Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

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

Living in, and Loving Pohang

Posted on Thu, Nov 14, 2019 @ 02:17 PM

Okay, so everybody knows how great Seoul is. All the information you could ever dream of is already at your fingertips with all the youtube videos, blog posts and more. However, when I found out I would be in the Pohang branch of Chungdahm, there was very little out there about this little seaside town. 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, cities in Korea, Pohang, top places to travel in Korea

I Accidentally Went to the Biggest Hospital in Korea

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

With hundreds of kids swarming around you every day, unless you have some superhuman immune system, you’re probably going to get sick at some point. Unfortunately, kids love to cough and sneeze into their hands...and then touch their notebooks and tablets...and then hand their stuff to you.

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Tags: insurance in Korea, preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, medical care in Korea, hospitals

Choosing a Cell Phone Plan

Posted on Tue, Nov 05, 2019 @ 04:55 PM

I will spare you the usual diatribe against our cell phones, of how those millennials don’t function without them, or whatever silly things people say. Having a cell phone allows you to do pretty important things, and even more so when you are moving halfway across the world to a place you’ve potentially only ever seen in travel shows or youtube compilations of “kimchi slapping,” which if you have yet to experience, do yourself the favor and get to googling. From setting up mobile banking to the crucial stuff like finding the nearest Paris Baguette, your phone is your lifeline when first settling in. So do not fret, for I will map out a few options that will make your digital life here smooth sailing, or rather, smooth kakaotaxi-ing. 

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Tags: wifi, cellphones in Korea, cellphones, chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, things to do in seoul

Caribbean Bay Adventure

Posted on Thu, Oct 31, 2019 @ 10:30 AM

This summer has been hot and humid. It is during this season that a trip to a water park is ideal! I’ve been living in Seoul for a while now, but I still hadn’t visited a water park until recently. Now I’m excited to share the details of the experience. 

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Tags: things to do on the weekend, outdoor activities, Caribbean Bay, Weekend activities in Korea, weekend travel

My Favorite Restaurants in Busan

Posted on Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 03:33 PM

Before moving to Busan, I didn’t know very much about Korean food. I did very little research and was surprised when I got there and realized that most Korean food is very meat-centric. I used to be a vegetarian and have never been a really big fan of meals centered around meat (aside from burgers!). I quickly tried to find a couple restaurants where I could enjoy foods from back home, here are a couple of my favorites!

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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

Enjoying Halloween Fun in Korea

Posted on Fri, Oct 25, 2019 @ 03:25 PM

In the US, Halloween is a pretty popular holiday. In Korea, it is a new holiday. It isn’t nationally recognized. However, you’ll spot stores selling costumes and Halloween themed goods. Mainly, Halloween has been adopted as an advertisement strategy.  For example. clubs hold exclusive and/or limited time Halloween themed nights. I don’t care much for the clubs though. What is exciting about for me is that amusement parks have decided to adopt horror nights! One of the most popular amusement parks, Everland, celebrates Halloween from September to mid-November. This year, the theme is Zombie Buster: Blood City 3. 

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Tags: things to do on the weekend, halloween, western culture in korea, having fun in korea

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