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ChungDahm Teacher Answers Top Questions About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 05:19 PM


After managing at a ChungDahm Academy for 4 years and working as an Aclipse Marketing Assistant for 3 years, I get a lot of questions about living and teaching in Korea. For many applicants, moving to Korea will be their first experience living away from their homeland, so it is completely natural to have many questions about what it is like to live here. This blog is aimed to help answer and alleviate some of those concerns about working for ChungDahm as well as living in Korea. If you have any questions about Korea, feel free to use Aclipse’s Connect with a Teacher Program.

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Tags: living in Korea, applying to teach English, basic korean, Training Center, benefits of living in Korea, meeting people in Korea, meeting Koreans, training week, Meetup, save money

A Korean Bucket List Part 2: Unique Places to Visit While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 04:37 PM

Living and teaching in Korea is filled with unique experiences. Often opportunities arise that should not be missed! Life in Korea can be filled with adventure if you embrace new challenges and venture outside of your comfort zone. 

So what does it take to truly embrace Korea? The only way to see the country and understand the people, is to travel into the countryside or to local areas. Go beyond the tourist spots and find yourself stranded among rice paddies or the mountainside. Rural Korea is where the heart of Korea is. Most people who live in the bigger cities grew up in the countryside. If you want to understand your Korean friends, it is important t understand their upbringing and where they come from. 

Last month the first part of my bucket list was about the Top 5 Unique things to do in Korea. Part 2 is focusing on the Top 5 Unique places to visit in Korea. 

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Tags: things to do in Korea, korea bucket list, what to do in korea, bucket list, places to see, Places to go, travel, weekend travel, adventure, unique things to do in Korea, top things to do in Korea, top places to travel in Korea

Make Sure to Visit Namsan Tower While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

Having lived in and around Seoul going on three years, there are number of places that are near and dear to my heart. Since I have the goal of visiting as many places as possible during my time teaching in Korea, I would like to bring to your attention one of my favorite places to see, Namsan Tower.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, things to do before leaving korea, seoul, top things to do in Korea

A ChungDahm Teacher Reflects On Her Three Years In Korea

Posted on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 03:49 PM

Since 2011, I have been teaching in Korea at ChungDahm's GangDong branch and have enjoyed everything about it. One of reasons why I ended up staying in Korea for so long is because of the people I've met. I have built relationships that will last me a lifetime, so when my colleague Erin Stuebben told me she was leaving I was really saddened. As she was packing for her move, I asked her if she could answer some questions for me  She was great about it and on her last working day on Friday at 5AM in the morning, I got her email response. I was really touched that she did this for me.  Below are her thoughts and experiences, from the beginning to end, of her time working for ChungDahm and living in Korea:

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Tags: Teachers, working in korea, cultural experience, teaching at Chungdahm, memories, teach english, moving home, teaching job

Top Tips For Saving Money While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 04:14 PM

 Dreaming of saving money? Maybe you would like to travel to some exotic island or even pay for your wedding. Maybe your student loans are weighing you down and you would like to go to graduate school. Teaching in Korea can make all these dreams a possibility! 

Korea is a great place to save money. With efficient transportation systems, cheap internet and affordable health care, teachers can live comfortably while saving money. Living expenses can be considerably lower than in the West, especially when it comes to utility bills and phone contracts. Even bank charges are mostly free and international transfer fees are lower than what they would charge you in your home country. This is how I managed to travel the world, save money and pay for a wedding! Below are my top 3 tips for saving money in Korea. 

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Tags: housing in Korea, saving money in Korea, life in Korea, shopping in Korea, teach in Korea, Saving, Walking, sales, Apartments in Korea, Bike to school, adventure, save money, save money teaching English

Top Tips For Being a Vegetarian While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

 

Okay, I know this blog post might be largely inapplicable, but hear me out: prior to teaching in Korea, I tried researching about how easy it would be to maintain my plant-based dietary choices. Unfortunately, I found few sources from which to gather information. Although this blog may only be useful for vegetarians and vegans, it’s important that I offer personal insight on this topic solely because it’s something that would have been useful for me to know prior to my departure. And to be honest, this likely won’t be my last post on the matter! So, if you’re interested in a (non-militant) account of my experiences eating a plant-based diet while living in a country that heavily consumes animal products, please keep reading! Read More

Tags: eat in korea, Vegeterian, Vegan

Top 10 Items You Should Pack When Teaching in Korea: Part 1

Posted on Fri, Mar 03, 2017 @ 03:46 PM

When you are packing your suitcase, especially when you are moving to the other side of the world, packing maybe a daunting task. On the one hand you don't want to over pack and have to deal with lugging huge suitcases around, on the other hand however you want to make sure you pack essential items to make sure you can live comfortably.  

Recently we asked Neil, who just returned to to teach in Korea for ChungDahm, and Jessica, who recently ended her time as a teacher with ChungDahm and now has since become a recruiter for Aclipse, if they could offer their best tips for packing.  Neil and Jessica were able to compile a list of 10 items they highly recommend packing and we will feature the first five today and the second five in a blog next week. 

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Tags: packing, moving to Korea

Tips to Get Good Remarks on Student Surveys While Teaching at ChungDahm

Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 @ 12:14 PM

One of the best times and hardest times as working as a teacher/faculty manager is when I have to do teacher evaluations. As a faculty manager, I am responsible for making sure that my teachers are doing their best whenever they are in front of their classes. This is rewarding and challenging at the same time. It is completely easy to give praise when someone is doing well, however for some it can be difficult when you have to give a poor review. In my experience, most teachers would like to know different techniques so that they can improve. I know I do.  In this blog I will offer tips to help you excel in the classroom while teaching in Korea for ChungDahm and in return earn a positive evaluation. 

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Tags: student management, Students, Motivate Students, CCTV, teaching,, new teacher, learning management, student surveys

A Korean Bucket List: Unique Things To Do While Teaching in Korea Part 1

Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2017 @ 10:54 AM

When you travel to a new country the ultimate idea is to immerse yourself into a new culture, a new way of life. When living and teaching in Korea it is easy to become comfortable doing your usual routine without experiencing any unique cultural opportunities right on your doorstep. This is why you should write-up a Korean Bucket Listof things you would like to experience during your time in Korea to challenge yourself to complete them! Push yourself to be a little bit more adventurous and try-out the unique enlightening activities you would never be able to experience back home. These will become the most memorable travel-moments you will remember for a lifetime.  Below are some of the bucket list items I wrote down and have since completed:

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Tags: things to do in Korea, things to do on weekend, things to do before leaving korea, korea bucket list, life in Korea, bucket list, sightseeing, adventure

Learn About Ways You Can Voluteer While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Feb 20, 2017 @ 03:33 PM

Volunteering is great!  Not only are you helping others but you are also helping yourself. Through volunteering you can gain new skills and knowledge, meet new and interesting people, and you get to change your routine.

Being a social work major, I greatly enjoy helping others. I volunteered a lot in the U.S., but after coming to teach in Korea I found it was a lot more challenging to find opportunities. So, today I would like to share my experiences of volunteering in Korea, and hopefully give you some ideas about where you can help.

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Tags: things to do on weekend, Volunteering, Volunteer, Weekend activities in Korea

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