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HollyLove



Joined: 07 Nov 2009

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:53 pm    Post subject: Gift for Co-teacher? Reply with quote

I'm moving to Korea at the end of the month and I wanted to get some type of gift for my co-teacher. I realize I don't have to do this but why not start off on a good foot. Any suggestions? I was thinking of getting those "I <3 (city)" t-shirts but thats pretty corny sooooo...
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BigLarry



Joined: 09 Sep 2009
Location: Anywhere there is wine.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're not the first FAET teacher there then your best bet is to ask the one you are replacing. Though chocolates and tat are always popular, it's better to get something that your co-teacher would really like.
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MattAwesome



Joined: 30 Jun 2008

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dont get anything they wont like and throw away. i would never wear a t-shirt like that even as a gift from dieing grandma. a cell-phone charm would be good. most girls / women have/like those. or some good native candy / snack.
on second thought, bring whatever you like from home for yourself. there is a lot you cant get over here without monster searching or paying exorbitant prices. thats off topic.
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sulperman



Joined: 14 Oct 2008

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it a public school? Do you know how many co-teachers you will have for sure? It wouldn't be cool to give one a gift if you have 5 more. Forget it, bring donuts or something in the first week instead.
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Pa Jan Jo A Hamnida



Joined: 27 Oct 2006
Location: Not Korea

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A kiss is always welcome.
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Goon-Yang



Joined: 28 May 2009
Location: Duh

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A "dick in a box" is always fun for everyone.
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rookieglobetrotter



Joined: 19 Dec 2008

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I need ideas too. The teachers here have been kind at my new school compared to the probs I had last year. The thing is I sit in a room with 7-10 people and we all spend time at work together. I am thinking the route of fruit or those little vitamin c bottles in a couple weeks. Its mostly women though so maybe I should get other foods? What do korean ppl like?

For the people helping me most though I feel I should get them more. After all, they moved me to a new apt and have done great in making me feel welcome. Most of my coteachers are married 40 year old women so I have no clue what to get lol. I was thinking perfume or chocolates or something.
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lovebug



Joined: 29 Apr 2009

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

as sulperman says, it's possible that you could have anywhere between 2-10 coteachers (some homeroom teachers still act as coteachers) depending on your school. most of the time, you'll be in a subject teacher's room, where you'll spend your afternoons when you're not teaching. there will be about 7-9 teachers there.

some people on this forum will tell you that gifts are a waste of time and go unappreciated, but i don't believe this is always the case. a little thoughtfulness goes a long way. when i started at my school, i gave my principal, VPs, and coteachers something. i brought a variety of little things because i wasn't sure how many CTs i'd have or the gender of my VPs, etc.

a few suggestions:
principal's gift needs to be nicer than the VPs, which need to be nicer than the CTs, etc. stick to hierarchy.
wrap everything. give it to them and do not expect or demand that they open it in front of you. koreans don't like to be put in situations where they can see what the gift is when you present it. if they don't like it, it will be hard for them to save face in your presence.
don't expect a major thank you, but know that often, it definitely makes an intangible difference.
alcohol is good for a male principal, and anything native to your country is appreciated.
a big thing here is to get multivitamins as gifts, but if you feel weird giving them, i don't blame you.

in my 2nd week, i got a small cake tour les jours for all my subject teachers to enjoy after lunch together. every time i travel, i get something small from the place i go for them to share. it cuts down on the awkward guilt you feel when they moan about how they can't go anywhere because they have so many babies.
no matter how many CTs you have, the person you really want to focus on is your handler or main CT. this is the person who fights for your holiday time and tells the admin if you're doing a good job or not. whenever mine goes above and beyond, i get her a small thing, like a pair of coffee milks or cheese kimbap or something. it makes a world of difference.

good luck!
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miljeong



Joined: 07 Mar 2010
Location: Bundang

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goon-Yang wrote:
A "dick in a box" is always fun for everyone.


Win.

Actually if someone gave me a present and THROW IT ON THE GROUND.

I'm an ADDUULLLLTT!
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dirving



Joined: 19 Nov 2009
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Him no funny.
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Cerberus



Joined: 29 Oct 2009

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

get your coteachers say a baseball hat with your town's name embroidered on it, or something like that.

K's love those touristy types things.

Bring a couple of extra ones for perhaps the P, VP and a dept head or two.
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DrugstoreCowgirl



Joined: 08 May 2009
Location: Daegu-where the streets have no name

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I gave my co-teachers magnets and key chains from my hometown.
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the oak llama



Joined: 05 Dec 2008

PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did get my coteacher, principle and vice principle gifts when I came (coffee, liquor from home, and coffee, respectively) and they definitely appreciated it.

BUT...

I asked my coteacher about it later and she said it's very uneccessary.


BUT...

I think it definitely got me off on a good foot. So I would recommend.

Just wait until you're here for a week or so. Find out what might suit them. Nothing terribly fancy. You'll make a lot of friends if you buy some pastries and bring them in for everyone.
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MalFSU1



Joined: 27 Jan 2009

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really am against giving "presents" to co-teachers. I did it last year and every time they just didn't seem very appreciative. I even bought one co-teacher a $30 bottle of wine and then like a week later she went on for like 10 minutes about how she doesn't like wine. Definitely don't assume all Koreans drink(I've had plenty of male and female coworkers who don't).

I DO think it is a good idea to buy your coworkers pizza or chicken one afternoon(especially appreciated if the school lunch that day is lame). Food is a huge part of culture here and seems to always make my coworkers smile and allows time for us to sit around and chat.
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