I added a Frequently Asked Question page to address some of the most common questions I get about myself and this blog. Of course, if you have any other questions, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. What camera do you use?
I currently use a Canon s95 point and shoot camera. I purchased it roughly 2 years ago, and it’s been by my side ever since. I’m a firm believer that one does not need a fancy and expensive DSLR camera to take great photos.
2. How did you get a job in Korea? What recruiter did you use? What paperwork do I need?
I decided to move to Korea in 2012. For both of my jobs, I have been employed by GEPIK, or the Gyeonggi English Program in Korea. The Gyeonggi-do area is the area directly surrounding Seoul, or the Seoul suburbs if you want to call it that. I have worked in a public school both years, first in a middle school, and currently in an elementary school where I teach 6th grade. I applied for both of my jobs directly through Korvia Consulting. I think they are hands down the BEST recruiters for public schools in the Gyeonggi Province. They made the paperwork very simple, they made my appointments for me for immigration, and when I switched jobs, they even provided a mover to help me move to my new apartment. I’m forever grateful for their services.
I chose to work at a public school for a few reasons. 1. Longer vacations. 2. Shorter working hours. That’s pretty much it. Yes, you will most likely get paid more at a hagwon, but I personally did not think it was worth it to sacrifice my vacation days and sanity. I currently have 20 days of vacation, including holidays, and I work from 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday. That’s it. I teach 23 hours a week, 2 hours being an after school class for 3/4th grade, and one for 5/6th grade.
Things have changed dramatically regarding paperwork since I’ve been here. It may help you to check out Korvia’s website and find out exactly what you need. Please make sure you start getting your paperwork together at least 3 to 4 months ahead of time, as things like the FBI check can take ages.
Coming to Korea isn’t cheap. Nor is it necessarily cheap to live here. You may or may not be paid when you first arrive. Please make sure that you have enough money saved for all of your paperwork and at least a month of expenses.
3. What is life like in Korea?
I can only tell you of *my* experiences in Korea. Literally every single person here has a different story. I’ve been incredibly lucky to work at two great schools with great co-workers and really wonderful students, but sadly that is not the case for a lot of people here. I will say that your attitude can make or break your time here. Don’t read the threads on Waygook and Daves ESL and think you’re experience will be as miserable as those crazy people make it seem. Check out my post on How to Stay Sane in Korea for more tips. I wrote it when I first moved here, but it’s definitely still relevant today.
4. What photo editor do you use?
I use a mix between the CameraBag 2 app and the ToyCamera app. I tried fiddling around with Photoshop, but I’m a big fan of whimsical, filtered photos. CameraBag 2 is my ultimate favorite, as it allows for a lot more control over the editing process.
5. What products should I use for _____ skin?
I am sadly not a doctor, dermatologist, makeup artist, or any sort of skincare professional. I’m just a girl who has an obsession for beauty products, and I specifically feature products that work for my skin. I haven’t tried nearly anywhere close to all of the beauty products that Korea has to offer. I can make general recommendations, based on products I have tried or I have seen here, but sadly, I cannot diagnose or treat specific skincare problems.