My old hagwon closed!

You may have heard about my awful first 6 months in Korea with CPIS.  I arrived and started working within 12 hours only to find out the “school” that hired me was a huge web of lies.  We had issues with paychecks, health insurance, eviction notices, incompetent administration and just about every issue that you hear Read More …

Payday!

Payday is always a good day, unless of course you don’t get paid.  Thankfully my new job doesn’t exhibit the same tendencies I’ve become used to and we got paid bright and early this morning!  It was nice to check my bank account at lunchtime and already see the deposit.  Now the question is do I go Read More …

A bilingual classroom missing a few walls

Okay, so I’ve been busy.  But busy is good, especially since its because I love my new job and coworkers!  Teaching 4th grade is a wonderful change from my crappy hogwon and I continue to be impressed by the professionalism exhibited at my new school.  Everyone from the administration to the teachers, students and parents Read More …

Overcoming an unexpected hurdle

Day two with my new 4th graders went even better than I could have planned.  I cleaned up my computer and didn’t have random pop ups in the middle of my lessons; I knew who was a girl and who was a boy and even remembered a few names!  The presentation Mike & John (my Read More …

First Day of 4th grade ESL!

After an outstanding Sunday orientation with my new team of teachers I was stoked about meeting my students today!  As with any day in a classroom there were a few hiccups but my students were great and I loved my first day. Bright and early I met my coteacher, Mr. Shin, before some last minute Read More …

LAST WEEK AT CPIS!

With only one week left at CPIS (my hellhole of a school) you’d think things would be winding down smoothly.  Then again nothing about the past 6 months has gone “smoothly” so why should this be any different? Between the school’s buyout and an incredibly unprofessional new director we’ve had our share of lies, surprises Read More …

Counting down the days

Two and half weeks left.  12 schooldays at my crappy little hagwon.  16 days until I am done with this place for good!  I’ve already moved about half of my things to my new apartment and just ordered my new bed!  It should be delivered this weekend which means I’ll start sleeping there soon.  Definitely Read More …

CPIS = awful hagwon = 28 more days!

The hagwon life at CPIS continues to baffle us; Friday we were given slightly less than half pay(which was already 5 days late).  Monday I found out the Korean teachers got even less.  My director hinted that she’s skeptical about the key money we were previously told would cover our lost pay if the CEO Read More …

Half a paycheck, still no pension

Payday should be on the 5th of every month.  We accepted that we wouldn’t get it before our week off so thought the paychecks would be deposited the day of our return on January 6th.  Wrong.  Today is Friday and this whole week we’ve been working without pay, and have gotten zero answers about our Read More …

Accepting a new contract!

Last Friday I finally got my letter of release!  I immediately emailed it over to Young Hoon Elementary and first thing Monday morning I had a contract sitting in my inbox.  That was yesterday.  I looked it over and printed it out before giving it to one of the office assistants to fax.  Now its Read More …