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8802 form again.


Its past December 1st. It is time to file for the 8802 tax residency form…goodness. Good luck to all of the native teachers out there!!


Buying Make-Up at Homeplus

Early one morning I was getting ready for school and I noticed that my mascara was in need of replacement so I thought; “I’ll head to Homeplus.” At Homeplus I went to the make isle. I was taking my time scoping out what they had and the prices attached as I started to notice that there is a woman who is looking over my shoulder. I got a little uncomfortable and turned around- saw that she was wearing a uniform- a Homeplus uniform. “Oh, she works here,” I thought. I found the mascara that I wanted but couldn’t find it anywhere. I just had the sample in my hand searching. Not a moment too soon the woman with the Homeplus uniform came and…said something in Korean and grabbed a different mascara. I just simply agreed out of convience for me- sure why not I’ll take it. She reaches into the drawers below the make up- ‘oh of course!’ Then she proceeded to grab a giant box and LOCK the mascara away in it!


Inside of the box is what I want to buy. She added in some wipes- that was nice.



Side view and the giant lock.



Bottom view.


I don’t know why I was so fascinated about this, but really I think it is a little strange. So different from running down to Rite Aid to pick up some mascara! I would have never guessed.

For those of you who don’t know what HomePlus is- I am sorry for your loss. HomePlus is like an amusement park. It is very similar to E-Mart but more giant. Go to this girls blog http://seoulsarang.blogspot.com/2009/03/homeplus.html – if you have any interest or further inquires about HomePlus. She does a whole post showcasing what you could get and honestly, how fun it is haha.

In other news, it only took the IRS from late July until now to send me my residency certificate for a total of around 70 days. My oh my. Jeff got a letter from them around the same time I got my certificate that said that he had information missing!!! It took 2 and a half months for them to tell him he had information MISSING! ahh.

*Cross your fingers that I get added to the Korean Blog List ^_^ Also, congrats to Lana for being on the list!!!! That is so cool!!!! I can remember when her and I were checking EVERY. SINGLE. BLOG. on the list to find out anything we could about teaching here 🙂


P.S.S. THANKS EPIK for pushing the date to October 31st to finish the online courses! Originally they were due by January and now I must actually work and learn “how to group students.” I went to school for this already!!! Today I learned that- “Before you come to Korea- you should try Korean food. Have you ever had Korean food before? Bibimbap is a traditional Korean food that is not spicy.” First of all, I have had bibimbap and I have had spicy bibimbap as well!!! True EPIK fashion they are making things more confusing than they need to be. Thanks EPIK,

love, shannon

Filing for the 8802: US Tax Residency

Okay. So we leave in about 20 days and I just received an email from my recruiter about the 8802 tax form for South Korea! Yikes! It takes 45 days to process (and thats good.) This process was confusing for me because taxes…yeah right. I don’t get it. So with phone calls to the IRS and visits to my grandma I was able to figure it out:

This is how I filled mine out, maybe it will help somebody out there who is having trouble sifting through the 12 pages of IRS directions.

Applicants name: Pretty straight forward- Your name.

Applicants Tax ID number: Social security number.

1. Applicants name and TAX ID number if different from above. Same as above

2. Applicants address during the calendar year for which certification is requested, including country and ZIP of postal code. Permanent Address. So for this one I had a hard time because EPIK keeps things like where you will be living a secret until you get there. So I called the IRS and told them my perdicament. They suggested that I just put down my permanent address and have whoever lives at that address (my parents) send me the documents when they come. Really what they want is somewhere to forward the 6166 documents to. (the 6166 is the residency certificate and you get that once you turn in your 8802.)

3a. Mail form 6166 to the following address. Same as above or permanent address. This was also confusing to me, but was cleared up by calling the IRS again! They said to put the address in either or and just state “same as above or below.”

3b. Appointee information: If you have an appointee- a person who is responsible for your taxes, which in my case is my grandma and she works for the IRS so her information was provided. It is not necessary to have an appointee.

4a. Applicant is: Individual and a U.S. citizen.

5. Yes. 1040. I filed a 1040.

6. No need to fill out anything if you checked “Yes” above.

7. Calendar year: 2010. The IRS said that after December 1st, we have to file another one for the year of 2011.

8. Tax period: 200912.

9. Purpose: Income tax.

10. Statement: Name, SSN, is a US resident and will continue to be throughout the current tax year.

11. Number of certifications you need. Find South Korea and next to it put a number value. You can get up to 20 and still pay $35. Beyond 20 you pay $5 extra.

12a. Total number from all columns: #

13. Amount of money due:

That is it! Make sure you sign and date it! This is how I filled mine out, it will probably differ slightly depending on who you are and how you file your taxes. If you filed them late then I think you have to attach a copy of you taxes to this form. You can pay online and fax it or mail it. Now that is submitted my family will mail it to me when I am in South Korea.

