We know there are countless pages out there for how to apply, how to get background checks, and the like. So heres our list of our favorite resources which we found most helpful through the process.
Applying to EPIK
Keep in mind many of these resources are specific to the application process within the USA from 2013-14. Some things change over time and are different by country.
How to Have a Flawless EPIK Application – a brief overview
Step 1: Decide to apply with a recruiter or apply direct.
Step 2: Get Letters of Recommendation and fill out the Application
Step 3: Get Fingerprinted and begin collecting documents
Step 4: Interview with EPIK
Rejected – ideas
Accepted- now what?
Wait for Placement, get placed. Wait.
Learning Korean – resources
Step 5: Apply for Residency Tax Certificate
How to get your residency tax certificate – applicable to Americans only
Step 6: Apply for a Visa
A Note on DHL – if your NOA is sent through DHL, this is a possibility.
Step 7: Book a Flight and Packing
Step 8: Orientation
Our orientation experiences:
Step 9: Placement
Assuming you passed your drug tests and didn’t completely bugger everything up you are done with orientation and you will receive your placement. Some people may have learned their placements during orientation – this happens every time. Also, when names are released the teacher who is leaving will sometimes try to contact you via Facebook (don’t forget to check your “other” inbox and consider lowering your security just for a few days). Consider that they are leaving, and may say negative or disheartening things so take anything they say with stride.
Step 10: Begin Your New Life
Orientation will end, you will be bussed to your city and from there … anything can happen. What usually happens, though, is you meet your co-teachers, they may show you your school, you’ll see your apartment and suddenly you’re all alone in a new home in a new country.