So last night we had an interview with a director of a private chain. She was approximately our age with experience living in Boston for ten years. The school is brand new (we would be the only foreign teachers). On the up side the school only has two students. The nice thing was that when we told her we had managed classes with 35 students her jaw dropped. She said classrooms won’t be larger than 9 students.
Things we focused on teaching in bilingual environment, great attitude, passion for teaching and agriculture.
We talked with the recruiter again before and after the interview. She wanted to know if we would be ready in two weeks.
After the phone call Wyll was really nervous. He is really looking forward to a month of working on his game. This is something that he has been keeping him alive. It’s also something I want him to complete before we go. I suggested he move in with Kevin for a few weeks.
I have an obligation in Ukiah as well. In the end we want to go in October. No Promises. 😛
The call from Pam this morning really kicked my butt ( and I kicked Wyll’s) into high gear again. First thing Wyll called to check on our Criminal Records Check (CRC). Unfortunately they said it was still ‘in process’ 😦 Thats okay! Wyll and I sent our degrees off to Sacramento for super cool state seals.
We also chatted with Nicky from Seoul ESL Inc. She said they only have one position for a couple in October but that they will have more for December. She also said she could hear our excitement over the phone. She knows we want to go. 😛 Nicky gave us some good pointers for Wyll’s head shot and my resume. It was a nice 20 minute conversation that was effortless and smooth. For pre-interview I think it went really well.
We also went through the emails we sent out (detective work) and noticed that Pam represents Gochang and Daegu! Wahoo! So we sent her a follow up email. I suspect she is a night owl and we will hear from her again tomorrow morning or midnight Korea time.
This morning as I stumbled out of bed with sore body and meowing cat I recognize that my phone is buzzing with a number that starts 10…. I clear my throat and say “Good Morning” in my most professional sounding way.
“Hello, good morning, this is ….. South Korea.” She speaks excellent English and very fast instead of pausing she says ‘like’. She reminds me of a teenager with her enthusiasm and slang.She seems friendly and I like her. She asks about visa documents then gives very specific instructions about what I should do next. Luckily, I have slight hoarding tendencies so a notebook and pen are near by. She is asking me questions and I’m responding and firing back. Then she tells me it’s very late and I realize it’s past midnight there. It felt like we talked for a long time, but really only spoke for 8 minutes and 41 seconds. She said she would call back later tonight to check progress. I asked for her name which I missed in the whirlwind of the first greetings.
I am jazzed!
Today Wyll and I accomplished all the things she asked for. I am waiting to triumph on the return call. I’m dressed up, the phone is plugged in. Not much else to do but blog and eat cereal. 🙂
Most of our paper work is together. Somethings still need to get notarized and apostilled (CA stamp that says the notary is real), but that can wait until the background checks get here. The cool thing is that the farm has given us an early release so I gave a Wyll a full day to write everything- resume, interest essay and cover letter. Long story short, we started applying for jobs in Korea yesterday. Since it really isn’t the ‘on’ season for couples positions, we only applied to 6. Some of these positions start as soon as we get our visas, the farthest out they go is November. I would like to get there as soon as possible. I also want to know that it will be the right position and we wont be coming home before the year is up. Wyll and I went over some basics so we know what we are looking for. We want a position in a medium to large city near beaches, snowy mountains or national parks. I think that is pretty easy to find. I prefer day trips to the beach but Wyll could live on a snowboard. Either way Korea is fairly small and with good public transit we should be able to do both with a two hour bus/ train ride. We are also only applying to jobs with housing for us to live together. Since the majority of teachers looking for jobs in Korea are single and don’t want to share personal space with a stranger, few schools actually have housing with multiple bedrooms. The plus side of this is that the ones that do offer couples housing are mostly two bedroom with an office so if anyone wants to visit we will have room! We are also applying to jobs that start at $2000 USD/month or 2,200,000 KRW. (Hahaha I love writing it out!). The majority of the postings out there start in October. Soon it will move to December and there should be more couples jobs that meet our criteria.
These are pictures of the areas we have currently put in for:
Seoul’s Olympic Park
Jeonju city- famous for Strawberries and exceptional produce!
Jeonju is also known for Pungnammun Gate!
Gochang is the most rural known for Mt. Seonun, Gochangeup Fortress, and Dolmen Remains.
This is a great photo of the fortress with the city in the background.
Daegu is the forth largest city in Korea
As you can see from this photo everyone is wearing life vests in three feet of water apparently most Koreans don’t know how to swim.
This is the maybe not my first blog ever but I hope to use it to document the exciting moments in the coming years. I hope the next two years will move very quickly, full of exciting and new adventures. This blog will be used as a photo album and journal.
I have always tried my hand at traveling. My first request after becoming a teenager was to go to France. After graduating high school I traveled to Spain and England. I went to college with the hope of seeing more that Washington State. I studied Italian, Mandarin and French. After graduating college I was reunited with my jr high sweetheart and I became settled in my hometown. After years of being in California, I have convinced my true love to live and work abroad for a year. Where is this magical place? KOREA!