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kangolnoel



Joined: 28 Jun 2010

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:24 pm    Post subject: any GOOD hagwons? jeez! Reply with quote

It seems every school i get an offer for, everyone on here says stay away (even though sometimes a school gets a decent review now and then). I am getting very frustrated!

Getting offers for GnB, Avalon all of which I have heard horror stories about.

Does anyone work at one now with openings in february/march? haha

or suggestions on good ones they've worked at and contact emails?
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different



Joined: 22 May 2003

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I've read, with big chains it depends on which branch you're at. I just wish people wouldn't take jobs with obviously bad contract conditions, which in Korea usually means long hours for average pay. Some hagwons are asking you to be there 9 1/2 hours a day for 2.2, or 10 1/2 hours a day for 2.5.

Go for the equivalent of a 30 x 50-minute class (not "30-hour") teaching schedule with no more than 8 hours per day on site. Then roll the dice and take the plunge, unless you can afford to blow through lots of money waiting for a "perfect" job, which might end up not being a good fit for you anyway.
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megandadam



Joined: 28 Dec 2008
Location: toronto, canada

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i work at a fairly good one.
pm me if you want an email.

adam
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ttompatz



Joined: 05 Sep 2005
Location: Kwangju, South Korea

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:43 pm    Post subject: Re: any GOOD hagwons? jeez! Reply with quote

kangolnoel wrote:
It seems every school i get an offer for, everyone on here says stay away (even though sometimes a school gets a decent review now and then). I am getting very frustrated!

Getting offers for GnB, Avalon all of which I have heard horror stories about.

Does anyone work at one now with openings in february/march? haha

or suggestions on good ones they've worked at and contact emails?


Good Hagwan - doesn't that qualify as an oxymoron?

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Vix



Joined: 18 Jun 2010
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a word no. It's always going to be about making making them money and paying you will be the absolute last priority. Avoid avoid avoid. Yeah I am feeling a bit bitter today, and yes I work in a Hagwon Crying or Very sad
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hakwonner



Joined: 09 Nov 2010

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:53 am    Post subject: Re: any GOOD hagwons? jeez! Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
kangolnoel wrote:
It seems every school i get an offer for, everyone on here says stay away (even though sometimes a school gets a decent review now and then). I am getting very frustrated!

Getting offers for GnB, Avalon all of which I have heard horror stories about.

Does anyone work at one now with openings in february/march? haha

or suggestions on good ones they've worked at and contact emails?


Good Hagwan - doesn't that qualify as an oxymoron?

.


Maybe, but there are exceptions that prove the rule.

I'm very happy at my hagwon, and for an entry level job in Korea I personally think hagwons kick public school behind every time (except on the issue of holidays).

All you have to do is do your homework. I made sure I spoke to both foreign teachers before I signed a contract, and asked all the questions I wanted to. I personally think this is the single most important thing you can do when choosing a hagwon.
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curlyhoward



Joined: 03 Dec 2008

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:16 am    Post subject: Re: any GOOD hagwons? jeez! Reply with quote

hakwonner wrote:
ttompatz wrote:
kangolnoel wrote:
It seems every school i get an offer for, everyone on here says stay away (even though sometimes a school gets a decent review now and then). I am getting very frustrated!

Getting offers for GnB, Avalon all of which I have heard horror stories about.

Does anyone work at one now with openings in february/march? haha

or suggestions on good ones they've worked at and contact emails?


Good Hagwan - doesn't that qualify as an oxymoron?

.


Maybe, but there are exceptions that prove the rule.

I'm very happy at my hagwon, and for an entry level job in Korea I personally think hagwons kick public school behind every time (except on the issue of holidays).

All you have to do is do your homework. I made sure I spoke to both foreign teachers before I signed a contract, and asked all the questions I wanted to. I personally think this is the single most important thing you can do when choosing a hagwon.


How many months have you been at this hagwon?
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hakwonner



Joined: 09 Nov 2010

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 2:20 am    Post subject: Re: any GOOD hagwons? jeez! Reply with quote

curlyhoward wrote:
hakwonner wrote:
ttompatz wrote:
kangolnoel wrote:
It seems every school i get an offer for, everyone on here says stay away (even though sometimes a school gets a decent review now and then). I am getting very frustrated!

Getting offers for GnB, Avalon all of which I have heard horror stories about.

Does anyone work at one now with openings in february/march? haha

or suggestions on good ones they've worked at and contact emails?


Good Hagwan - doesn't that qualify as an oxymoron?

.


Maybe, but there are exceptions that prove the rule.

I'm very happy at my hagwon, and for an entry level job in Korea I personally think hagwons kick public school behind every time (except on the issue of holidays).

All you have to do is do your homework. I made sure I spoke to both foreign teachers before I signed a contract, and asked all the questions I wanted to. I personally think this is the single most important thing you can do when choosing a hagwon.


How many months have you been at this hagwon?


6 months now, and very much looking forward to the next 6. All the people I work with are decent, I have a good schedule, I'm always paid on time and the owner has always paid flights home/severance etc. on time (based on information from the last few years).

Why do you ask?
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metalhead



Joined: 18 May 2010
Location: Toilet

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are good hakwons, but it's always a risk because if it's bad you won't know until it's too late. That said, I would rather take my chances at a hakwon than work at a public school.
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busanliving



Joined: 29 Apr 2009

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I work at a GnB and I love the school, the teachers are great, the director is really helpful, I have never had a problem with pay, sick days or vacation and I'm in my second year. The books suck, however my school is flexible so aslong as the books get covered i am free to do my own things in class.
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dkteachlife



Joined: 24 Dec 2010

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:18 am    Post subject: Can you list some Hagwons that you have heard are good? Reply with quote

Thanks
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dkteachlife



Joined: 24 Dec 2010

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you please list some good ones as a suggestion? recent please

Thank you so much
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Sector7G



Joined: 24 May 2008

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

metalhead wrote:
There are good hakwons, but it's always a risk because if it's bad you won't know until it's too late. That said, I would rather take my chances at a hakwon than work at a public school.


Any particular reason you feel this way? Just curious.
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RMNC



Joined: 21 Jul 2010

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sector7G wrote:
Any particular reason you feel this way? Just curious.


Small class sizes, far less discipline required, no co-teacher drama, higher pay, better workplaces (they don't open the windows at hagwons in the middle of winter), more enthusiastic learners.
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Juregen



Joined: 30 May 2006

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:38 pm    Post subject: Re: any GOOD hagwons? jeez! Reply with quote

ttompatz wrote:
kangolnoel wrote:
It seems every school i get an offer for, everyone on here says stay away (even though sometimes a school gets a decent review now and then). I am getting very frustrated!

Getting offers for GnB, Avalon all of which I have heard horror stories about.

Does anyone work at one now with openings in february/march? haha

or suggestions on good ones they've worked at and contact emails?


Good Hagwan - doesn't that qualify as an oxymoron?

.


Oi!

I take that personally!
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