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.
I finally got ahold of the agency in charge of my apostilled background check. They said I should have it around the second week of April.
Excited to be able to get on with this next stage of my life.
It arrived last night.
much excitement, so relieve.
(Now just waiting for the Apostilled background check.)
All the T’s crossed and I’s dotted. It’s just a matter of waiting.
Apparently, apostille is word that means “Long drawn-out process with little to no feedback for the customer.”
So, that apostilled FBI Background check and apostilled diploma are in-process. how long will it take to get here? No idea. But my recruiters are asking me every day.
I get it. I want to be there too!
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.