UPDATED 5 April 2010 12:36 PM - I stated in the comments that I would update this post if / when I received a statement / reply from Greg Dolezal, ATEK's current president. Since I failed to do that when I first wrote this post, I sent my sincere apologies to him and asked for his statement. It was not done intentionally or to make anybody look bad. In the interest of timing and continuity, his statement will be at the bottom.
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So there's been some noise from around the ATEK camp again - not something that'll make the mainstream media - and word of a new group that may show some promise. In the interest of trying to document things dispassionately, I'll be offering more blockquotes from e-mails or public statements than opinions.
I've been reading Brian's blog and came across yours. Tell me the truth, are all the horror stories over blown? Am I going to have a good decent employer in Korea and a nice place to live and a rewarding job?
I've been teaching uni in [city redacted] Thailand for five years now. The money is simply not enough, even with Thailand's extremely low cost of living. So Korea looks appealing. I like the Internet speeds, the high tech society, the money that seems to be on offer for ESL teachers. But scared of getting stuck in an abusive situation. I have a BA from an American U but no Masters so, apparently, teaching at a uni in Korea is out of the question.
A reader writes in from Thailand: