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This site is for all people interested in teaching English in South Korea to come together and share experiences, dreams, plans, advice and laughs...
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Apr. 15th, 2009 @ 08:23 pm hi!!
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
really ? only people with english as first language can be eng teachers in korea? OMG im so dissapointed
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Mar. 28th, 2009 @ 11:28 pm Programs
Hi all, I'm a senior at the University of Pittsbugh in the US and I've been looking at different ESL programs in South Korea. 

I have my eye on a couple, but are there any programs I should apply through that someone here might recommend (or not) from first-hand experience?

:) Thanks!
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Mar. 26th, 2009 @ 02:45 pm Bank Question ^^
I went today to transfer money, and without looking up any information or knowing how much I wanted to send the man told me I couldn't transfer anything without my passport. I told him I had my ARC card and he said, nope, it won't do, he needs the passport. It's Korean law he stated, they need to write down on the last page how much you sent home. Now, I've been here since August and this is the first time I've ever heard of this.

My American friend told me he's had to have it done but that was to do with America. America says you can only sent home 70,000 or something, he said, so they need to know how much if you get asked. (So? I'll save the papers.)

My friend from England has never been asked for her passport when she's sent money and she's been here a year already, entering her second year.

My Canadian friend who worked here for one full year and transferred money home every month, who left in March, NEVER once gave his passport and never had any problem, so this feels really bizzare.

I really am frustrated. I go through all these hoops to acquire a card for indentification purposes and all they ever want is my passport, anywhere, lol. Even at the movie theatre, or online you can't use your ARC card. Gaaah! What is it used for then?

My main question is: Is the bank teller correct? Is it Korean law? Is it just him? Is it the bank? Can a fellow Canadian (or someone who knows another Canadian who's transferred money) answer this, because I realize there's different rules for different countries.

I was going to go today but I'm thinking it might be best if I wait until tomorrow or later so I can get another guy who might not ask me for it.
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Jun. 10th, 2008 @ 02:55 pm Every teacher should see this...
If you're a teacher, you should see the film Chalk. If you're a student, you should DEFINITELY see the film Chalk. Presented by Morgan Spurlock (the guy who did Super Size Me), this film is like The Office, but in a school setting. I know a couple teachers and while I have no idea what teaching is like, a friend of mine who teaches science told me it's not far from the truth. Which is scary, because this is a mockumentary.

Anyway, I thought y'all might like it. Enjoy!


X-posted... everywhere? :)
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May. 6th, 2008 @ 09:44 pm Korean E-2 Visa: Background Check
 I spent this past year as an English teacher in Gimpo, South Korea.  I'm planning to go back to a different school in Yongin (I've signed the contract, done the health check, and my start date is supposed to be June 2nd).  I miss Korea a lot, and I can't wait to go back!  

However, I'm having trouble getting my background check.   When I was in Korea I heard you could get fingerprinted at a police station and they would send it to your state for the background check.  I went to a police station in Hyehwa (near Dongdaemun, light blue line), and they said that they couldn't fingerprint me without permission from the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade (something like that). 

Last week, I came back to the US (Maryland, specifically).  I went to a local police station and they said they can only fingerprint me on cards provided by the one who requested the background check.  I called the Korean embassy to ask them, but they didn't know anything about it.  I called another police station, and they said they don't do background checks and said the same thing, that the one who requested the check provides the cards. 

So now I'm confused.  What are these cards?  How do I get them?  I've done everything else for my new visa, aside from get the background check.  I feel like I'm up against a brick wall.  Does anyone have any advice?  Does anyone know something I missed?  Please help! 

I'm posting this in a few different places, so if you see this more than once, I apologize. 
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Jan. 8th, 2008 @ 02:57 am (no subject)
Some links that might help people coming to Korea, or those who are already here.

Korean Law Blog:  http://www.korealawblog.com/

Moral Education in Public Schools: http://tigger.uic.edu/~lnucci/MoralEd/articles/chu.html

Overview of Korean Labor Laws:  http://www.teachkoreanz.com/contract/law.htm

Gray list of Hakwons in Korea (slightly outdated, the years and salaries are low, but still interesting): http://www.geocities.com/koreagraylist/Database.html
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Apr. 25th, 2006 @ 11:31 pm Happy Belated 4-20!
Current Mood: blahblah
I figured there may be a few ex-pats here with an appreciation so I thought I'd send cheers out to those who wanted 'em.

I'll screen comments, so feel free to holla!
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