I finally made up my mind to stay in Korean for another year. The problem was, I didn’t know if my principal and vice principal would want me to stay or get a new Native English Teacher. Every day I would see all of my friends talking (online) about their schools asking them to say, signing contracts and getting medical exams. I didn’t hear anything from my co-teacher.
I already knew that our applications to renew were due on December 5 and I also knew that included the medical exam results and it takes up to a week to get those back. I was starting to stress out so I started asking my co-teacher a lot of questions about the renewal process. It turns out she was pretty clueless. She didn’t even know that I needed a medical exam (so it’s a good thing I asked).
The vice principal of our school was supposed to be out all week so I had to wait around for a week not knowing if my school wanted to keep me or not because it’s basically her decision. The following week, I kept asking my head co-teacher if she had heard anything from the vice-principal. She said there was a meeting with the vice principal and the head teachers about me, but she hadn’t heard anything. On Friday, I decided to ask my other c0-teacher to see if she knew anything. She told me that she really wanted to tell the VP that they should keep me, but she hadn’t because she doesn’t want to teach English next year.
I’m not sure how it came up, but my co-teachers spoke to the VP at lunch that day and she told them that all of the head teachers wanted me to stay so I could stay at the school if I wanted to. I was so excited to hear the good news!
Since then it’s been a whirlwind of paperwork… and I had to go get another medical check. That was an adventure.
Step 1. Check in at the front desk
Step 2. Escorted to a dentist chair where he looked at my teeth for less than 10 seconds then said, “Your dental condition is very good!”
Step 3. Take a number.
Step 4. My number was called so approached the unknown desk and was asked to pay 60,000 won (about $55).
Step 5. Walk back to the front desk and then escorted into another room.
Step 6. Height/Weight check
Step 7. Blood Pressure
Step 8. Chest Measurement (Does anyone know why they only measure our chests??)
Step 9. Color blind test. The woman opened a notebook. Inside they had glued some of those dotted pictures with numbers hidden in them.
Step 10. Hearing Test
Step 11. Eye Test
Step 12. Chest X-ray
Step 13. Urine Test
Step 14. Blood Test
Step 15. Instructed to sit on a bench outside of some closed doors. Sat there for half an hour as the two men inside chatted in Korean.
Step 16. Go into the room and sit in front of a doctor for “counseling.”
Doctor: Do you have any problems with your body?
Doctor: If you have problems with your body, you have to come back here.
Doctor: I don’t want to see you again.
Me: Me too! Bye!
I picked up the results yesterday. I passed!
Today I turned in my medical check results. My co-teacher had a meeting with the principal and vice principal. The principal asked her to translate his words to me. She typed it out and gave it to me. I thought I would share it with all of you.
First of all, thank you for last 1 year.
Your face looks so good than first time I saw you. getting brighter and brighter.
I think it maybe you spend good time at this school and Korea life.
Thank you for your passionate teaching. Student’s English ability getting rising and they like English.
I want to recontract with you and please make sure you do your work (teaching English, broadcast, Morning English, etc) with sincerity & passionate.
I wish I expect good result.