My old hagwon closed!

by Mr Mike

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 about from a hagwon.

You can read about my struggle to find a new job and acquire a “letter of release,” the threats and accusations the administration came up with and a wholly negative work environment but I’m happy to announce they shut down!

I do feel sorry for any teachers who lost their jobs and if you happen to be one of them don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’ll do my best to help you get a better job!  As for the kids its nice to hear they’ll have a brief reprieve from the long hours in school although I”m sure their parents have already found alternate hagwons.

I usually don’t like to rejoice over someone else’s misfortune but the circumstances that this atrocious school & administration created soured my first experiences in Korea.  They took advantage of us every time they could and instilled a false mistrust of Korean administrators that I’m still working through.  So today I will let that smile creep into a grin as word about my old hagwon’s closure fills me with joy.

Mr Mike

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11 comments

ketaninkorea May 11, 2015 - 9:10 pm

Damn that sucks! I’m sorry that happened to you. It’s not that way for every Hakwon in Korea, as I’m sure you know, don’t let it keep you down from finding the good places!

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Peter J. Levy May 11, 2015 - 10:29 pm

Justice! (or revenge)

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Mr Mike May 11, 2015 - 10:33 pm

Karma 🙂

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ketaninkorea May 11, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Are you still here in Korea?

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Mr Mike May 11, 2015 - 10:40 pm

yup. got a job teaching 4th grade. positive work environment and great vacation

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ketaninkorea May 11, 2015 - 10:42 pm

Nice. I teach 4th grade at a small school in Ilsan. I’d like it more if the management knew what they were doing. Ugh! I’m the six years I’ve taught here in Korea, this is probably the worst guy I’ve worked for.

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Mr Mike May 11, 2015 - 10:49 pm

ah thats tough. I’m super fortunate with an English admin to handle my Korean admin. everyone really love education though. at least 4th grade is awesome!

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ketaninkorea May 11, 2015 - 10:53 pm

Yeah my coteachers and I pretty much run the school. The school o teach at is a small international elementary through high school. It’s mostly ELL students who cannot attend a Korean public school or other foreign schools. We do our best, but the school’s principal does what he wants and screws everything up. He also doesn’t know English which makes things even worse.

Mr Mike May 11, 2015 - 10:55 pm

Keep on persevering! How much longer are you under contract?

ketaninkorea May 11, 2015 - 11:00 pm

It ends in August. If things were different, I’d consider renewing, but things being as they are, I’m gonna look for other jobs in the Seoul/Gyeonggi area.

Mr Mike May 11, 2015 - 11:31 pm

good luck! shoot me a msg when you’re applying and I’ll see if I can help. My school interviews in the fall for openings in March…

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