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Position Title: Bible/Religion/English/ESL/Kindergarten Teacher Call ID: NSD.SDALS.2022.05
Request Num: SR22490 Date Call was Listed: Aug 16, 2022
Status: Active Last Updated: Aug 16, 2022
Number of Positions: Requested Pending Filled Available
  20 0 3 17
Position Description
Country: Korea, South
Calling Organization: Korea SDA Language School
Position Type(s): Teaching – English/Religion, Teaching – Elementary, Teaching – ESL, Teaching – Bible/Religion, Teaching – Kindergarten
Length of Service: 6-12 months
Who makes Final Decision:   Matching Org
Beginning Date: Aug 1, 2022 
Ending Date: Aug 31, 2023
Urgent? No
Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2023
Cancel call if not filled by: Aug 31, 2023
Duties:     GENERAL INFORMATION about SDA Language School:
The regularly scheduled working hours are 240 hours per “teaching term” [1 teaching term = 2 months] with 16 hours of religion class included. New English Missionary Teachers (“ET-1”) are expected to attend a 2-week Orientation before a teaching term. Teachers are also expected to teach a number of “20- to 60-minute” English classes to students of all ages (Elementary to High school & Adults), for a total of 224 hours each term. 16 hours of “religion classes” will be taught in addition to 224 teaching hours per term [and will not exceed 16 hours per term and cannot count towards the 224 teaching hours (Friday Night Fellowship (Vespers) and Saturday Sabbath clubs do not count toward “religion classes”)]. With the exception of “special teaching days” (i.e. scheduled Friday morning(s) and/or Sunday(s)) and two Fridays each term for a religious group event called “Mission Day” and a “Special Day” group event [events vary per school]), there will be classes only from Monday to Thursday.
Each term is approximately 8 weeks long with about 32-teaching days. Class schedules vary greatly by institute and student enrollment per term therefore, Teachers should prepare to teach classes between the hours of 6am and 10pm. In addition to the teaching hours, Teachers are expected to spend no less than 2 hours throughout the day for their respective lesson planning with co-English Teachers, recording student evaluations, comments and grading, etc. (if necessary). Those who unfortunately lack the number of classes to fulfill their contracted hours are required to participate in one-on-one, small group, and/or special classes via video conferencing, over the phone, and/or in the classroom. These extra classes are usually assigned by the Director/Pastor of the school.

*This is a Sample Schedule of a Teacher's day who teaches at an Adult/Junior school with 7 hours of teaching from Monday-Thursday.
[**Keep in mind, schedules may vary from institute to institute due to the needs of the school program].

Wake up and get ready to leave for the 15 minute walk to the institute.
6:30 am: Arrive at institute. Prepare classroom setting and lesson, check emails.
Students start coming in at 6:45am.
7:00-8:00 am: Adult class #1
8:05-9:05 am: Adult class #2
9:05-9:55 am: Teacher can prepare or rest at their classroom, at home, or in the staff room.
10:10am-11:10am: Religion Class
11:10-2:30pm: Lunch break. Usually go to the apartment and eat. Come back to the language school by 2:30pm to prepare for next class.
3:00-6:00pm: continual 30 /45 minute Junior classes
6:00pm: go to the apartment and rest (or use time to prepare for future classes).
7:10-8:10pm: Adult class #3.
***END Sample Schedule***

Those assigned to an institute with a “Kinderest” program (Kindergarten) have a slightly different kind of schedule. Work hours are from 9am to 5pm (Mon-Thurs) or 9am to 4pm (Fri), and teachers are expected to work up to 40hrs/week. Classes can be 20 - 60 minutes long with 0-10 minute passing periods. Some part-Kinderest schools include Junior classes (Elementary to High school / K-12 students) which may be taught in the afternoon to evening, between 3pm – 8pm, depending on the schedule.
Teachers are required to attend scheduled meetings, come on time to the institute to plan the day's classes with their co-English Teachers as well as for grading, reporting, and consultations with parents (if need be).

CCTV's are installed in nearly all of our classrooms for safety purposes. Each class is recorded and only the headquarters, local coordinator, director, as well as the teacher, have access to viewing the recordings. This is purely used to assist the teachers in every possible way when needed, to help each teacher be the best that they can be, as well as support in a positive manner.

