English Program in Korea

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Great Pay but Thankless Work

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Former Employee - Native English Teacher
Former Employee - Native English Teacher

I worked at English Program in Korea

Pros

Great pay and benefits, especially since cost of living so low. Decent vacation time. Essentially a really excellent deal if you want to live abroad for awhile. The hours aren't long but can be made so due to discplinary issues (students, for the most part, speak zero English and you cannot control them yelling in English). If you have a great co-teacher the experience will be great.

Cons

Depending on your placement, you could have an amazing experience or an abysmal one. Be prepared to not have your ideas acknowledged or considered, run into issues scheduling vacations any time in advance, or getting heat turned on in your classroom. NETs aren't really considered "real teachers" in Korea, especially since they are foreigners. Be prepared for culture shock and to likely be unappreciated. If you have a bad co-teacher, I am oh so very sorry.

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    OK to waste a year, but not a career

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    Current Employee - Native English Teacher (NET)
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher (NET)

    I have been working at English Program in Korea

    Pros

    The compensation/benefits package isn't awful. Pay is low, but the cost-of-living here is low too. Free apartment, flights in and out, nice severance.

    Cons

    Xenophobia and mistrust on the part of communities and EPiK management makes it difficult to feel like yo're more than just chattel. Schools are hit or miss - some are great, some are nightmares. It's best not to think of this as a professional position: you're here to do what they need you to do. There are no (literally no) opportunities for advancement or professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what you want: are you hiring professionals, or human CD players? If you're just looking for a "play" button on a verbal English lesson, give it up and just buy the CDs instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Better than a Hagwon, if you get a good school.

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    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher
    Former Employee - Guest English Teacher

    I worked at English Program in Korea

    Pros

    Lots of vacation - 22 days minimum between winter and summer, 2 week bonus vacation for renewing a contract, plus national holidays (Chuseok sometimes means a 5-6 day weekend)
    Good compensation - I worked two years, spent $10,000 on travel and still banked $10,000
    Housing provided, or you can apply for a housing allowance

    Cons

    If you get a bad school with an unsupportive coteacher, it can be very difficult.
    The Bureaucracy sucks. You have one point of contact with the head office, and they never contact you directly with important info, expecting your coteacher to pass on whatever they feel is important
    Housing can sometimes be iffy, but there are options if you are looking to move
    Deskwarming - sometimes they will expect you to come to school and sit in the empty building for 8 hours a day by yourself with no work to do so they can justify your salary. They won't let you take the time as unpaid leave either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate directly with your employees. Allow reasonable requests for unpaid leave for periods where there is no work to be done. Allow us to rate our coteachers and weed out the ones who don't offer any support.

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