Documents are in the mail!

I was thrilled when I checked my mailbox this morning and saw that I already received my transcripts from my university. That is quite possibly the quickest they’ve done anything. But I’m not complaining.

Next step was to drive to the post office immediately to have everything mailed to KorVia! My recruiter should receive everything in 6 to 10 days.

Shit just got real. Really real.

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

After my interview with EPIK on Thursday, my interviewer told me that my recruiter would let me know if I’ve been accepted in two to three days.

My recruiter just e-mailed me and all she said was “Please print out this final application form when you submit all your documents =)”

Does that mean I’m in? Or will it be determined after I submit my documents?

I don’t know. I was expecting something more formal, I suppose?

I e-mailed her back and now I’m sitting here, waiting for a reply, even though I was to get up for work in five hours.

Post-Interview Positivity

I just finished my EPIK interview.

I feel relieved. And, to my surprise, very confident.

My interviewer added me on Skype several minutes late, but called me as soon as I accepted his request.

We did our introductions, and he gave me a run-down of how the interview was going to progress:

1. Go over basic application info (full legal name, DOB, birth place)

2. Go over application essays/lesson plan

3. Additional questions

I didn’t have a difficult time answering questions about my essays/lesson plan. I spent all day reviewing them. During the section on my lesson plan, he asked how I would deal with students who might be at a lower level than the rest of the class as well as how I would deal with rude/insensitive students.

My interviewer asked why I would be a good EPIK teacher. I discussed my experience working with children at my current job (I do a lot of children’s programs at the museum where I work) as well as the fact that I recently started tutoring non-native English speakers via Skype.

He also asked why I wanted to teach in Korea. I talked about an Asian art history class I took in college that really influenced me. I learned a lot about the Silla Dynasty and the art I admire from that period.

My interviewer also asked questions like if I had any tattoos, if I ever did drugs, if I ever took medication for anxiety/depression, etc.

At the end, he thanked me for my time and told me my recruiter will notify me in 2-3 days to let me know if I’ve been selected.

I feel pretty darn good right now!

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EPIK Interview Tonight!

Tonight at 9PM (EST) is my official EPIK interview.

I’ve been going over my personal essays and lesson plan from my application, as well as brushing up on some Korean history/culture.

I’ve taught myself “hello” (안녕하세요) and “thank you” (감사합니다) while I continue to work on my hangul (한글).

I plan on wearing a black suit and a blue button-up shirt to keep it simple and professional.

Please send good energy! I’ve made it this far and I want this opportunity more than anything right now.

Frustration

Getting all my documents together for EPIK is really starting to get to me.

First of all, I need to get my undergraduate diploma notarized, then apostilled, in order to send it in to EPIK. However, I went to a private Catholic University and my diploma happens to be in Latin. Apparently, you can’t get something notarized if it isn’t in English.

I have contacted several banks, the county chair, UPS, and FedEx.

I have also left a voicemail and sent an e-mail to my University’s Registrar.

Waiting for a response, but I’m not holding my breath.

Then, I need my TEFL certificate. However, I am not completing my in-class component until June. I asked my accrediting school to provide me with a letter, which I forwarded to my KorVia recruiter, and am waiting to find out if it will be sufficient until I complete the 20 in-class hours.

The struggle.

120 hours. And then some.

I have officially completed the first 120 hours of my TEFL certificate! When I signed up, I was also allowed to pick a supplemental course to take (I chose one-on-one teaching) which I have completed as well. Yay!

This is super exciting and I’ve already gotten the PDF version of my certificate. The next step is taking the remaining 20 hours of my program at a two day in-classroom course in New York City.

I can’t believe that this is becoming a real thing right now.

Also, my application for EPIK has been officially submitted so now I’m waiting to see if I get an interview.

Fingers crossed!

Document Prep for EPIK (A Guide)

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.