Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Head to a Korean Bathhouse (jjimjilbang-찜질방) after Class with Giselle

Posted on Thu, Aug 09, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

After a long week of teaching, my preferred way to wind down and relax is going to the jjimjilbang. A jjimjilbang is a Korean bathhouse. If you've ever watched a Korean drama, then you must know what I'm talking about already. It is a must add on your to do list while teaching in Korea!

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Tags: relax, community, skin care, work balance

Why I Applied with Aclipse and CDI for the Second Time

Posted on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

It took three and a half days for me to fall in love with Seoul, South Korea. On my way to a summer fellowship in Manila, I decided to make a pit stop to visit my best friend who lives there. I touched down in Incheon, and we made our way on the airport bus to her house which sat right on the southern half of the Han River. The subsequent hours consisted of noraebang and fried chicken, a hike through Bukhansan (I’d never met a place with a national park within not just a city, but a citywith millions of inhabitants), weaving through the countless markets and underground malls, and stunning palaces and museums.

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Tags: applying to teach English, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, teaching at CDL, renew contract, personal growth

It's Summer! Time to Catch the Train to Busan!

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Busan is the ideal summer vacation spot on the Korean peninsula. It has white sand beaches, cocktail lounges, and party districts. The weather is moderately warm and often cooler than Seoul due to the ocean breeze. Busan is positioned on the southern-most tip of Korea and is a bustling city with the second largest population.

The city is a quick train ride from anywhere, with access to the KTX bullet train. Seoul to Busan takes about 3 hours and a return-ticket costs about 103,000 KRW. There are also buses that leave regularly and are an easy mode of transport for those who cannot access the train services. 

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Tags: summer in korea, busan, patbingsu, traveling, weekend travel, teaching at CDL, top places to travel in Korea, summer

Teach with Aclipse and Chungdahm: No Lesson Planning Required

Posted on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Perhaps the most daunting part about taking on a teaching job is having to create a lesson plan for every single lesson. Some struggle with every aspect of it. Others may be skilled at creating lesson plans, but it is time consuming regardless of how skilled the teacher. ChungDahm Learning is a well-established and well-organized education company that has a fully-developed curriculum in place. One simply needs to perform the lesson delivery for the lessons that have been prepared.

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Tags: lesson planning, teaching at CDL, teacher testimonial, teaching tips, professional growth

5 Travel Destinations You MUST Visit While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 07:29 PM

Traveling is the major reason I chose English teaching as a profession. I love to travel...and becoming an ESL instructor made my dreams come true, having traveled to 42 countries in the past six years. For me, this is an accomplishment - one I know will be a part of my identity for many years to come.

If you love to travel, engage with other cultures, learn new languages and see things you never dreamed of; then choosing ESL might be the right path for you! 

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Tags: Teach in Asia, vacation destinations, teach in Korea, Teach English in Asia, teach and travel,, travel, traveling

Interviewing an Experienced CDI Teacher: Matt Ellis

Posted on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Matthew Ellis (Matt Teacher) at our branch, and now I will share my interview with him. Matt is an English teacher from Massachusetts and has been teaching for around seven years. His major was English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Philosophy (yikes!) He has a passion for gaming, culture, and diplomacy. Matt’s family is located back in the States, but he plans to continue here in Seoul in order to get his Masters in Linguistics. Matt says it’s nice to meet you!

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

To do list: Packing up your life in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Your time in Korea has come to an end...checks on the bucket list, memories made. You are filled with emotions, one of them is stress. Just as much as packing up your life and moving abroad was intimidating, so too, is moving back home. Living and teaching in Korea has become a second home. Teachers who return to their home country often experience culture shock and struggle to adjust to the lifestyle they had before. 

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Tags: Korean Post, packing, moving to the United States, moving home, traveling, furniture, Banking in Korea, selling, pension

English Teacher in Korea: Paying Off Student Loans

Posted on Tue, Jun 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

A part of the appeal of teaching English abroad is that one can get hired straight out of university and start paying off their student loans while embarking on a life changing experience. But is it really possible? While everyone’s student loan amounts and monthly payments vary, I want to tell you that for me it has been possible. In fact, I have been working as an English teacher in Seoul for six months and my student loans will be completely dissolved with my next paycheck. I’m about to share a full disclosure of just how I have made this possible along with some helpful advice.

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Tags: save money, save money teaching English, pay off loans

Neil's Final Blog Post

Posted on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

On November 21st 2013, I arrived at Incheon airport in Korea. I would soon be heading to Chungdahm headquarters for a week of training, but not without being mesmerized and excited by my new surroundings. Everything was so exciting and new. What I didn’t really understand at that time was just how new I was. In high school or university, there is an idea that freshman just have no clue about what is going on. I have found that true in the real world as well. I myself have grown, but I know that I am not finished growing. When you come to Korea you will feel the same. What is my suggestion? Don’t fight the newness, but rather, enjoy it!

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Tags: teaching at CDL, professional growth, personal growth

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

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