The Black Barbie Chronicles: Looking Good

looks good

When I first wanted to head off to Korea Land, I had no clue to do or where to look. This posting describes how I first embarked on teaching Korea.  Enjoy.

F. M. Laster

“I’ve been things and seen places.”- Mae West

September 10th

Hey, this looks good

So, I think that I have a way to run from my bills, get away from Hannu, clear my mind and “find myself” without having to commit a crime I’m going to be a teacher. Yeah, even I can’t believe I’m uttering these words and setting them to paper. Well, some naysayers may say, “ but Black Barbie, you don’t have the credentials, you don’t have a license”! Ha, bitch please, this is Korea; you don’t need no stinking license. I need a clean background check, a diploma in basket weaving and a pulse. Well, it is a good idea to be of the Caucasian persuasion for that basket weaving degree to work. Luckily for me, I have a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. Hey at one point I wanted to be a cop. Well, that is until I realized that I couldn’t drive on freeways and in the rain. Anyway, check out the swanky ad I found on Dave’s ESL Website. Dave’s is the place to learn about teaching and living in Korea. Think of the website like Backpage, but for English teachers

EPIK PUBLIC SCHOOL POSITIONS Two Teachers Needed in Jeonju for Public School

Pay   2.2m to 2.95m won.
Tax   In accordance with Korean Tax laws. American & South African citizens are able to become tax exempt for 2 years. Other countries can too, but you must pay income tax in your home country if you supply the required residency certificate, therefore making it better to pay tax in South Korea. Canadian & Irish citizens cannot become tax exempt in South Korea.
Pay day   25th of each month, no exception.
Provincial allowance   100,000 won per month extra.
Settlement allowance   300,000 won onetime payment.
Multiple school allowance   100,000 to 150,000 won per month extra.
Vacation   18 working days paid days.
National holidays   Yes & paid for
Flights   1,300,000won provided for inbound flight & 1,300,000won provided for outbound flight. If your flight is less, you save the difference!
Housing   Single, furnished, rent-free provided.
Medical   50% contributed by your employer, 50% contributed by you.
Pension   50% contributed by your employer, 50% contributed by you. American, Canadian & Australian teachers can get 100% back at the end of the employment contract.
Sick leave   11 working paid days.
Special leave   7 calendar days unpaid.
Severance pay   Equal to one month’s pay, provided at the completion of the employment contract.
Arrival   We will pick you up from the airport & provide you with a hotel (a BUSINESS hotel, not a love motel like the rest of the recruitment companies) for the evening and then buy you dinner with those arriving. The following day, we will assist you to the education office / school.
Other benefits   Introduction pack (including a Lonely Planet travel guide, a Korean phrasebook, a plug adaptor, & other goodies.) We will also provide you with a detailed map of the city.
Interest-free credit service   Order anything you like from any online Korean store & pay us back once you receive your first paycheck.
Party!   Invitation to bi-yearly meet & network-up event.

Looks good. Let me see what I can do to score one of these positions. I’m putting in my resume and hoping for the best.

 

 

 

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