I’ve got a job offer!!!
For quite possibly the best teaching position I could hope for here in Korea:
- in the mountains, the beautiful beautiful mountains, (I’d already decided the job in the agricultural town in the South was both too isolated, too far away, and the students too young for my taste. The cottage with garden was tempting, but coastal hills don’t comfort me like thickly wooded mountains do) in a rural town of 20,000 with only one older apartment complex (half the height as in the city) that you can still see the mountains past, on a river.
- MANAGEABLE class sizes of 20-30
- mixed gender classes
- two fantastic female Korean co-teachers
- only 16 classes to teach, and broadcasting a 10 minute English greeting/lesson to the whole school every morning
- a technical high school of 300 students
- the school is clean, it doesn’t have a dirt sports field, and it already has an English Zone
- no hogwans for miles !!!!!!!
- English classes are incorporated into the overall English GRADING system, so I won’t be powerless like at most schools
- an hour by train outside of Seoul, soon to be a half hour by high speed subway by this summer, and the train ride is really scenic (see below)
- the last teacher was there for five years and said the administration was totally supportive with everything he wanted to do or any time he had trouble
- I’m free to leave the school anytime the classes are done and I feel I’ve finished my prep.
- It’s the same pay I’m making now +$100 additional for its rural location
Basically, it’s already got all the things I’d hoped for and fought for but didn’t receive at my last school. AND, just looking out the window is thrilling, the air is clean, there isn’t a crush of people being rude, the people are not pretentious and just look content.
When they handed me the contract to look at, I was disappointed to see it was the standard school district contract and I proceeded to tell them about my being blacklisted and how I could only contract with them if they gave me an independent contract.
They called the head of the school district and he told them that there is no blacklist and that I could be hired if they wanted me. So that indicates that the blacklist I was on is independent of the school district and it is strictly the handiwork of the evil person running the Native English Teaching program and her recruiter cohorts, and she doesn’t have the final say in who gets hired.
They also called my references, who told them I was a professional and passionate teacher worth hiring.
Now, the only hitch is I also have an inside opening for a job that probably pays a lot more a month. We’re talking a lot more. However, this job would be 50-60 hrs. a week in front of a computer screen, which would leave me dead/drained. I definitely would love to actually be exceeding my expenses for once, but not sure if the toll it would take would be too high. In addition, this opening is two months away and not guaranteed, even though it’s probably mine due to being recommended internally and being the first applicant. Two more months of uncertainty, and if I don’t get the position, maybe many more months, at which point I’d just have to leave Korea…
If I were to take the teaching position in the country, that means participating in TRACK would be remotely, and I’d have to move almost immediately and find someone to take over my apartment lease or maintain it at great expense, and I like the place I’m at and Mrs. Kim.
So I have until the 16th to decide. In polling people I know, the Koreans tell me to take the big money (it’s also more prestigious) and the foreign teachers tell me a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
What to do???
OK. Can this get any harder? I just got a message from the major newspaper that they would like to interview me and the job is probably mine – but this interview is AFTER the deadline to decide about the Cheongpyeong teaching position closes. ARGH!!!!