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Teach English Anywhere South Korea

Teach English at Public Elementary or Middle Schools in Gimhae, Korea for GNET program  September, 2017

 

GNET is an official English program of Gimhae city of Korea and looking to hire responsible, enthusiastic native English speakers who are motivated to share knowledge with students and teachers. If you are looking for jobs in teaching, and the opportunity to live and work internationally, GNET will be a great choice! Teach English Abroad today. Join us in South Korea.

 

Requirements : Native English speaker – BA/BS degree in any field – Citizenship
in a country where the primary spoken language is English (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa)

 

Benefits :
– Paid vacation : Approx. 8 weeks of paid vacation during the summer, winter and
spring vacations (2 weeks of English camp is required in the summer school vacation and 2
weeks of English camp is required in the winter school vacation)

 

– Basic pay : 2.0~2.7 million KRW/per month, depending on experience etc.
Level 3 (2million) : Basic requirements 
Be a citizen of the designated English speaking countries
Hold at least bachelors degree,
Have a good command of the English language
Be physically and mentally healthy
 

Level 2 (2.1million) : One of followings plus to Basic Requirements 

Hold Masters degree

Certification of teaching for elementary or middle school
Certification of TESOL/TEFL/CELTA
One year(full-time) of English teaching experience

Level 1 (2.3million) : One of followings with Basic requirements and Two years(full-time) of English teaching experience
Hold Masters degree
Certification of teaching for elementary or middle school
Certification of TESOL/TEFL/CELTA

Level 1+ (2.5million) : Two consecutive years of teaching experience for GNET plus to Level 1¡¯s requirements

Level 1++ (2.7million) : Four consecutive years of teaching experience for GNET plus to Level 1¡¯s requirements

– Free single furnished housing : 50 household items ex. bed, TV set etc.
– Entrance airfare : One-way, direct, economic class ticket reimbursed upon arrival
– Exit airfare : No renewal – one-way, direct, economic class ticket reimbursed before leaving
– Renewal bonus : 2,000,000KRW, paid with the first month¡¯s salary after renewing
– Settlement allowance : 300,000KRW, paid with the first month¡¯s salary
– One month¡¯s salary of severance pay : Upon completion of contract
– Accident, Medical insurance provided
– Transportation Allowance :

Depending on the school’s location, the transportation allowance will be provided as followings:
– 1 school at central area of Gimhae : 50,000KRW
– 1 school at Jangyu-dong / Eup or Myun of Gimhae : 100,000KRW
– 2 Schools at Jangyu-dong or Eup or Myun of Gimhae : 150,000KRW
– Rural allowance (all) : 100,000KRW
– Additional school allowance : 100,000KRW

Placements : Public Elementary School

Starting date : September 1, 2017
(You have to be prepared for the needed documents such as apostilled national criminal record check and diploma etc. by December 31, 2016.)

Recruiting process :
– Application period : June 28, 2017 ~ July 9, 2017
– Needed documents : Application form, resume(with a small and recent photo of yourself), a copy of your passport, a copy of diploma(degree)
– Notice of document screening result : July 19, 2017
– Interview : July 25, 2017 (Exact time for interview will be individually notified)
(In Korea : Face to face / Abroad : International call)
– Final notice : No later than July 26, 2017

– All dates are Korean Standard Time.

If you are interested in applying for a position with GNET, please go to http://gnet.gimhae.go.kr and click ‘Application’.
From there, download the GNET application form.
After filling it out, please then go to ‘Applying online’ and attach the completed application form, your resume (with a small and recent photo of yourself), a copy of your passport, and a copy of your university diploma.
You can apply through this website and afterwards please email at hminj@korea.kr to check whether your application has been processed successfully.
(If your attached files are too big or use too much memory, they may not go through properly.)

If you fail to apply through the website, you can send all of the four documents at hminj@korea.kr

We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Have a nice day!

Contact at hminj@korea.kr or +82-55-330-3175 


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Living in China – Shenzhen Apartments

Shenzhen China Living in a Modern Chinese Apartment

If you are already aware of the first tier city of Shenzhen, you will know that it is a new city full of young Chinese migrants from all over China. They migrate to the city because of the opportunities it gives them.

