As you may have heard, I was planning on working in China for 4 months as a recruiter. Though I wouldn’t have gotten much money (160$ a month), I would have gotten housing and a meal at work. They also would have paid for my transportation and I would have gotten 10 hours of Chinese language lessons per week. Personally, I think the experience and the Chinese lessons made it worth it.
Unfortunately, I ran into a VISA problem. I needed a business visa for 4 months. To get Chinese visas, you need to go through travel agents. You can’t do it yourself at the embassy. So I contacted two travel agencies and at the end, neither could do a business visa. Probably has to do with being Canadian, contacting a Korean agency for a Chinese visa. I ended up spending a fair bit of time and money (I had a 170 000won physical in the morning and I was told in the afternoon I could get my visa), and in the end, it didn’t work. I called a Canadian travel agent to see if I could get my visa through her, but because my phone connection was a bit choppy, I had a tough time understanding why she couldn’t do it. However, I’m pretty sure she understood what I wanted and, as I understand, “….Business visa….3 months ok, but 4 months illegal…big trouble if you get caught….”. Last thing I need is trouble with the Chinese government. Something tells me they wouldn’t be as nice as the Brits.
It’s a bit of a bummer that my plans fell through, especially seeing how I only have a few days left in Korea, but I gonna keep keepin’ on, I say!
My boss contacted a friend at a local university and turned out there a vacancy at their English language center (a sort of university affiliated English academy). I had an interview and I would have gotten a job had I not wanted to take Korean classes too, since they’re offered at the Korean language center (university affiliated Korean academy) in the same building. Anyway, that probably won’t work out, so as I stand now, I’ll probably end up doing a bit of traveling, burn through my Korean savings and go back home after that. I just got contacted by a friend who’ll be traveling at the same time as I would be, so that’s promising.
Anyway, that’s where I’m at now. I really should start packing though, my contract’s over in a week. WOA! Time flies!