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FINISHING THE GRUELING PAPERWORK:
So here it is future English teachers, EVERYTHING you’ll need in order to get your visa and finally board that plane to your next adventure:
- Checklist for all documents
- Complete 13 page application with essay, sample lesson plan & 2 passport photos
- Copy of the information page in passport
- Original FBI Criminal Background Check with Apostille from the US Secretary of State
- Notarized copy of degree with an Apostille from the Secretary of State
- Sealed copy of transcripts
- Two original signed letters of recommendation
- Copy of TEFL certification
- Additional copy of all of the above
Getting Your Visa:
Booking Your Flight:
My Packing List:
- Work clothes – because I don’t want to be shopping for appropriate attire right when I get there. Koreans are somewhat modest as well, so it was good to know that shoulders are almost never shown. The shopping here is plentiful, however, so if you love shopping as much as me, you should probably save room in your suitcase.
- Adaptors – Koreans use Euro plugs. A pack of 3 was under $10 on Amazon
- Power Strip (American) – majority of my appliances will still be American so a power strip is good to have so you don’t need to use an adaptor for everything
- Luggage Scale – I obviously encountered many problems with overweight luggage when traveling around Southeast Asia so this is essential to make sure I stay under weight. Not necessarily aimed directly at my packing list for Korea but absolutely crucial to have as a traveler
- Rain Boots – I hear that Korea is ridiculously cold and the rain can be pretty harsh. I had an old $25 pair of rain boots from Target that I didn’t think would suffice, so I invested in the rain boots of all rain boots – Hunter’s! (And when I say “I invested”, I mean that I put it on my birthday wish list and the boyfriend got them for me.) These beauties are currently my favorite article of clothing and even though it hasn’t rained yet, I’ve worn them multiple times and they keep me nice and toasty 🙂
- Wet Wipes – If you’ve ever been to any Asian countries, you may have realized that toilet paper in public bathrooms is often scarce. These bad boys saved my life in Southeast Asia so I brought way too many with me to Korea. Turns out they have plenty here, but they were super expensive in Australia so I figured I’d stock up. Probably shouldn’t have them on my list because they weren’t necessary to bring, but it’s also just another good tip for the other overly-health-conscious like myself.
- Camera (obviously)
- Present for co-teachers – When teaching abroad, you’ll work with a co-teacher that speaks the foreign language & English. They help you with a LOT so it’s nice to get them a gift that is related to your own culture. I ended up getting some souvenir gifts from the San Francisco airport
- Deodorant – Like I said before in my Travel Tips Post, this stuff isn’t easy to find or cheap in Korea.
- Sheets – I guess Koreans don’t believe in fitted sheets so these aren’t the easiest to find here either. Granted, I haven’t tried that hard but I brought one and am glad it’s one thing I don’t have to hunt for.
- Mac Makeup – this stuff is obscenely overpriced outside of the US so I had to stock up on a year’s worth