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5 Essential Tools to Make Your Life Easier While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 04:52 PM

Traveling to a new country can be challenging and hard. Now imagine navigating with language barriers and a culture different from your own. Living and teaching in Korea is a unique experience that requires the right mindset and an understanding that things can go often not the way you expected. 

From experience, any person living in Korea will tell you to prepare yourself mentally and do research. Reading blogs and tourism sites about what are must-have apps and must-see things to do will help prepare you for life in the Korea. However, having lived in Korea for a few years now, I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog about five essential tools, that you may not find during your research, that will make your life a lot easier during your time abroad.

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Tags: things to do before leaving korea, ex-pat life in Korea, things to do, life in Korea, Navigating Korea, travel, tmoney, essential things for Korea, kakaotalk, navermaps, tourism hotline

How to Enjoy the Performing Arts and Concerts While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Sat, Jan 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Having lived in Korea for a little over three years now, something that I really enjoy is going to see a live performance. Whether it be a concert, musical, or play, it is just a very fun experience. If you live near Seoul, there are a plethora of venues which hold a wide variety of events. And if language is your barrier to understanding please know that there are international options as well as Korean. Big name foreign acts such as Coldplay, Maroon 5, Damien Rice, and plays such as Sister Act, and Billy Elliot have also made their way to Korea within the last couple of years. They are really fun to go to! So, today I will tell you about my own experiences, where to get tickets, and things you need to know to prepare for going to one of these entertaining events during your time teaching in Korea.

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Tags: Concerts, Activities to do in Korea, cultural activities, Weekend activities in Korea

Learn About Giselle's First Weeks Living and Teaching in Korea: Part 2

Posted on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 04:52 PM


Hi, my name is Giselle and I recently became a teacher at ChungDahm Learning's Daechi branch in Gangnam, Seoul this past November.  Last week in part 1 of my blog series I wrote about my first days in Korea and going through ChungDahm's training week. Today, in part 2 of my blog series I will focus on moving into my officetel and transitioning to life as a full-time teacher.  I hope through this blog series that it will help those interested in teaching in Korea get a better idea of the transition period one must go through to get adjusted to their new home and job abroad.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, Apartments in Korea, chungdahm, Officetel

Learn About Giselle's First Weeks Living and Teaching in Korea: Part 1

Posted on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 04:26 PM

Hello everyone! My name is Giselle and I recently began teaching in Korea this past November at ChungDahm Learning's Daechi branch in Gangnam, Seoul.  I am from California in the U.S. where I attended the University of California, Riverside for 5 years. During those 5 years, I always worked with international students and in my third year of college it was when I decided that I wanted to teach English abroad upon graduating.  It was through these experiences of being an English tutor for international students that I felt really fulfilled. I particularly found it easy to get along with Korean students which is why I decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. I even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester and fell in love with the city. When I got back to the US, I enrolled in extra courses on campus to obtain my TESOL certificate - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I finished all the courses the summer after I graduated and on the last day of my certification program I was thrilled to find out I was offered a contract to work for Chungdahm.

In my two part blog series I will go into detail about my first days in Korea and going through ChungDahm's training week (featured below), along with moving into my new apartment and adjusting to live as a full-time teacher (part 2).  

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Tags: training week, chungdahm learning

How To Celebrate and Socialize with Your Fellow Teachers at ChungDahm

Posted on Wed, Jan 03, 2018 @ 12:38 PM

Living and teaching in Korea is all about what you make of it and who you spend your time with and events at work are a great way to create memories when you are far away from home.

At Chungdahm Learning you have the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, so it is possible to challenge yourself to experience new things, cultures and grow as an individual. Being able to socialize with people from diverse backgrounds has been my favorite part of teaching abroad, so I recommend you do your best to plan events within your academy where you can build bonds with your fellow teachers outside of the classroom. In this blog I will talk about some of the events my fellow teachers and I have done at ChungDahm's Songpa branch. 

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Tags: co-worker, Teach Abroad, ex-pat life in Korea, events in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, Holidays in South Korea, chungdahm, chungdahm learning, christmas in Korea, events, work events

How to Celebrate the Holiday Season While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 @ 04:59 PM

Now that we are the middle of December I would like to take the opportunity to let you know what celebrating the holiday season is like when many of you are thousands of miles away from friends and family.  Although being away from loved ones can be tough, there are still many ways to embrace the holiday spirit while teaching in Korea. It's up to the individual to make the most of it. It's all about getting out there, planning ahead and putting in a little effort to create the kind of holiday season you want.  In this blog I will talk about ways that not only the country of Korea celebrates the holiday season, but also how I celebrate it with my friends in Korea, and family back home in South Africa.

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Tags: Activities to do in Korea, holiday, christmas in Korea, christmas, holiday gifts, holiday season

My Top Three Lessons After Living and Teaching in Korea for One Year

Posted on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 @ 03:08 PM

It has been one year since arriving in South Korea and beginning my job as an English teacher with Chungdahm April Institute. After deliberating long and hard about my options and wants, I've decided to stay in Korea for at least another year, though I won't be teaching with Chungdahm anymore.  With that being said my time with ChungDam has been fruitful, desirable, challenging, and educative in numerous ways, and I'm beyond grateful for the experiences they've facilitated. For my final blog post with Aclipse, I've decided to choose three lessons I've learned after living and teaching in Korea for one year, in hopes that my experiences can help, guide, or comfort future expats in South Korea.

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Tags: Korean culture, chungdahm

Tijana Tells You Why You Should Teach in Korea for ChungDahm

Posted on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 @ 05:35 PM

Hi, my name is Tijana Huysamen. I am from Cape Town, South Africa, have been traveling for 6 years, 4 of which was spent teaching in Korea, and have been to 42 different countries.

I am currently a Team Manager at Chungdahm Learning in Seoul where I work at the Songpa Branch and have been an employee of the company for 3 years now. I absolutely love working at CDL, as the hours and the pay are the best in Korea! The amount of opportunities and growth you will experience at the company, will allow you to feel like your time abroad is well spent.

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Tags: living in Korea, benefits of living in Korea, chungdahm, chungdahm learning

How Teaching in Korea Allowed me To Grow Professionally and Personally

Posted on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 06:15 PM

Coming from University, more than four years ago now, I kept coming to the question of what is my purpose and why am I here. I felt lost and many of my college friends felt the same. There was always a big question mark after graduation and I kept asking myself  "What should I do next?".  With having limitless possibilities in life, it makes the choices feel impossible to achieve. Life is so big, and you only get to make these big decisions once. Before making this big life decision about what I wanted to commit myself to professionally, I wanted to explore the world and continue to find more about myself from a personal standpoint.  Coming to South Korea, I know that I have achieved all of these aspirations and more, and I now have the confidence that nothing is impossible.  In this blog I want to let you know how my time teaching in Korea has allowed me to not only gain professional skills, through teaching students and managing a classroom everyday, but also how my three years abroad has allowed me to learn many life skills which I will take with me no matter where I go after my time in Korea is up. 

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Tags: skills, Teaching skills

If You are a Foodie Check Out These 3 Restaurants While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 02:51 PM

Having lived in Korea for three years, and also lacking the ability to cook, I have enjoyed various foods from numerous places located throughout Korea. That said, there are some places that I keep coming back to, whether it is because of taste, ease, or just a pleasant atmosphere. Today, I would like to introduce you to three restaurants you should check out during your time teaching in Korea.  I picked these places in particular because they are chain restaurants, and you should be able to find a location no matter what city you are teaching in. 

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Tags: food in Korea, restaurants in korea, Korean food

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