I got an interesting text message back around Christmas. The text was from my former Bisaya teacher from about 5 years ago. Her name is Au, and we keep in touch on a semi-regular basis. Au is a Professor at Ateneo de Davao University. Very nice lady, and quite intelligent. I enjoy knowing Au, but for the language lessons, my learning style and her teaching style just did not click, and that is why I ended up going to a different teacher. Still, though, we are friends.
Anyway, back around Christmas time, Au texted me and asked me if I would be interested in teaching English. I responded to her that I really am not a teacher, and would have no idea about how to effectively teach the language. Au told me not to worry about that, I could get help with that aspect, but she just wanted to know if I would do it. I replied that I was unsure, but would consider it. At that point, Au told me that she would give my name to a lady who was the owner of a school for teaching English to Koreans who are here in Davao.
I asked Au about this school, and I learned that the school is actually very close to my house, just walking distance, and that they had a number of Koreans who were interested in learning English.
So, I waited for a while, but never heard from the Korean School. It really didn’t bother me much, because I really did not have great interest in teaching English anyway. About a month later, though, I got a text from the school, and they asked me if I could come by and talk to them about the position that they were offering. I agreed. We set up an appointment for the meeting, and just a day or so before the meeting, they texted me and changed the time and day. This was a bit of a hassle for me, because I had a rather full schedule of meetings and appointments, but I begrudgingly re-arranged my schedule to accommodate their request.
When I went to the school at the time that they requested me, they told me that the person I was to meet with was busy. Hmm…. this was looking sort of amateurish to me, because they are the ones who set the meeting time, and I showed up on time. They were not available? Not looking good. So, I was told to wait, and after about 30 minutes, the lady was available to see me. I was asked to come in to the office, and I proceeded to the door of the building (I had been made to wait outside!). When I got to the door, I was told to take my shoes off. Huh? In an office? Well, the fact is that I was not prepared for this, and I was not even wearing any socks! So, I told them that I did not know of this requirement, and did not wear any socks, and I certainly was not going to go barefoot around the offices.
Upon hearing this, I was told to wait outside and that the lady would come outside to meet with me, because I would not be allowed to wear my shoes inside the office! So, I waited and the lady came. It was all feeling rather uncomfortable to me, to be honest. One of the first questions that the lady asked me is how much I would charge. I replied that I really had no idea what they wanted to pay, or what the job was worth. I told her that if I charged her my normal rate that I charge for consulting or other work, I am sure she would not be interested in me. I went on to explain that if I decided to do this, I really would not be doing it for the money, but rather just something interesting to do, and I asked her to offer me a rate and I would consider it. Funny thing is, no salary rate was ever offered after that, it was just sort of ignored.
During the meeting, a number of things came to light which really made me very uninterested in the job. Firstly, I was told that I would teach 5 days per week, something that I really don’t have time to do. Secondly, I was told that they needed me to teach at night, like 7pm to 9pm or so. For me, this was out of the question, because this is my time with my kids, and I was not really willing to give up my family time.
Well, by the end of the meeting, I really determined that I had basically zero interest in doing this, and I told them that I would have to say no to their offer. The truth is that really, one of the only reasons I even went for the meeting and considered teaching there was because in the past, I have considered the possibility of starting a service of teaching English online, and I would hire teachers. I thought that perhaps I could learn a little about the business through this teaching job. However, given the way the meeting went, I just felt that the school was unprofessional, and I knew that I would not be too happy with teaching there, so it just was not worth it to me.
It was not like I needed a job anyway. I did find it interesting, though, that I had an opportunity to get a job in the Philippines, and they came after me, rather then me looking for a job!