Shenzhen is a very young city in comparison to somewhere like New York City or London. But there are 1000’s of apartments to choose from – from old buildings to modern, small to big, and squat toilets to western style toilets. There is a vast array to choose from.

To give you an idea, whilst I am writing a this I am sitting in my 1 bedroom apartment in a high rise on the 27th Floor! It has a nice feel to the apartment and it is located in a modern block – and yes I do have a modern toilet. The size is about 60 square metres, and the rent is quite high. More about that later!

Security in Every Apartment Garden

Nearly all apartments here in Shenzhen have security guards on them, so you will be very safe in whichever kind of accommodation you choose. The locals will call each group of apartments ‘Gardens’ my apartment is situated in Oasis Gardens, Shixia – right in the heart of the city in a district called Futian District, surrounding us are several other districts such as Bo’An, Nanshan (Shekou) and Longgang. All within a half an hour drive of each other.

Old Apartments and Modern Apartments

There are many old buildings here in Shenzhen. Most of the old building don’t have elevators and don’t have any apartments higher than the eighth floor. In a lot of the old apartments there will be the floor style squat toilet where you have to crouch down! You get used to it! And in most of the old apartments, if you have a balcony, there are some grill like bars to stop you jumping out of the window, or throwing your dog off, whichever you like. The old buildings are cheaper to rent in Shenzhen than the new modernized apartments. Although landlords and homeowners are now refurbishing the old apartments to a high standard.

Old apartments and new all come equipped with hot water and air conditioning.

Safety

Safety is paramount in these big cities in China. Every floor is equipped with a fire hose and fire escape. I’ve witnessed one fire near a school that I was working at, it was in an old building with eight floors and the fire was on the first floor. The fire crew were well trained and safety measures, even in the old building, were up to date – the fire was extinguished without spreading to the other floors or apartments.

Renting

In Shenzhen many rules apply that you will find at home. Such as 2 months rent as a deposit, and one months rent upfront. Note if you find a house through an agent, there will be an agency fee incurred – half a months rent.

Renting Downtown Shenzhen Cost 1 Months Rent in a Modern Building

50 – 60 square meter 4500cny – 5500cny – 1 Bedroom

60 – 80 square meter  5500cny – 7000cny – 2 Bedroom

The rental prices above are approximate prices for the summer of 2017. The property boom in Shenzhen is massive, which in turn has created high rental fees on properties, and if you want to buy in the heart of Shenzhen, then you really should compare the prices to London house prices and you will be surprised. Just 3 years ago I was paying 3800cny per month for a one bedroom modern apartment in the same district.

Other Costs

Maintenance Fee’s: 150cny per month

Electric: 300cny per month

Gas: 100cny per month

Internet: 1000 cny for 10 months.

Agents

There are many agents on every street corner in Shenzhen, they either want to sell to you or can help you look for a rental. If you are short on time, then an agent is the best place to go and get help. Just remember, you have to sacrifice half a months rent (agent fee). I have used the same agent for the past two years, they are called LianJia and you can easily find them through google. If you have a teaching job and are working for a recruitment firm, they will help you find an apartment before you arrive – only if they are nice. Most apartment agents have at least one realtor who speaks English.

Landlords – I have never had any problems with landlords and have received my deposit back each and every time I have moved. I’ve moved four times in four years! The landlords don’t bother you, just make sure you pay your rent and bills on time.

Bills – Every apartment i’ve lived in – the landlord has provided me with a bank book. This is where all bills get debited from, just make sure you keep the bank book (account) topped up. My landlord now is excellent and I pay her via social media platform WeChat – WeChat has a payment system integrated, a bit like Apple Pay but more popular.

Neigbours – Everybody needs good neighbours right? Well neigbours are the same across the world, you will get good ones and bad. My current neigbours include 2 families – grandmas often walk with the babies up and down the corridoors! Some cooks – I’m not kidding these guys are running a take away from their apartment – obviously accepting payments through WeChat. And finally two foreigners who share a 2 bedroom apartment and split the rent. If you can do this, then it’s the best way – sharing!

To Conclude….

