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So Why Teach in the West? Be Confident, Get Great Support in a Great Environment at Herald School
Posted By: Truth Teacher Services <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Friday, 8 November 2013, at 12:32 p.m.
At Herald, we like the saying, "What you see is what you get." Enjoy reading about our school and we hope to hear from you soon.
A Bachelor's degree and only those that have a desire to teach, an energetic personality, and a flair for the international need apply!
Feel free to contact me with questions, but I’ll eventually direct you to apply on our recruitment's website at: www.truthteacherservices.com
As soon as you fill in the brief sign up information, we will contact you immediately!
Below is an informative description about the school, but be sure to read the fun stuff too!
About Herald School:
Herald School is a chain school owned by the Korea Herald. While our Director attends corporate meetings and events, we are very independently operated. Our school has been open for fourteen years. We usually have 40-50 kindergarten students and 200 or so elementary students. The average class size is around 5-10 students for both kindy and elementary (all depends on the level and skills for how they are grouped).
We have six, native English teachers and all of the Korean staff are fluent in English. That means you can easily communicate with the Director, Vice President and all of the teachers (3 Korean kindergarten, 3 Korean elementary, and one daycare teacher. The Office Manager does not speak English and the Desk Teacher (Receptionist) speaks the basics, but they're great!
Our school’s focus is on conversation, not grammar. Our two main rules are no Korean in the class and always use full sentences. While we have textbooks and lesson plan guidelines, what you do in your class is up to you. You make your lesson plans, but are supported. Creativity and class projects are encouraged to boost fluency outside of the basic sentence patterns.
Our school is definitely not for the lazy foreign teacher. It would not be good for someone who doesn’t want to put in any effort. However, we’re definitely big on the “Herald School family” atmosphere. Talk to your co teachers, go out with them outside of work and enjoy being at work together. Outgoing personalities are important for teaching, but also for the office environment.
$28,000-$31,000 annually (2.1-2.4 million Won per month,
depending on experience in Korea). We also offer free housing, airfare, two weeks of paid vacation, and 15+ paid national holidays which can turn into mini-vacations.
While you may have been a teacher at home, the system is a bit different in Korea.
At Herald, we teach around 25 hours per week and I’ve never made overtime, but we have Fun English classes in January and August, where you sign up on your own and make extra money.
We are discussing this year of getting severance bonuses, however it's really exciting to get money at Lunar New Year (wear hanbok and bowing for your money...it's a Korean tradition for Koreans, but Herald loves to let our foreign teachers participate).
Teachers get a one hour lunch break outside of school. If you want to feed the kids (35 minutes), you can eat for free at school. Feeding the kids is completely optional and most teachers find they prefer having the break.
We have work dinners once every three months or so. They are ALWAYS fun affairs. Think long, casual, chatty dinners with singing at a Noreabang (karaoke room) after the meals.
If we can schedule it, all the teachers try to bond and have teacher trips (paid by the teachers). Popular trips include skiing in the winter and renting a small mountain house (pension). Don't forget the 2018 Winter Olympics is in Korea! We also go to places like Gapyeong River and the beach in the summer.
All other information that you could possibly want to know can be found directly on our website by copying this link: http://www.truthteacherservices.com/schoolInfo.php?school_id=181&job_id=10&teacher_id=316
Two Things You Should Know About Truth Teacher Services, on behalf of our teachers/schools:
1) We focus on working with excellent schools that offer great benefits and make their teachers feel welcomed and lead to a successful year abroad. We only recruit for schools who meet the requirements we have developed over six years of experience combined in recruiting.
2) You can see tons of text, pictures, and VIDEO information on each of our client schools before you even apply to them. Many teachers who go abroad still are upset when they arrive because they just didn’t know what they were getting into. This is a result of current recruitment practices which limit information exchange (to monetize their control on information flow) and don’t take advantage of basic things like YouTube and smartphones. Furthermore, many do not guide the recruit to asking the right questions about contracts, class schedules, vacations, etc.
If you're looking to break from the normal cycle of jobs, go to our website and look at a few schools’ multimedia profiles. You’re bound to be interested. If you apply, we'll be in touch about position openings that we think would fit you personally, or you can search for a good fit on your own. Until then, see for yourself when you Google other “Teach English abroad” jobs because we're confident in the superior teaching jobs and recruitment we're offering, and we want you to be as well.
James Rector and Matthew Devine
Truth Teacher Services
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