Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Teaching Tips with Nico

Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

It is such a whirlwind running around preparing for your contract teaching, especially with transitioning to life in South Korea. Oftentimes, you start training bright and early the Monday after you get in, with minimal time for time zone adjustment or sightseeing. It can feel chaotic, so here are a few words from someone who’s gone through two separate training sessions and contracts, one with April and one with CDI.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, teaching tips, teaching programs, teaching at CDL, teaching kids

Settling In

Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Embarking on a journey as a first-year teacher can feel daunting and chaotic.  Each person is different and has varying knowledge and strengths to bring. A piece of advice that may help one teacher may be useless to another, so I only want to speak from my position and say that these are some tips and tricks that would’ve helped me as I began my experience here, with this post more oriented towards moving and transitioning, and I’ll soon release tips for the classroom. All in all, this time will be full of growth and learning, and an experience you will never forget!

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Tags: traveling, what to bring, preparing to teach in Korea, cellphones in Korea, Banking in Korea, things to bring

Hiking Cheonggye Mountain

Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

All of South Korea has many mountains. Thus, it is no wonder that one of Korea's favorite pastimes is to go for a nice hike. Now, I am used to hiking, because in my hometown in California, I lived in a valley. Still, those mountains do not compare to the size or the beauty of the mountains in Korea. While there are various famous hikes in Korea for the more experienced hikers, I would like to introduce a hiking trail that is great for beginners who want to work their way into becoming a local hiking expert in the near future.

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Tags: Weekend activities in Korea, things to do on the weekend, hiking in south Korea, outdoor activities, health, fitness

A Day in Paju

Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

As winter rears its sometimes unforgiving head in Seoul, I reflect on the times in the country where I actually leave my officetel. One of the most tender and important was a weekend I spent just a bus ride away outside the city, spent in Paju and Imjingak. I stumbled into many gems in terms of sightseeing, but that’s only the first draw to return. It was the love and energy people gifted me with while I was there that make me plan my next trip now.

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Tags: traveling, teach and travel,, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do on the weekend

First Week Down, Many to Go

Posted on Tue, Jan 08, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Hello everyone! You are now talking to (or i guess just reading?) an English teacher who has completed her first week. Some updates: Still no Wifi, still sleeping on an air mattress (waiting for my bed and it feels like forever), work is fun, and co-workers are great. Since we last met, I went to this place in Itaewon, Seoul – this is where a lot of foreigners go. I was able to hear this awesome DJ play, my friends and I loved him. That next day one of my friends from when I studied abroad in Gwangju, South Korea in 2015 visited me. We had Korean BBQ (when do I not??), strawberry macaroon bingsu, and we also went to ikea where I bought my first piece of actual furniture – a white little dresser.

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Tags: First week in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Apartments in Korea, living in Korea

Seollal in Seonyudo

Posted on Thu, Jan 03, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Seollal, or Lunar New Year, is one of the holidays celebrated in South Korea, along with other countries like Japan, Indonesia, Cambodia, and places with a large Chinese diasporic population. In South Korea, it is one of the most important holidays of the year, in which loved ones congregate in festivities that can last for three days. People travel far and wide to spend time with family, dress up in hanbok, the traditional garb, and perform rituals of filial piety and ancestral worship. They play folk games and eat traditional foods like tteok, rice cake, and jeon, savory pancakes.

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Tags: traveling, teach and travel,, seollal, Holidays in South Korea, New Year's in South Korea, Lunar New Year

Winter Essentials to Bring from Abroad

Posted on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

This winter is set to break records and be one of the coldest winters in a long while. Last year, when I first arrived to Seoul in November the air was icy. It was fall, but it was soon to be winter. I was born and raised in Southern California. I thought I was ready for winter, but I was wrong. While there are a lot of things that one obtains for a cheap price in South Korea, clothes is not one of them. Well, maybe if you are shopping for thick summer clothes in a college town, then clothes are cheap. However, the clothing and material needed to endure a real winter is far from cheap. Considering the first snow has already fallen in Seoul now (and it is only November!), I found it fitting to inform you of what I wish I had bought in the United States before coming to Korea.

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Tags: winter in Korea, preparing to teach in Korea, things to bring

A Relaxing Visit to Siloam Sauna Jjimjilbang

Posted on Thu, Dec 20, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Another bucket list item for every Chungdahm teacher living, working, and playing in gorgeous Korea is to experience a traditional jjimjilbang 찜질방 or Korean bathhouse. I had the pleasure of visiting Siloam Sauna (실로암사우나찜질방) located in Jung-gu 중구, the historical heart of Seoul. Jung-gu is one of the 25 districts that form the city of Seoul 서울 and is just north of the Han River.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, Jjimjilbang, sauna, health, culture

Giselle's Reasons for Extending Her Stay

Posted on Tue, Dec 18, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I arrived in Seoul last year towards the end of November. I started working at Daechi April campus at at the beginning of their winter term. My year was almost up, so it was time for me to think seriously about whether I wanted to renew my contract. In the end, I chose to stay working as an April Chungdahm teacher. When I think of the reasons for making this decision, I believe I can sum them up into the following three categories:

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Tags: renew contract, teaching at CDL, living in Korea, benefits of living in Korea

Enjoying a Visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁)

Posted on Thu, Dec 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Every Chungdahm teacher needs to make a visit to Gyeongbokgung Palace (경복궁), the first and largest of the royal palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty which was founded in 1392 and dissolved in 1897. Built in 1395, Gyeongbokgung Palace was located in the heart of the capital known as “Hanyang” and represented the sovereignty of the Joseon Dynasty. Gyeongbokgung is the largest of the Five Grand Palaces that include Gyeonghuigung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace. Gyeongbokgung was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty and maintained supreme power and authority.

http://www.royalpalace.go.kr/

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Tags: teaching at CDL, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do on the weekend

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