Every institute has a Teacher's Lounge that has the following resources: computer with internet, chairs, tables, copy machine, and telephone.

All of the Teachers' apartments are not longer than a 10-15 minute walk from their respective institutes in case they would like to go home during their breaks. Some teachers live by themselves or, in some cases, may have to share an apartment, but have their own room, with one or two other teachers.

WEEKEND PROGRAMS at SDA Language School:
Teachers have the greatest opportunity to impact the lives of students through the weekend programs. All students are invited to attend weekend programs to improve their English as well as to learn about Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Teachers are required to participate and lead out in all weekend programs unless it is their weekend off. Teachers receive two weekends off per term and it should be scheduled and discussed with the Director and staff of the school.
Weekend programs consist of an hour of worship on Friday evening at 7:00 pm with a discussion and activities that follows the worship based on a worship thought. On Saturday morning, there are club activities at 10am. English Teachers are free to choose how they will lead their club activity. Some popular activities include: Bible reading, translation, music (listening to a song and studying the English lyrics), drama, etc. During the following worship hour at 11am, Teachers may be asked to translate for the sermon (by reading a prepared script in English of the Korean sermon), preach a sermon, do children's story, or perform “special music”. Some local institutes choose to pursue additional activities in the afternoon, but it is up to the local director, coordinator and Teachers if they decide to do so.

***A suggestion to pray and meditate upon: As an English Missionary Teacher at SDALS, please do not lose sight of the focus that everything is mission oriented, and what would be asked and/or required of you, is purely motivated for God's glory through your missionary efforts.


Thank you for your time and may God continually lead you and guide you throughout your life. God bless!
On-site Orientation Provided? Yes
Stipend during Orientation?  No
Orientation Date: Aug 16, 2022
Voice tape/phone interview required? Yes
Institution requires signed agreement?  Yes
Acceptable Dress: Professional dress for teaching. Men: tie, dress shirt and slacks. Women: dresses, skirts, blouses (cap sleeves permitted), dress slacks and hosiery. Men and women: turtlenecks and sweaters (in season), comfortable dress shoes.
Unacceptable Dress:  No jeans, shorts, sneakers, T-shirts, short skirts, sleeveless garments, or jewelry during work hours.
Lodging   (Requests for a specific gender or age must be related to accommodation issues, maturity, safety or culture.)
Lodging:   Housing is provided, but varies by institute. English Teachers may be provided with either an apartment where they will have their own bedroom, but share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom with 2 to 3 other teachers; or a private studio with no other roommates. Apartment rooms are typically small and basically furnished without TV and/or AC. Utilities and maintenance fees are not included and must be paid for by the teacher. All apartments are gender-restricted.
Gender: Either
Age Preference: 21-35 years
Marital Status: Single
Child Accommodation Available: No
Housing Restrictions: Apartments are gender-restricted. A teacher may have a roommate or two. Lastly, married couples will generally be placed in the same apartment together.
Qualifications   (Legally, "experience required" must be related to specific duties of position.)
Experience Required:  
Languages:  English(Fluent) Required
Minimum Education Preferred:  Bachelors
Currency: Won, Korea (South)
Finance Type: Regular (Shared Funding)
Expense Responsibility Terms/Comments
Visa   Volunteer/Sponsor   All Visa related cost, before coming and continuing one's stay in Korea, are the responsibility of the volunteer.  
Medical / Inoculations   Volunteer/Sponsor    
Travel to/from Location (Volunteer)   Volunteer/Sponsor   The volunteer will be expected to purchase their own ticket coming to Korea. In the case they are financially unable to do so, the Academic Office staff will purchase their one-way ticket to Korea. This, and the cost of the mandatory health exam the volunteer will go through when he or she arrives in Korea, will be taken from their first month’s stipend and/or over a period of time (deduction period length is based on case by case situation). ***It is only after one year under contract at SDALS in Korea (multiple small contracts consecutively apply), the volunteer will receive $600 (USD) to provide for airfare.  
Travel to/from Location (Spouse)   N/A   Applicants with Dependent Spouses not accepted.  
Local Travel   Shared   If applicable, SDALS pays for Volunteer's travel expense to his or her local school after orientation. After that, volunteer is responsible to pay for his or her local travels.  
Travel (Children)   N/A   Applicants with Dependent Children not accepted.  
Excess Baggage   Volunteer/Sponsor    
Insurance   Calling Organization   SDALS pays for Long Term and Short Term positions: Accident, Sickness & Personal Effects & Baggage (PEB) Insurance Protection for Volunteers. A National Annuity of 4.5% is taken from each month’s stipend and is matched by SDALS. When returning to his or her home country, the total 9% collected per month will be given at the airport. The national health care premium of approximately $80~100 USD is taken from each month’s stipend depending on the stipend figure.  
Accommodations   Calling Organization   Housing is provided, but varies by institute. The English Teacher may be provided with either an apartment where they will have their own bedroom, but share the living room, kitchen, and bathroom with 2 to 3 other teachers; or a private studio with no other roommates. Apartment rooms are typically small and basically furnished without TV and/or AC. Utilities and maintenance fees are not included and must be paid for by the teacher. ***There is also a “Utilities 500,000 KRW deposit” (250,000 KRW from the first two months) that is held from the Treasury department, and will be used for any outstanding bills after leaving Korea, or repair fees to cover any damages caused by the Volunteer. The leftover money in the deposit will be given back 3-6 months after the Volunteer has left from the employment/service.  
Utilities   Volunteer/Sponsor   Volunteer is responsible for electricity, gas, water, and maintenance. It varies as little as 30,000 won as to as much as 200,000 won by person, by apartment and by season.  
Food / Meals   Volunteer/Sponsor   Volunteer is responsible for purchasing his/her own food.  
Monthly Living Allowance   Calling Organization   KRW 2,200,000 KRW. See "Other."  
Other   Calling Organization   20,000 KRW is given for each additional class hour the teacher teaches or substitutes for over their 224 contracted hours, not including the 16 hours of religion classes taught.  
Additional terms/benefits or comments: 1) Please note that some job locations are remote and living conditions may be harsh. If you think these factors will be of concern to you, please consult your physician.