Don’t forget you need to have 2 months rental deposit, and 1 month upfront and include the agent fee’s when making your plan to come to lovely Shenzhen. There are many modern apartments and new builds, check that each apartment you look at has fire equipment. And always haggle to try and get a bit of a discount. If you like having a balcony, tell the agent. If you don’t like living high, tell the agent. And most agents have an English Speaker at hand.

Good Luck in your House Searching in Shenzhen!

Extra – Washing Machines in China

Most of the apartments are equipped with a washing machine. They are the kind of washing machine which you open from the top. All of the washing machines that I have had don’t have a hot water pipe. Clothes are cleaned with cold water. Which doesn’t really bother me. If I need to really scrub some stains out of clothes I will use the hot water and the sink! When you go into the electrical stores you will see many of the washing machines like in England, but they cost a lot so that’s why landlords don’t invest in them.


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London Schools Government Cuts Jobs With New Formula

If the new London School Funding Formula goes ahead and is changed by the current government, London stands to lose over 17000 teaching posts by the year 2020.

Newham could lose over 1074 teaching posts in this scheme, whilst Tower Hamlets will lose approximately 891 teaching posts with Southwark losing over 808 teachers. This areas are some of the most underfunded areas in London. Unsurprisingly the well off areas such as Richmond and Kingston-Upon-Thames will stand to lose less teachers with this new education formula. The cuts not only cut teaching staff, support staff are in for a hit to. There are over 64000 teachers in the capital of London. The next few years will be very telling.

London-Schools-Capital

Central London Schools

Many head teachers have already warned their support staff and teachers, that there will need to me some major cuts over the next couple of years. Some headteachers have even written to parents asking for donations to the school, to fill the major gap that will be inevitable. This is not the ideal solution to the problem.

The figures are based on Department for Education data which shows schools across the capital face a real-terms cut of £360 million in 2018/19, an average of £333 per pupil. – London Evening Standard

If the quotations above is true, expect there to be severe problems in every students education settings. From lower teaching standards to a much more poorer quality of food.

The Education Secretary Justine Greening is trying to rebalance the books and in doing so students are losing a quality of education that’s expected throughout the United Kingdom.

“increased class sizes with fewer teachers and less support for vulnerable children”. – Dr Mary Bousted General Secretary Teaching Union ATL

The Department of Education for England think that the proposed cuts and changes in the budget will help other schools in the long run. But we don’t think so.


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Pupils Wind Up Education Inspectors – Willenhall – Edu News UK.

An under-achieving school in Willenhall, United Kingdom has been reported as being rude and impolite to Education Inspectors. According to the BBC this news was reported in Ofsted Reports. 2017

Willenhall School - Education News

Willenhall School UK

 

The Watchdog Report – Reported Several Behavioral and Problematic Issues

  1. Students (sixth-former’s) were afraid to step outside due to the behavioral issues with the younger students.
  2. 70 per cent of teachers chose to leave the school during the 2015 / 2016 school year. Again having issues with younger students.
  3. Students harassed school inspectors by throwing food at them and harassing them in the corridors.
  4. School was inspected in 2017 and more than a third of students continued to be absent.
  5. The quality of teaching was also said to be weak in the report.

These are just some of the problems faced by teachers and other students at this school. It has been also criticized as being one of the most under-achieving schools in the Midlands.

Willenhall E- ACT Academy Letter To Parents

As a result of the report Willenhall E-ACT Academy responded with a letter to parents citing 3 areas of improvement.

  1. Willenhall E-ACT had strong leadership.
  2. They were driving all standards higher – from students behavioral issues to teaching methods.
  3. They are confident that Willenhall Academy will make rapid progress in all issues that arose in the Ofsted Report.

Ofsted’s Reaction

Oftsed said E-ACT “fully recognised the challenges” and had begun to “address aspects of greatest concern”, with its leaders’ judgements “fully in line with inspectors’ experiences and evidence”.

However, it said leaders and sponsors had overseen a decline in standards since a previous inspection in 2015.

“While there is an ambition to address inadequacies and to raise aspirations, there is not yet a sustainable track record in the school to suggest capacity for improvement,” it continued.