwons are all experiencing a shortage of teachers?