First of all, Texas… Where am I?! This weather is a little crazy for us. According to my Nana, “It’s just pouring snow!” which is an expression I’ve never heard before. This is day 4 of being stuck at home. A friend of mine posted some pictures and a video of herself ice skating on her driveway… no, serioulsy…
But now all of that ice is covered up with snow, and Nana and I took advantage of that today. We set out to make a snowman, but the snow was too powdery for that.
Here’s our snowman attempt. Pretty pathetic. It’s just a snow blob, really.
This is what snow boots look like in Texas. haha
And after all of the fun outside, we came inside and Nana made us some hot chocolate. I’m going to miss her.
A few of you asked about the won so I thought I would go into a little more depth about the benefits of working in South Korea. EPIK Program salary and benefits consist of the following:
- Roundtrip airfare reimbursement (must complete contract)
- 300,000 won settlement allowance
- Monthly salary
- Severance pay equal to one month’s salary per year worked
- Free furnished housing
- 2 years tax exemption
- 50% of mandatory medical insurance premiums
- 50% of compulsory pension plan contribution
- 10-day EPIK Orientation
Click on the chart below to see a larger image of the EPIK Pay Scale.
So now I guess you all really want to know how much 2 million won is worth in US Dollars… right? I’ll be making about $1,800 a month. I know that’s not a lot, but I won’t have to pay rent and since I don’t have a car in South Korea I won’t have to pay for gas or car insurance. I have been told that I can easily set aside half of my income every month. If I had taught somewhere in Europe I wouldn’t have even made half of what I will make in Korea and I would have to pay for airfare and rent.
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