I was invited to the Gunpo Global Education Center of PowerStudy last week to serve as an English contest judge in my capacity as a GyeongGi Province Foreign Direct Investment Advisor. It was the first time I've ever done something quite like that and listening to 38 kids give speeches did take a long time. Still, it was nice to support the event and to visit the beautiful campus there in Sanbon right next to Suri Mountain, which is only about 20 minutes from our place in Ansan.
Anyway, the PowerStudy chain of institutes is growing extremely rapidly, based on a business model that uses the existing infrastructure provided by non-profit organizations to provide affordable English training to area children. With 2,500 students at the Gunpo Center alone, they are aiming for tens of thousands of students across Korea within the next two years.
As part of this growth, PowerStudy is hiring lots of foreign teachers and when I was contacted by an American in Korea who's been having trouble finding a proper job, I sent him to my contact at Gunpo. Thanks to my introduction, my American associate got a prompt reply and is working through the application process.
(Photo: Sokcho city, taken from the overlooking hills on the way to Sorak Mountain a few days ago.)