The move to Korea is happening at lightening speed. Since July I have been entertaining the idea of going to Korea. By August I had convinced Wyll and soon after we talked with our employers about leaving the farm. Mid-August we started applying to jobs in Korea. In actuality we applied to six jobs and another six jobs the following week. We received responses from two agencies. Both were very nice. Pam from VOU Agency was both helpful and pushy. I like her. She gave suggestions on how to make thing go quicker and really wanted us there sooner rather than…sometime. Her saving Grace was our Director Grace Kim. We got a great feeling from her. She was relaxed and didn’t seem to mind the Oct 1st date. Pam is really excellent and once she knew the Director’s position she relaxed a little too. Pam has been very helpful getting the contract perfect for us, recommending companies for document expediting, really transcending the communication boundaries. I understand that we were difficult and bossy at times I think she handled us really well. I feel like light was shed on everything. We spoke with a teacher working with the same chain. We have seen pictures of housing and the school. We really scrutinized the contract and maybe even offended her at times. She was a great sport. We have been riding the lightening.
The last two days Wyll has been too excited to work on his game though some progress has been made. Cro-Magnon Wars or Neander-Dome (as I will start calling it) is heading into the final stages. Play tests will be held hopefully twice before we leave. There is also hope for a week of design work in Santa Cruz and a short film of a play test in the bay area. These are the main things Wyll wants to do before we leave.
I am bummed that I will miss out on canning this month. Luckily November is Kimchi season so I just have to make some exceptional friends and I’ll be canning with the best of them! On the short list I have to sell/ rid myself of the Washington cars. This might prove to be easy in that I’m creaming one and selling the other to one of the guys at the farm. Yay! I feel like the best way to get rid of things is to pack for Korea then donate everything else. Obviously there are some big ticket items that need to find homes Wyll’s dresser, desk and bookshelf.
On another list I would like to have a 파티 멀리가는 (pronounced pati meolliganeun) or in English a going away party. There is also the fantasy of a road trip to Reno for Wyll’s family and Southern California for us both. This seems less likely but you never know. I would really like to see my grandparents and put my hand on Bonni’s belly.
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. 🙂