I received my placement, yet the wait continues?

I know you were anxiously awaiting to hear where I have been placed for my teaching.I found out this morning at 2:22 am that I have will be teaching somewhere in the Gangwon Province. It is a great relief to me, but there is still a wait for the contract so I can get my visa. Once that comes in then I will still have to wait until the end of orientation before I even know what city I will be in!! Honestly this process wouldn’t have been as bad if I would have got my papers in much sooner and got placed in Seoul. I’m not complaining though, I am super interested in knowing more about Gangwon. I’m just hoping there is a language class I can take close by.

Thank you for your help!

The Waiting Game- Downside to the Process

So as you all know I applied to teach English in South Korea. This has been the most stressful and time consuming process I have ever had to go through and it’s still not over. I will do a video later about all the steps, but for now the waiting game continues. 

A big part of this is waiting. You wait for recommendation letters, then a reply about an interview, your Criminal Record check (which is the longest wait), your apostille of your CRC, your diploma apostille, and once all that gets to you then you have to send it to them. That’s where I am and it is supposed to be to them today or tomorrow. 

Sadly for me due to some hiccups along the way, I most likely will not be teaching in Seoul as I had hoped, but it will be okay. I will be happy as long as I am in Korea and teaching. I was told by my coordinator that most places are full, so I told her to place me wherever she can. I am honestly not a picky person. As long as I am in Korea I will be happy. 

I think this is the hardest part about it. You see everyone getting their placements (what city/Province they will be teaching) and you are sitting on the deck just waiting for your boat. There are many days I just want to cry because well, it’s tough not knowing where you are going to end up. It’s definitely a test of faith. I think if you can get through this process in one piece that you can do almost anything. 

So after my coordinator gets my documents I am not sure how long it will take to process from this point. I heard it can take anywhere from 2-5 weeks. I’m hoping that since I said I am flexible for wherever that I will know within a week, but that is some high hoping. I just really would like to know before Christmas, before I have to be out of my apartment (Dec 31st) or before I sell my car (which I am hoping to do by the first week of January). 

We were told that our visa paper work and contracts are to be sent out at the beginning of January. I am trying to go take a 20 hour in class teaching certification in LA the weekend of Jan 11-12. I was hoping to be leaving on the 13th, but if I don’t have my visa docs I may just wait until the following weekend to do the test in SF. It is much cheaper to fly straight from Cali to Korea, rather than from Texas. It would be faster as well. 

So as I wait I will be packing this apartment and trying not to go too crazy. I’m just praying and hoping that I still get a spot. No one is guaranteed a job until those contracts are signed and even then if you don’t show up for orientation you can be booted too because you have to sign a contract there as well. 

Deep breathing and exercise has definitely been helpful. I also spend about 2-3 hours a day studying Korean. 

My current goals and ones for the new year are to keep improving in Korean, to do well in the online MA in Teaching program that I will start in March,  and to reach my weight goal. 

Excited and nervous about things to come….

 

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Meet Koreans and others learning the language

So I’m all about diversity and I love meeting people from different countries. It’s even better when those people share the same interest as me and want to learn the Korean Language. 

If you are at all interested you should click the link and register. It may take a while because you have to wait for an email from the admin and then you have to respond to the questions in that email (it was only 2 questions). Once that happens then you will be able to log in. 

There are some other interesting announcements on that page, a forum and a promotion going on where you can win a pickup (from the airport I presume, accommodation,  a KTX train ticket from Seoul to Busan, or the big one, a ticket to Korea. That’s just some of the cool stuff that goes on there. 

Check it out and get your learning on! 

If you have questions about anything on there, feel free to ask me here or there. I’m “Renderella” on the site 

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Helpful language tips

Well I stumble upon this video while on the youtube and thought some other people might find it helpful as well. I have been doing a lot of this minus the radio thing. If you didn’t know there is a Korean television application as well as a websites available for you to watch Korean TV. Of course there is always youtube as well.

http://wwitv.com/tv_channels/7468.htm (Christian Television) -> I watch this because everyone always tells me that Bible words are the hardest to comprehend. I was raised in a Christian home so I thought it would be best to start there.

http://wwitv.com/television/112.htm (this link give you a list of other channels- You can also find channels from other countries included on the left hand side)

http://news.kbs.co.kr/common/htmlMain.do?source=http://news.kbs.co.kr/index.jsp (KBS-NEWS)

http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/news24Category.do (if you would like to WATCH the news you can use this link or you can access it from the link above as well)

If you are a business or econ major there are channels for you too!

Of course for all you Sports lovers they have that too!

Enjoy!

Final Week: Wednesday!

I am still up and I am exhausted. I wanted to write this earlier, but all the studying has taken my time. I have reading to do for my East Asian Cinema class and I still need to type my notes for Pre-Modern Korean History. I’m better at getting up early nowadays and so I will type them up and then hit the hay. I still can’t believe tomorrow is finals…I’m ready to be done with them, but wow wow wow. This week just zoomed on past. 

Today was a good day though. I tried a new dish at one of the restaurants connected to our dorm. I went ahead and booked my hostel back in Jongno3ga for after the dorm closes on Sunday. I could have extended my dorm stay, but it would have cost me way more to do that. 

As I said I am exhausted so I will now finish these notes. I just needed a mini break and talking to you all is the best idea I had. 

Tips: Try the ice cream! Korea has some really delicious Ice Cream and I don’t mind at all. I’m probably one of the biggest fans of Ice Cream here, but I know my limits. I don’t really eat ice cream back home so I didn’t want to use being in Korea as an excuse for me to eat it. I am still watching my body and I still want to put as many healthy things in it as possible. 

안녕히 주무세요 

Finals Week: Tuesday

Well today was my big performance day in my Korean Culture class with my group. We presented on KpopStar since it shows international artists as well. It was fun and I got to do something I love which is be on stage and sing. It was quite thrilling, but I wonder if people actually liked it as much as I enjoyed doing it. 

I am exhausted and must finish all of this presentation stuff, but I know that it will not happen. I don’t have enough energy in my body to stay awake to get it all done, but I will give it a go. I can’t believe I present tomorrow in another class. It is quite stressful for me in terms of the classes this summer. I just want it to be over, but only two more days! I can do it! 

I’m really excited about Thursday and finally finishing these classes, but I’m not excited about people leaving. It’s going to be quite a sad day, but it also brings me closer to returning home and finishing school so I can get back to Korea. 

Tips: 

Enjoy all the different foods you can! I love food, but I have not had the joy of trying as many Korean places as I would have liked to. So please explore Sinchon, Hongdae, Gangnam, and Itaewon. You should definitely let me know your favorite places in all areas of Korea so I can go try them out when I return.