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Korea, South in Asia (School): Worwick Franklin Institute - Private School - South KoreaWorwick Franklin Institute has a number of private schools located in South Korea.

 

Website: Worwick Franklin Institute

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1.8/5 from 3 ratings.
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Worwick Franklin - Daegu
14 days ago.
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I'd like to take the time to reply as other reviews may be making it difficult for me to find my replacement. I took over after this teacher, and while I was not present for the 2017-2018 year, judging from other reviews and the testimony of those who were there, it's a night and day difference. From last year's staff, only 2 teachers stayed on--- a very kind and quiet Korean English teacher, and a shell-shocked English native teacher. Both were keen on a fresh start after 3 Korean teachers left. We hired 2 new Korean teachers and they are both hardworking, funny, and friendly. Since getting to know them, my life here has gotten easier and easier. We function well as a little family, and I will really miss them when I go.
At first though, it was tough. It was my first time really teaching, and in a new country, and all the stuff that goes with it. But I've learned that to thrive here, you just need to be flexible and not take anything personally. There have been many frustrating times, but in the end, I just sum it up to, "Well, that's Korea."
The lessons are almost all pre-made for you, and I've made a personal policy of not working outside of my 9-6 hours and I've only ever stayed late or come in early twice, for projects that I wanted to do a little extra on. This is not a desk-warming job, but instead calls for someone to be organized and ready to change course quickly. Because of the busy nature, I find the days go by quite fast.
In regards to my personal safety and privacy, I never felt invaded or spied on. The only time my boss has been at my door was when I overslept and was 45 minutes late for work (super embarrassing... but judging from their faces they genuinely thought I might be dead lol).
Anyway, we've been trying to find a suitable teacher to come and replace me, and it's coming time for me to leave and we're still looking. I thought maybe the right replacement for me could see the former reviews and pass over an opportunity that has changed so much since that time. I truly feel badly to leave my awesome coworkers here and I don't want them left high and dry. If anyone wants more info, feel free to contact me and I can provide more about my experiences.

Institution Location
Chimsan, Daegu, South Korea
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Current/Leaving teacher 2019
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Worwick Franklin Institute WIRYE
1 years ago.
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Find another Hagwon to work at. The pay here is not great, you dont get breaks each day, they don't pay overtime on work days, weekends or public holidays, and don't count your hours with students properly so you have tonnes of classes and no prep time. Contract makes lots of promises: school keeps some and not others. Save yourself a headache and just get a better paying, easier gig in Seoul proper.

(Also be aware that Wirye is pretty isolated too (recruiter described it as 20mins from Gangnam). If you take public transport its actually 55mins to get to Gangnam by bus and 1h20mins to get anywhere else by public transport.)
The pros
Paid your salary on time, paid pension and insurance.
The cons
You'll never get paid for overtime work, weekend work or public holiday work. Not enough prep time and too many classes per teacher.
Institution Location
Wirye Shindoshi
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Former Teacher
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Worwick Franklin - Apgujeong
2 years ago.
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There has been a systematic use of late payments to teachers, pension, and health insurance. If the teacher leaves the country at the end of the contract, the company has tried to not pay at least two former employee's bonus, and pension. Even those who finish contracts and remain in Korea are paid only after constant and tiring reminders and nearly to the point of threatening legal action.

My contract has ended fulfilled by my end. The date of payment is now past. And all legally due has yet to be paid.

The owner of the hakwon also owns swim schools. His priority is the swim schools and the disorganization and lack of management shows this. There is a lack of organized curriculum, accounting, and of communication. Principals come and go quickly because of the issues within the organization.

I would never recommend Worwick Franklin. New teachers who have little understanding of these "blacklist" schools may be recruited because of the lack of diligence of recruiting agencies.
Institution Location
613-5 Caroline Tower, Shinsa dong, Gangnam gu, Seoul.
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