Alright, so this has been a hectic week–since my last post anyway.
I decided to accept my status as an applicant. I had to fill out a lot of paperwork: their acceptance form, a residency form from the IRS, and a request for FBI records. To get the FBI records, I had to go downtown to the police station to get fingerprinted ($10) and go to the bank to get a money order ($20). It was kind of a hassle to get all that stuff together and ready, but at least I have that done. I also had to stop by and get ANOTHER passport sized/quality picture to send in, so I went and got my picture taken–for the 3rd time ($8). If I get upgraded, then I’ll have to go to my doctor and pay for a physical exam–chest x-ray, urine test, and vision test (with and without glasses). So I have that to possibly look forward to. So I hope all this was worth it.
I decided to go through a recruiter to apply to their public schools instead of directly through the South Korean government. Why? I think that the recruiter provides more helpful information on how to obtain a VISA and gather all the application and everything else. The recruiting agency also has multiple ways to apply to places in Korea; not just one agency. So I had to apply to the recruiter on their website; upload my resume and cover letter. Then, I had to have a phone interview with them. The interview was on Wednesday. They asked if I had 20-30 minutes available (which I did) but it only lasted 10 minutes. At the end of the interview, they let me know that I had been accepted for recruitment.
I’ve already started to get paperwork ready to apply/request a VISA. *sigh* I needed 4 passport sized/quality pictures so went and got those ($16). I need a state background check for them; I go Monday to get fingerprinted which will be sent to Austin for my records ($25). I also needed to get 3 transcripts and an original copy of my degree. So I filled out the forms and went to UTSA and requested my degree ($15). When I was at UTSA, I figured I’d get my name changed back to my maiden name so that way I could make sure my degree and transcripts reflect it. I also e-mailed my reference people, and hopefully they give me a letter soon. They both agreed. (I’m really going to have to give them something for writing their 3rd letter of recommendation for me.)
As soon as I get their recommendation letters, and I write my little 500 word essay, I’ll be good to apply. My plan is to have my application e-mailed by the end of next week…early the following week at the latest. I started to fill out the 12 page application form (minus the essay). I wanted a more southern area so I could have warmer weather, but they’re much more touristy/urban areas. I didn’t want to go too far north, not only because of weather, but also because of the infamous North Korea. I also really want a rural area because I’ll have a better opportunity to fully immerse myself in the culture. Therefore, my top choice for province placement is Gyeonbuk– it’s a rural province and not too close to North Korea.
After all the headache of getting everything prepared and spending money, I am happy to finally take a 4-day weekend. I’m currently in Georgia. It’s been very relaxing; I’ve taken a lot of naps. I also saw Alice in Wonderland today; it was pretty good but not a movie I’d watch repeatedly. I thought it was a little on the long side, but it was well done. We’re going to have a barbeque tomorrow and I leave Sunday night. I’m just glad to take a break from teaching; only 7 weeks left and 2 of those are testing. Woot!