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This is a Scheme as soon as I saw it was "no way, are you joking!" Below is the email but here is the reason why I would not take such a position:

  • There is no such thing as a training period in South Korea you are virtually thrown in for less money.
  • Additional duties are work for no pay.
  • Back up teachers will receive only 80%, why would anyone even consider that, you are doing a full-time job.
  • 15 months (3 months + 12 months) severance amount will only reflect the 12 months after the training period, do not get me wrong but as far as I can tell I think that is against Korean law, I am sure that you will not be able to get a E2 visa for 15 months, sound like the teacher will be working illegally for 3 months.
  • Back up teachers priority in choosing the campus of their choice (if positions are available), in my experience this will not happen it is a lie.
  • 12:30pm to 8:30pm(Langcon) / 2pm to10pm (For elementary)/ 3pm to 11pm (For middle/IVY school) are you kidding me unreasonable working hours, which to my figures is 40 hours a week, maximum is 30 hours per week, where is the overtime?
  • 2.1m ~ 2.5m won, standard pay with normal benefits but 80% for the first 3 months.
  • Monday ~ Saturday (one day off during weekdays!) No weekends? No thank you! What can you do on just one day off, travelling is out.
  • Just one more thing, working at different campuses, that is illegal unless it is clearly stated on your E2 visa.

 

Below is the deal

*Substitute teaching positions (4)

 

- First time teaching ? Uncomfortable teaching in a classroom setting yet?

- Not sure what age group you want to teach?

- Not familiar which area you want to live?

 

Smart Move :) = start as a substitute and get highly trained. After three months, you get the priority to choose your location and your student age group.


Purpose: In the effort to reduce as much damage to the campus and the company at times when Avalon is in need of “ASAP teachers” we have decided to start a new program to hire “Back-up Teachers.”

 

Details: Beginning of every semester(March/June/September/December), we will be hiring 4 back up teachers to come to Korea along with other newly hired teachers. Unlike regular foreign teachers we hire, these 4 backup teachers will not be placed in campuses prior to their arrival. Instead, these teachers will be placed in the HRD dept for 3 months PRIOR to their one year contracted teaching period and undergo teaching training at different campuses. During the three months of training, these teachers will be trained to teach all Champ, Ivy, and Langcon curriculums successfully. They will spend weeks at different campuses to train and mock teach.

Additional duties of these teachers will include filling in for absent foreign teachers at any one of Avalon campuses, edit curriculum provided by New Boarder and other miscellaneous teaching related tasks.

Contract: The duration of the contractual period for this position is approx. 15 months (3 months + 12 months). The contract for the back up teachers will slightly differ.

Benefits: During the three training months, the teachers will be provided with the benefits we provide for our regular teachers (pension, health insurance, flight, accommodation).

Salary: However, during the training period, the back up teachers will receive only 80% of their contracted base salary. Once the teachers complete the three months of training and are placed in campuses, they will receive the full salary amount.

Severance: Also, their severance amount will only reflect the 12 months after the training period not an amount of approx. 15months.


Campus Placement after training: Upon the completion of the three months training, the teachers will be placed at campuses to start teaching as would a new teacher. We will give the back up teachers priority in choosing the campus of their choice (if positions are available). Once the teacher officially starts teaching at a campus, they will receive the full salary amount.

*General Benefit and Working Conditions

- Openings: (4)
- Location: *In or Around Seoul
- Working hours: 12:30pm to 8:30pm(Langcon) / 2pm to10pm (For elementary)/ 3pm to 11pm (For middle/IVY school)
- Salary: 2.1m ~ 2.5m won/ month (80% during the Backup teaching period of 3 months)
- Single housing (Nice Housing)

- Monday ~ Saturday (one day off during weekdays!)
- Student type: Elementary: aged 11~13/ Middle/IVY: aged 14~16
- Starting date: end of Nov. ~ Dec.
- Vacation: 10 days + National Holidays
- National pension / health insurance: 50% paid by the school
- Severance: Equal to one month salary
- Airfare: Reimbursed

 

 

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First of all, it is debatable whether this is a scam or not. In general, I think ALL Korean hagwons are scams and they ALL are shady and doing illegal things either upfront or behind the scene. However, that being said, I don't think this ad is out of the ordinary or a purposeful scam. A lot of your information are not accurate.

This position sounds pretty s*u*i*, not just for the teachers but also for the school. I have absolutely no idea why they would bother to create such a r*t*r*ed position. Most chains and major schools hire F-4 or gyopos to be substitute teachers because it is simpler. However, this points out your first wrongful assumption. 

"Just one more thing, working at different campuses, that is illegal unless it is clearly stated on your E2 visa."

This isn't actually illegal. It depends on how it is contracted. E-2 is restrictive, basically a company is sponsoring you and you can only work for that company. However, if you are working for different campuses of the same company, this is legal. Btw, same company, not same school. Different Avalons are owned by a different owners, some may own more than 1. The difficult part is that you are licensed to 1 building/campus, so what they would do is simply pay you through 1 campus. This is just more paper work on their part. Now, you've probably also heard E-2 teachers working part time elsewhere with their school's permission. This is also possible, but most schools don't allow it because sit is just a lot of paperwork.

"There is no such thing as a training period in South Korea you are virtually thrown in for less money."

Many schools offer 1 week to 2 weeks unpaid training. However, that is not even what they are talking about. They are talking about hiring people and the 1st 3 months are filled with mock teaching, training, and substitution. The reason this is 15 months is (and I'm guessing), they will be putting you under a different visa for the 1st 3 months, which is not E-2. During this 3 months the restrictions are different, hence why they're dictating all these different terms. They shouldn't say 80% of your teaching salary, they should've just given a different hiring price for the 3 months. It is probably still illegal in many ways, but it is not as upfront as it seems. For example, CDI hires hourly teachers and denies them severance, pension, and health. Even though these hourly teachers are also on E-2, they are contracted as "contractors" rather than teachers, hence CDI claims they can legally deduct those perks. They got sued by teachers, but I think they won because this practice is still going on.

There is another possibility. " I am sure that you will not be able to get a E-2 visa for 15 months" Actually you can, but I have to admit I don't know much about it. I only know that CDI teachers after 12 months of teaching can extend their visa to an additional 15 months. Now, I am not sure if this is simply an extension that is 15 months or you can start a visa with 15 months. It doesn't really make much sense to me that the extension is 15 months, but the visa is only 12 months, so I'm guessing you can legally get a 15 months E-2 visa.

"12:30pm to 8:30pm(Langcon) / 2pm to10pm (For elementary)/ 3pm to 11pm (For middle/IVY school) are you kidding me unreasonable working hours, which to my figures is 40 hours a week, m*x*mum is 30 hours per week, where is the overtime?"

This is the one that actually got me urked. If you are an experienced teacher in Korea, you should know this is actually quite standard. Except the last one, it is illegal to hold classes after 10 pm. Most if not all hagwons have a 40 hours working week, 30 hours of teaching. You are required to be at the company for 40 hours. This is quite normal. It s*c*s, but it is normal and you do not get paid overtime since you are only paid for the teaching hours.

Now the reason I'm replying is this: Koreans are scammers to begin with and a lot of these hagwons are scams. There are legitimate reasons to be upset with them and there are legitimate reasons to hold them accountable. Avalon in general is terrible and I would not work for them. However, when I see someone post something so inaccurate, it comes off as a rant and discredits the rest of us who are reporting honest scams and things to watch out for.
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