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.Read More
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One of the toughest parts about living in a new city, especially if you are in a different country, is understanding the various transportation systems. Not only can maps be in a different language, but you may be unaware about what are the most cost effective and efficient options to get you from point A to point B. It is for this reason why I wanted to write a blog to provide new teachers, and those scheduled to begin teaching in Korea in the near future, the ultimate transportation guide to make their first days and weeks a little easier. In my blog I will talk about all the modes of transportation in Korea, including everything from taking a train to utilizing Kakao T.Read More
Regardless if you your contract includes housing or not, you still need to pay your utilities. I work in Gangnam, Seoul and work for April’s Daechi Branch. Thus, I live in one of the most expensive neighborhoods in Seoul. Considering real estate prices are considerably high in my area, I didn’t know what to expect when it came to my utility bills. As a person who didn't take into consideration how much electricity, gas or hot water I used during my first two months teaching in Korea, I believe I am able to tell you with certainty that there is no reason to fret. It’s very inexpensive. Don’t believe me? I’ll break it all down for you.Read More
When you first arrive in Korea, online banking can seem complicated and hard to figure out. However, once you know the basics, the process can become quite efficient and you can perform all your banking tasks from the comfort of your own home. In this blog I will provide you with all the knowledge you need to help make your transition to living and teaching in Korea, and dealing with your finances, a lot easier.Read More
When I first came to teach in Korea in 2013, now four years ago, I was naive about the world. I had always been taught to put limitations on myself, and my experiences. I was taught that I can’t do things. That some things are not safe. It reminds me very much to those living in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Shire. Much like a Hobbit, I was afraid of the outside world and ignorant of what was out there. But putting my feet outside of the U.S. was the best decision I have ever made. And if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be able to achieve any of the wonderful things that I have already, and will achieve in the future. One of the things I was able to achieve and cross off my bucket list during my time abroad was attending the Winter Olympic Games in Peyongchang last weekend. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be able go to the Olympics, but thanks to some good fortune this dream became a reality.Read More
South Korea is known for its fast WiFi and there is even a belief that one can move around Korea by simply relying on free WiFi. However, the first time I lived in Seoul as an exchange student, I suffered greatly due to this belief. Having data and a Korean cell phone number makes everything so much easier! Especially considering that during your first week of training, you will have almost no time to set up a cell phone contract. In fact, you cannot even set up a contract until you have your Alien Registration Card - which can take up to a month to get. Moreover, the assistance with setting up your official cell phone contract may or may not provided once you arrive at your branch. However, despite these barriers I will teach you through this blog about how you can get connected immediately upon arrival during your time teaching in Korea.Read More
Sometimes when you want to go out with friends you need to be conscious of spending. Things add up quickly, and it doesn’t make sense to blow all of your extra money all at once. While going to the movies or spending the day lounging at the beach, relaxing in a park or hiking a mountain, can be both fun and cheap, I wanted to make you aware of some activities that are not only inexpensive, but also are unique to Korea. Below are three activities my friends and I enjoy and I recommend you give them a try during your time teaching in Korea.Read More
Now that it's 2018, it also means it's officially tax season. Korean tax filing occurs in the month of January and it usually happens quickly. As an expat it can be a rather overwhelming experience, if you are under-prepared and ill-informed. Koreans let you know things at the last minute and expect you to file taxes as quickly as possible. It’s just the nature of their culture, so it is better to be organized in advance, instead of being caught off-guard.
Here are the top 3 things you need to know about doing your taxes while teaching in Korea.Read More
The other weekend I had the opportunity to get out of the city for a day and hit the slopes of one of Korea's many mountains. Whether you are an avid skier or snowboarder, or just looking to try a new activity, I highly recommend trying this winter sport during your time teaching in Korea. Going for a day, or even a full weekend, to one of Korea's ski resorts is a great way to stay active, enjoy the outdoors, and be able to experience some of the best views Korea has to offer. In this blog I will not only write about my personal experience, but I will also give you insights into how to plan a trip, along with providing some information about a three of the mountains you can visit.Read More
Okay so you’re ready and excited about coming to Korea and teaching at ChungDahm right? You’ve made a great decision, but not so fast cowboy. First, you are going to need a Certified Criminal Record Check from the RCMP on the basis of fingerprints. Second, you will need to have your University Degree photocopied and notarized and then certified by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea or Embassy depending on where in Canada you are situated. In this blog I will take you step-by-step about how to obtain your visa documents to teach in Korea if you are a Canadian citizen.Read More