One of the great things about teaching English in Korea for Chungdahm is that instructors have the opportunity to make extra money during the students’ summer and winter breaks. During this time, Chungdahm offers Winter/Summer Workshops which are three hour classes in the morning usually from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Depending on your branch, class schedule may be a bit different. The class subjects range from basic reading, listening, and comprehension to TOEFL test preparations.
It’s a great way to make use of the extra time Instructors have in the morning. Instructors performing these workshops will have the option to work as little as 2 days a week, and if you’re ambitious up to 6 days a week. Currently I am doing 6 days a week. I admit, it does get intense and tiring, but the good thing is it’s only for a month. The good chunk of money I’ll be making is worth suffering for only a month.
Here are a few tips to survive Winter/Summer Workshops:
- Eat Your Meals
There’s nothing more important than eating your meals. Make sure to wake up early enough to grab a quick breakfast and don’t skip lunch just to take a longer nap. This brings me to the next tip. Nap’s shouldn’t be longer than 30 minutes anyways.
- Power Nap
Take a short 30 minute nap in between the morning and afternoon classes. It really makes a big difference. Make sure you don’t nap for more than 30 minutes though. Once the body goes into a deep sleep, it is tough to wake up from and will feel sluggish after waking up.
- Restrain Yourself
Especially if working 6 days a week. One night out hanging out with friends can have a domino effect for the whole week. Take control and make good decisions.
What other tips do my colleagues have?
Caught one of my students hiding from coming to class.
Yoon escaped from Los Angeles, California after finding himself hating his job at the bank. Knowing of opportunities to teach English in Korea, he took this chance to take on the excitement of living in a foreign country. Thankfully, Aclipseplaced him at a great Chungdahm branch in Jamsil. He is enjoying almost every moment of it and would like to share his experience with you through his blog.