What Can You Do If Your School Treats You Badly?
Keep in mind that working and even just traveling abroad presents a full set of difficulties. You often do have to compromise, and the fact that not everything goes exactly according to plan does not mean you should simply stop turning up to work. If you get involved with a real “nightmare” school…you will know it. What can you do?
If you then start to feel your school is treating you badly, it will be about 100 times easier to turn to these folks than your co-workers or school staff who, even if they agree with you, may feel obligated to the school. Someone who speaks the local language can in five minutes give you insight and information you can’t get elsewhere.
Should you put up with it? School’s requests might be unfair and unpleasant – but whether you suck it up and do it or make a stink and quit depends on you. In countries overflowing with EFL teachers, you can probably be replaced quickly, and your complaint won’t carry much weight. If you have more qualifications and experience, you probably also have more bargaining power. Telling your employer off and leaving (if you’re prepared for the consequence that you might not get paid) if the school is truly bad may make the director hesitant to do the same thing to the next teacher – ultimately though, plenty of schools know that foreigners are not in a great position and so routinely take advantage of them. Once more it comes down to you.