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Dongtan: Year Two

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It was the first week of June 2009 that I arrived in Dongtan, South Korea. I had only visited the city once in 2008 and was amazed at how quickly the place sprung up. It was a stark contrast to the older neighborhoods I was used to in Yongin and Suji, but I really took a liking to the clean streets. What it lacked in amenities (movie theater, McDonald’s, etc.), it more than made up for in atmosphere.

As I entered into my 10th month of my contract, I knew it was time to decide if I wanted to come back to this city and school. To say that I don’t love the gig I have here would be lying. Everything about the school is top-notch and I look forward to getting to my classes and interacting with the children. For the past month, I’ve been working with my employers to finalize the details of the contract and ultimately signed it yesterday.

Furthermore, Jo and I ventured down to Immigration (again) to complete the process of renewing our E2 and F3 visas. I was anticipating a huge ordeal, similar to what one must face when you’re arriving in Korea on a new E2, but this process was surprisingly simple. We showed up with my boss and handed over our Alien Registration Cards, Passports, and supporting contracts. 10 minutes later we were finished with brand new re-entry visas plastered into our passports.

That was it.

Now the countdown begins to a well-earned vacation in May!


Written by Steve Miller

April 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

Posted in Thoughts

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  1. Looks like everything is going well! Happy for u and Jo!


    April 9, 2010 at 11:39 am

  2. Congrats on signing a new contract! I just got a lead on a possible job opportunity in Mokpo, so who knows, I might end up down there. I’m going to start my job application process in a day or two.


    April 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm

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