I find it hilarious that most people do not know what I do in Korea. Heck, there are even people who have no clue that I am currently living in Korea. I don’t expect the world to keep up with me or be aware of my whereabouts, but COME ON, let’s not be stupid about it. Let’s not assume that Doris is prancing around Korea on some cultural excursion. Like most other nations of the modern world, people here have jobs. We wake up, go to work, go home, & pass out. I came here on a teaching visa so I spend most of my time here teaching. I am employed by one company & they pay me through direct deposit on the 5th of every month.
What exactly do you do in Korea?
I teach English as a second language to elementary school-aged children in Daejeon, South Korea. However, my school is not a public school nor is it a private school where the kids study at all day. My school is more of an after school program where they come to learn only English. We collect monthly fees and we operate as a business. When teaching them English, I follow a strict program guide & papers are provided for me to print from headquarters. I teach reading comprehension & speaking. I have to give out tests, grade participation, grade online speaking homework, & discipline the kids just like any teacher would.
How do you get compensated?
Like most other working adults, I get a paycheck via direct deposit on the 5th of every month. I get paid X,XXX,XXX for working up to 120 hours per month. Luckily for me, I am currently working only 96 per month. I pay 50/50 health insurance & a small amount is taken out of my salary each month for local taxes & pension. I am provided with a free apartment within 2 minutes from the school as well. I am responsible for paying any & all utilities associated with the apartment.
How much work do you do?
I work 1:30pm – 9:00pm, 5 days a week. My teaching hours are 3pm – 8:10pm but I am required to come early & stay late for prep & office hours. I don’t mind it since I have papers to print on a daily basis. I usually roll in around 1pm to print papers and grade homework. From time to time, I will take on side projects which will require more time at work. I sometimes come in during weekends for various reasons: parent orientations, sample classes, field trips. However, weekends are rare and occur about once or twice a year.
So as you can see, I do not sit around on my ass in a hanbok all day. People who leisurely visit Korea should not question my unavailability on weekdays. I actually work! I’m bound to my contract & my school on weekdays. Don’t sound or act shocked when I tell you I’m busy or tired. That’s how working people feel.