So over the years EPIK will make small changes to the contracts of foreign teachers. That being said, the changes are usually quite small.
For 2019, the changes seem to be much larger than in previous contracts. Here is a quick outline of what is changing in 2019 for the EPIK program in Gwangju
1. English Camps are now discretionary
Summer and Winter English camps will no longer be a hard requirement for schools with Guest English Teachers. Instead, schools designated as “in need” will be given priority to hold English Camps. Perhaps this means that if your school opts out, and an in need school requests a camp, GETs may be dispatched to teach the camp at different schools.
2. Housing matters handed to Office of Education
If you are living in school provided housing, the paperwork will no longer be handled by your school and instead will be organized by the office of education.
3. Increased paid vacation
Renewing teachers will be entitled to more paid vacation days, up from the 21 in previous contracts. (I will update with the exact number)
4. Drug test no longer required for renewing teachers
When you renew your contract, you will no longer be required to submit a drug test.
5. Increase in number of schools
More teachers will be teaching at 3 schools this coming school year. An increase from the typical 2.
What do you think of the changes? If you aren’t in Gwangju, what changes are coming to your office of education this year?