Checking Daegu Bank account balance

Just in case anyone has a Daegu Bank account and needs to check their balance from overseas (or…in country, as well, I suppose)…

I’m sure there are other cheap ways to go about this, but Skype averages about 10 cents for a quick balance check.

This is the basic order things will happen and as menu options are available.  Note, when the system first answers it is all in Korean.  If you speak it, great, if you don’t then go ahead and skip the long message by just pressing 7 for English.

+82 53 742 5050 (this includes the country code first)
1st menu: Press 7 for English
2nd menu: Press 3 for balance
When prompted: Enter first 6 digits of your ARC number (aka your birth date) then # sign: yymmdd #
When prompted: Enter Account number then # sign (inside front cover of bank book)
3rd menu: Press 2 for normal mode
When prompted: Enter 4-digit PIN (the one you use for your card at ATM)
System spells out your name then gives balance

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IF you want to work in Korea you need to get F!@#%&*!

Seriously.  If you want to work as an ESL teacher in South Korea then you need to get FLEXIBLE and fast!  I have seen and heard so many people that are frustrated, angry and complaining about their school not providing internet access (or if they have it then it’s not consistent).   Considering all the truly valid concerns that people may have about working in education overseas, this is not one that should be making the list.  My personal experiences have been with DGEV but this applies to so many schools/camps/hagwons and really isn’t even confined to South Korea.

To clarify: I consider myself a loud and proud EdTech cheerleader.  My MSED studies revolve around it!  I absolutely love using technology in the classroom and know for a fact that it really enhances or even completely changes the learning experience.  I prefer having internet 100% of the time for personal and professional reasons.

However, even though this is the 21st century and it is essential that people build technology skills… if it is impossible for you to teach a lesson without internet or tech then you may want to look elsewhere for work.

Perhaps that sounds harsh.  But seriously- just save yourself the stress and always be prepared to teach sans internet and/or tech.  Or if it means THAT much then do like a couple of teachers I know did and subscribe to a phone plan with unlimited data so you always have a hotspot.

But really- please, please have a serious conversation with yourself about this.  Be truthful with yourself- if you are looking to work in South Korea but find it difficult to be flexible then look for work somewhere else.  Not everyone can just ‘roll with it’ and that’s okay!  We’re all different!  But please don’t put yourself in a position where you have to be able to turn on a dime sometimes several times a day.  If you are up to the challenge though, being that flexible and demonstrating your abilities in that way is a mad skill.  You’ll fly away from Korea thinking KNOWING that since you successfully completed your contract then you can do anything.  *^^*

A few of you find this blog while researching about working in the ROK and sometimes even DGEV in particular so thought I would just toss this little blurb up here to chew on.  I may have mentioned this issue before but it bears repeating. Sometimes the information out there is a little sugar-coated and sometimes it’s just nothing but mud slinging.  It’s not all good or all bad.  I enjoyed teaching in Korea and I will work there again.

Federal Apostille on it’s way back!

Happy news in visa-process land: the federal apostille for my cbc is showing as picked up by FedEx fairly late yesterday evening and is on the way back to me this very minute.  That means it took exactly 3 business days from the day the Department of State system showed it as officially ‘received’ until the day they shipped it back.

Also, finished my passport-style mugshot photo using the Department of State photo tool, Apache OpenOffice Draw, and some helpful tips gleaned from Wormsinthebrain in the comments section below the CNET article.

I may have taken advantage of my daughter’s good nature by getting her to retake the picture countless times, but I now have a dozen copies to use for the slew of paperwork still to come.

Note: for the white background I held a great big piece of posterboard behind my head and shoulders.  My hands and the background were just cropped out when I used the USDS photo tool.  Also, I used natural light which kept the white background from going off-color.

Secretary of State Apostille…

Just checked the FedEx status of my documents (two notarized copies of degree) and they were delivered yesterday morning.  Phew!

But wait, there’s more…

They also shipped SOMETHING back to me the same day!  It’s out on the delivery truck heading towards me RIGHT NOW.

Is this good or bad?  Did I royally mess up somewhere along the line and they are throwing the whole mess back at me to fix?

Or did they really finish up that quickly?  That would be amazing.  =D

In the meantime, I refuse to leave the house while I wait for that shiny truck to rumble up my street.

This reminds me of a movie… and there’s a scene in it that really captures the essence of this whole process.

Preparing to teach English is South Korea is just. like. this…

UPDATE:  YES!!!  Two apostilled copies of my diploma just arrived!  I had to look up examples of what the ‘right’ documents would look like because, of course, I started worrying that I ordered the wrong thing somehow… Good grief.

Mine looks like a sheet of paper stapled over the top of my notarized copy that certifies it is a public document of my state, name of notary, the date, city of Secretary of State office, some number that I have to assume is important *^^*, the state seal (black and white) and signature of S.o.S, and a colored stamp/state seal that has been stamped across both the apostille page AND the diploma copy so that, together, they make a complete seal.

So, three days total start to finish.  Not bad.  Makes up for the Federal CBC wait time. ha.