Teaching in Korea – Understanding Your Contract

Teaching in Korea – Understanding Your Contract

For first timers and experienced teachers alike, understanding a contract offered by a Korean educational institute can be… well… intimidating or outright confusing. There are ‘red flags’ you should run from and ‘yellow flags’ where you proceed with caution but could be nothing. Keep in mind that many of these things are subjective and my advice is based on what I personally believe is and isn’t a big deal, and keeping both the employee and employer point of view in mind. In making this guide, I cross referenced about a dozen contracts posted on Reddit’s Korea Teaching sub, a couple posted on Dave’s and Waygook, EPIK’s sample contract, and a bunch of contracts I have been offered over the years and just saved. Here is also the official Korean Labor Standards for reference.
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Maldives Travel –  Demystifying the Maldivian Transportation System

Maldives Travel – Demystifying the Maldivian Transportation System

You know what was the most challenging part of traveling in the Maldives? It isn’t about which island is better or deciding what to do, it is the figuring out the transportation system. Even with lots of experience navigating in countries where I don’t speak the language, I underestimated the Maldives (well, more like, I trusted an inaccuracy online) which ended up costing me a bit. Here is how the entire transportation system of the Maldives works and hopefully you find it as fascinating as I did.

Local Ferry boats look kind of like this, just bigger.
Local Ferry boats look kind of like this, just bigger.

Airplanes

Unless you are Pitbull or the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, you will likely Read more

Maldives Travel – The Local Islands of Mahibadhoo, Dhangethi, and Dhigurah

Maldives Travel – The Local Islands of Mahibadhoo, Dhangethi, and Dhigurah

If you’ve read my previous article explaining the differences between Maldives travel in resorts vs local islands and decided to visit the “local island way,” you’ve come to the right place. You will find that there are many benefits in choosing an alternative to resorts and there are dozens of islands to choose from. For starters, there’s a cool map I got at the airport (ask in the information booth) with diving spots, manta points, and whale shark points all over the Maldives. Here is a zoomed in version of the Ari Atoll.
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Maldives Travel – Resorts vs Local Islands

Maldives Travel – Resorts vs Local Islands

(Note – Just a heads up, there is link to a downloadable google docs spreadsheet at the bottom of this post with a full financial report of this trip!)

Background

The Maldives is a country of 1200 islands, 200 of which are inhabited. But what to do with the nearly 1000 islands with absolutely gorgeous beaches? The Maldivian government decided to kill two birds with one stone Read more