Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Giselle's Weekend Trip to Gangneung: Where You See the Sun Rise

Posted on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Gangneung is coastal city located in the eastern province of Gangwon-do. Amongst Koreans, Gangwon-do is a favorite vacation spot. When compared to Jeju-do, it is the cheaper and less foreign tourist filled alternative. It is most famous for Jeongdongjin, Gyeongpo Beach and Gangneung Olympic Park.

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Tags: summer in korea, vacation destinations, weekend travel, gangneung

Why Aclipse and Chungdahm were the Right Choice for Me

Posted on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

A Smooth Transition

Starting a new job when you’ve not long graduated can be a daunting prospect, let alone when it’s half way around the world in a totally unfamiliar country. By choosing to go through Aclipse, my mind was put at ease. I was assured that I would be provided with somewhere to live throughout my time in Korea, which was one of my biggest worries. The overwhelming mountain of paperwork soon became manageable with the help of my recruiter, Colette. She replied to all my frantic emails in the middle of the night and addressed all of my concerns. From how to apostille a degree to how real estate agents work in Korea, Aclipse had all the answers!

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Tags: teaching at CDL, professional growth, personal growth, aclipse

Brian's Trip to the Dental Clinic for Bonded Retainers and Cleaning

Posted on Thu, Jun 07, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Dental care in Korea is commonly of a high standard and very affordable with or without insurance. A typical cleaning and scaling costs about $60 (CAD) compared to $145 (CAD) back home in Toronto. The costs will be even cheaper if you are covered by the National Health Insurance Plan. I will guide you through my experience of successful dental treatments done in Korea.

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Tags: living in Seoul, dentist, Healthcare, living in South Korea, dental insurance, retainers

Perspective: Interview with Breana and Joe

Posted on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Having talked exclusively about my own experiences, I wanted to introduce you to two of my favorite coworkers. I asked them exclusively about what they enjoy in Korea and what can be a bit more difficult for people coming to Korea for the first time. Both teachers are veterans in their own rights.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, save money teaching English, learn korean, korean community, exercise, work balance

Tijana's  4-year Professional and Personal Growth at Chungdahm Learning

Posted on Mon, May 28, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I initially chose Chungdahm Learning, because I could foresee a future where I could professionally and personally grow. Now, looking back on my 4-year journey with the company, I can say that they met all my expectations and offered opportunities beyond what I thought I could experience. 

A lot of foreigners worry about their job prospects post-ESL teaching and how being an ESL teacher for 2-3 years would look on their resume. This is why, I always say it is important to choose a company in Korea that you can grow with so, that you have strong references and are constantly being challenged to grow in different ways. It is important, no matter what you do, to never be stagnant while living abroad and take every opportunity to mold your resume with new skills and insight.

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Tags: life in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, chungdahm learning, growing with Chungdahm, opportunities at chungdahm, professional, professional growth, career, personal growth

Giselle's Classroom Tips: WH Questions and Cold Calling

Posted on Thu, May 24, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Now that I have been working for Chungdahm Learning for some time, I find it only appropriate to share some teaching wisdom. There are two concepts that I find to be essential to master in order to be a good Chungdahm teacher (or a good teacher in general) - WH Questions and Cold Calling.

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Tags: class management, teaching kids, growing with Chungdahm, Teaching skills, classroom materials, teaching tips, professional growth

Giselle's Weekend Getaway at Jeju Island, Korea’s Hawaii

Posted on Mon, May 21, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Jeju Island is located just south of the Korean peninsula in the Korea Strait. It is a famous vacation destination. Known as being Korea’s Hawaii, Jeju is a favorite for Koreans and others from neighboring nations. It is particularly popular during the spring and summer. I went during the fall to avoid the crowds and peak season prices. I hope to motivate all you lovely Aclipse/Chungdahm teachers to plan a trip to Jeju of your own.

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Tags: things to do on Jeju, visit Jeju, things to do on the weekend, Jeju Island, weekend travel, Korean food

Get to know Korean Soups and Stews with Chungdahm Teacher, Brian Lee

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The foundation and staple of Korea’s diet has always been soups and stews. Soup dishes in Korean cuisine are referred to as Guk (국), also sometimes known as tang (탕) because of the added meat. Korean stews or Jjigae (찌개) come in a bevy of varieties and flavours to suit anybody’s personal taste preferences. I will review some of my favourite soups and stews that all ChungDahm teachers must try while having a great year teaching and living in Korea.

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Tags: living in Seoul, eating healthy in Korea, living in South Korea, Korean food

Neil's Experience with Faculty Managers

Posted on Mon, May 14, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Managers in any job have one main purpose: to be the absorbing sponge between two hard materials. They are like the spine of the corporate system: bridging the brain with the rest of the body to work with ease and efficiency. However, it is not an easy job balancing the needs of the teaching staff along with the wants from the higher ups. So, having had both good and bad managers, I would like to tell you about one of my best experiences with management at Chungdahm.

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Tags: student management, Training Center, training week, class management, teacher testimonial

The Philippines: Affordable Island Getaway from Korea

Posted on Thu, May 10, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Dreaming of an island getaway? Wondering what exotic places you can travel to while living and teaching in Korea? Think...Coconuts in hand, pristine beaches, and world class snorkeling; the Philippines is a value-for-money destination that is only a three-hour flight from Incheon International Airport. 

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Tags: islands, international, philippines, islands of korea, teach and travel,, travel, traveling

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