Brian is an Assistant Manager at Korvia Consulting. He is in charge of the EPIK and GOE operations as well as the company's social media account. His diverse background allows him to bring a unique opinion and new insight on how to make the client’s experience with Korvia better.
What is your favorite travel memory?
When I was in Brisbane, Australia as a university student, I went to the beach every weekend. I am into wake-boarding, surfing, and swimming so I have really enjoyed the time there. Also, I have traveled to Europe for 3 weeks (UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy) on a bus trip, and truly enjoyed crossing the border every day.
How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?
Working at Korvia has definitely broadened my perspective since I interview applicants from all over the world (US, UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, New Zealand). Every day, I get to talk with different people, and I am very glad that I can help them out with a teaching position in Korea.
What is the best story you've heard from a return student?
The best stories I heard were from teachers who share how much they enjoy eating Korean food such as Korean stew, kimchi, raw fish and others which they haven’t tried before. For me, this means that they have fully adapted to Korean lifestyle. Also, hearing a teacher speak in Korean really surprises me.
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
Since I am in charge of the EPIK and GOE Program, I recommend applying for both. They are public school programs, and you can choose any location in Korea, either rural or urban.
You will meet hundreds of teachers at the orientation, and become lifelong friends. The support system is well-established with orientation, and the co-teacher system is very helpful.
What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?
Once a teacher settles down in Korea, Korvia hosts a welcoming party twice a year in Seoul. Also, we have Korvia Contributors Program where teachers can post their articles, video, photos and any interesting subjects on a monthly basis, and share useful information on social media. Korvia is very proud of our contributors who have been helping us out!
What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
I believe teamwork and communication are the most important factors in making a successful team. Korvia team assists teachers with any problems that they may face in Korea. Korvia has a communication system where workers can share their ideas on a daily basis freely. This has been a great part of making our organization efficient.