The process started with waiting and listening...I wanted to be sure this is what I was supposed to do. After all, it's only going to work if it's God's plan and will for my life. Once I had clarity, it was full speed ahead. The first thing I had to do was get my TEFL certification. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I enrolled in an online program through the International TEFL Academy from August to October 2013. I also started taking Korean lessons in August at Atlanta International Language Institute in Sandy Springs, GA. Once I found a rhythm with those new "projects," it was time to begin job searching. I went through Reach to Teach Recruiting and got excellent guidance throughout the process. John Kellenberger was with me every step of the way to help me dot my i's and cross my t's. Fast forward to January 2014 - I got the position in the city I wanted!
EPIK has a great process for introducing GETs to the country. I've already completed a 15-hour online pre-orientation, and I have a nine day, in-country orientation when I arrive. After orientation, I will be taken to my school where I will meet the principal, vice-principal, and co-teacher. My co-teacher is Korean and will serve as my ambassador as I figure out life in the school system and in South Korea.
I'm as prepared as I can be after months of research and conversations with people who have been over there. I'm keeping an open mind and will be flexible as I experience a culture unlike any I've experienced before. I know God has amazing things in store for me, and I can't wait to see what they are!
Thank you for being part of my journey!