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The First Weeks for Teachers at Chungdahm

Posted on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Moving to Korea can be really intimidating. There are plenty of questions racing through your head, such as "Where am I going to live? How am I going to get to school? Will people understand me? Will my students like me?" We all worry about things we cannot control, so to lessen the nerves, at Chungdahm Learning you will receive a lot of guidance and help that will make your life easier and more comfortable. 

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Tags: First week in Korea, housing in Korea, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Training Center, training week, team leader, chungdahm learning, hweshik

Korean Cafe Culture: 3 Cafes by Gangnam Station Worth Visiting

Posted on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Cafes, cafes everywhere. Huge chains. Themed paradises. Underground gems. One never needs to look too far to find a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and a cute, delicious array of desserts. It is truly one of the charms of Korean culture. Cafes are places to study, work, catch up with friends, or get to know a new love interest. In the mornings, cafes offer a peaceful environment to work, study or wake up with a strong brew. The atmosphere completely changes once it hits around 5PM, and everyone is meeting friends and lovers after work or school. All cafes become packed. One must first find a seat, reserve it, then order. Employees tone down their establishment’s lights and change their playlist for proper socializing.

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Tags: Gangnam Style, coffee in Korea, Gangnam, coffee shop, coffee, Cafes, Gangnam Station, culture

How to Keep Fit and Stay Active in Korea

Posted on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

If staying fit and active is one your goals and priorities while enjoying your life in Korea then there are many options to meet your personal needs. From lifting weights and yoga classes at a local gym to cycling along the Han River, Korea has great ways to have fun and socialize while breaking a sweat. I will go into some more detail about some of your options to remain active, healthy, and looking your best while still enjoying the exciting nightlife, delicious food, and relaxing drinks.

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Tags: life in Korea, fun, having fun in korea, fitness, Cycling, gym, taekwondo, Cycling in Seoul, working out, culture, exercise, health, leisure, bike paths

Cherry Blossoms Everywhere:The 5 Best Festival Locations in Korea

Posted on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

It’s finally that time of year again - spring! The weather is nice out, the sky is clear, and the sun is shining. What marks the beginning of the season the most in Korea is the long awaited and short lived cherry blossoms blooming. I live next to a main street lined with these amazingly beautiful trees. Walking to work these days has been very peaceful and relaxing due to the sight and smell of cherry blossoms.

The cherry blossom forecast date predictions occur about a month before its time for them to bloom. Depending upon which area you are living in, the time frame to enjoy the cherry blossoms is slightly different. Unusually, the time to see cherry blossoms when they are the most enchanting is in early April. Being informed about when the expected cherry blossom season occurs in advance is a must, so that one can plan accordingly considering the experience only last about two weeks. Only two weeks. Sad. I know. Still, these two weeks are when traveling around Korea on fun weekend adventures will result in the best photos that you can show off with.

The following are five locations around Korea that offer the best cherry blossom festival experiences. Enjoy!

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Tags: parks, nature in Korea, Korean culture, life in Korea, outdoors, Spring, cherry blossoms, outdoor activities, korea spring, things to do in seoul, leisure

How to Obtain Your Visa Documents in South Africa to Teach in Korea

Posted on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Obtaining the necessary documents to teach in Korea can be really stressful  and a big headache if you do not know where to start or how to go about it. From experience, following a methodical order of things needed to be done will help speed up the process. Every citizen coming to Korea has a different route to follow and one needs to know the specific requirements for their nationality. The method of obtaining documents is different in every county. So what may be allowed in America, may not be allowed in South Africa.

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Tags: things to think about before coming out to korea, teach in Korea, teach aclipse, applying to teach English, application, chungdahm learning, documents, ESL documents, South African documents, apostille, South African teachers, documents to teach in Korea, how to obtain documents to teach in Korea, South africans wanting to teach in Korea

Need to Know: Korean Holidays (PART 1)

Posted on Tue, Apr 03, 2018 @ 09:23 AM

You know about the BIG holidays in Korea, such as Chuseok, and Seollal. But there are a lot of other holidays that are a big part of life here. Usually, Koreans work very hard. They study hard, they work long hours at work. So, that means that when they get free time, they use it to the best of their ability. This leads to some really culturally enriched holidays that are relatively new. They are important for the younger generations, and people are getting into them more and more with each passing year. For example, Christmas used to be seen as only a religious holiday for Christians, and then a couple's holiday. But these days it has become more accepted as a much larger holiday. The same goes for Halloween. Before, only foreigners used to celebrate Halloween. However, now it is becoming a much more significant part of Korean culture. Like these two, there are a variety of interesting and unique holidays, and also some variations that you should know before coming to Korea.

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Tags: Korean culture, Valentine's Day, Holidays in South Korea, holiday gifts, korean community, holiday season, White Day

Project Based Learning at Chungdahm  

Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 @ 06:10 PM

The hot word in education right now is PBL, Project Based Learning.

Chungdahm Learning is taking the lead in Korea with this kind of teaching, with the launch of The Loudest Brain and its facilitated nationwide projects. The idea is that the company will generate some kind of PBL database that will showcase students and teachers ideas on the web. In turn, this will become a place where learners and instructors can go, to grow and learn from one another. 

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Tags: online, critical thinking projects, smart classroom, project based learning, pbl, loudestbrain, Teaching skills, classroom materials, teaching at CDL, project

Visiting a Beauty Clinic in Gangnam: Unique to Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 @ 06:03 PM

Beauty clinics are easy to find in South Korea. Gangman is especially saturated with places that offer beauty enhancement services. Recently I had my first experience visiting a clinic in Apgujeong, which is one of the most competitive prices in Gangnam due to just how prominent and prosperous the industry is in the area. The clinic I went to is called Me & I Clinic (ap-meiclinic.co.kr). A fellow foreign teacher recommended this clinic to me, so I thought why not give it a shot. For all of you curious about this unique aspect of Korean society and culture, I will give you all the details of my experience.

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Tags: healthy, Beauty Products in Korea, seoul daytrip, events, beauty, skin care

How to Overcome Homesickness While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Feeling homesick is inevitable no matter where you are. Whether you are teaching in Korea, away at college, or even just a couple of hours away from home, it happens. So it isn’t something to fear, but rather something to prepare yourself for.  Although some people, including myself, had a hard time being away from home upon first arriving in Korea, I have found my time abroad has really helped me become a more independent person and I am forever grateful for this experience. Below I will detail ways about how to not only become more independent and comfortable while living in Korea, but also, thanks to modern technology, how you can communicate with friend and family back home.

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Tags: pets in Korea, communicating with family back home, homesick, Cafe, dog cafes in korea

Five Fun Spring Activities To Do In Seoul 

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 @ 05:54 PM

Spring is my absolute favorite season in Korea. What is there not to love about the sweet smell of cherry blossoms and the return of warm weather!   It is during this time that Korea, comes alive and people are able to enjoy festivals like Tulips in Taean, Cherry Blossoms in Yeouido and strawberries in Nonsan. While these are all great festivals I highly recommend attending during your time teaching in Korea, as a current Seoul resident I wanted to provide you with my five favorite Spring activities in Korea's capital city. 

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Tags: Namsan Mountain, Olympic Park, Spring, Seokchon Lake, Spring Time, hiking in seoul, Biking in Seoul, teaching in seoul, things to do in seoul, seoul daytrip

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