It's fairly well known that Korea is a meat lovers paradise. For us carnivores, there's a dazzling array of meats and sea foods that are readily available. Korea is obviously most famously associated with its Barbecue restaurants, which can be found on pretty much any street corner. While Korea boasts a large number of vegetable dishes, it can be hard for vegetarians (and even more so for vegans) to find dishes that are actually vegetarian. For example, many soups or stews that don't have meat or seafood in them will often contain fish or meat products within their broth. Having a co-worker that is vegetarian has really opened my eyes to some of the difficulties vegetarians may face coming to Korea. After chatting with him I thought it would be useful to put together some tips to help any vegetarians that are interested in teaching in Korea.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Learning a new skill, like teaching, and moving to a new county can be rather intimidating! Once you complete your training week at Chungdahm Learning, you are shipped off to a whole new life and job. All of a sudden you are on your own and expected to teach a class full of eager and excited young learners. However, new teachers don’t realize that there are plenty of veteran teachers at their branch, who have already gone through everything they are experiencing and possibly have three to six years of teaching knowledge. These teachers at CDL are known as Veteran teachers and if you are lucky they might be ready to help you out and be more than happy to share their wisdom and expertise.Read More
Summers in Korea are quite active! People are outside and using the long days to fit in as many activities as possible. Luckily, this summer Busan has not experienced a heavy rainy season, often called monsoon season. So I have had many opportunities to do outdoor activities after work or on the weekends, without fear of getting rained out. The best part about many of the outdoor things you can do while teaching in Korea is that they are free!Read More
As a foreigner living and teaching in Korea, you will probably get very familiar with the hot spots of Gangnam, Itaewon, and Hongdae in Seoul. All of these places are great for meeting other foreigners, eating non-Korean food, and for bars and clubbing. However, just across the streets from Hongdae, you will find the new spot where foreigners and locals congregate. This new "It" spot is called Yeonnam-dong.Read More
This past week was vacation time for the April program at my Chungdahm branch. My itchy feet have been looking forward to this vacation for quite some time, and I was ready for a refreshing break. I took off to explore a small part of the beautiful and vast country of Mongolia. Prior to my trip I didn't know too much about the landlocked country; I associated Mongolia with it's nomadic people, Gobi Desert, and Ghengis Khan. I chose to travel there after reading travel blogs online and seeing pictures of Mongolia's wide open landscapes. As much as I love living in Seoul and teaching in Korea I was craving some recess from the concrete jungle as well as some fresh air. I also wanted to learn about nomadic culture, drink fermented mare milk and sleep in a ger. Mongolia definitely delivered. After my week traveling throughout Southern Mongolia I can't say enough about how wonderful a country Mongolia is. The people were SO friendly, the food was great, and the scenery impressive.Read More
So, you have finally settled in Korea, got through ChungDahm training week and finished apartment hunting. You are exhausted and starving after unpacking and now the real nightmare begins... how do you turn on the stove? How does the gas work? What can I make to eat?Read More
Every 3 months, ChungDahm has a huge surge of teachers who decide to change their lives and move to teach in Korea. Our contracts are all for one year so that means you should have enough of your personal items to last. There are some things that you cannot find here so it is best to bring what you need. Here is a list of items that you should pack just in case it’s not here.Read More
Hi, my name is Aleco from Seattle, Washington in the United States and I began teaching in the April Program at Chungdahm's Busan Goeje branch this past June. I decided to write this blog for potential candidates thinking of teaching abroad so they can get a good idea about some of the perks of living in a country like Korea.
In 2016, Korea is still one of the most popular destinations to teach English. Teachers can save while travelling and enjoy an excellent standard of living while meeting foreigners from all over the world. Over the past 5 years, Korea’s expat community has almost doubled, and plenty of job seekers from Eastern Europe and the USA are finding more and more opportunities for career growth on the Asian continent. With the release of Gangnam-Style and K-drama/ K- pop becoming increasingly popular, more and more foreigners haven been drawn to Korea.Read More
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Rain Rain go away! Now that we are in the midst of summer, monsoon season in Korea seems to be finally kicking up. Korea experiences four distinct seasons, with monsoon/the rainy season beginning in the middle of June. "Jangma, 장마" aka the rainy season brings heavy rainfall with lots of heat and humidity. Seoul experiences an annual precipitation average of about 1373 mm, mostly during July and August.Read More