Hi. Yes, I know it’s been a while. And yes, the trip is still on! Since we’ve announced the news, we’ve been flooded with questions from well-meaning friends. Here are some answers.
For fun, I haven’t posted the questions:
Answer 1. Yes, we still plan on taking the dog. And the cats.
Answer 2. I (meaning Mike) finished my TEFL certificate last week. It was very fun, especially the teaching part. I taught a group of 20 international students at CTC on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. My favorite part was a Thanksgiving themed lesson, where they seemed very surprised to find out what stuffing was, and how it worked.
Answer 3. Yes, the dog is coming along. I thought I answered this.
Answer 4. Oh, yes, there is a lot of paperwork. So far, we’ve filled out an application for the EPIK program, which was six or seven pages. There’s also a ten-page contract we’ve signed. But there’s a lot more to go. We also have to provide:
- College transcripts.
- Copies of our diplomas and certificates
- Medical clearance.
- An FBI Background check.
This is not to mention the apostille process. What’s an apostille? It’s pretty much a stamp from the US government that the papers we’ve produced are real. More on this later.
Answer 5. Mm hm, the dog is coming along. How is that not clear? No quarantine necessary, they just need a clean bill of health before we leave.
Answer 6. School starts in April. The starting dates of Korean schools vary a bit by province, so we aren’t sure when exactly our flight leaves, but if I had to guess, which is always a bad idea, I’d say we’ll be on a plane around April 7.
If there are any other questions, let us know and we’ll do our best to answer them!