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.
This is the place I’m moving to.
Airline ticket is bought, leaving on April 26th.
Today I’m mailing my passport to the Korean Consulate in Seattle so they can add the visa to it.
All is good.
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!
So I sent my paperwork to Korea yesterday. The shop is next door to my place of work, and its owner is one of my customers. He told me a story about one of the managers (One that’s kind of a dick to me.) Long story short, it’s not just me, he’s like that to others as well. (He and his wife both hate him.)
Ah well. Not my problem for much longer.
I know it’s kind of arrogant to think so, but I feel like the store will be losing out when I’m gone. Several customers have told me they only come to the store because of me.
( Not just my fans either. )
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.
The apostilled background check arrived last night!
Putting in my two weeks notice today.