Sunday, February 27, 2011

Deskwarming: A Photo Collage

Deskwarming is an unfortunate fate for many Guest English Teachers in the South Korean Education System. As westerners teaching in a foreign land, many GETs are sticklers regarding their contracts, particularly those portions which hold the most appeal. Recognizing the westerners 'love' of contracts and need to abide by such Korean public schools have held firm to GETs working 5 days a week for 8 hours a day unless the GET is enjoying their contractual vacation days. That means, out of 30 - 40 weekdays that fall into either winter vacation or spring break, a Guest English teacher will have 10 to vacation, 0-15 may be spent working English camps and the remaining will likely be spent at a desk, looking busy.

For one elementary school teacher in Daejeon, this is what that experience looks like:


Sitting in the science room because it is warmer than the English zone, staring at a computer screen and wishing 4:30 didn't roll around so late in the day.

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