Anyone dealt with Testimony Kim

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Hey All,

I was wondering if anyone has ever dealt with, or heard about a recruiting company called Testimony Kim. I have been contacted by them for a position in Ulsan, South Korea for a position with a middle school. They go by the names of Daniel Lee and Soo Kim and I have been in correspondence with both reps for the last week. They have asked me to send my documents so that they can go forward with getting my visa issued.

Do they need my documents prior to actually getting the contract made with the school? Wouldn't I need to accept the contract first before actually sending my documents?

--------------------This is what they wrote---------------------------

So, can you mail us all your docs ASAP? so that we can make a contract with the school soon.
The visa will be issued in a week after we apply your E2 visa to immigration.
After visa is issued you need to have an interview with the Korean consulate in Canada to get visa stamp.
We will pay for your flight ticket upfront and we will get reimbursemnet from the school.

Any guidance would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance to those of you that resond,

shanda simpson
Testimony Kim is Also known as English World if that name rings a bell for anyone. :)
Hi Shanda,

I just emailed you, but so everyone else can see...what they are asking for is standard for South Korea. They will ask for your original degree to be mailed to them for authentication. They will get all those papers etc. ready once you've agreed to the contract so that you can get everything you need from the embassy within Canada so that you can go.

Is anyone teaching in South Korea and have any experience working with this company? If you'd like to be in touch with Shanda, email me your email address if you have helpful hints about South Korea, or post them in this forum!

I emailed the company and this was the response I got quite quickly. The GEPIK program is quite well known in South Korea. If anyone is interested I can also put you in touch with the folks Shanda has been in touch with. The email is below:

Thank you for getting in touch, I just wanted to drop you a line to say
thank you and let you konw a bit more about our company, English World

We are working with *GEPIK* (Gyeong-gi English Program in Korea) which is a
government-funded program just outside of Seoul. We, English World has been
selected as the main partner of *GMOE*(The Gyeong-gi Metropolitan Office of
Education).in 2010

So, We Cooperate with *GMOE*(The Gyeong-gi Metropolitan Office of Education)
as their main partner and supplier. We will help anyone who are interest in
public school in Gyoeng-gi to be placed at the right public school position
as the main partner of the Gyeong-gi Metropolitan Office of Education.

We are offering job opportunities at the *public schools* in the cities of

- Ilsan

- Bundang

- Anyang/Pyungchon/Bumgye

- Suwon/Youngtong

- Bucheon

- Ansan. etc., just to name a few.

These are “satellite cities” which are situated just outside of Seoul and
are very cosmopolitan as Seoul . Only it is less crowded and is more to
foreigners’ taste.

*You may get offers of higher pay with a hagwon (private after-school
academy), but the public schools pay is just as comparable per
teaching-hour, and are more respected in Korea. Moreover, you will avoid
being scammed.*

The schools that we work with are available for you to apply right now. They
are ready to hire as soon as possible.

Here are some details of the contract:

*Starting date:* Any

*Basic Salary:* 2,000,000 won - 2,500,000 won

*Extra class:* depending on the school, overtime hours are offered for
payment of 20,000 won/hour

*Housing:* Fully furnished, non-shared housing is supplied, schools pay
rent, teachers cover utilities

*Settlement Allowance:* 300,000 Won

*Teaching Level:* Elementary / Middle / High school

*Holiday**:* 20 days of paid holiday + Korean national holidays

*Teaching Hours:* 22 hours per week

*Working Hours:* 08:30am - 04:30pm (you must be in the building even if you
are not teaching; use the non-teaching hours for prep)

*Work days:* Monday to Friday

*Medical Insurance:* 50% of medical insurance is covered by the school

*A round-trip ticket* is supplied (Teachers pay for one-way airfare to
Korea(coach class) and are reimbursed during the first month of work.
are then provided with a return ticket after the end of the contract).

*Severance Pay:* One-month salary after completion of contract


- Nationality and BA degree from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New
Zealand or South Africa

- Valid passport from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New
Zealandor South

- Passion for teaching English to students in Korea

- University diploma in Education or English - related major (preferred)

- TESOL / TEFL / CELTA certificate (highly preferred)

- Teaching experience (highly preferred)

If there are any who is interest in ESL job in Korea, please let me know.
We will do our best to find you the best job possible

Kind regards

Soo Kim

English World
Thanks for taking the time to look into the company for me Heidy. They wrote me early this morning (time zones!) and are setting up my phone interview for this week!

There are 2 public schools in Gyeong-gi that would like to hire me, so things are working out well. I will make sure to continue this post to update my status and help out anyone that might be interested follow along the same lines.

I feel much more confident about my choice knowing that I have had you and global tesol check the company out.

Kindest Regards to all and of course to you Heidy!


shanda simpson
No worries Shanda! My pleasure! Keep us updated! :)
Hey, just giving everyone an update about Daniel and Soo Kim from English World recruiting company based in South Korea, this is their website:

It took me longer to find more information about the agency mainly because I think they don't have a lot of popular keywords that could be read by search engines. There are testimonials on their site written by foreign teachers placed by them. I also found a blog here that mentioned them for a bit:

Thanks to Shanda for referring me to Daniel and Soo, I was recently placed by them in Ansan, South Korea and will be leaving for a GEPIK position in May 2010. I worked primarily with Soo Kim, she is indeed very friendly and prompt. I will give you guys more info about the services I get from this recruiter esp. before and upon my arrival in South Korea.
that is fabulous Justine! I am so happy that opportunity worked out for you. It is almost 3am and I just got off the phone with a recruiter from the EPIK program, so I will keep everyone posted, we will not be too far away from each other I am sure! Congrats again bella, the school that gets you on board has struck gold.

I had a phone call from a graduate today saying that she was being hired by:
Canadian Connection, for South Korea
and she was required to take our course. Just thought I'd put that in the forum.

Have you found placement? Keep us updated! We'd love to hear from you!