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|LaurenMetz 8 posts||
Was just wondering if anyone alse was planning to go to seoul this Aug with EPIK??
Doe anyone who has gone with EPIK give any advice on the application process with them?? is it hard or do they help etc any comments would be much appreciated!!
Im so excited for this coming year :)
|Elkist 41 posts||
I am hoping to apply for the feb/march application next year so i would be interested in any tips on the application process aswell :)
|wendy88 12 posts||
I'm thinking of doing EPIK Aug 2011 as well! I'm from the UK and I've nearly completed my 120hr course. Any advice (or anything!) would be great :)
|j500sut 1 post||
I'm applying for the August EPIK-SEOUL program. I'm just waiting for my references and I can send the application off. Any info you guys might need just let me know.
|honeycombnut 4 posts||
I'm heading to Sout Korea in August. I've passed the EPIk interview and have sent off my documents for verification, so waiting in limbo at the moment for school contract. I'm going with footprints recruiters from vancouver (I'm irish, don't know how that worked out!!!) but they are great. Applied in January, thinking I'd get a head start, and as soon as I entered the six month window (documents cannot me more than six months old) they started on at me to get everything ready, constantly checking in. Can't fault them one bit and it's nice to have a bit of hand holding for my first time going away alone.
The EPIK interview went well, but I think passing had a lot to do with the fact I gushed about the EPIK program itself and said that was the reason I wanted to go to South Korea, because no other country sort of offers what they do blah blah blah....Just an idea for anyone thinking of applying. The person who did the interview was really nice and it wasn't too formal. Filling out the EPIK application was easy but tedious, but guys at footprints obviously check it with a fine tooth comb because I was certain I had it perfect, but didn't. As far as tips go, for going next feb/march, once you come to september comes start looking for your reference letters and criminal background check. They take the longest so get them in time, even if you won't be sending them off for a while. You can get your university transcripts whenever you like, because they're sealed so doesn't matter. There is different procedure for going to Seoul, as far as I know, I put down Incheon as my first choice, but you need extra stuff for seoul, like a lesson plan etc, not really sure.
|Chris121 2 posts||
Hi all! I'm in the middle of the SMOE/EPIK application process right now. Like honeycombnut I've applied through Footprints and recommend them; they check all documents, are friendly, explain exactly what documents you need and how to get them, help to chase up references and are great if you need help with anything. The only problem has been time zones as I'm in the UK so have to chase up my documents in the day then wait until evening to check back with Footprints (that being morning their time). It isn't too much of a problem, but you might want to take that in to account. If you're in the UK and this matters to you I hear that Flying Cows, based in Nottingham, are a great agency.
My advice is the same as you will read everywhere: apply for your criminal record check and your references ASAP as they take the longest to get hold of. I'm still waiting to get my CRC back, which I will then have to get apostilled and notarised. Go with a good agency who will help you out, this will make all the difference.
As far as applying to Seoul goes, the only difference that I've noticed so far is that you have to provide a 2 page lesson plan and fill out an extra application form.
Good luck everyone!
|LaurenMetz 8 posts||
Thanks everyone, you have all been very helpful :)
Can i go through footprints now even though i havent completed the TEFL course as finishing my degree currently, main priority at the moment. i want to go this summer so badly but deadlines are in a couple of weeks and im not sure im gonna make it time for the first of June :( sad times.
|Chris121 2 posts||
You can apply without finishing your TEFL course, you just need a letter from i-to-i stating that you are enrolled on a course. You need to then finish the course by July (I think). Footprints will talk you through everything :)