Continuing the journey

In the end I went with a recruiting company by the name of Park English. They knew my desired start date but also asked if I was willing to start earlier since a school was interested in me but needed a teacher in December. I had to give this a great deal of thought, and even though I said yes I probably shouldn’t have. You see I have to give my employer 1 months notice and I have just sent in my documents for my visa today (25 Oct). The documents will take 4 days to get to Korea, then another 10 days to get a visa issuance # and then another 5 days to get the actual visa from the consulate in Montreal…. Timing will be difficult, well impossible really… At this point I am seriously thinking about giving my boss a heads up but I think that might be a bad idea…

I mentioned earlier that some interview didn’t go well, that includes one where I was told I wasted the recruiters time since I didn’t have any of my paperwork done yet. Besides the fact that I had said this in the first interview with this school, it was my fault… So just out of spite I started getting all my docs ready right after that interview. I mean I hadn’t started because I couldn’t really, the criminal record check (CRC) is only good 6 months, and I was planning to start in February so my CRC couldn’t be done before October at the earliest. Anyway I don’t plan to reapply there and will probably discourage anyone I know from applying there as well. Did I mention that they rescheduled my interview 3 times, including once 10 minutes before the actual interview!

OK enough about that! So I started getting all my documents together on 6 Oct, so I ordered some transcripts, and the following day I went for my fingerprints for the CRC. I was really surprised for the CRC I got it back on the 14th so 4 workdays later. My transcripts arrived shortly after. Then I had to get a special document from my school since my degree is written in French. I got a graduation certificate, which is just a letter that states I graduated with a B Sc and when, it is the only document my university provides in English. I got this doc on 21 Oct, and so I now had all my required documents. I went to the notary this morning (22 Oct) and went to get the documents authenticated at the Korean consulate right after that. The French documents weren’t a problem (I had called to check before just in case). I then sent everything express via FedEx, so now I just have to wait, this is slightly stressful!



The beginning of a journey

I’ve been thinking about starting a blog about my journey to teach in Korea for a while now, not sure why I didn’t start until now… Probably because I don’t want to have to explain if I don’t get my Visa, and let’s face it if I hadn’t gotten my visa I never would have started this blog…. (OK I got tired of waiting and decided to post it anyway, I am actually still waiting for the answer for my visa)

I have been looking into going to teach English overseas for about two years, although the last two years I was only considering Japan, probably because I do Karate (Kyokushin to be exact) and that’s what attracted me to Japan initially. I looked into the JET program but it is very competitive and I guess I really wasn’t that motivated because I never started the process. Over the summer I started watching Kdramas again, and this sparked my interest in Korea. I haven’t been enjoying my job so much and I guess I was looking for something to do about it. And that is what began my obsession with teaching in Korea.

I started doing tons of research on what you need to go teach there and how to go about it, and I had everything I needed since I just finished my degree last year. I started reading blog after blog and scouring all sorts of forums, and nearly everything I read made me want to go even more (there were some negative posts/blogs but for the most part it motivated me more). Then one day, sometime in AugustĀ I think, I decided to start applying to recruiters and also posted my CV on Dave’s ESL cafe. The response was pretty fast I got a bunch of offers, though many of them were for China even though I specifically said I wanted to teach in Korea.

I replied to almost all of the Korea recruiters/schools that sent me emails. Some I went through interviews with some simply didn’t reply. One of the issues was that I wanted to start after the holidays and most schools were looking for teachers right away (this wasn’t possible for me). I had a few interviews, most went well, some I could have done without… In the end I went with a recruiter Park English.