How are Kid Castle or ELSI?


#1

Well, I think I have heard all I need to hear about Hess! Can anyone give me any advice about the best branch to work at with Kid Castle or ELSI? My contract expires after the summer and I want to weigh my options.


#2

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#3

What?

Nobody has responded yet? Hope you’re still checking this thread.

Afraid I don’t know much about Kid Castle. They’re curriculum should be OK, seeing as a couple of writers from Hess were working on it. But as I understand it, each branch is franchised so the quality can vary quite a bit.

ELSI is a pretty good bet, having worked for them for several years, I can recommend them quite highly. As with any school, it seems to depend on the branch. With ELSI, you won’t have quite as high of pay and not as well-organized curriculum as Hess, but generally speaking, the management system is much more humane and sane. The headquarters can get a bit goofy, but once you’ve got your visa/ARC, you won’t need to deal with them anymore. In my opinion, once you get out to the branch, it’s a very nice place to work.

One word of advice though - apply from your home country. That way, you can get your plane ticket re-imbursed. If you apply in Taiwan, no ticket.


#4

If you want to teach and have the students have some inkling of knowledge of English, you better not work anywhere else but Hess. That dummy ELSI, I had a friend who worked there many years and was climbing uphill trying to teach with those dummy books they use. Good luck teaching there if you’re not a dummy, it will annoy you.

I have no idea about Kid Castle, but with a name like that, how good could it possibly be? And isn’t their ad that dummy dressed like a leprechaun or something?

Poop.