Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Sweet Smell of Burning Bridges

Dear (Director of chain in Moscow)

I just had a blow-up with (deputy Director of our school) and walked out of the school. I have been working part-time since July with no contract for the princely sum of 230 rubles per academic hour, and decided I can't take any more disrespect from her, at least not for that amount of money.

As always when this happens, she threatens the teacher with the fact that he or she must leave the country within 24 hours. (As far as I know, OVIR regulations provide 72 hours.) I have booked a plane ticket to Bahrain for next Saturday, August 22nd, so it would not be convenient for me to alter those plans.

I offer the following conditions, just to straighten everything out:

If (the school) does not attempt to interfere with my visa before I leave, they can keep the salary that I have earned over the last week and a half (I don't know the exact amount, but it's something like 5000 rubles.) If students were not satisfied with their lessons over this period, perhaps this money could be refunded to them.

In addition, since I paid for the visa myself and will be leaving while not employed by (the school), I will not expect any reimbursement for the visa which I purchased in January (about 250 euros.)

I am not currently in a (school-provided) flat, so that should not be a problem.

If (the school) DOES attempt to make me leave the country, or cause problems with my visa, I will contact the lawyer that represented (an angry former teacher who walked out) and file suit against (the school) for its contracts (or lack thereof) which I'm told are completely illegal.

I think this is more than fair and I hope that we don't have any further problems with each other.

(English Teacher X)

Those dummies shouldn't have pushed me. . . I was going to buy them a cake tomorrow on my last day!


Burden said...

Why not threaten to blacken their name on teacher-forums?

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Good move, Burden. Post a few rude things about them on Dave's ESL Cafe, then send them a link. That should make them feel smug again!!

Just remember, no names of individuals, although initials are OK.