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** DIRECT HIRE ** Position in GUMI city starting in JULY or AUGUST ** Native English Speaker from the USA or CANADA

Posted By: Jackie's English School <[email protected]>
Date: Wednesday, 10 April 2019, at 3:04 p.m.

Jackie's English School ( www.jackie.kr ) is a highly reputable academy that has been thriving since it opened in 2010. We teach elementary and middle school students and focus on English communication. Every student must pass a strict entrance interview before being allowed to join our academy. All communication between students and teachers is done in English at our academy. The students are well-behaved, motivated, and diligent. They are all academic leaders in their own public schools. It will be a truly rewarding experience to teach the smart students at our academy. Jackie's English School is located in Gumi city. Gumi is a mid-sized city with many western amenities and is a great vantage point for exploring Korea. Visit the website of Gumi city ( www.gumi.go.kr/en/main.do ) for more information!

Starting Date: July or August
The job provides:
Pay: 2.2-2.4 Million KRW (Depending on qualifications and experience)
Working Hours: M-F 1:30-9:30pm (including 1hr dinner break), No weekends
Class Size: 4-12 elementary or middle school students

Benefits:
10 Vacation Days a Year,
Health Insurance and Pension,
Round trip Airfare,
Furnished Housing (located 10 walking min. away from work), and
Severance Pay upon completion of contract

Contact:
1) Sam (current teacher) at [email protected]
2) Jackie (director) at [email protected] and +82-10-5510-7283
Applicants should send:
1) Resume with Cover Letter + 2) Recent Photo + 3) Passport copy + 4) Copy of Degree (Bachelor's degree in any field) + 5) Any relevant certifications

Documents for E2 visa:
1) Copy of your Passport
2) 4 passport sized color photos
3) An apostilled criminal background check (Criminal background check from FBI for Americans / Notarized criminal background check from Korean consulate in Canada for Canadians)
4) An apostilled copy of original diploma (Notarized copy of diploma from Korean consulate in Canada for Canadians)
5) A sealed transcript

Hello prospective applicants! My name is Sam; I am a citizen of the United States of America and a graduate of the University of Florida. Currently, I am the Foreign Native English Teacher at Jackie¡¯s English School in Gumi-si, South Korea. I arrived at Jackie¡¯s English School in August of 2017 on a one-year contract. Like many first-timers, arriving in a new country, half-way across the world, to live seemed to be a daunting task. My fear within was almost immediately eliminated upon meeting the owner and principal of the school, Jackie. After completing my one-year contract, I liked the school and living in Gumi so much that I signed another contract with Jackie, which finishes in the coming months. After this contract, I plan on finishing my Master¡¯s Degree in Education!

Jackie is an extremely accommodating, helpful, and understanding person. She helped every step of the way from getting my E2 Visa to making me feel comfortable living in Gumi. Currently, there are about 130 students in the school; mainly elementary school students with evening classes being middle school students. Given that all students go through an entrance interview, our school only admits the best students. It truly has been a pleasure teaching the students of Jackie¡¯s school. All students are well-mannered and Jackie operates the school with the teachers¡¯ best interests at heart. It will be a bittersweet moment when I leave Jackie¡¯s School.

As for living in Gumi, I really feel connected to the Korean culture and way of life. Gumi is the perfect city to live in Korea. During my free time, I enjoy playing Ice Hockey for the Gumi Eagles or taking a train from Gumi Station to go cheer on Daegu F.C of the K League (soccer) or the Samsung Lions (also a Daegu team) of the KBO (baseball). Given the small size of Korea, it is easy to travel to big cities via the train for weekend trips. For example the train to Daegu is (20 minutes), Busan (1 hour 10 minutes), Seoul (1 hour 30 minutes), and Daejeon (30 minutes). Overall, I am extremely pleased and satisfied with my time in Gumi, South Korea at Jackie¡¯s English School!

Please, if I can be of any assistance at all or if you have any questions, email me at [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you!

* * *

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to detail my experience working at Jackie’s English School in Gumi, South Korea. It remains one of the best decisions I have ever made, and here is why.

Having never lived abroad before, I was hesitant to take a job in a town I’d never heard of, in a country where I couldn’t speak the language. Would there be other foreigners? Would I like my boss and my job? “Don’t worry, mom. I’ll be back in one year” I said.

Jackie went above and beyond to make me feel at home and comfortable in my new life. She anticipated what I would need and had me settled in no time. With Jackie’s help, I felt confident, like I was put in this situation to succeed.

The academy itself is clean, new, and well maintained. Jackie expects the best from all her students, so discipline is never an issue. The students range from elementary (learning phonics) to middle school (essay writing and novel study). Jackie provides effective lesson plans to follow, so no further lesson planning is needed, although suggestions are always welcome. The schedule is from early afternoon to evening, Monday to Friday, so you have your weekends free to do as you so choose. Gumi may not be Seoul, but it has a great, inclusive expat community. There are always friends to meet up with and plenty of things to do. Plus, you’re only a 30-minute train ride from Daegu (the 4th largest city in South Korea).

My experience working for Jackie was the best I could have hoped for. Naturally, one year turned into two and a half. I am forever grateful to Jackie for introducing me to life as an ESL teacher. She is a driven, hard-working force of nature with a passion for teaching. Should you be lucky enough to share my experience, you won’t regret it.

Brendan Maxwell

February, 2015 – July, 2017

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