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Learn About Seollal: Korea's New Year

Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 @ 01:50 PM

Annually Koreans celebrate their New Year, Seollal. The holiday falls on different days each year. This year the holiday is being held over January 27-29. The period is decided according to the Lunar Calender.

Seollal and Chuseok are two of the biggest holidays in Korea where millions of Koreans take time off to travel to their home cities to spend time with their families. The Western equivalent would be Thanksgiving and Christmas. Seollal is very traditional with various associated foods and activities. Our students usually get money from their parents, aunts and uncles and Koreans festively say  to one another 새해 복 많이 받으세요 (sae hae bok manhi bah doo seh yo) – which means “Happy Seollal.”   This blog will help explain the customs and traditions of Seollal, so you will have a better understanding of the holiday when you are teaching in Korea.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, Vacations in Korea, vacation, Lunar New Year, Holidays in South Korea, seollal

First Impressions of Living and Teaching For ChungDahm in Busan

Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Few people out of all the world’s population have the privilege to travel…and exceptionally fewer choose to act on this opportunity or circumstance. My name is Linda Gaida and I'am from Spartanburg, South Carolina, and I graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. After the experiences I had during my undergrad years, traveling to different places in Europe, Asia, and South America, and witnessing varieties of opportunities available to people, I knew three things. First, I wanted to be valuable for others. Second, I wanted to be valuable for myself. And lastly, I wanted to travel or move.  As a result I decided to pursue education.

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Tags: markets, April Institute, busan, chungdahm

5 Reasons to Visit Korea from a ChungDahm Alumnus

Posted on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 04:11 PM

Cindy Ung is a ChungDahm Learning alumnus whom I met during our training week back in the winter of 2011. Not only have I had the privilege of being friends with Cindy, she also introduced me to Aclipse Recruiting. Originally from New York City, Cindy studied at Rutgers University where she was able to learn about teaching opportunities in Korea. Wanting to broaden her perspectives of the world, she lived and worked for ChungDahm in Seoul for two years and since leaving ChungDahm over 3 years ago, she has become a successful real estate agent in New York City. However, every year during her vacation she always opts to come back and visit Seoul for the week. When I ask her why doesn’t she go travel to another country, she always says that that Korea has become her second home. For many of us teaching in Korea, I think Korea will always have a special place in our hearts just like hers. Below are Cindy’s top 5 reasons why she continues to come back to Korea.

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Tags: korean fashion, ewha womens university, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, friends, partying in Seoul, hongdae, party, Cafe, Gangnam, myeongdong, internet cafe, fashion, Seoul partying, dog cafes in korea

The Secret of Week 1: How to Have a Successful First Week at Chungdahm

Posted on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 03:54 PM

At Chungdahm Learning, Week 1 is where all the magic happens. As a teacher you will know that those first  moments are imperative for setting the tone for the rest of the semester. First impressions and introductions go a long way with regards to student management and an active learning environment. The way you handle your students and their behavior on the first day, will go a long way to making your classroom a happy learning environment and your time teaching in Korea a memorable one. 

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Tags: student management, First week in Korea, English teacher in Korea, teach in Korea, chungdahm, smart classroom, training week, ESL, chungdahm learning, teaching job, classroom materials, reward system, teaching rules, learning management

Learn About The i-Garten Program At ChungDahm

Posted on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 02:51 PM

Teaching English to older kids is difficult at times. Teaching English to five year olds that barely know their native language presents an entirely new challenge.  For those future teachers brave enough to embark on this journey then Chungdahm’s i-Garten is the perfect place for you. My name is Cody Hood and I have been teaching in Korea as part of ChungDahm's i-Garten program at the Seocho Bampo Branch for about 10 months now. Believe me when I tell you, I cried just as much as the toddlers did on their first day of school. Past the initial anxiety of crying children, my day-to-day life is seemingly a breeze. This blog’s goal is to give insight on how working in Chungdahm’s innovative new kindergarten has given me the opportunity of a lifetime.

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, chungdahm

Why I Decided To Extend My Contract With ChungDahm Learning!

Posted on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 02:23 PM

As my first year teaching in Korea came to a close this November, I was prompted with an offer from my branch to extend my contract for another year. I was very flattered by the offer, because it is not guaranteed that a branch will want to extend your contract. An offer of extension is pretty much a compliment of the work you’ve done over the past year.  In this blog I will tell you why I decided to sign on for another year of teaching with ChungDahm Learning.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, April Institute, chungdahm learning

How To Celebrate The Holiday Season While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 @ 03:41 PM

You will find celebrating Christmas while teaching in Korea to be very unique. Although you will hear a lot of Christmas music, see trees and building lit up, and people dressed in Santa suits, it still doesn't always feel like the Christmas season you are used to back home. In this blog I will do my best to give you tips on how to celebrate the holidays at ChungDahm, with your fellow teachers and expats in Korea and even your family back home.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, festivals, gapyeong, winter in Korea, Holidays in South Korea, festive season, christmas in Korea, christmas, holiday gifts

Why Neil Decided To Come Back To Teach in Korea

Posted on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 04:36 PM

Hi my name is Neil, and this blog will focus on why I have decided to come back to teach in Korea for a third year. Coming to Seoul after growing up in a northern Wisconsin small town is a huge difference. In my home town, the cows almost outnumber the people, and being in my 20’s, it is hard having the majority of the population over age 60, So going back to teach in Korea was a no-brainer. With so much to do and see, I had a strong desire to return to Korea. This time, I know where I am going, and I am excited to begin teaching again at Anyang, Pyeongchon branch, near Seoul, South Korea.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, food in Korea, Transportation in Korea, chungdahm

My Favorite Things I am Going To Miss About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Dec 02, 2016 @ 12:29 PM

I can hardly believe I have finished my year teaching English Korea for Chungdahm. In some ways it feels like the year has flown by, yet somehow I feel well acquainted with Seoul and have a good grasp on Korean culture. For better or worse, this year has been full of phenomenal growth. I have learned so much about myself as an individual, professional teacher, Canadian, and friend. Things that would be impossible to learn had I not ventured abroad. Living abroad is full of challenges that are so rewarding to experience and overcome and  I know I am walking away from this year with fantastic memories and numerous new friends from all over the world. Last week I said goodbye to my coworkers, students and friends, and I am heading off to travel throughout Southeast Asia. While traveling and severance pay makes the transition from teacher to traveler much easier, I was, and still am so sad to say farewell to the city I have called home for the past year. I have decided to write about my favorite things in Korea that I will miss dearly below.  I hope this blog is helpful to anyone considering teaching in Korea.


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Tags: teaching in Korea, norebang, weekend travel, teaching kids

5 Fun Winter Activities To Do While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 05:13 PM

Now that we are about to enter December and the weather has gotten cold in Korea I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about my favorite winter activities.  One of the perks of living and teaching in Korea is that you can experience all four seasons and although the weather can he harsh at time, there is still plenty of fun activities you can do. Below are my five favorite winter activities.   

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Tags: international, china, winter in Korea, food in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, cultural activities, winter olympics, snow, snowboarding, skiing, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

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