Passing the time

It’s been a while since my last post, and for that I am very sorry. I’ve had a bit of writer’s block! Although, can it really be writer’s block if absolutely nothing happens worth writing about?

The last week or 2 has been… Well, put simply, it’s been monotonous! I’m sure you’ve all had times like this; you wake up, go to work, come home, and sleep, only to start it all again the next day. The weekends of course are a drunken blur, attributed to my being 23 and still living in the

dream world where my liver will survive anything and parties/nights out are all that matter.

The issue is, that monotonous weekdays and forgotten weekends don’t make for very good reading. So instead, to brighten these grim, rainy days, here are some photo’s of a lovely trip to the seaside.

Kite surfing

 

Walking the dogs

 

A blue sunset

 

A true sunset

 

Guess where I changed the filter…

I’m now planning to take it easier on the weekends, so keep your eye’s open, as I will be posting about all the wonderful adventures that occur.

Bye for now!

Back to basics

This blog seems to have gone off on a bit of a tangent. Clearly as nothing has been moving forward with my moving to Korea, I’ve been posting left, right and centre about stuff you might find interesting. Emphasis on the might!

However, I feel it’s about time I at least post something new about the plan, so here is a run down of what you need to teach English in South Korea!

  • Do you speak English? Of course you do! You’re reading this blog after all. A pretty obvious point to make, but you can’t teach English if you don’t speak it. A quick heads up however, to all those who learnt English as a second language themselves, it seems you need to be a ‘Native’ English speaker! You may speak better English than most of us here in the UK, but it’s the accent they’re after, getting the students exposed to it as much as possible. So if you were born and raised in one of the following countries, happy days! – UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa.
  • So you are a native of one of these countries, great! Next on our list is your passport. Don’t have one? Get one! You can’t travel without one anyway, so what have you been doing all this time? You must have at least one free page for your Visa stamp and it must be valid for the entirety of your contract. Public schools in South Korea seem to ask for 6 months on top of that so make sure you’ve got a couple of years to be on the safe side.
If it looks like this… Get a new one!
  • If you like the look of Asia, you’ll also need a Bachelor’s degree or better. If you don’t already have one, you might want to put off your plans for a few years. I’d suggest an art course, but then again I hate exams and essays. Once you have your degree you need to get a copy of it notarized and apostilled. I was confused too! Put simply they’re both forms of certification to show that whatever the copy is, it’s the real deal. This cost’s a fair amount, I paid £192 in total, but that included my CRC (I’ll get to that later). To get this done you need a Notary Public (a lawyer with a big stamp thing), simply type in ‘notary public (home town)’in to Google to find your nearest ones. The Apostille you may have to send off.
Notary stamp thingy
  • A CRC is a Criminal Records Check. I’m sure you’d have some idea if you’d been in prison, or close, but they need proof. This also needs to be Apostilled.
  • Along with your Degree certificate you’ll need a sealed copy of your university transcripts. Don’t worry if you’ve already opened your’s, you can buy a new set. I paid £12 for each year’s transcripts from the University of Plymouth. Make sure you get every year, as my poor friend Dane had to go back and get more. Also make sure they stamp over the seal of the envelope!
  • Passport photos, and lot’s of them. I’ve been told 6-7 by my recruiters, but other people I’ve spoken to say you can never have too many.
  • A decent Curriculum Vitae, or Resume if you’re American or Canadian. Anyone from Australia, New Zealand or South Africa can enlighten me as to what you call it, but basically, that thing you write to tell people how awesome you are!
  • Finally, if you do hope to teach in Public schools you will also need 2 letters of recommendation. Do yourself a favour and ask 2 people who think the world of you, that way you’ll really stand out.

So that’s everything you need to get a teaching job in Korea. Obviously some teaching experience, or even some extra ESL qualifications like TEFL or TESOL will help you get a better job or higher pay; but they aren’t necessary.

Best of luck to anyone doing the same!

Joe out!

Armed Forces Day

Believe it or not, I still haven’t received a job offer from Korea. I won’t let this get me down though, there are still plenty of things to do in and around Plymouth, and one of these occurred yesterday. A fact I was completely unaware of until being woken up by what I believed at the time to be a mass attack on the UK.

Saturday 30th June was Armed Forces Day, hosted in (or rather above) Plymouth.

So I’ll set the scene… There I am peacefully sleeping, albeit in a slightly inebriated state, having enjoyed a night out with friends. Who knows what the hour was, all I can tell you is that it was too early. Oh! You’re aware of this hour? Ok then, I’ll continue. So at ‘too early’ am…

WOOOOOSSSHH!

Ok so that was really anticlimactic. Here is a YouTube clip, crank your speakers up to 11 and listen to the flybys (if you have a sub woofer that helps).

Now you have some idea of what I kept hearing, and it’s all well and good hearing that when it an air show, or reading some idiots blog. But imagine you are said idiot, you live near a naval base, and you are disorientated (hung over). Now I’m not saying I truly believed an attack was happening, I doubt I’d have stayed in bed that long otherwise, but the thought did cross my mind.

So after I’d figured out that an attack would probably involve explosions of some kind, I did a little research and found the true source of the deafening jet sounds. Armed Forces Day 2012!

Despite this, my first thought was to go for a ride in Cornwall, but after changing an inner tube only to realise the new one was in fact an old one (pre-punctured), Armed Forces Day seemed like a good way to go. I gathered my friends and we headed on down to Plymouth Hoe.

This should be where I’d show some pictures. However, I’ve been shooting on film recently (some of you might remember it), and as much as I enjoy shooting on 35mm film, it doesn’t offer the instantly viewable images we’ve all come to love.

That said, it wasn’t long before the rain decided to pour down on us, so you’re not missing much (I’m really underselling this event). We began to walk home in the rain when the Red Arrows flew overhead. These guys are amazing, and definitely worth a watch if you get the chance. Seeing them skim Plymouth’s skyline from below was exhilarating, and worth missing the full show for. My only regret was having my camera in the bag at this point.

So there it is. My Armed Forces Day 2012! I hope none of you were expecting an in-depth expose on the event 😛