Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Nico's Cost of Living

Posted on Tue, Oct 08, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Uprooting your entire life up into two suitcases is not exactly a walk in the park. Scrambling to get your visas ready, taking horrible passport photos, and debating whether or not to pack that bag of hot Cheetos (which you should indeed do), there is a million and one things to keep track of from the moment you fly out to the moment you finish training. Next comes the equally disorienting but exponentially more enjoyable part--settling in. A majority of the questions that I get asked relate to the cost of living and the quality of life here. The cost of living may be lower or higher than what you’re accustomed to, depending on which country you come from, and if you’re like me, had a savings account that could only muster me a couple Lotte World tickets when I arrived. However, you’re in luck. Unless you steer on the side of a constant flow of impulse buy and take-out, it’s very doable to save money while also living comfortably. If anyone is curious how I do it, you can keep scrolling through.

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Tags: chungdahm learning, cost of living, teaching at CDL, things to do in seoul

Cost of Living in Busan

Posted on Tue, Oct 01, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

In Korea, I feel like I'm able to live and afford a better lifestyle than I had back home (in the U.S.) because the cost of living is very cheap here! In this article I'll break down some of the biggest costs and the price difference between Korea and the U.S. I've lived in Busan for over a year, so some of this information might not be accurate for other locations - for example I've heard Seoul is a little bit more expensive. 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, busan, Beaches in Korea, cost of living

My Take on Chungdahm Training Week

Posted on Tue, Sep 17, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Training Week: Intense but Rewarding

The best way I can describe training week was that it was kind of like boot camp. You need your stamina! It’s an intense five days packed with information about Chungdahm and its curriculum. As a fresh college graduate completely new to classroom teaching, it felt a bit overwhelming at times, but by the end of the week, I felt somewhat accomplished and like I had a solid foundation going into my first week of teaching!

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, Training Center, training week

A Day in the Life of an iGarten Teacher

Posted on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

I had so many questions before moving to Korea, one of the most important ones was "what's a typical day teaching at iGarten like?" It's hard to feel prepared moving your whole life overseas, but having a glimpse into a day as a teacher helps! Here is a typical day at my school - iGarten in Centum City, Busan (near Haeundae).

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, iGarten

Taean Weekend Trip

Posted on Thu, Sep 05, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

The summers in Korea can be rather hot and humid. While I was born and raised in sunny California, the difference is the humidity. In California are hot and dry. Thus, as the humidity is finally coming in at full strength, I quickly planned a weekend trip to the coast! 

In the past, I’ve traveled to several popular coastal locations - Gangneung, Samcheok, Yeosu and Jeju. However, this time I wanted to seek out a lesser known area. Thus, I choose Taean - specifically Anmyeon! It is only two and a half away from Seoul’s Express Bus Terminal in Seocho-gu, Seoul. So as I like to do, I’ll break down the highlights of the trip.

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Tags: bucket list, things to do on the weekends, exploring korea, outdoor activities, Weekend activities in Korea, Korean food

Monica's Favorite Places in Korea

Posted on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Before moving to Korea, I had to decide where I wanted to apply for/live. I decided on Busan because it’s a little bit smaller than Seoul but still a big city with many things to do. I also wanted to live in Busan because it has a lot of beautiful beaches. After living in Busan for almost a year and a half I’m happy with the decision I made! Busan is a great city and I’m really glad I live here. In spring and fall, there are lots of mountains to hike around Busan, in the summer there’s always a new beach to explore and in winter there are lots of spas, shopping, and nightlife options.

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Tags: Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, moving to Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, things to do in Korea, busan, things to do on the weekends, top places to travel in Korea

Gapyeong Top Land Bungee Jump Adventure

Posted on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

It’s summer! I really enjoy outdoor activities, trips out of Seoul, and extreme activities. I’ve already explored three caves, rode three bike rails, taken a scenic cable car, river rafted, climbed a few mountains, paraglided and more in Korea’s countryside. On my most recent one day trip, I only had only one activity in mind!  I wanted cross bungee jumping off my bucket list! It was a somewhat spontaneous trip.

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Tags: what to do on the weekend, korea bucket list, unique things to do in Korea, top things to do in Korea

Tips and Tricks for Classroom Management

Posted on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

When I started teaching over a year ago, I didn't know very much about the working culture and educational culture in Korea. When I first started at iGarten, I was really surprised by the amount of workbooks and worksheets kindergarten students had to complete every month.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, on arrival, Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, moving to Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, things to do in Korea, busan, iGarten

My Experience Moving Abroad as a Couple

Posted on Tue, Aug 13, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

About 6 months after my boyfriend Colin and I started dating I asked him if he'd be interested in teaching abroad. I'd always wanted to live abroad and I knew he wanted to travel as well - I was so excited when he said he was open to the idea of teaching in Korea! Almost a year later we moved to Busan. I’m so thankful to Aclipse for making this all possible and finding a school where we could both teach and work the same hours. Moving overseas as a couple has a lot of perks, and I have been so thankful for this experience! Having lived in Busan for over a year, I've met lots of single people, people who started new relationships while abroad, and other couples who moved abroad together. Regardless of your relationship status, living abroad is an unforgettable experience. I'm especially grateful I was able to share these memories with Colin.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, on arrival, Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, moving to Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, things to do in Korea, busan, iGarten

Discovering My Heritage

Posted on Tue, Aug 06, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Discovering My Heritage

By Rebekah Alcalde

“Where are you from?” the nail salon owner asks. She tilts her head when I say, “America.”

“Oh, but you look Korean,” she says confused. “I am,” I try to clarify. “I’m here teaching English.”

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It’s a conversation I’ve had a few times since I arrived in Korea five months ago, armed with little more than a few Korean words and phrases and scared absolutely stiff. I was born in Busan but adopted to the United States by an American family when I was a baby. I’ve had very little experience with Korean culture, and I was very anxious about it.

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Tags: Korean culture, teaching at CDL, Traveling Asia

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