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How to Apostille Your Diploma and CRC

So much documentation to get to Korea.  It just seems like an endless supply of records, tests, confirmations, etc, etc, etc...
On top of it all, getting documents stamped or certified just adds more layers of "stuff" you need to do to get to Korea.

Apostilles are a way to certify the authenticity of foreign documentation.  You will need to get an apostille for diplomas and criminal record checks (CRC) so you can receive your visa to teach in South Korea.

Art'ifying the Old at Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan


Gamcheon Culture Village

It's Summer English Camp time.  Things have changed a little since I first arrived.  Until very recently, Korea still held Saturday classes twice a month.  They have since stopped Saturday classes which gave rise to two big changes in the education system here in Busan.

My Issues with Fast Food Joints in Korea


Fast food.  We all know it's bad.  We all know it's not really food!!  However, I'm no different than millions and billions of other people around the world and I LOVE to get fast food on occasion.  I tend to eat a pretty balanced, lean diet throughout the week, but when it's time to get my gluttony on, I like fast food.  My three favorite places are Lotteria (most popular in Korea), Burger King, and McDonald's.  Burger King is not very popular here in Busan so it usually comes down to the other two.

Training at Team M.A.D. MMA in Busan

Teach English in Korea...When Should I Do It?

On a few occasions I've been asked when I thought the best time was to come to Korea to teach English.  As I'm older than the vast majority of foreign ESL teachers here in Korea, I have a slightly different perspective than most on that topic.  I decided the best way to answer this question was to make a vlog.

The bottom line is, there is no "correct" time to travel abroad.  I think if you get the feeling to travel, just do it!  One year will go by quicker than it begins.  The biggest question is ,"what will you make of the time once you get here?"

Income and Expenses of an ESL Teacher in South Korea

Before I came to Korea, I always wondered what the real financial situation would be like.  I heard varying stories, but by and large I always heard that people could live cheaply and save some money.  Now that I'm closing out my first year I can actually speak to what income and expenses for the average ESL teacher will be like.  I also made a 2 part video on my Youtube Channel that also breaks down the basics of what my own personal finances are like.
 

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Judo Tournament in Busan, South Korea


I had the opportunity to watch an incredible judo tournament held in Busan, South Korea, where I currently live and teach English.  The event was held in the Gudeok Sports Arena and attracted well over 300 competitors.  The tournament did not include Busan’s top tier players, or “professionals” as they call them, but had some fantastic talent nonetheless.  It was clear to me the moment I got to the arena that this would be a different experience for me altogether.  As I came into the building there were no concession stands, no t-shirts for sale, noone collecting money – I literally walked in off the street through the open do

Science, Art and Math in English - S.A.M. I Am




Today was the last Saturday class for the semester for a new program called SAM (Science, Art and Math in English).  Recently, the BMCOE (Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education) ended regular Saturday classes for all schools.  Instead of Saturdays, they are actually shortening the Summer and Winter breaks from 6 weeks to 4 weeks.

Improving Relationships at Your School

I'm closing out my first year teaching ESL in Busan, South Korea.  I've been really blessed to have a great group of people to work with at my school.  However, not all teachers can say the same thing.  Many foreign teachers struggle with their relationships with staff and students and there are many reasons why this could be happening.


o  There could just be bad chemistry between the foreign teacher and others. 
o  Some co-workers may be having an off day or week.
o  They may not "fit in" with the school's social culture.
o  The foreign teacher may be horrible to work with.


In any case, I can safely say that there is one way to help improve on your relationships at your school, whether it be in South Korea, China, Colombia, or the Middle East.

This video has my tip.

Renewing EPIK Contract to Teach Another Year

It's hard to believe that's it's been close to 10 months now teaching English in South Korea.  The time has literally flown by and I don't know where it went.  It's been an incredible time of learning, reflecting and great experiences.  Not to mention new friends that will last a lifetime.  Because of all the free time I have, I've been able to do things, see new places, and experience things not available back home.  The longer I stay though, the more it seems I want to do but the time is quickly fleeting.  That's why I decided to stay at least another year.

In this short video clip from my Youtube channel, I describe the things you will need should you choose to renew your contract as well as the benefits of staying.  If you haven't yet come to Korea - you're missing out and I hope to see you here.  If you're staying, great move.  Here's to another great year!

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