Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

No Korean Ability, No Problem.

Posted on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Packing a suitcase and relocating your whole life to Korea can be daunting. More so when you don’t know a lick of Korean. I often get asked if was hard to adjust to living in Korea without knowing how to communicate in or read the native language. My answer is no.

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Tags: Korean language, life in Korea, speaking English in Korea

Chungdahm Training Week with Christine

Posted on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I arrived in Seoul a few days before training in February, so I could explore the city without the stress of training. It was so cold, I ended up staying in my hotel and enjoying the convenience of delivery services provided throughout Seoul. I received my training schedule during this time, so I was able to familiarize myself with the map and metro system prior to Day 1 of training. I was also able to complete the “pre-training” course online which you must complete and pass in order to successfully complete the training week.

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Tags: working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, training week, chungdahm learning, growing with Chungdahm, frequently asked questions

My First Hiking Experience in Bukhansan National Park

Posted on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Growing up in Los Angeles, I’d  consider myself very health conscious. There is a range to this. LA health can become a parody of itself, with twelve dollar activated charcoal juice and any vegetable you can imagine being “massaged.” Yoga studios charge exorbitant amounts for classes that make you wonder how aligned the practice is from the place it was created. But for each absurdity you encounter when it comes to wellness, there is also gold. While raised in a predominantly Asian and Latinx neighborhood, there was a fruit stand each direction where I could buy a mango bouquet drenched in chili powder and lime as well as decades-old family run acupuncture studios passing down the stunning tradition of cupping therapy. I had the privilege of having access to so much greenery, with mountains skirting through the city, with countless breathtaking hikes that jumped out at you from the freeway. I’d run through the mountains as frequently as I could, so when I got to South Korea, I knew Bukhansan National Park would be my friend. But I was wrong.

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Tags: Korean mountains, hiking in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Health in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea, hiking in seoul, growing with Chungdahm, teaching at CDL, things to do in seoul, personal growth

Join Me for a Korean Kickboxing Class in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Do you want to learn a new skill and get a great cardio workout simultaneously? Feeling stressed from work? Have some extra energy to spend? Come and join me for a kickboxing workout in a Seoul Mixed Martial Arts gym that offers kickboxing, jujutsu (also known in the West as jiu-Jitsu), and weight training.

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Tags: Health in Korea, fitness, pursuing hobbies in Korea, teaching at CDL, health, personal growth

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

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