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North Korean university seeks English teacher

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Wed, February 22, 2017  /  01:00 pm
North Korean university seeks English teacher

The monument of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang city, the capital of North Korea (DPRK), pictured on August 2012. (Shutterstock/File)

Considering a big move? Well, you might be in luck, as the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is currently searching for an English teacher. 

The private North Korean university is looking for “an energetic, responsible and well-qualified professional teacher with relevant English teaching experience” according to the job offer posted on Hey Success, a British requirement website. 

Applicants must also have a Master’s degree in any subject, as well as “at least one year’s classroom English teaching experience at the high school, college or university level.” English teaching qualifications like TEFL/ CELTA/ TESOL are also preferred. Interestingly, most of the eligible candidates' origin countries are non-English speaking ones like Argentina, China and Cambodia.

Read also: Five interesting facts about North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

The university is also looking specifically for someone with a “long-term” mindset who will be willing to stay in North Korea for several years, and who will be able to “commit to an entire 15-week semester.”

The offer does not mention benefits or salary, but previous English teachers in the “hermit country” have had to pay a US$1,000 fee that "covers a return air ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang," as well as "a North Korean visa, weekend excursions around the country, all meals and three-star hotel accommodation,” as reported by Sputnik News

The listing reminds applicants that “due to the nature of the work and campus-based lifestyle, candidates should also be willing to work as part of a team, submit to authority, and exercise flexibility, cross-cultural sensitivity and perseverance.” (sul/kes)

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