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Down the Rabbit Hole?

Having titled my first post “The Leap”, I found myself stuck in the awkward and scary phase after that metaphorical jump. I have no idea where these next 5 months of preparation will take me as I transition from a college student to a full time working adult and being new to blogging, closer to word vomit on a page if you ask me, I find the prospect daunting. Very daunting. 5 months may seem too early to start writing about this material but I thinks its a good way of getting my thoughts out and to document things (the process) as it happens.

To begin I have always known that I wanted to teach English abroad and throughout my time in University I have researched the steps to get to the final destination. To start I decided early on that with its rich culture, beautiful language and history South Korea was the place for me. There are several different government programs to go through to teach English and I will go into more detail on those in a subsequent post. That being said, the two main tracts are public school and private institutions called Hagwons (more like cram schools) in which an English teacher can be placed. Based on my experience (English Major, 2 TESOL certificates, no teaching experience), the company I went through, KorVia, thought that I would be most comfortable and more qualified for a position at a Hagwon (ํ•™์›).

With that crucial interview decided there are 5 things remaining for me to do. Create an introductory video, obtain a background check, ย obtain 3 letters of recommendation, get a medical evaluation and most importantly, graduate from College. Oh and then once that is all done I need to find a place at one of the schools.

So much to do but thankfully I have time. Next time I’ll go into more detail about getting a TESOL or TEFL certification, the company I went through, and the difference between public and private schools in South Korea.

The Leap

When I was 15 years old I began to experiment with music in the hopes of growing into my own tastes and relinquishing that of my parents. Little did I know, I would begin a journey that would bring me to where I am today.

Prelude complete. I have always been in love with Korean culture from the moment I heard my first Kpop song and here I am 8 years later starting the process to teach in South Korea. Although nothing is set in stone and I have no idea if I will get a job, I have decided to take the metaphorical leap into the unknown and start this new chapter in my life. Only one catch, I need to graduate (Dec) first. Oh, and get matched with a school but who’s worrying!

Thus, this blog will be my brain child and a chronicle of the process that will unfold in the next 4-5 months. Enjoy!