I formally submitted my application to Footprints yesterday. I feel a palpable sense of relief at having gotten that done!

So far, I've submitted
  • my resume and cover letter
  • a headshot in which my skin looks as soft as a baby's butt via a little Glamour treatment
  • and as a bonus, a completed copy of the SMOE teacher application.
The next step is to complete an interview with Footprints in which they'll decide whether or not to represent me. I don't anticipate any problems on that end but at the same time, I have no idea what to expect!

Also, I've decided that if for some reason I can't get a position with SMOE, I will consider GEPIK which is the Gyeonggi Provincial Office of Education's program to recruit English teachers. Gyeonggi is the province directly encompassing the Seoul metro area. The only thing that prevents me from doing so is my fear of living in the country. I like to visit rural areas but I do not find joy in living there. I kid you not, living in the boondocks raises my anxiety level. Gyeonggi-do is a BIG province so there's no guarantees.

On the other hand, there's always Incheon, Seoul's less glamorous stepsibling. The two are connected by subway but Incheon is best known for lending its name to one of the highest rated airports in the world (and little else). I would consider Incheon a stronger second choice IF and only if I can avoid applying through EPIK, Korea's teacher recruiting program for the entire country. I need some kinda guarantee I'm not going to banished to farm land!

So much to think about. So much time to think about it!


MoJo said...

I made it to Korea! Oh yeah, and I forgot my retainer. Here's to new experiences and crooked teeth.

Well my Korean adventure finally begins and I believe yours is just around the corner. Cheers!