Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

How To Enjoy The Fall and Foilage While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 02:50 PM

Fall in Korea is my absolute favorite season! The humidity of  Summer is gone and the cooler, favorable temperatures have arrived. It's the perfect time to enjoy the warm colors of the changing leaves and the cinnamony smell of latte's. Orange, red and yellow is all around, and the Koreans are also bringing out their hottest Fall fashions.

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Tags: fall foliage, Teach Abroad, things to do in Korea, food in Korea, tourist attraction, outdoor activities, cultural activities, Cafes, outings, fall in korea, fall in seoul, autumn

How I Spent My Chuseok in Thailand!

Posted on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 @ 04:07 PM

Chuseok, as mentioned in Melanie's blog last week,  is a Korean national holiday that happens every September. It is a time where families get together, prepare traditional foods, visit the graves of ancestors and enjoy a much needed vacation. It is pretty much the North American equivalent of Thanksgiving. In more recent years, families, along with teachers at ChungDahm, have used the few days off to travel to other countries, and as a result it is one of the most expensive times of the year to travel.

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Tags: Thailand, Chuseok, traveling

Topics to Help you Connect with your Korean Students at ChungDahm

Posted on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @ 04:05 PM

If this is your first time teaching in Korea, it can be quite intimidating especially since you will be handling students. I remember when I got here, I wasn’t sure how I could connect with my students. I wasn’t fresh out of college and I wasn’t accustomed to the Korean culture. One of the things my trainers at Chungdahm told me to do was to brush up on Korean pop culture and ask my students’ about their daily lives. I think because I started to watch and listen to the Hallyu or the Korean Wave (Korea’s version of Hollywood), it has me a better teacher. To be successful, bonding with your students about different subjects can make your life teaching a lot easier.

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Tags: student management, Students, Korean students, Kdrama, students in Korea, KPOP, seoul comic books, class management, webtoons

Spend Your Chuseok Holiday By Visiting Hong Kong

Posted on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 03:55 PM

Wow. I just got back from my Chuseok vacation to Hong Kong, and I have nothing but great things to say about it. Chuseok- as you may or may not know is Korea's annual Thanksgiving celebration. During Chuseok, almost everything closes down, while many Korean people migrate to their hometowns outside of Seoul, to spend time with family. I had heard from many friends that are also teaching English in Korea that Seoul turns into a ghost town, and that there isn't much to do. Staying in Seoul didn't appeal to me whatsoever, and I immediately started scouring the internet for flight deals leaving from Incheon. Needless to say, since Chuseok is a major holiday, flight prices are not the greatest. Please, learn from my mistake: when making travel plans during Chuseok, do everything as far in advance as possible. I booked my flights about a month in advance (in a post Hweshik stupor) and could have saved quite a bit had I booked earlier on.   

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Tags: Chuseok, Hong Kong, traveling

After A Successful Olympics Korea Begins Preparing for the 2018 Winter Games

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 04:15 PM

As the 2016 Summer Olympics came to an end, the tiny nation of Korea celebrated another victorious Olympic games and began looking forward to hosting the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang. Korean athletes did their nation proud as they accumulated 21 medals and placed their nation 8th overall!  This is rather impressive for a small nation, against its larger competitors, China and Japan. Korea dominated in Archery and Taekwondo, winning 5 medals in each, and 4 gold medals in Archery. The whole country was suspended in awe and anticipation as the final rounds of Archery was being televised on the local network, KBS. It was definitely the highlighted topic at Chungdahm Learning among my students, during the Summer. 

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Tags: Olympics, olympics korea, KTX, future plans, life in Korea, Gangwondo, social life, sports in Korea, Olympic Park, Transportation in Korea, adventure, winter olympics, snow, snowboarding, skiing, pyeongchang, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

Like Live Music? Come to Busan!

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 02:56 PM

Korea has a diverse music scene! From K-Pop phenomenons like Psy to girl groups like Producer 101, which contains 101 members! Korea is always making musical noise internationally. When I first moved to Busan to teach English in Korea I was little disappointed I wouldn’t be able to see the icons play so often, as their usual performances are in Seoul, but I soon learned that the Busan music scene is lively, active and within reach. Unlike Seoul, almost all live performances here are free! Whether it be a Korean or foreigner band, you can find live music every night of the week at a bar or even on the street whatever area you are in!

Here are some of my favorite places to watch and listen to live music in Busan:

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Tags: music, busan, korean bars

Get To Know Korea's Third Largest City Daegu

Posted on Tue, Sep 06, 2016 @ 01:18 PM

When people come to teach in Korea, their first instinct is to pick huge cities like Seoul or Busan. Yes, both places have their own charms and personality, however, many people who would like to teach in Korea should look into this gem of a city in the middle of Korea named Daegu.

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Tags: Foreigner bars, Daegu, hiking in korea, Nightlife in Korea, hiking in south Korea, korean bars, E-World

Watch Jenna Talk About Her First Semester Teaching for ChungDahm

Posted on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 04:13 PM

Meet Chungdahm Learning's newest teacher, Jenna McGonegal! Jenna, 23, is from Toronto, Canada. Jenna began teaching in Korea about 3 months ago and has almost completed her first semester teaching in Korea. As Week 14 of the Summer semester comes to a close, Jenna discusses with Aclipse Marketing assistant, Tijana Huysamen, about her journey to Korea, her favorite teaching moments and how to tackle any obstacles during CDL's training week. 

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Tags: semester, First week in Korea, life in Korea, video blog, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Training Center, training week, chungdahm learning, new teacher

Tips For Visiting The Optometrist, Dentist, and Hair Stylist in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

For medical procedures, many foreigners come to Korea from all over the world because of the reasonable prices and high quality. I remember while I was living in America, I hated going to the dentist and eye doctor because of how much money I would spend for my medical procedures. Even with insurance, I’d pay at least $80-$100 for each visit. Luckily here in Korea, the prices are not astronomical. Here are some tips to help you save money while you are living and teaching in Korea.

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Tags: life in Korea, shopping in Korea, living in Seoul, dentist, haircut in korea, benefits of living in Korea, eyeglasses, hairdresser, hair salon, cost of living, optometrist

Top Tips for Vegetarians While Teaching in Korea!

Posted on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

It's fairly well known that Korea is a meat lovers paradise. For us carnivores, there's a dazzling array of meats and sea foods that are readily available. Korea is obviously most famously associated with its Barbecue restaurants, which can be found on pretty much any street corner. While Korea boasts a large number of vegetable dishes, it can be hard for vegetarians (and even more so for vegans) to find dishes that are actually vegetarian. For example, many soups or stews that don't have meat or seafood in them will often contain fish or meat products within their broth. Having a co-worker that is vegetarian has really opened my eyes to some of the difficulties vegetarians may face coming to Korea. After chatting with him I thought it would be useful to put together some tips to help any vegetarians that are interested in teaching in Korea.

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Tags: food in Korea, Vegeterian, Vegan, ordering food

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