Thursday, October 22, 2009

It just doesn't math

From my recruiter:

Your documents have been received in Korea and everything looks great. They are currently at immigration, and your visa reservation number is expected on the 30th. The school would like you to arrive on November 5th.

From the Visa application guide:

Once you have your visa reservation number, the process from here is to send the items below to the
Korean Consulate. You will then be contacted for an in-person interview at the consulate...

Once the consulate receives your application and paperwork( including visa reservation number), they will contact you to arrange an interview. Some consulates will let you call to book an interview before you have your visa number, others will not.

You will be required to visit the Korean consulate IN PERSON unless special arrangements can be made. We are not trying to get your hopes up but there are some Korean Consulates who have become sympathetic to teacher applicants who have to come from a LONG way.

The visa will be processed after that. Each consulate has different processing times (from one hour to 5 days), so ask them when it will be ready!

So I'll be making the phone call tomorrow to find out just how lenient our local Korean Consulate is. It's in Houston, btw. Do you think they'd count Denton as "a LONG way," considering I have no car and no way to get there in person?

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New job offer

I have a job offer for a small hagwon south of Seoul. I'll be teaching 10- to 12-year-olds for W2.1mil/mo. I'm just not as thrilled about this one, but I need employment so badly, I don't care much where or what level. The bossman complimented my speaking voice, which I find odd because I don't much care for the sound of my voice on recordings. Whatever.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Deep breath

Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure.--Brian Tracey (The Treasury of Quotes)

Email follows:
Laina and Moniqa,

I have terrible news. When I sent you the contract to be hired, your director hired another teacher already here in Korea. He was not aware that Footprints had another candidate for us when she decided to stay in Canada last week.

I am so sorry. You are with the best recruiters for Korea, so don't fret, you will be here soon teaching. As I told you, Footprints put the best teachers with reputable schools. (Footprints was my recruiter 3 years ago and we use them to hire teachers from USA & Canada.

Job offer!

I just got a job offer! I will be teaching at a high school that prepares students for the Ivy League colleges of SK. The director is from the north Texas area, too, and is eager to have me on board. He was telling me all about life in Korea and how low utilities bills are; the most he's paid is $25 with the a/c running all summer. :0)

He wants me to start on the 14th because he'll be taking a vacation and needs the new teacher to fill in for him. He said there are 5 other foreign teachers about my age for me to hang out with. I'm so excited! I don't know if I can get all my paperwork in time and get packed, though.