2) Days are "shorter" from Nov-Feb, there is often little exposure to sunlight. Please take this into account in your planning.

3) Volunteer must be able to see clearly to read the textbooks and create/write necessary materials.

4) Able to work with all students, coworkers, and directors/pastors.

5) Volunteers must indicate how many months of service they are willing to serve.

6) The Korean government only allows people with the following passports to teach at the SDA Language School: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA). Volunteers with passports and/or diplomas from other countries will not be issued a visa by the government.

7) Additional qualifications: Single with no dependents and 21~35 years of age preferred. And lastly, No Criminal Record.
Travel and Visa
Destination City: Seoul
Airport: Incheon International Airport
Travel from Airport to Destination: Arranged by Academic Office
Required Inoculations
Other Medical Recommendations Full COVID-19 Vaccinations preferably
Visa Required? Yes           Visa Type: E-2
    Who Applies: SDA Language School/Volunteer
Work Permit Required? Yes  Who Applies: SDA Language School/Volunteer
Police Clearance Required: Yes
HIV Clearance Required: Yes
Child Protection Clearance Required:   Yes
Send papers to: Foreign Teacher's Administration Division
SDA Language School
33 Mangu-ro 18-gil Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea 02498
Visa/Travel Details: More specific instructions will be given after passing the interview process. Teachers must go through a 10-day Self Quarantine period after a COVID-19 test upon arrival. And submit to an immigration health screening including HIV, TB and a drug test after arriving in Korea. A teacher with a positive test will have their visa revoked by the Korean government.
Requesting Organization
Organization Name: Korea SDA Language School
Calling Division: Northern Asia-Pacific Division
Calling Union: Korean Union Conference
Calling Conference:
Country: Korea, South
Supervisor: Kim, Michael
Title: Supervisor of Academic Office
Additional Information
We really want to emphasize again... ***Please do not lose sight of the focus that everything is mission oriented and what would be asked and/or required as a teacher with SDALS. All is purely motivated for God's glory through your missionary efforts.
Approved By:   Aaron Wilson, HR/AVS Coordinator for Korea SDA Language School on Nov 24, 2021. Entered by: Wilson, Aaron