Your Orientation will wrap up with a formal ceremony and farewell.
Following this, your co-teacher from your designated school will be there to collect you and drive you to the town/city that has been selected as your home for at least the forthcoming year.
Our Town was called BUYEO (pronounced Puyeo). Buyeo can be located 2 hours South West of Seoul.
We were driven by our respective co-teachers and taken to a restaurant for a welcome luncheon, where we were met by the Head of Education for Buyeo.
The one aspect of Korean culture that we learnt early on, is the friendliness and willingness many Koreans show when availing themselves to help you when you first arrive.
This we were certainly grateful for in the coming weeks ahead.
It’s a bit of a waiting game from the time you submit all the relevant documentation until you are notified that you have been selected for an interview.
To be well prepared for the interview, it is advised that you learn the basic Korean greeting 안녕하세요 (Anyeonghaseyo) “hello” and 감사합니다 (Gamsamhapnida) “thank you”.
Having a good basic general knowledge of the country (i.e. National flag meaning, basic history, seasons, famous Korean personalities etc) before the interview is crucial as it goes a long way to impress the interviewer.
As Korea is 7 hours ahead of South Africa, interview times can be interesting…usually very early in the morning via Skype or telephonically.
Once the interview is completed, you will need to wait a few days/weeks before you know if you are successful or not.
We knew we wanted to try something new.
Although we were both happy in our jobs at the time, we were feeling that life was becoming a bit mundane and repetitive.
We had heard via the grapevine that teaching in Asia was the answer to our lust for adventure and change. We did our research and discovered that South Korea was the most lucrative (for our needs) option available.
We looked into finding a company that would help us get interviews, send in our CV’s and essentially get us over to South Korea – that company is called GoldKey Education.
We found them super helpful and professional and were soon on our way to experience the adventure that such an endeavour promised.