Shimmering Seoul
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I'm an EPIK SMOE Teacher in Seoul.. I have a detailed blog filled with information about the EPIK application process and my experiences coming to Korea from the USA. Please don't be afraid to ask questions. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up to date.

Posted on Thu, April 17 2014, 7 hours ago
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creative-theory replied to your post “creative-theory replied to your post “creative-theory replied to your…”

Right. Thank you. This form is different from the double taxation one right? Sorry for all the questions. How do I adult haha oh no

Yeah completely different. 

Posted on Sun, April 13 2014, 4 days ago
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creative-theory replied to your post “creative-theory replied to your post “Filing an extension for my US…”

I better get on this. Is it easy to find on the website…lol. Damn. I didn’t even know….though maybe I won’t have to file? I mean I was a student last year with no taxable income. I better not risk it. Though I will ask my all knowing tax adult HA

I don’t think you really have to worry much then. But just in case its IRS Form 4868. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f4868.pdf

Posted on Sun, April 13 2014, 4 days ago
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creative-theory replied to your post “Filing an extension for my US taxes. What fun! lol”

oh shit I think I have to do that? D:

Yeah the deadline for the extension is April 15th. I have to file this since I came in August. We have to be in Korea for 330 days before we can get that special foreign income tax thing. (<— Real specific I know haha)  

Posted on Sun, April 13 2014, 4 days ago
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Posted on Tue, April 08 2014, 1 week ago
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littlelottechristina replied to your photo “Lanterns”

do you know why the lanterns are up? There are a bunch around my school too but I have no clue why

My CT said its in honor of Buddha’s birthday. 

Posted on Mon, April 07 2014, 1 week ago
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Lanterns

Lanterns

Posted on Mon, April 07 2014, 1 week ago
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What I’ve been doing!

Posted on Sun, April 06 2014, 1 week ago
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Posted on Sat, April 05 2014, 1 week ago
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your videos, tumblr, and wordpress have been so so helpful!! i just wanted to thank you times a million! my interview is next week! :D
I replied :

No problem! Good luck with your interview! : ) 


Posted on Fri, April 04 2014, 1 week ago
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Instead of sending my original TEFL Certificate, can I send a notarized copy? Does it need to be apostilled?
I replied :

Oh no the whole point of getting the TEFL notarized is so that you don’t have to send in the original and you don’t need to get your TEFL apostilled. : ) No worries! 

http://www.korvia.com/index.php/list-of-required-document.html


Posted on Fri, April 04 2014, 1 week ago
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Posted on Mon, March 31 2014, 2 weeks ago
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Hi there! I've enjoyed reading your blog and watching your YouTube vids for the helpful advice. My fiance and I are currently in the process of applying for EPIK and, if all goes well, we should be interviewing next month. I do realize its very competitive nowadays, and that they can basically invent reasons to reject you, so I'm doing my best to keep my expectations in check. I was wondering if you had any back up plans if you didn't get in the program, and if so, what were they? Thx! -Julianna
I replied :

Personally my backup plan was to either apply to the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education directly or apply for the GEPIK program. Or of course there is always the reputable Hagwon route. No worries! Good luck! : ) 


Posted on Mon, March 31 2014, 2 weeks ago
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I'm planning to apply for Epik and I really want to be placed in Seoul. I've been there before and fell in love with the city. Do you know how difficult and competitive it is to be placed in Seoul? I heard that they were downsizing the amount of teachers there and are only looking for teachers with a lot of experience.
I replied :

It is very competitive to get into Seoul I won’t lie to you. However, as long as you have a TEFL, maybe some volunteer teaching hours/in-class experience, get your paperwork in early, and interview well. I see no reason for you not to have a very good chance at getting in Seoul. They did downsize a while back moving native teachers out of middle schools, but some of my friends still work there. We are mainly elementary now. Good luck! : ) 


Posted on Mon, March 31 2014, 2 weeks ago
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