Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Posted on Tue, Feb 25, 2020 @ 05:03 PM

For anyone living in Korea, or anyone of Asian heritage, people can notice that many have a layered and complicated relationship to Japan. Because of what I learned growing up, I never found myself interested to go there, but by some random chance, I visited three years ago while working at Chungdahm. I met this Japanese person who ended up being my best friend, and I am lucky enough to have seen the things and the people that I have there through and with her. She does a lot of resistance work with both mainland Japanese and Okinawan artists and activists who demand fair rights, justice, and truth. There are so many incredible people creating communities of care and liberation, and I feel so thankful to see what is happening on the ground, giving me a more complex perception of the cultures around me.

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Tags: things to do on the weekend, vacation destinations, Kyoto, visit japan, chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, Traveling Asia

Korea's Sports Monster

Posted on Thu, Feb 20, 2020 @ 04:02 PM

These days it is so cold in Seoul! It’s mid-winter and the outdoor activities are limited. If you are an active and adventurous person like myself, then you’ll be happy to know that there is an indoor game and sports experience spot right outside of Seoul. The place is called Sports Monster. It is located at one of Korea’s largest shopping malls Hannam’s Starfield, which is about an hour and a half away from Gangnam by bus. It is significantly faster if you go by car or taxi. There isn’t a direct subway line that goes out to Hannam. So, I suggest planning a trip out there in advance to account for the transportation time it takes to get there. 

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Tags: Games, teaching in Korea, things to see in korea, Exercising in Korea, things to do on the weekends, outdoor activities, Weekend activities in Korea, living in South Korea

Life in Korea: Learning to Adapt

Posted on Tue, Feb 11, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

"I just don't understand why they do it that way." This was probably my most used phrase during my first month in Korea. It wasn’t my first time abroad, but I was experiencing a lot of new things - like the traffic rules, the banking system and a new style of management at work. My first few weeks in Korea was a time of huge change. It wasn’t just eating kimchi with most meals - in fact the new cuisine was something I really loved about Korea. It was more about feeling out of place and accepting a new way of doing things.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, cities in Korea

Why Living in Cheonan, South Korea was a True Blessing

Posted on Thu, Feb 06, 2020 @ 01:59 PM

Cheonan is a growing city about 30 to 40 minutes south from Seoul on the KTX. Among many Koreans that I met, it stays in their mind as a small, rural city. But coming from a truly suburban and rural city in California, it is hard to categorize Cheonan as a truly small city anymore, most parts from the KTX station to the Shinsegae mall are pretty urbanized and connected by subway or busses.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, cities in Korea

Life After Korea

Posted on Mon, Jan 13, 2020 @ 05:05 PM

When I was living abroad I wasn’t sure what life would be like when I finished my contract and moved home. I planned to only live in South Korea for a year but ended up extending my contract and living in Busan for almost a year and a half. I knew there would be some reverse culture shock when I moved home but I was really surprised by what I experienced and wanted to share that! In fact, one way to help with reverse culture shock is by writing down and talking about your experiences! 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, busan, life after Korea

Recycling and Waste Disposal in South Korea

Posted on Thu, Dec 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

I know what you’re thinking, “What an exciting title!” But trust me this article contains important information to help you navigate a topic that you wouldn’t normally think would be confusing. Recycling and waste disposal in South Korea is actually pretty different than in North America and other Western countries. Prior to moving to South Korea,I had no idea that there were any major differences with trash and recycling but I was very mistaken! Hopefully after reading my article you’ll feel more informed and prepared for the changes to come.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, restaurants in korea, busan, garbage, trash in korea

Teaching in South Korea vs Teaching Back Home: What's the Difference?

Posted on Thu, Dec 05, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

In comparing one job to another, there is a lot to take into consideration. Obviously, there will be a set of pros and cons to each one, and it can be difficult to sift through them each fairly. Also, there is a certain aspect of it all that is very personal and objective. The following comparison is between my experiences teaching stateside and the experience I have so far teaching in South Korea. I have loved every job I have ever had teaching, but I hope to shed some light on some of the struggles that you are able to avoid by teaching abroad, specifically with Chungdahm Learning and the Aclipse program. 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, English teacher in Korea, teaching at CDL, career

Korean Camping Culture: Making Time in the Great Korean Outdoors

Posted on Thu, Nov 28, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Korean Camping Culture: Making Time in the Great Korean Outdoors

Transition can be a scary thing for people. This is especially so when you are staring down the barrel of moving, not only to a different apartment or city, but an entirely new continent. This inevitably brings us face to face with new culture, language barriers, different foods and different ways to travel. Some people are very excited for all these things; this is what travel means to them. Others view many of these new facets of life with trepidation. 

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Tags: national park, preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, camping, outdoor activities, Cycling, top places to travel in Korea

Seoul Sky Observatory Visit

Posted on Tue, Nov 26, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Lotte Tower had its grand opening in 2017 as the tallest building in South Korea. Since then, the tower has been a prime location to gather around and have New Years countdown and fireworks. Still, one can do more than merely enjoy this tower from outside. The top floors of the tower offer a unique experience. Seoul Sky Observatory occupies the top seven floors of the 123 floored tower. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, Jamsil, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul

How Aclipse Enriched My Experience

Posted on Tue, Nov 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

It’s about to be a full two years since I began living and teaching in Seoul. I started my journey by applying to Aclipse. While I am so grateful for my luck finding Aclipse, I am particularly grateful to my recruiter Colette. The reason I am especially grateful to Colette is that she not only helped me find employment at my current branch in Gangnam, Seoul, but that she recommended me as someone to join the Aclipse team. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, career, aclipse

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