Joined: 17 Dec 2007
Location: Jeollanamdo, South Korea.
|Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:44 pm Post subject: Islands-Yes
|Actually, yes there are probably some public school jobs on the islands. When I was at the Jeollanam-do Language Program orientation in Gwangju in 2013, one of the board of education staff told us that there were indeed jobs on the islands, like Jindo, Wando, etc, but that the policy of the board of education was not to hand out those jobs to teachers unless they specifically asked for them. The reason for this was that the islands are somewhat remote and not everyone is going to enjoy living on an island!
They gave an example of someone who did enjoy the islands. This was a young guy who knew a bit of Korean. He made friends with the local fishermen and the people who ran the restaurant, and talked to everyone. But he made a great effort to do so. He enjoyed the island. At that orientaton, I also met an American who had taught with GEPIK, and this time he chose Jinan. He taught at an elementary school, on one of the islands and had a room on the school playground. It worked well for him.
His job was cut back the other year. But there will be other similar jobs, because president Park Geun-hye is keen to encourage people to teach in remote rural areas, because she feels that the level of English in the countryside is too low, whereas further investment in urban areas should stop.
So if you want to teach on an island, you've got a chance.
As for me, I need to be able to visit cities at the weekend, otherwise I will feel that I am marooned. Therefore, I wouldn't want to teach on an island. Travelling to the city of Gwangju is much easier from the mainland of Jeollanam-do than from an island. However, Wando has roads that connect it to the mainland.
I have seen jobs posted from Geoje Island too. But that's in Gyeongsamnam-do, and for public school jobs you'd apply through GOE, not the Jeollanamdo Language Program.
I got my teaching job in Jeollanam-do through Canadian Connection. I have to say that they were very, very good to me. I felt I did not have time to complete the complex paperwork involved, but Canadian Connection talked me through it, and helped with everything. So you would do well to work with them. If you have taught in Korea before, they will require you to give your former co-teacher's or boss' current contact details.
If you want an island position, you might like to mention that in your personal essay, and choose rural options in the application form. If you'd rather not teach on an island, then I don't think you will be placed on one.