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  • L_orna
  • Newgookin

    • 1

    • September 05, 2011, 01:48:50 pm
    • South Korea
How much notice should you give when leaving a hagwon??
« on: September 05, 2011, 02:01:24 pm »
Hey there...Im new to this site and would appreciate any information on this matter :P

Myself and a friend have been working at a hagwon for almost 3months. However, due to several circumstances, we are considering leaving - we are unhappy with the situation for numerous reasons. However, we want to play it as fair as possible and give our employer some notice. We are concerned, though, that they may not pay us if we decide to tell them we are leaving - they have already held onto half our first months wages. We have begun the process of applying for new documents in case they dont give them back.

Is there a chance that they wont pay us or try to charge us for costs if we tell them we are leaving?

I would appreciate any advice on this.


  • plchron
  • Super Waygook

    • 262

    • July 20, 2011, 10:24:04 am
    • Ulsan
Re: How much notice should you give when leaving a hagwon??
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2011, 06:22:41 am »
remember to be a dick and go to the labor board and complain about your half month of wages also. Even if it is difficult to get it back they are still required to give it to you. Then they have to sue you in civil court to get back the flight money.


Re: How much notice should you give when leaving a hagwon??
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2011, 07:28:25 am »
Does your contract mention the half month of witheld salary?  Are there certain conditions related to it?



  • sha
  • Waygookin

    • 22

    • September 06, 2011, 01:04:11 pm
    • South Korea
Re: How much notice should you give when leaving a hagwon??
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2011, 01:11:05 pm »
if you tell your director that you are resigning and will leave in a months time, they can either be totally "okay" with it or start calculating how much you owe them and start creating S*^T for you.
IF you have really made up your mind then you can either pull up a midnight run OR give them a months notice and leave straight after being paid OR dont tell them at all and just leave the very next day of being paid.
Hagwon director's will say that they would need some other native teacher's to replace you and they may ask you to stay back longer until they find someone but really in a way that is not your part especially if you have given them 30 days.
You would have to reimburse your flight money from your home to Korea if you leave before the 6 month mark.
If you think that in future you might want to come back to Korea than resign and ask for a letter of relase to be safe.
hope this helps and you can decide what is best for you .


  • piyopayo
  • Veteran

    • 149

    • March 02, 2011, 08:56:34 pm
    • South Korea
Re: How much notice should you give when leaving a hagwon??
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2011, 02:40:43 pm »
If you decide to work elsewhere in Korea, then I think it's better to follow the proper procedure where you give in your notice. Since you are under an E2, the school has to sign a release form for you claiming that they are no longer responsible for you and your actions in Korea. If you don't get that release form, you are not allowed to apply for another visa to work in Korea.

If you decide to work in another country, it's better to do a midnight run.