Ok so I have pretty much been offered a job in Gumi City (near Daegu) but from what I can find on the internet, there does not appear to be a huge amount going on and the contract isn't as good as some of them out there (working until 2pm-9pm Mon-Fri with 5-11 year olds). I had been in touch with a friend of a friend who used to live in Korea & he said to avoid Gumi
& fly myself over and look for work once in Korea so I can see things for myself. I have a friend currently in Busan and she loves it there but, alas, her school isn't currently hiring.
So here's the issue - one the one hand I have a job offer at a place I would be happy with had I not been in touch with experienced people who say I could do better. But, on the other hand, if I fly over without a job, I could potentially either a) find myself a better job in a better city where I could enjoy a better quality of life or b) spend ages living out of a suitcase looking for work in various places, run out of cash and have to return to the UK with no money and my tail between my legs!
I feel I am quite a good applicant - 26yr old UK male with a 20hr TEFL certificate and experience of living abroad whilst working with young kids (in a summercamp in America in 2008) - and I have enough money to get me out there and spend a few weeks looking for work staying in hostels (my friend in Busan has offered to put me up for a couple of nights, but we don't know each other well enough for me to be living with her for ages. I am fairly good in interviews too.
The general gist of the advice I have had so far is that I shouldn't find it too difficult to get a job once I am in Korea, but I can't help thinking it's a potentially very expensive (and unnessecery) risk to take.
Has anyone been in a simiar situation? Is Gumi & the contract as poor as I have been lead to believe it is, or will I have a perfectly good time there? Am I worrying about the potential for everything going tits-up a bit too much? The people who have said to go over and look for work myself have all been out there for a while which suggests they may be correct, but I REALLY
don't want everything to turn to a disaster.
Any advice / help would be smashing.