You may have seen the ad in today’s press: North Korea has decided it needs to exploit some naive TEFL teachers to work in the country and teach tour guides how to speak to the hordes of visitors the country is expecting sometime in the future.
For this they approached Juche Travel Services (JTS) in the UK who are promoting the idea for them. However, despite insisting that each applicant must have a TEFL certificate and experience in Tourism Management, North Korea doesn’t want professional teachers.
Instead it wants 10 gullible people to each PAY €1,000 for the privilege of working at Pyongyang Tourism College.
They have called it “volunteering” to try and sugar coat the whole deal, but the truth is that volunteers don’t pay. Volunteers work for free for a good cause.
And correct me if I’m wrong but teaching some tour guides working in a repressive regime is hardly humanitarian work.
Normally these kinds of schemes are privately run, however in this case it’s run by an entire state which only makes it worse.
Simply put, what is happening here is a complete ripoff because what North Korea and JTS do not understand is that TEFL is not some holiday romp or something to do between waking up and going to a bar.
No, it’s a profession and professional TEFL teachers deserve to be paid a decent wage for doing a decent job.
Would North Korea ask the airplane pilots to pay them to fly these teachers over for the work? Will it ask JTS to pay them for the privilege of advertising and promoting this whole tacky affair?
Of course not.
Personally I just hope that no one with more money than sense takes them up on this dubious offer.
Teaching English in North Korea – about TEFL in North Korea done the proper way