The big news in Yeongju is that the public schools will not be renew contracts in 2015 for elementary school teachers. Just two years ago, native teachers worked in high schools and middle schools. Korea is shifting a lot of it's budget for native teachers to a free school lunch program and free day care program. The number of teachers in public schools is falling, falling, falling. Those of us that remain are being asked to do more work for less pay.
When it happens to you it feels like $$&***. Like all your efforts and hard work and the gazillion little things that you do that aren't required... you can understand why the workers of American Airlines started doing exactly what their job required which caused lots of delays.
A few weeks ago I resigned my contract (as per my last post.) I wrote that working at my job is emotional antimatter. Since then A LOT has happened, the most important being that I realized I love my job and it's not emotional antimatter. It's... that I minimized who stressful living in a foreign country is. It's tough. It's taken me six years to realize that what I do is truly, utterly tough, but there it is. And now that my work is like a regular job back home, which is to say, busy, busy, busy, I am truly, crazily feeling the impact of living abroad.
Anyway, there is nothing like hearing about all the people who are loosing their jobs, to you appreciate the one you have.
M.R. Jordan is a writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. Lives in South Korea with her two cats, Bear and Geumbi.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Gold in English)... then (above) and now (below).