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Chungdahm Teachers Report at the 2016 World Knowledge Forum in Seoul

Posted on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

One of the perks of teaching in Korea for a company like Chungdahm Learning are the growth opportunities that allow you to grow professionally.  Whether it's advancing within Chungdahm itself, or opportunities outside of school, there are many ways to enhance your resume while teaching abroad.  This past week, I, along with fellow Chungdahm teachers, had the chance to report at the 17th World Knowledge Forum in Seoul. The World Knowledge Forum is Asia's biggest collaboration of knowledge -  with this year’s theme being “Aiming for Great Instauration.”

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Tags: things to do in Korea, seoul, life in Korea, chungdahm, opportunities at chungdahm, reporting, resume

Be a Part of Korean History by Visiting The City Of Gyeongju

Posted on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 03:52 PM

On October 3 rd, Korea celebrates its National Foundation holiday. Nationally known as the date ancient Korea was formed, in 2333BCE. As is commonplace in Korea, people take every opportunity to travel on holidays and I, myself, used this time to visit the historic city of Gyeongju! It is about an hour away from Busan by bus, out of the Sasang terminal off of Line 2 – the Green line and cost me 6000 won, or roughly $8CAN.
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How to Spend a Long Weekend in Singapore While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 12:26 PM

The city state of Singapore was the last place I visited during my year of teaching English in South Korea. When I first signed my contract and began planning my time off, I knew I would have to go to Singapore. I may be biased (since I was born there and have lots of family living in Singapore) but Singapore is downright incredible. The blend of cultures, jaw dropping architecture, posh shopping districts and mouth watering cuisine are just a few reasons why it is an awesome place to visit while you are abroad. Last year, Singapore celebrated 50 years of independence after leaving the federation of Malaysia. Since the 1960's, Singapore has continued to grow economically, establishing itself as one of the "Asian Tigers," partly due to it's location- the Port of Singapore is the busiest in the world by tonnage handled. Today, Singapore is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, with a cosmopolitan culture that marries old with new. Additionally, it is an easy city to navigate for Westerners as English- well... "Singlish" is spoken everywhere and the public transport is a breeze. I hope to give you a small look at some of my favorite things to do in the Lion City.    

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Tags: traveling, Singapore

New ChungDahm Teacher Provides Tips About the Recruitment Process

Posted on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 @ 02:34 PM

About Me:

My name is Cash. I am from Massachusetts and I have a big family that I love spending time with every chance I get. I recently graduated from Elon University with a degree in Finance and two minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. I now live in Bucheon, South Korea (pictured below) ,which is about 16 miles west of Seoul, and work for ChungDahm at one of their April Institutes.  This blog will be a two-part blog series which will first focus on the recruitment process, followed by a blog about what life has been like since I moved to Korea in August.  I hope through this blog series that I can help people interested in teaching in Korea get a better idea about the various steps in the recruitment process and how to adjust to life living and teaching abroad. 

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Tags: applying to teach English, E2 VISA, recruitment, interview

How to Celebrate Halloween While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Oct 07, 2016 @ 02:21 PM

Halloween in Korea has been increasing in popularity in recent years. I can tell you, at least in my ChungDahm academy, many teachers and students dress up and have a great time together on that day. If you are in the April Institute, our Market Day (where students’ get prizes ranging from stationary, stuffed animals, and puzzles) is one of the most fun days of the year and just happens to fall around Halloween. Since kids normally do not trick or treat in Korea, at ChungDahm we try to make that time special for them. To make sure that you have a fun Halloween during your time teaching in Korea, below are some tips on where you can buy a costume and places you can celebrate the holiday.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, halloween, April Institute, teaching at Chungdahm, chungdahm, zombie run, costumes

How To Enjoy The Fall and Foilage While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 02:50 PM

Fall in Korea is my absolute favorite season! The humidity of  Summer is gone and the cooler, favorable temperatures have arrived. It's the perfect time to enjoy the warm colors of the changing leaves and the cinnamony smell of latte's. Orange, red and yellow is all around, and the Koreans are also bringing out their hottest Fall fashions.

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Tags: fall foliage, Teach Abroad, things to do in Korea, food in Korea, tourist attraction, outdoor activities, cultural activities, Cafes, outings, fall in korea, fall in seoul, autumn

How I Spent My Chuseok in Thailand!

Posted on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 04:07 PM

Chuseok, as mentioned in Melanie's blog last week,  is a Korean national holiday that happens every September. It is a time where families get together, prepare traditional foods, visit the graves of ancestors and enjoy a much needed vacation. It is pretty much the North American equivalent of Thanksgiving. In more recent years, families, along with teachers at ChungDahm, have used the few days off to travel to other countries, and as a result it is one of the most expensive times of the year to travel.

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Tags: Thailand, Chuseok, traveling

Topics to Help you Connect with your Korean Students at ChungDahm

Posted on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @ 04:05 PM

If this is your first time teaching in Korea, it can be quite intimidating especially since you will be handling students. I remember when I got here, I wasn’t sure how I could connect with my students. I wasn’t fresh out of college and I wasn’t accustomed to the Korean culture. One of the things my trainers at Chungdahm told me to do was to brush up on Korean pop culture and ask my students’ about their daily lives. I think because I started to watch and listen to the Hallyu or the Korean Wave (Korea’s version of Hollywood), it has me a better teacher. To be successful, bonding with your students about different subjects can make your life teaching a lot easier.

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Tags: student management, Students, Korean students, Kdrama, students in Korea, KPOP, seoul comic books, class management, webtoons

Spend Your Chuseok Holiday By Visiting Hong Kong

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 03:55 PM

Wow. I just got back from my Chuseok vacation to Hong Kong, and I have nothing but great things to say about it. Chuseok- as you may or may not know is Korea's annual Thanksgiving celebration. During Chuseok, almost everything closes down, while many Korean people migrate to their hometowns outside of Seoul, to spend time with family. I had heard from many friends that are also teaching English in Korea that Seoul turns into a ghost town, and that there isn't much to do. Staying in Seoul didn't appeal to me whatsoever, and I immediately started scouring the internet for flight deals leaving from Incheon. Needless to say, since Chuseok is a major holiday, flight prices are not the greatest. Please, learn from my mistake: when making travel plans during Chuseok, do everything as far in advance as possible. I booked my flights about a month in advance (in a post Hweshik stupor) and could have saved quite a bit had I booked earlier on.   

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Tags: Chuseok, Hong Kong, traveling

After A Successful Olympics Korea Begins Preparing for the 2018 Winter Games

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 04:15 PM

As the 2016 Summer Olympics came to an end, the tiny nation of Korea celebrated another victorious Olympic games and began looking forward to hosting the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang. Korean athletes did their nation proud as they accumulated 21 medals and placed their nation 8th overall!  This is rather impressive for a small nation, against its larger competitors, China and Japan. Korea dominated in Archery and Taekwondo, winning 5 medals in each, and 4 gold medals in Archery. The whole country was suspended in awe and anticipation as the final rounds of Archery was being televised on the local network, KBS. It was definitely the highlighted topic at Chungdahm Learning among my students, during the Summer. 

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Tags: Olympics, olympics korea, KTX, future plans, life in Korea, Gangwondo, social life, sports in Korea, Olympic Park, Transportation in Korea, adventure, winter olympics, snow, snowboarding, skiing, pyeongchang, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

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