Blog Post Requests

 

I know the new wave of EPIKers are starting to prepare for moving to Korea. I’m sure you all have lots of questions and I want to answer them! Please comment below with any questions or potential blog post ideas that you are interested in!

❤ Natasha

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Guide to EPIK: Visa Application

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Just 1.5 days after receiving my placement e-mail, the FedEx man dropped off my contract, NoA, and INSA. These are two very important documents when applying for your visa. The process seems to vary slightly by consulate, but this is my experience with the Korean consulate in New York City and filling out the visa application.

A fellow Busan EPIKer helped me figure out which documents I needed to bring. The New York consulate website is a little confusing and lacks a lot of information. You can always call the consulate directly to get the list of required items for the E-2 visa.

DISCLAIMER: THESE POSTS WERE WRITTEN FROM MY EXPERIENCES as a successful applicant DURING THE FALL 2015 EPIK INTAKE. FUTURE PROCESSES OR FORMS MAY DIFFER. ALWAYS READ EPIK’S INSTRUCTIONS FIRST as they are “law”. USE MY INFORMATION AS A SUPPLEMENT ONLY IF IT APPLIES.

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Things EPIK Doesn’t Tell You (or at least not straight away)

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There are a few things that I wish I had known at the start of my EPIK application process. None of these things would have stopped me from applying to EPIK, and it shouldn’t stop you either. However, it would have been nice to know more about what to expect from the start so I could have gone a little less crazy! (I admit, I did not do a whole lot of research about the actual application process before applying.) Today, I am sharing some things I learned, in hopes that your application process goes smoothly and with less questions and less crazy panicking!

DISCLAIMER: THESE POSTS WERE WRITTEN FROM MY EXPERIENCES as a successful applicant DURING THE FALL 2015 EPIK INTAKE. FUTURE PROCESSES OR FORMS MAY DIFFER. ALWAYS READ EPIK’S INSTRUCTIONS FIRST AND USE MY INFORMATION AS A SUPPLEMENT ONLY IF IT APPLIES.

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Guide to EPIK: Apostilled Diploma Guide (USA only)

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Acquiring your apostilled diploma can be another lengthy, but simple, process. Therefore it is a good idea to start this process as soon as you find out you made it to the interview stage.

Note 1: If you will be using a MA diploma as proof for a pay level increase, you need to get that apsotilled as well.

Note 2: You cannot send your CRC to be apostiled with your diplomas!! That must be notarized at the federal level with the Department of State, not the state level with your state’s Secretary of the State. Continue reading

Guide to EPIK: My EPIK Application Timeline

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Today I want to share with you my process of becoming an EPIK teacher. I will warn you now, it was a very longgggg process for me. And by long, I mean 8 years long. I’m going all the way back to the day the idea first sprang into my head!

(Apologies to my friends and family who have subscribed to my blog and keep receiving e-mails about new blog posts which are all about applying to EPIK. I promise that my normal blogs will start in about two weeks when I leave for Korea!)

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Guide to EPIK: Acronyms and Terms

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There are a lot of acronyms and terms that are associated with applying to EPIK. These might seem confusing at first if you are unfamiliar with the application process. I also use many of these acronyms and terms in my Guide to EPIK posts. Therefore, I created this little list to help you keep track of them all! I tried to put each term and acronym in the order of which you will come across it during the application process.  Continue reading

Natasha in Busan: An Introduction to Busan

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It’s finally official! I am going to Busan!

I found out 2 days ago…on my birthday! I am extremely excited! Even though I requested Seoul, I was very open to going anywhere in the country; although I was hoping that I would be in a city, even a small one. When I received my email tonight it took me a minute to open it. I couldn’t believe that it was actually sitting in my inbox!

I immediately started calling and texting all of my friends and family. The reaction I got from most of them was the same: “Yay! I’m so happy for you! Congratulations! You must be so excited and relieved to finally know! Wait…..Where is Busan? Is that good? Is it safe?” So, I decided to put together a little blog post about my future home.  Continue reading

Checking In

It has been a few weeks since I updated that I was waiting for my placement.  Well…..I still am! I’m not going to lie, it has been a very stressful few weeks. Watching others get their placements over the past three weeks while your inbox remains empty is not very fun. I have been trying my hardest to stay positive through this whole wait period. I thankfully made a friend on the Facebook group for our intake. It’s been comforting to talk to someone else who is going through this entire process and who understands everything you’re going through. Continue reading