It’s Almost Time to Say Goodbye!

Tuesday night I received my “Online Pre-Orientation” email. The course is 15 hours of information that is supposed to help you with your transition and make you more knowledgeable on certain Korean topics. There are 15 sections and I got to section 9 with little to no problems. For some reason once I tried to open lesson 10 it decided it didn’t like me. After going through the technicians and using Firefox like someone suggest I was able to get section 10 playing, but then it stopped. My wonderful internet decided to dislike me as well and stopped loading almost everything. I decided to wait until Thursday to do it at Starbucks in the mall. Well that didn’t work out either because the Starbucks internet was worse than my own connection! Now I will wait until I go to my parents house today to finish it. 

 

Last night we were all finally given the orientation schedule. 

I am a part of this group: February 18th, Tuesday (Team 1)- POE/MOE: Daegu, Gangwon, Chungnam, Jeonbuk, and Gyeongbuk

I am quite excited about this whole thing and I really am trying to get to Korea by the 26th of January, but I don’t know if it’s really possible. Depends on when my contract gets sent out and arrives to me, how long the visa takes, and then the plane price matters a little to me. I am just ready to book my flight and book my hostel so that I can enjoy as much time in Seoul with friends as possible before Orientation and then starting the new life in Gangwon-do. 

This was not the only information that was in the packet. There was more precise info on orientation stuff, arrival information including bus schedules, Contract signing & Visa help, Documents we should bring with us, entrance allowance, medical examination, other training requirements, and a list of office of education addresses for your visa form. 

Getting a little more personal:

It has been quite a long journey. As it gets closer I have become more sentimental/emotional towards friends and family. Everyday I tell my niece and nephew I love them and I keep saying it until they say they love me too. This job is bigger than just me. For me, I love children and enjoy working with them, so I have always wanted to teach. Besides my future I am thinking of the future of the children immediately beside me. The niece and nephew I just talked about. They are age 6 and age 4. They are the brightest, funniest, sweetest and sometimes most annoying kids in the world and I love them so much. Part of the reason I took this job was for them. I want to help make their futures better and to allow them to be able to do the things their mom and I couldn’t do. My sister has struggled for these past 6 years or so raising her kids alone. She has been through many ups and downs. Working three jobs, then two, and then losing both in 2012. This month I have been staying with her and this is the longest I have ever stayed at my her place since she has had her kids. I have to say that she has done an amazing job raising them and needs some peace of mind about how bills will be paid. Her unemployment had run out around September and the company that said she was hired has been kind of sketchy about the whole situation. I just want to be able to help my family where I can and this job will allow me to do that. It’s a win, win for me. I get to spend hours with children and teach and I also get to contribute to my family and the future of my niece and nephew. Ahh and my niece figure skates which is not a cheap expense, but our family decided that as long as she wants to do it we will find a way to pay for it. 

Alright enough of that gooey mess, I hope you all will have as grand an adventure this year as I know I will. 

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I’m leaving soon: Flood of emotions

Whew, 

What a terribly long journey this has been! I definitely suggest that if you apply or EPIK you get it over with early (applications for Fall term are being accepted starting Feb 1st). You won’t be able to truly relax until you get your placement, but if you already have all your ducks in a row before they even start placing it will make you feel MUCH better. 

So my coordinator received my documents yesterday (Tuesday for them) and told me that I never sent her a confirmation email about my address and phone number. I looked back at the email I was originally sent with the placement and realized that email was sitting in my draft folder! I am so glad that I had documents still left otherwise I could have been waiting even longer for my NOA/Contract. My coordinator is really an absolutely amazing person. She has been so wonderful to me this whole time and I am always nervous with dealing with higher up people because well, no one is perfect, though I try my best to be. lol  

Anyway, within these back and forth emails we had yesterday, she told me that they are trying to get the contracts out by the end of this week! I am really hoping they make that goal as I am already planning to now leave on January 24th. Many people have asked me about my visa and how I will get it in time, but I have a secret. Teehee, there is a Korean Consulate only about 30 minutes from me and they don’t get as much business so they can do things more quickly. I was told by a Korean friend that sometimes they will process them the same day. All I know is that the time is supposedly shorter than going through the Houston office and for that I am excited. 

All of this news has caused me to become quite emotional. I will be leaving my sister and her kids at a crucial time.She is dealing with some parental rights things and I have been helping her to stay calm. I told her that I wouldn’t be able to help even if I was here because that’s not my area of expertise (although I could make it my area). To know I won’t see my nieces and nephew for at least 4-6 months absolutely kills my heart. I really hope that they do get to come in the summer or I will be really sad at that time. This week, once my car is sold, I will be going to help with the passport process. I am excited for all of our futures, but more nervous for them. I just want to be able to help contribute towards their future. 

Next week I should FINALLY, have a new video up since I will be leaving. 

Can’t believe this is really happening. I feel that I am in a dream state and I will wake up at any moment. I am just happy that I will get a couple of weeks in Seoul to see many of my friends before they return to the states or they head off to other countries to study. 

See you soon Korea, my love!