Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Lately I've found that the new round of EPIK teachers seems a lot more sensitive than those that have come through in the past.

I can understand. What with the lack of job security that is supposed to come with working for the government, all the new lower paid Korean English assistants sniping at them, seat warming during vacations, a general feeling of being under appreciated and thought of as pond scum by peeps in the schools and in the media, this can lead any rational human to become somewhat defensive.

Combine that with the difficulties of adjusting to expat life and the generally antagonistic climate towards waegs that is found on this peninsula, you've got a recipe for rendering even the most stable into paranoid hyper sensitives.

Yes, I know that it is all situational, that some people have great gigs and no real problems with work or their life in general. Good for you. 

But to say that the climate is the same as it was back in the day I worked EPIK would be disingenuous at best.  Even then it was a bit of a crap shoot.

Here's hoping the Korean government can find a way to quell the naysayers who have been working to get rid of the waegs or make their time in suck.  In my experience, the biggest difficulties I faced with coworkers came from those who worked hard to schmooze the system, since they knew all the ass kissing and hole licking they did would one day get paid back to them from their subordinates.  If a bunch of waegs were accepted as equals, that whole system would be seriously undermined. And who would want to suck up to a waeg in a Korean public school??

Let it be known, my EPIK brothers and sisters, I feel your pain. Just don't let it dictate what you end up doing in the classroom. We don't need any more examples of bad waegs in the EPIK system, that's for sure.

Time for some Max.


Anonymous said...

It amazes me that the government has brought over thousands of people and yet pay no heed at all to having a curriculum and assessment
like any other normal subject would.
Are they not up to it, want to sabotage their own efforts or just a bit dim? I suspect all 3.

Beaner said...

Fuck it! Close it down and send everyone home. Not like they're really doing any good here. I think it funny where people spend gobs of money on englishee education like Korea and Japan and basically get fashion clothing with non-sensical scribblings and butchered englishee words from most people. Other than some arbitrary test they have to take for jobs and schools they have no use for it unless they really deal with us barbarians.

F5Waeg said...

Hey! I resemble that remark! Those slogans may have been mine. . .

But yeah, do most of the kids need to learn English? No. Should they? In terms of what might make a difference for them later, you never know where you might turn up and having good language skills can always help.

But like anonymous said above, and is a common expat EPIK teacher observation, there is no clear plan for how to use the waegs effectively.

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