I Got the Job! Contract for EPIK Teaching in South Korea
My Contract for EPIK and Teaching in South Korea
I received a job offer and a contract for EPIK teaching in South Korea. I received it in my e-mail yesterday, but it actually arrived on Thursday, a day after my interview. Thank goodness that I checked my spam folder, because that’s where it ended up!
EPIK Contract Details
At first I found the contract to be confusing and I panicked because I thought that it was all in Korean. It turns out that it is written in both English and Korean. For example, there are a few lines of Korean, followed by the English translation. The contract for EPIK is also several pages long, but it details information that I basically already knew. I’m happy to report that 22 teaching hours per week are required, but I will be at the school for 8 hours. The rest of the time at the school is for planning. The school can ask for additional work, teaching or other activities but I will be paid overtime for that. What a novel idea! Although I applied to teach in Busan, my first choice, if Busan is filled I may get my second choice, Ulsan or my third choice, Jeju Island. I have a lot less vacation time than in the U.S. where we get two months off for the summer, but I get some days off during the winter and the summer, national holidays, sick leave, and time off if there is a death in the family and for other family emergencies.
A New Job Teaching Abroad Job for 2009-2010
I am extremely happy to return to work on Monday with another job in hand. I didn’t renew my contract at my school and many of the teachers knew that I was trying to teach in Korea, and they kept asking me if I had a job. I really wasn’t worried until I found out that the EPIK program had a higher number of applicants this year, and there were only 50 available positions in Busan. I am really hoping that I am as close to the beach as possible, but being near the ocean, a subway ride away is good enough to me. Oh, and for those who have not read my earlier posts, I plan to leave in August. EPIK orientation begins around August 19th. At this point, I don’t know which grade level or exactly where I will be teaching.
Today is Easter and I am torn between going to the King Tut exhibit or cleaning, writing and getting my paperwork ready to mail. I suppose that I could do several things. Getting the paperwork ready entails making sure that the documents that I have so far, that should be mailed to EPIK in Korea are properly placed in the envelope and that my copies stay here. I really want to see that exhibit and today is such a beautiful day…