FAQs - Pre-departure

1. I want to order things from the Arrival Store. Can I have them sent to my apartment?
We recommend sending things to your school address instead so that someone will be there to sign for the delivery and give the delivery person instructions.
2. I want to order sheets from the Arrival Store. What size of bed will I have?
Almost all schools provide a single bed.

If you know who you are replacing you can ask them for the size, and if they are leaving sheets behind for you.
3. Do I need to get any vaccinations prior to leaving?
Vaccinations are recommended but not mandatory.

We suggest speaking to your family doctor or local travel clinic to get informed and make the best decision for you.

You can also get some basic information by following this link: http://www.traveldoctor.info/vaccinations/south+korea.147.html Here are some useful statistics from the WHO. You will see that Korea is a relatively well-immunized and safe place with regards to diseases.

KOREA (figures are for 2006 unless indicated otherwise):

Official Name: Republic of Korea (ROK)
Total population: 50,000,000 (2009)
Capital: Seoul (pop. 11,000,000)
GDP per capita: US$ 22,990
Life Expectancy at birth m/f (years): 77/83
Child Mortality (per 1000): 5
4. Should I purchase travel medical insurance prior to leaving?
Some form of additional travel medical insurance is recommend because the insurance you will receive through your school will be limited to basic coverage. If something serious should arise you may require additional coverage.

Also, your school medical insurance will not be active until you obtain your Alien Registration Card. This can take 3-4 weeks.

In addition, you will not be covered if you travel outside of Korea during the contracted year, so if you plan on visiting any other Asian countries, it's strongly recommended that you have another form of insurance.
5. Who will book my flight?
Public schools no longer purchase flights for teachers in advance & they prefer to have teachers buy them and be reimbursed within 30 days of arrival. If you decide to work for a public school, you will need to prepare for this in advance. You will receive guidance in purchasing your flight, including access to great rates through our travel agents.

For most private schools, flights are purchased for you in advance by the school itself or the school representative. Some of our private schools prefer that teachers book their flights themselves and be reimbursed on arrival. Unfortunately, many of these schools have had a negative experience with having purchased a flight and the teacher leaving without honoring the contract and reimbursing the school for their expenses.
6. When will my flight be booked?
Flights are usually booked when teachers are close to having their E2 visa in hand. The reason for this is that we are never 100% sure how long the visa processing will take and whether we will meet any "bumps" on the way. If flights are booked to early, we might run into cancellation fees and other problems.
7. Who will pick me up at the airport?
In most cases, we will arrange for someone to meet you at the airport and either bring you to your school (if you will be within 1 hour or so of Incheon) or help you get on the right bus to your city, where someone from your school will pick you up at the bus terminal.

In some cases, you will get on a bus at the Incheon airport on your own and someone will be waiting for you in your city at the bus terminal. We'll make sure you have very detailed instructions to make this as stress free and smooth as possible.

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