“If you’re goin…

by Mr Mike

“If you’re going through hell, keep going”
-WInston Churchill tweet

Winston Churchill’s quote describing World War 2 has helped me through some tough times before.  It has been one of my favorite quotes because it helps me put things in perspective.  When life gets tough you are the one who has the ability to improve it.  Don’t sit idle, keep working, keep going.  Act now.

The situation at my school is bad (even though the kids are great!)  We just heard from the principal that the school doesn’t make a profit and it has only remained open because our owner wants to be an businessman in the educational world.  The teachers were paid half their salary today, it was due last Thursday and promised to be paid in full today.  My first paycheck isn’t supposed to come until October 5th.  We aren’t quite sure what is going to happen but one thing is certain, nobody wants the school to close down.  We all just fear that it might.

The foreign teachers have asked for a meeting with the owner even though the principal feared that he would decide to close the school if he met with us.  That worries me even more but we still asked for the meeting tomorrow morning.

Its a tough situation to be in and the only thing I can do is push onward.  I’m contacting my recruiter and will be ready to interview again if need be.  I’ll look up some hostels in the area and hope for the best with this school but, right now it feels like we are all going through hell; especially us foreign teachers.  The school has our apartment, more than a few of us have minimal bank accounts and there is solid answer about when things will improve.  We are in a foreign country and barely speak the language and in many ways are powerless. I’m going to stick around as long as I can but I won’t be sitting idle.  I plan to keep going and get out of this mess.

Mr Mike

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Peter J. Levy September 9, 2013 - 11:19 am

If you need help from someone outside the school, you might try Mr. Bae. He has all sorts of contacts.

Mr Mike September 17, 2013 - 1:34 am

Thanks Peter! Coincidentally the owner of my school is also a Mr. Bae. I emailed your Mr. Bae last night but am hoping I won’t need him. I think I’ve got an interview lined up next week as a backup but still wanna see how this school fares and hope to get my first paycheck soon.


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