- Fixed location. I know exactly where the school is, and it's in a great location for me.
- Higher pay (than SMOE). Starting pay is 2.3 million.
- Higher housing allowance. SMOE offers 500,000 and this school offers 600,000
- Huge vacation time. 4-5 weeks in the summer and ANOTHER 4-5 weeks in the winter. Paid. Plus all Korean holidays (plus some days) and no weekend or overtime work.
- Chance to teach my favorite age range of upper elementary school (though not definite)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
This morning I had an interview for a job starting in March. Though I'm applying to SMOE (Seoul Public Schools) I realize that nowadays SMOE is getting super competitive, so I started looking for other jobs out there in case SMOE didn't pan out for some reason. While looking through Dave's ESL Cafe, I found one promising job at an immersion program in a publicly funded private mission school. I was a little turned off by the "mission" school thing, since I'm not religious, but after sending an email to the director, he told me that all the religious components were separate from the English immersion curriculum and they welcomed teachers from any background. While I won't disclose the name of the school with you (I don't want you stealing my job...) I'll tell you some things that made me really attracted to the school.