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Tuesday, February 20, 2018School Spotlights

Busan Foreign School: A Close and Treasured Community

For 20 years, Busan Foreign School (BFS) in Korea has been serving international children from Early Childhood through 12th grade. BFS is a privately-owned institution founded in 1996 by James F. Haddon, a U.S. military veteran and retiree, to provide a top-quality American education to expatriates living in Korea. Recent membership in Search Associates will allow BFS to attract more first-class candidates to its close-knit community.

The school is located in the popular Haeundae New Town area, among modern high rises, an array of Asian and Western-style restaurants, scenic hiking trails, and the popular and picturesque Haeundae Beach. Busan, considered the fifth largest port in the world, is a world-class city whose unique scenery and architecture has been used in many commercials, video clips and movies. The Busan International Film Festival is the biggest in Asia. There is a tremendous amount to explore and experience!

BFS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and most of its teaching staff of 32 is North American. This Common Core State Standards School offers an impressive array of Advanced Placement (AP) classes in a balanced program of academics, athletics, and arts. In 2016, BFS was accepted into the AP Capstone Program, becoming the third school in Korea administering this Diploma. BFS is proud that its student population represents 21 nationalities. Of the 258 K-12 students currently enrolled, 37% are North American and 28% are South Korean.

BFS believes in a balanced program of academics, athletics, and arts to help shape their students into model citizens of the world, and their facilities provide everything students need to be successful! The school competes athletically in two leagues of international schools, participates in Model United Nations (MUN), sends students on service learning trips, and proudly represents the National Honor Society (NHS).

BFS is interested in hiring single and married teachers, with or without dependents, and newly-certified teachers with outstanding personal qualities. Teaching couples may bring “three or more” children, singles up to two. Certified teachers of any age can obtain a work visa in South Korea, and candidates need not hold their academic degree in the subject they will be teaching. Non-teaching local spouses can find local work opportunities.

The salary and benefits package allows for considerable savings. BFS provides fully-furnished apartments to suit each family’s size, all within a 10-minute walk from the school. The school also offers a moving and settling-in allowance as well as a substantial airfare stipend every two years. Benefits include full tuition for all school-age dependents and a 4.5% contribution to a retirement plan. The school adds, “Korea has a pension that is remunerated to foreign passport holders when they leave Korea. The school matches the percentage paid by the teacher.” Health insurance is provided through the excellent Korean National Health Insurance while in Korea.  When traveling abroad, the school provides insurance through Global Benefits Group in all countries, including the US. As an added bonus, teachers enjoy free daily lunch!

To gain access to Busan Foreign School’s full profile on the Search Associates database, including a list of all open positions, candidates can apply for membership by clicking here. Candidates already registered can easily access the school profile directly through their dashboards.

Please Note: The information presented about this school was valid on the date published. This information may change, and the most up-to-date information can be found on the school profile.

Did You Know…?

Many international schools start recruiting in September for the following school year.