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Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« on: June 03, 2022, 08:08:46 am »
I have a question for those people who work for EPIK and reapplied to new provinces. Itís a bit ahead of time, but i currently work in Busan and am planning on changing to work for a public school in Seoul next year. Winter vacation 2023 (right before i start the new job) will also be the first time I go to visit my family. So iím wanting to know the implications for my vacation time:
Would i need to do the orientation again before starting my contract with a new school? Meaning iíd need to be in the country the week before my contract starts? Or would it be fine to come back from vacation just two or three days before the start of the new contract? Seeing as Iíve already been through orientation in Busan etc.?


  • hangook77
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Re: Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2022, 08:10:08 am »
I have a question for those people who work for EPIK and reapplied to new provinces. Itís a bit ahead of time, but i currently work in Busan and am planning on changing to work for a public school in Seoul next year. Winter vacation 2023 (right before i start the new job) will also be the first time I go to visit my family. So iím wanting to know the implications for my vacation time:
Would i need to do the orientation again before starting my contract with a new school? Meaning iíd need to be in the country the week before my contract starts? Or would it be fine to come back from vacation just two or three days before the start of the new contract? Seeing as Iíve already been through orientation in Busan etc.?

Ask them directly.  Asides from the pay cut, they most likely can give you the answers you seek.
Trolls on here are lame and need to get a life.


Re: Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2022, 09:58:44 am »
Ask them directly.  Asides from the pay cut, they most likely can give you the answers you seek.


Hi thanks, could you clarify what you mean by ďpay cutĒ?


  • nightninja
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Re: Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2022, 04:00:01 pm »
from what I remember (not sure if this is still current) you must still attend some of the orientation (2-3 days) and get the orientation medical check done/contract signing/placement etc but that's my understanding from a few years ago....so best to ask them directly


  • mrohde13
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Re: Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2022, 03:41:32 pm »
One of my co-teachers just transferred from Ulsan to Daejeon, she said that she didn't have to go to another orientation but did have to attend a signing ceremony the day before she would start teaching at our school.  She said though to ask just to be sure because things are always changing with EPIK these days. I hope this helps


  • hangook77
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Re: Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2022, 07:46:43 am »
One of my co-teachers just transferred from Ulsan to Daejeon, she said that she didn't have to go to another orientation but did have to attend a signing ceremony the day before she would start teaching at our school.  She said though to ask just to be sure because things are always changing with EPIK these days. I hope this helps

EPIK has turned into such a bureaucratic shitshow.
Trolls on here are lame and need to get a life.


Re: Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2022, 07:29:20 pm »
EPIK has turned into such a bureaucratic shitshow.
EPIK has turned into such a bureaucratic shitshow.
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I agree. This is my 4th year at my school, and I asked my office of Education if I could taken time off and be directly re-employed with them since I am on an F-6 and have a Korean spouse, and permanent residence under their name in my cityÖ
And they told me I would have to go through the whole EPIK application again, and probably re-do the whole orientation again :O

Iím real mad about thatÖ


  • Rye
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Re: Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2022, 08:32:48 pm »
That's a bit rough. I don't know if it's worse in korea or if it's just how these kinds of departments operate. Any deviation from standard policy and it's all too confusing for anyone to make a logical and beneficial decision. Sorry it's happened to you, and I'd be pretty miffed as well.


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Re: Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2022, 11:36:02 am »

Hi thanks, could you clarify what you mean by ďpay cutĒ?

if you move to another province im p sure they reset you back to the lower pay scale, if youve only been teaching one year ig it doesnt matter that much but you wont get to go up a level as you would normally


  • shostager
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Re: Moving provinces (EPIK) and implications for vacation?
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2022, 12:47:03 pm »
if you move to another province im p sure they reset you back to the lower pay scale, if youve only been teaching one year ig it doesnt matter that much but you wont get to go up a level as you would normally

Anecdotal evidence, but my pay scale wasn't re-set (Gangwon to Seoul, 2017). I was, however, informed that I would need to be on a visa other than an E-2, because the training counts as work, but you can't transfer your E-2 without knowing your employer (MOE). Apparently Seoul also had (still has?) a different start/end day than other provinces, which can make it hard to transfer. I did end up on the F-2-7 before my placement, but it ended up being off-season anyway, so the training part and end date weren't problems.