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Signing up for a Gym Membership while Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, May 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

When you begin teaching in Korea, you will quickly realize upon your arrival that Korea is one of the leading fashion capitals in the world. The Korean influence has been spreading from their Kpop music, Korean movies and dramas, and Korean fusion food. One thing that you will notice in Korea, is that many Koreans try to keep in shape from the youngest to the oldest in Korean society. With all of the soju drinking and Korean BBQs, you would think that Koreans would be so unhealthy. However, this is not the case for many people.  In this blog I will write how to sign up for a gym membership.  If however want to learn about how to workout in non-traditional gyms, such as at a yoga studio or at a bouldering gym, feel free to also check out Linda's recent blog.

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Tags: living in Korea, living in Seoul, gyms in Korea, Health in Korea, fitness, gym, working out

3 Things I Wish I Had Done Before Traveling to Teach in Korea

Posted on Tue, May 23, 2017 @ 03:32 PM

I remember the day I left for Korea like it was yesterday. My stomach was flying with nerves as I began unpacking my bags at the airport. I recall my luggage weighing too much and I was frantically throwing things in and out of my suitcase. At that time, I hadn't traveled much and I knew nothing about teaching and had very little knowledge about Korea and Korean people. Even though I tried to do as much research as possible, no travel book could have prepared me for the journey ahead. Below I offer three tips about things you should do prior to departing to teach in Korea.

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Tags: Blogs, Best blogs, preparing to teach in Korea, packing, bags, learning Korean, shopping in Korea, teach in Korea, what to buy in Korea, Teaching skills, what to bring, hangul

Top Tips on Classroom Management From a ChungDahm Veteran

Posted on Wed, May 17, 2017 @ 12:32 PM

One of the most difficult tasks in teaching and one of the most break-or-make aspects is classroom management. How do you manage to deal with up to 15 bouncing, energetic, elementary students? Or even more difficult, 15 cricket-chirping quiet middle schoolers? We all know that you’re supposed to get the material in their heads but we also know that as much as anyone plans, nothing will go the way you plan. Therefore, how do we manage the class to teach them effectively? Well, there isn’t any one-step-easy method. I do, however, have a lot of tips that I have learned from my experience of teaching in Korea for nearly three years and for three Chungdahm branches. I have learned a lot from my many mentors, and I would like to share what I have learned with you. While some ideas might seem obvious, you would be surprised how difficult it can be. I will also do my best to give the tips, along with solid explanations of each tip. These tips can be separated into three categories: Organization, Professionalism, and Attitude, or, OPA (Gangnam Style)!

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Tags: chungdahm, class management, chungdahm learning, Teaching skills

How to Stay Active While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, May 12, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

There are plenty of ways to stay active while teaching in Korea. I’ve found this to be particularly true in Busan. Apart from it being a very walk able city (despite its vastness), there are outdoor and indoor outlets for workout activities. As a person who enjoys staying active, this characteristic is important to me of any place. As the days become warmer, I’m anticipating being outside more and exploring the very nearby mountains. But since I arrived in November, I’ve experienced a conventional gym, a bouldering gym, and a hot yoga studio. Keep reading for my thoughts on each!

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Tags: Exercising in Korea, gyms in Korea, hiking in korea

Find Out How to Renew your Contract at ChungDahm Learning

Posted on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 01:54 PM

After teaching in Korea for one year with ChungDahm Learning you may find yourself yearning to stay longer.  This should not be shocking as English teachers living in Korea tend to stay in the country for up to two years. With Asia right on your doorstep, teachers prefer to travel in their first year and save in the second. With efficient transport, cheap banking and low costs of living, Korea is a desirable ESL destination to enjoy for more than one year. 

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, benefits of Korea, benefits of living in Korea, immigration, chungdahm learning, growing with Chungdahm, opportunities at chungdahm, stay in Korea, renew contract, contract

Make Sure To Visit Beautiful Hwaseong Fortress While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, May 08, 2017 @ 12:31 PM

There are a number of wonderful, cultural, and historical places to visit in Korea. Having already written about Namsan Tower, I would like to tell you about another one of my favorite places that I have enjoyed visiting during my time teaching in Korea.  This place is Hwaseong Fortress. Having been to Hwaseong Fortress on four separate occasions, I felt inspired to write a blog to let readers know about one the most beautiful places to visit within the Seoul area limits. If you’re ready for a hike, and to see something of historical and cultural significance to Koreans, Hwaseong is the place to go.

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Tags: Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea, korea history

Top 3 Tips For Passing The ChungDahm Training Week

Posted on Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Training week is your introductory course into teaching in Korea for ChungDahm Academy or April Institute. For one week, you will be with ChungDham trainers at the beautiful training facility in Jamsil before getting moved to your working branch. Living in Korea is amazing but it is important to make sure to pass training week first. Here are my 3 key points for passing training week:

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Tags: English teacher in Korea, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Training Center, training week, chungdahm learning

Celebrating Cherry Blossom Season in Korea

Posted on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

I began teaching in Korea in the winter time, which has its charm for sure. It’s nice to cozy up in layers and hike through primarily brushy trails and leaf litter or just have hot drinks with friends. But I’m definitely partial to hot weather. One of the most glorious signs of warm days ahead is the mass bloom of cherry blossom trees around South Korea.  In this blog I will talk about the ways I have been able to enjoy this first sign of Spring over the last couple of weekends.

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Tags: things to do on the weekend, cherry blossoms, Spring Time, korea spring

How to Embrace Spring While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Spring is a popular season in Korea. Plenty of tourists travel to North East Asia to view the Cherry Blossoms, which bloom in Korea and Japan during the month of April. The season begins in March and ends around May,  as the temperatures warm up for Summer in June. Spring is also a season for harvesting. It is common to see countryside farmers planting rice and potatoes, as well as sowing seeds and pruning trees.  In this blog I will offer a variety of ways you and your friends can enjoy the comfortable spring weather while living and teaching in Korea.

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Tags: korea bucket list, outdoors, hiking in korea, Spring, cherry blossoms, parks in Korea, outdoor activities, Recreational activities, Cafes, patbingsu, Festivals in Korea, picnics in South Korea, Spring Time, korea spring

ChungDahm Teacher Answers Top Questions About Teaching in Korea Part 2

Posted on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 02:06 PM

Hopefully you enjoyed the first part of my blog ChungDahm Teacher Asks Top Questions About Teaching in Korea. Today I will answer some of the other popular questions that I have been asked by candidates who are interested in teaching in Korea for ChungDahm.

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Tags: living in Korea, living in Seoul, teaching at Chungdahm, living in South Korea, chungdahm, chungdahm learning

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