Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Taean Weekend Trip

Posted on Thu, Sep 05, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

The summers in Korea can be rather hot and humid. While I was born and raised in sunny California, the difference is the humidity. In California are hot and dry. Thus, as the humidity is finally coming in at full strength, I quickly planned a weekend trip to the coast! 

In the past, I’ve traveled to several popular coastal locations - Gangneung, Samcheok, Yeosu and Jeju. However, this time I wanted to seek out a lesser known area. Thus, I choose Taean - specifically Anmyeon! It is only two and a half away from Seoul’s Express Bus Terminal in Seocho-gu, Seoul. So as I like to do, I’ll break down the highlights of the trip.

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Tags: bucket list, things to do on the weekends, exploring korea, outdoor activities, Weekend activities in Korea, Korean food

Monica's Favorite Places in Korea

Posted on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Before moving to Korea, I had to decide where I wanted to apply for/live. I decided on Busan because it’s a little bit smaller than Seoul but still a big city with many things to do. I also wanted to live in Busan because it has a lot of beautiful beaches. After living in Busan for almost a year and a half I’m happy with the decision I made! Busan is a great city and I’m really glad I live here. In spring and fall, there are lots of mountains to hike around Busan, in the summer there’s always a new beach to explore and in winter there are lots of spas, shopping, and nightlife options.

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Tags: Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, moving to Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, things to do in Korea, busan, things to do on the weekends, top places to travel in Korea

Gapyeong Top Land Bungee Jump Adventure

Posted on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

It’s summer! I really enjoy outdoor activities, trips out of Seoul, and extreme activities. I’ve already explored three caves, rode three bike rails, taken a scenic cable car, river rafted, climbed a few mountains, paraglided and more in Korea’s countryside. On my most recent one day trip, I only had only one activity in mind!  I wanted cross bungee jumping off my bucket list! It was a somewhat spontaneous trip.

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Tags: what to do on the weekend, korea bucket list, unique things to do in Korea, top things to do in Korea

Tips and Tricks for Classroom Management

Posted on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

When I started teaching over a year ago, I didn't know very much about the working culture and educational culture in Korea. When I first started at iGarten, I was really surprised by the amount of workbooks and worksheets kindergarten students had to complete every month.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, on arrival, Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, moving to Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, things to do in Korea, busan, iGarten

My Experience Moving Abroad as a Couple

Posted on Tue, Aug 13, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

About 6 months after my boyfriend Colin and I started dating I asked him if he'd be interested in teaching abroad. I'd always wanted to live abroad and I knew he wanted to travel as well - I was so excited when he said he was open to the idea of teaching in Korea! Almost a year later we moved to Busan. I’m so thankful to Aclipse for making this all possible and finding a school where we could both teach and work the same hours. Moving overseas as a couple has a lot of perks, and I have been so thankful for this experience! Having lived in Busan for over a year, I've met lots of single people, people who started new relationships while abroad, and other couples who moved abroad together. Regardless of your relationship status, living abroad is an unforgettable experience. I'm especially grateful I was able to share these memories with Colin.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, on arrival, Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, moving to Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, things to do in Korea, busan, iGarten

Discovering My Heritage

Posted on Tue, Aug 06, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Discovering My Heritage

By Rebekah Alcalde

“Where are you from?” the nail salon owner asks. She tilts her head when I say, “America.”

“Oh, but you look Korean,” she says confused. “I am,” I try to clarify. “I’m here teaching English.”

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It’s a conversation I’ve had a few times since I arrived in Korea five months ago, armed with little more than a few Korean words and phrases and scared absolutely stiff. I was born in Busan but adopted to the United States by an American family when I was a baby. I’ve had very little experience with Korean culture, and I was very anxious about it.

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Tags: Korean culture, teaching at CDL, Traveling Asia

Why I Chose Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Why did you choose Korea? That’s a question I get asked often - both by foreigners and by Koreans. I knew early on that I wanted to live abroad after university. I just didn’t know where. Often people are surprised by my response. I guess they assume that I’ll see I was a huge fan of some K-Pop idols and/or watched a lot of Korean dramas. However, my appeal of Korean culture came in a very different manner. 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Korean culture, moving to Korea, teaching in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm

Summer Friends

Posted on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

It’s funny how someone from out of town can show you just how much you love where you are. It’s such a cliche, but those fresh pairs of eyes do wonders on your perspective. If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I am heavy handed in my affection for Seoul, so I really don’t need an outsider’s perspective to convince me to love it more. But it really doesn’t hurt. For all of the traveling that I’ve had the opportunity to do, right now the only place I really keep searching for is my home right here. On top of the fact that I have the logistical swiftness of a sloth that is less than ideal for travel, I genuinely love wandering my own backyard. So friends know exactly where to find me...and if they don’t, they can use NaverMaps, which is now in English!  This blog will be another foray into corny journal streams of blabber, so grab some corn silk tea and gimbap for the ride. 

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Tags: summer in korea, chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, things to do in seoul

Fun and Easy to Prepare ESL Games!

Posted on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

When I first started working with Chungdahm over a year ago, having never taught before, I learned that kids can complete activities much quicker than you expect. It’s always good to have a short game or craft if you have extra time at the end of class. Here are a few of my favorite games, they are little to no prep and my students love them! They can easily take anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how much time you have, and they’re great for reviewing key concepts.  

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, class management, classroom materials, teaching tips, iGarten

Take the Plunge, Make Life Richer

Posted on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

 

Uprooting your life, whether to a neighboring state, or internationally, and trusting it’s the right move, is never easy. There’s money to be saved, perhaps for that overpriced U-Haul, or in our case, for a flight to Seoul. There’s goodbyes to be had, some easier than others, even if they are just temporary. Luckily, a few are permanent - I’m sure you have your own list of culprits. We all do.

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Tags: Korean culture, benefits of living in Korea, living in South Korea, korea history

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