My TEFL Adventure begins!

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My travel blog has opened!

https://felixtefladventure.wordpress.com/

Hope you like it. If I get enough feedback, I’ll keep it rolling!

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Flight is set.

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I’m outta here on April 26th. Will arrive in Incheon around midnight on Friday.

It’s a shame that there seems to be some atmosphere of anti-education ’round here nowadays.

Teacher’s classroom expenses deductions? GONE.

Teacher’s pension? REDUCED!

Teacher’s school loan forgiveness programs? GONE.

So. Me?

GONE.

 

 

 

WOOT!

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Had the details of my visa application hammered out with my new boss last night, and submitted today.

Words can’t expre…  Actually, I think they’ll have to.

I expect to be in Korea before months end.

Since I have my spiffy new camera arriving today, I will film an introductory video for my new travel blog. I hope you’re as excited to see it as I am to make it!

-Felix

 

Good news!

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The interview I did a few days ago went really well.

I’ve been sent a contract, and it looks good.

Turns out this is an EPIK program and is govt funded.

The good news

The school is pretty awesome looking (in fact my brother said it looks like every high-school in anime)

The pay is better than I would have expected for a year 1 EPIK contract (my year-long internship and practicum experience affected this 100%, I’m sure.)

The fact that it’s an EPIK program means it looks a lot better on my CV than random hagwon teaching experience. (and easier to get the next contract.)

The bad news

It’s on a small island that has a small, mostly agricultural population. (That’s not bad per se, but it does mean I’ll need to hop public transport 1.5 hours each way to go to Seoul, which I’m totally willing to do for a long weekend)

The recruiter said that this is the last year they’re doing the EPIK program, so I can’t re-sign with them (which I would have liked if the contract goes well)

The Island in question is nustled up north next to …you know. The North. Not going to worry too much about it, though.

So now, I just need the list of documents that I need to send to my recruiter and apply for that Visa.

woo hoo!

 

UPDATE!

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So, I got my reference letters, got my FBI background check out and on its way back, as well as my diploma coming back. As soon as I have them in hand, I put in my two weeks notice at the day job, and begin the Visa application.

I’m told the visa application takes more-or-less three weeks to complete, so that’ll give me a week to settle things here before I head out.

As for the job, I’ve been through two interviews, and both are sending me contracts. I have a few more in the next few days. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find the perfect one among the group.

That said, both interviewers were pretty cool, and seemed genuine. I hope the job is reflective of those people.

Be on the lookout for the launch of my new travel blog that starts on the day I fly out.

 

-Felix