Monday, July 20, 2009

It's Final

The answer is:

They are not going to renew my contract, so they will be looking for a new teacher.

Kind of a little shocking and scary when I first heard it. But given all that happened within the last year I guess I didn't exactly fit their idea of what a foreign teacher ought to be.

Ah well~ All I have to say is that I know the result and that means I can move on. It also means I don't have to plan past October for my special class.

But it also entails that I will be looking for a new job and usually there aren't that many available to start in November. Therefore I am faced with some new opportunities in life.

Here is a short sketch of what is running around in my head.
  • Must be at an elementary school. No private school unless it is idealistic.
  • Stay within Gyeonggi-do (the province surrounding Seoul). Look for placement in Bundang, Guri or here in Gunpo. (Preferably close to Seoul).
  • Do not sign unless I see the house and agree it is suitable.
  • Could take the free ticket home to America (in November) and visit family, but will want to return to Korea. That means I would have to pay for my flight back.
  • Stay in Korea on a tourist visa until I find a suitable job...might not be till February. Where would I stay?

All in all this is exciting, disappointing and a little scary all at the same time. I know I need to learn from this and when I walk into my new job I will try to do my best.

For now I am realizing how much I am going to miss the kids at this school and hope I didn't let them down.

8 comments:

  1. Well, change is always exciting (and yes, sometimes terrifying) I hope you get a school that is a better fit, and a MUCH better apartment.

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  2. You can stay with me!! But where will I be?? Who knows! We're sort of in the same boat, aren't we??

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  3. Ack to be back in the Korean job hunt again.

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  4. Sorry to hear about that. Hope you're able to find something better.

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  5. One door closes so another can open!
    Stay positive & finish that certification ASAP!
    I posted more of a response on facebook.
    Any thought of Grad School for Asian Art History & maybe a teaching assistantship at a Univ. in Seoul?

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  6. Best of luck - you've got plenty of time to find a good job. Take your time, and I'll keep my ears open for ya :)

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  7. I started at my school in October as well. While I haven't decided whether or not I will stay at this school for a second year, I have agreed to stay on until the end of the school year in December. It may be possible to negotiate that with your school. That way, you have a couple of months to travel or whatever you want and can start fresh at a new school when the new academic year begins.

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  8. Kristen I have thought about that but don't know if my coteacher can handle thinking that way. It would probably take me three times explaining it to her before she understood.

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