Korean students detained in the Philippines
I caught this news last week on TV Patrol. Sandra Cam, known as the hueteng whistleblower, complained about a Korean-run English learning center in the Philippines that has been using the name of Cam’s school without her permission.
The news was featured on SBS and MBC news programs on Friday night. Apparently, several Koreans were running a short-term English learning program in a resort in the Southern Tagalog region without permit. The students, who are all minors, also didn’t have the necessary permit to study.
It’s not an uncommon practice for Korean students to travel to the Philippines during their summer and winter vacations and take a short-term course on the language. It’s also not an uncommon practice to skip the “special study permits” since Koreans can stay in the Philippines for 21 days visa-free. Korean parents usually pay anywhere from 2 to 8 million won (between 1800 to 8000 USD) to send their kids to language centers during their vacation.
Read more from the story in Korea Times: Detained Korean students in Philippines to return home.