Below are some IRS sites that have a bit more of information:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8802.pdf – The 8802 form.

http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i8802/ch02.html -Some instructions about how to fill it out.

http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/international/article/0,,id=122559,00.html -To understand what the 6166 really is.

NOA: Daegu?

Teehee, so all this time I have been telling people that I am headed to Busan. Busan bound. Beautiful beach town & teaching. Yesterday I figured out that I am not going to Busan but going to Daegu in stead! The news of this switch however came as a big surprise when Jeff got his contract 3.5 hours before me. His stated that he was assigned to Daegu- all I could think was, where the hell am I? So I missed the DHL guy first time around and called him immediately. He told me that he could “probably swing by at 2:30.”

I waited around….

I waited around… unable to concentrate on anything else for more than 10 minutes because I would be looking out the window!!!

Finally, he showed up with a big smile and handed me the envelope. Inside was

1. NOA

2. 2 contracts

3. EPIK packet

4. Visa E-2 form

The beloved DHL package!

NOA: Daegu!

The contract. Half in Korean, half in English.

EPIK information. 5 page packet with lists and websites about getting ready.

So the waiting game is over for receiving real documents from EPIK! Yay! I am just so anxious to see how this all pans out. There was some confusion with my contract and the salary- but that will be cleared up at orientation. Thanks to Joyce for all of her efforts! Hooray! Up next…filling out the Visa E-2 application. This is confusing.

Now that we found out we are going to Daegu, I have been doing a lot of research on the area. It seems really vibrant and beautiful!

Daegu's night skyline.

I found a cute video, it just strolls through Daegu- a quick snap shot!

Tracking Number for NOA!

The tracking number came yesterday but I didn’t have time to write! Look at where it is AS OF NOW!

Sooo…it is in Portland and in the truck on its way to be delivered to my house at any point today! What a glorious day! This day has finally arrived!

Now that I have this on the way Jeff and I are figuring out how to get our E2 visas. I posted on a facebook group for all of the other EPIK, GEPIK and SMOE people to ask them if they had any idea. They all came back with really helpful ideas. Found out that there might be a mail-it-in option. I say this because if there wasn’t then we would drive up to Seattle to get our visas. 3.5 hours…I guess I don’t mind but I would rather not spend all that gas money! Id rather spend it in Korea!!! So for sure, we would have to leave the 15th to make it to orientation by the 18th in the morning. When I get my flight details I will post that, but I can’t do that until I get my contract.

I am continuing to get rid of things and “size down” my life. I am finding it much harder. Is it sad that I want to bring baskets and organization things! I am afraid to pack. People got me thinking about it on the discussion boards and it nearly gave me a panic attack. My life will not fit into two suitcases. No way. I guess it’ll have to! haha Maybe I will have signed a contract and sent it back to EPIK next time I post! I hope so!!


It all started in December. December is when I submitted my application to KorVia. Here I am 6 months later and I have;

1. Sumbitted my online application

2. Met with Joyce and Craig

3. Appostilled the shit out of everything

4. Got a letter from the Dean of Education

5. Interviewed

6. Got offered a job

7. Got an email saying that I had a job later… haha

8. Waiting for a contract

It is June 28, 2010. I am still waiting to hear from EPIK about my contract and details about my life haha. I am growing anxious about the year ahead. I have set high standards for myself and my ability to teach let alone teach English. This is coming from the girl who has spelling errors in her blog entries. As I am finishing up this final project that Lana and I are working together on I am feeling more confident about myself. We are compiling a set of 45 English energizers (fun and exciting ways to teach and get students moving and involved) and it is turning out really nice.

Everyday I am researching about other English teachers and their experiences and I have to say- not one experience is like the other. They have similarities of course, but each are so unique it is hard to make any inferences about my future. I kind of like not knowing at this point. I am a person who maps everything out and over thinks each move that the looseness of this experience is just what I need. I need to get out of myself, and feel uncomfortable. I have been comfortable for 24 years-

SO here is to not feeling totally comfortable, to creating a new sense of comfortability and way of life. Here is to a new country, new language and new students. Cheers to NEW.

My friend Christ is in Korea right now teaching, he got there last week. Within three days he had made a handful of friends and had several eye opening experiences. Maybe he will make a wordpress blog that I can follow haha.

Sin Firmar


Right when I think that it’s all Jeff’s fault for holding up our Visa processing pro-cess. I get an email today.

“We got a message from EPIK that they were doing the visa processing and found that there is signature missing and they are requesting you to send with hand signature on documents as soon as possible..

To make sure the visa processing keep going, you need to send me scanned one first via e-mail and send rest of documents to Korea directly as soon as you can..”

I mean, it only takes like 5 freakin days to send something from Portland Oregon to South Korea!!! ahhh I think all of this work will pay off, and make it so that our trip and school years start off really smooth.

So after a long day of teaching 2nd graders I was running back and forth between the office and my classroom scanning and signing papers! My recruiter received them via e-mail but now I must send the hard copies tomorrow. Sounds easy, but I am sure I will run into some sort of complication. : ) Wish me luck!