The interview was an hour late but went okay. Normally I avoid agencies like the plague, but in this case they offer a good package - with reimbursed flight fees and provided accommodation - farming out native speakers to Chinese secondary schools which run English courses. Even if it does have the terrible name of "East Meets West".
The interviewer was quite refreshingly honest, admitting:
- Pretty much all schools don't teach English to a particularly high level, or teach it well.
- Pretty much all English teachers are no good at grammar, and many are actually afraid of it.
- Pretty much all schools are run by incompetents with about as much forward planning ability as a blind goldfish with amnesia.
- Pretty much all schools want the kudos of a "token westerner" to help the kids practice.
- The specific vacancy is a vacancy because the previous teacher walked out.
- No one goes through all the correct paperwork, because anyone who did would do nothing but paperwork.
So, how do I feel about being a Token Westerner - one with my own office and freedom to officially ignore all the useless textbooks. I reckon I can live with it, no problem.
No guarantee I'll get to go, but it's an interesting prospect.