So, I didn’t realize how rigorous it would be to prepare all of my documents for EPIK.
But here’s a list of everything I need to submit and hopefully this will be helpful for anyone else applying:
1. Hard copy of application
– Not a problem. Printed it out, signed, check.
2. Photocopy of BA diploma (apostilled)
– First of all, I had never heard of the word “apostilled” in my life. Is it just me? After doing a bit of research, I figured it was like a notary. So I went to the bank. The guy I spoke to there looked at me like I had rocks in my head and proceeded to call over a co-worker. She had never heard of it either.
He then gave me the number of the county clerk. I called and the county clerk repeated the word back to me several times before transferring me. Whoever I spoke to on the other end told me I had to get in touch with the NJ Department of the Treasury located in Trenton. Oh yeah, and it also costs $25/document to get “apostilled” and several weeks to send it back to me. Yippee.
3. National level criminal background check (apostilled)
– Your EPIK recruiter will send you a list of acceptable background check companies through the FBI. They cost between $45 and $50 to get done and delivery times vary. Look at them all and decide what’s best for you. In addition to getting this thing “apostilled,” most require you to get two sets of fingerprints. You can get them at you local police department and they should only cost about $3/set.
4. 2 sets of SEALED university transcripts
– Check with your college or university. Most charge a small fee.
5. Photocopy of TEFL certificate
– Check with your accrediting TEFL program.
6. 2 passport-sized photos
– You can usually get these done at the Post Office or a local drug store. I got my photos done at Walmart for less than $8.
7. Photocopy of passport info page
If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to help you to the best of my ability! It can be a little overwhelming, but that’s totally ok.