Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Replacement Woes

A few words for anyone considering teaching English in South Korea: Please do your future director a kindness and start getting your paperwork done the second you accept the position. Better yet, get started the minute you decide to pursue teaching in Korea. Also, please be considerate enough not to try to hide a criminal record. If you have ANYTHING, anything at all, on you record, then please be up front about it.

As you may have guessed, my former-replacement did not follow these "suggestions." No, she dallied around as long as possible, and then at the last minute (today) revealed that she has a criminal record and cannot get a visa. Now my poor director is beyond stressed, and I can do little to help. I have agreed to stay as late as March 8, since my visa allows me that long and no longer. I have also been frantically posting on Facebook about the available job, hoping that someone who either already has their paperwork or is already in Korea will be interested.

Let me repeat, if you want to go abroad, but have a criminal record, DO NOT HIDE IT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!! You help no one (including yourself), and you may screw over a really wonderful person (i.e. Cate) who doesn't deserve it.

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