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The Korean
Hagwon
Here are the schools you really should avoid, in place order:

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Andong

Bridge School

Director: Mr. Im
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Goes under several different names and franchises including
Jungro M School, Bridge and Eastern. Contractual obligations in relation to accomodation, pay dates and vacations will not be kept. The director has little or no respect for Westerners. This is a poorly managed school with no interest in education. No teaching material for native speakers are provided. Expect your pay to be docked if you decide to take your contractual vacation time. Extortionate amounts to cover utility bills (e.g.W400,000 for gas) will be taken from your salary automatically. A sham.


REI (Reformed English Institute)

Director: 'Monster'
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Probably the worst school around. The director has conned numerous teachers and owes millions to former employees. Do not expect your own apartment or any form of payment whatsoever. The Director is known as 'Monster' and has threatened, stolen from and even falsely accused one teacher of molesting a child in order to avoid paying him. If you are there already, get out now.
www.eslcafe.com/ jobinfo/asia/sefer.cgi?display:1081159477-76477.tx


Wonderland

Director: Mr. W
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Severance pay has been witheld from teachers on at least two occassions. Mr. W Has been sued successfully by a Korean teacher for failing to pay wages.
What else would you expect from the notorious Wonderland chain.


B

Busan

Sajik Little Campus, Dong-nae

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Late payment, non-payment, no medical insurance (despite deductions) and a refusal to complete immigration formalities. Teachers reported being spied on by staff, and their apartment entered without their knowledge on numerous occassions. One story of a grand piano appearing in their living room and staying for several months against their wishes.



Sejong Hogwon, Yang Sun

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Don't expect an apartment. A teacher at this hagwon had to live with the director for 3 months, until he was moved into a dirty old hut with no toilet. The director then tried to charge W500,000 for a release letter.



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Chonan

Chonan College - Chonan University

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A Christian University that tries to force staff to attend church, despite knowing they are of a different religion.
Claims of forgery of documents and other illegalities as well as under-payment and non-payment of wages.


Easy Foreign Language Institute (British Language International)

Director: Kim Mun-Su
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Mr. Kim tried to get staff to sign an agreement assuming financial liability for the failure of his business ventures.
He also had to be held back from punching an adult student who complained to him.



Chongju

Oxford Language School

Director: Kim Min-Ok
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Also known as Segue Language School. A teacher here was housed next to a Soju bang, with which bathroom facilities were shared. Mr. Kim is believed to owe over 11 million won in backpay to former teachers.


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Deagu

F.L.S and Dee Dim Dol, Su-sung gu

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These schools had their teachers working 48 hours a week, including Saturdays. They had no vacation and no severance. They were continually paid late and the school owes at least two teachers a total of over 8 million won.



OJT Kindergarden

Director: Oh Jin-Teak
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A teacher here was not paid and not given the apartment as promised in the contract. It also took over three months to get health insurance. Many contract items were adjusted without teacher approvement.


Wonderland, Seong-so

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Sacked an employee for having too dark a skin then tried to get her to pay back her airfare.


Wonderland, Seo Deagu

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Teachers here have experienced an anti-American attitude from management, and were not paid fully. The school also refused to sign a release paper for the teachers.
http://www.prisonerofwonderland.com/november1.html


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Gumi

Eastern Language Academy

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Contact details: (address)26B Sangmo-Dong Kumi, Korea 730-120
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The director has been known to sack foreign teachers after 10 months to avoid paying severance pay.
The school held back over $2000 US in flight ticket and pay from a previous teacher.


Prime Language School

Director: Byeoung Ho
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Expect to be fired just before the end of your contract so that you will lose your bonus. Deductions from your salary will be taken, if you get it at all. Do not take on work here as a private as you will not get paid and will have no recourse.


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Kunsan

Bull's Academy

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A particularly bad story of a teacher being thrown out of his apartment and his personal possessions kept by the director. This was after being fired three weeks before contract completion without bonus or airfare.
http://members.xoom.com/jeff15


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Mokpo

Wonderland

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Last month's salary is unlikely. A violent incident against a teacher here was also reported.


S

Suwon

Sung Il Academy

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The director has assaulted two teachers; throwing a coffee cup at one, and beating up another along with three accomplices.


Wonderland

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Horrific working hours, unwarranted deductions from wages and false promises made before arriving at the school.
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