Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

A Quick Stop at a Raccoon Cafe with Giselle

Posted on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

 

Cat cafes. Dog cafes. Domestic animal cafes are pretty well-known by now. I’ve had many friends from the US ask me about dog and cat cafes. I have a dog cafe near my home - a 5 minute walk away. Sure, they are adorable and nice to pet, but many people already have them as pets at home. What is far more exciting are raccoon cafes. I don’t know any friend that has a raccoon as a pet!

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Tags: Cafes, dog cafes in korea, things to do in seoul, free time in korea

Everything you need to know about Phone Usage in Korea

Posted on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 @ 12:14 PM

Never mind luggage, food, clothes... I need a phone! Nowadays, having a smart phone is the most important tool to connect to the outside world. Living abroad has never been easier, with access to multiple communication platforms such as Skype, Instagram, Snapchat and Kakaotalk. You can feel closer to your relatives and loved ones from far-away and it is the most important connectivity tool for travellers and expats. 

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Tags: smartphone apps, smartphones in Korea, cellphones, cellphones in Korea, smartphones, phone sevice provider, sktelecom, ollehkt, used phone, phone contract, Korea phone contract, buy a used phone in Korea

Mangwon Munching

Posted on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Seoul overflows with amazing food, and to say that you can essentially guarantee a happy belly from the corner stall that sells gaeranbbang (egg bread) and boongobbang (red bean fish shaped waffles) to the instagram haunts and everything in between is a huge understatement. Choosing a subway stop and wandering off in search of nourishment is one of the best, and most easily fruitful things you can do in Seoul, especially while the weather is nice.

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Tags: Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul, eating out in Korea, Korean food, local market, mangwon, hongdae

Korean Side Dishes: Banchan 반찬

Posted on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

My love and appreciation for banchan began in Canada growing up in a Korean family with a passion for Korean food and continues while teaching with Chungdahm in Korea. Teaching in Korea with Chungdahm is an amazing experience. My students are just wonderful, they love to learn the material and I have so much fun teaching them and interacting with them throughout each lesson. Also, you will really enjoy spending time and going out to eat with your fellow teachers too, and of course, banchan will be involved when you go to eat out.

Banchan, 반찬 meaning “side dish” in Korean, are served as the prelude to the main dish. However, they don’t serve the purpose of appetizers. They add a whole new dimension to a meal and act more as complements and are eaten together throughout the meal. When you eat out, which you will do a lot, expect to see anywhere from 5 to 12 different side dishes, and the best thing about them besides the variety and taste is that you can ask for more once you are finished.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, health, Health in Korea, Korean food, banchan, food in Korea, restaurants in korea

A Good Day

Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

This may not be profound or educational or particularly interesting to anyone but me. But I want to write about one of my favorite days in Seoul that reminded me why I wanted to return. It’s not really resourceful, but rather an interlaced web of visions and sounds that buried my heart deep into the belly of the city, and for this I’m grateful. So if any of this interests you, read on.

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul

Christine's Week of Teaching April and CDI Classes

Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

As an April/CDI instructor, I get to work with students from 1st to 9th grade. April classes are 40 - 45 minutes long, and they meet either three times each week,or two times each week. Chungdahm classes are three hours long, and they meet twice each week. Teaching April and Chungdahm can be hectic if there is no organization. The following are a few tasks that I do every day to make the workload easier:

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Tags: frequently asked questions, working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, teaching programs, april, cdi

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: life in Korea, Korean language, 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: training week, frequently asked questions, working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, chungdahm learning

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

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

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