I would like to add E Bo Young Talking Club (Hadang Talking Club) in Mokpo, South Korea. I spent 5 painful months working there before I quit. The director didn't pay the recruiter the fee, which should have been a red flag. I wasn't provided health insurance even though it said so in my contract. The apartment had black mold everywhere and I'm fairly certain that he was trying to cheat on the taxes coming out of my paycheck.
I was never shown what was getting taken out of my paycheck even though I asked. The environment at that hagwon is toxic. As the only foreign teacher there, I was only spoken to when they wanted to blame me or criticize me for something. As a new teacher, this completely broke my confidence.
They just want a white robot to say "yes" and "no". The curriculum is a total joke. Its not even teaching, just memorizing random scripts. There are two korean teachers there who literally look beyond miserable all day and are constantly being scolded by the director. It is a soul sucking environment.
Don't try to call in sick. They hooked me up to an IV in the doctors office downstairs and the moment it was done I was forced to teach for 6 hours. I was also given a "strike" for being sick. Even though I taught all day. I hit my limit when the director screamed at me in front of children and the other co-teachers. Yelling and running around like crazy. This was after months of emotional and mental abuse.
When I gave my 30 days notice, my boss flipped out, threatened me with a fake immigration document and said I had to leave Korea within a few days. I brought in a Korean friend to translate and he said that if I signed a contract saying I wouldn't talk about what happened at the school, he would let me stay in my apartment for 20 days and not cause problems with immigration. He refused the letter of release.. essentially making it impossible for me to find a job in Mokpo, this being such a small community. I would need a reference from him since all other employers wanted to know what I didnt have a release letter.
He went back on his "contract" two days later, kicked me out of my apartment and told immigration that I "disappeared". All the while constantly threatening to kick me out of Korea. I highly recommend not taking a job here! I spoke to the previous teachers and they all hated it as well. I was the first one to stand up to him and quit. There are better jobs in Korea! Avoid this place!