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
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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
Once you have settled into your apartment and are sick of ordering food from Yogiyo and eating processed food from the convenience store, it is time to figure out how to grocery shop in Korea.
First time grocery shopping in Korea can be quite overwhelming. Questions like where to go, how to pay, where are certain products, and how to carry all these bags, are all things that can stress you out before you even begin shopping.
Also, bear in mind, that you will not have a car nor the tools to communicate (especially when you first move to Korea), so every time you go grocery shopping the experience is a part of the adventure of traveling and living abroad. As a person who has lived in Korea for a few years now, I hope this blog will help making your grocery shopping experience a little easier when you begin teaching in Korea.Read More
Hi my name is Janelle, and I began teaching in Korea this past November at ChungDahm's Gangneung branch. I came to Korea from California in the United States where I recently graduated with my second Master’s degree in Old Testament and Semantics from Talbot school of Theology. Prior to that I completed my first Master's degree in Biblical Exposition and an undergraduate degree from the Master’s College, now known as the Master’s University, with a BA in Biblical Studies.
The reason why I decided to teach in Korea is that over five years ago, I had the pleasure of watching a Korean Drama, called Flower Boy Ramen Shop. While enjoying the show for, probably the second time through, I realized that I wanted to go to Korea one day. As I continued along with my grad school, I met several fellow students from Korea, and eventually even worked as a TA for Dr. Victor Rhee, who immigrated to the United States from Korea many years ago. In grad school, I was able to study many languages, and even had the opportunity to help teach a few people English, so when I saw the Aclipse ad to teach English in Korea, I said both, “Yes please!” and “that will never happen…” However just a few months later, having completed the application process, here I am. I’m told there are three phases to culture shock, and if that is true, then I am certainly still in the first one: “Everything is AWESOME!”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More