Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Why I Chose Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Why did you choose Korea? That’s a question I get asked often - both by foreigners and by Koreans. I knew early on that I wanted to live abroad after university. I just didn’t know where. Often people are surprised by my response. I guess they assume that I’ll see I was a huge fan of some K-Pop idols and/or watched a lot of Korean dramas. However, my appeal of Korean culture came in a very different manner. 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Korean culture, moving to Korea, teaching in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm

Summer Friends

Posted on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

It’s funny how someone from out of town can show you just how much you love where you are. It’s such a cliche, but those fresh pairs of eyes do wonders on your perspective. If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I am heavy handed in my affection for Seoul, so I really don’t need an outsider’s perspective to convince me to love it more. But it really doesn’t hurt. For all of the traveling that I’ve had the opportunity to do, right now the only place I really keep searching for is my home right here. On top of the fact that I have the logistical swiftness of a sloth that is less than ideal for travel, I genuinely love wandering my own backyard. So friends know exactly where to find me...and if they don’t, they can use NaverMaps, which is now in English!  This blog will be another foray into corny journal streams of blabber, so grab some corn silk tea and gimbap for the ride. 

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Tags: summer in korea, chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, things to do in seoul

Fun and Easy to Prepare ESL Games!

Posted on Tue, Jul 23, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

When I first started working with Chungdahm over a year ago, having never taught before, I learned that kids can complete activities much quicker than you expect. It’s always good to have a short game or craft if you have extra time at the end of class. Here are a few of my favorite games, they are little to no prep and my students love them! They can easily take anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on how much time you have, and they’re great for reviewing key concepts.  

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, class management, classroom materials, teaching tips, iGarten

Take the Plunge, Make Life Richer

Posted on Tue, Jul 16, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

 

Uprooting your life, whether to a neighboring state, or internationally, and trusting it’s the right move, is never easy. There’s money to be saved, perhaps for that overpriced U-Haul, or in our case, for a flight to Seoul. There’s goodbyes to be had, some easier than others, even if they are just temporary. Luckily, a few are permanent - I’m sure you have your own list of culprits. We all do.

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Tags: Korean culture, benefits of living in Korea, living in South Korea, korea history

Hanbok Experience in Seoul

Posted on Fri, Jul 12, 2019 @ 04:46 PM

Recently, a long time friend visited me in Seoul. It was great to have the opportunity to be a tour guide. Also, it was a chance to feel like a tourist myself. One Saturday, my friend and I decided to explore the northern part of Seoul in hanboks. Hanboks are Korean traditional clothes. Like the colorful, vibrant, elegant, gorgeous and regal looking clothes one sees nobility wearing in historical Korean dramas. This was so exciting for me! At that point I’d lived in Seoul for a year and a half, and been a Yonsei University exchange student for a semester in the past, but still hadn’t worn a proper hanbok. I’d only work the top of one for a photo booth session with friends as a student. I want to share the highlight of this day - from my hanbok selecting experience to the two places I explored in my hanbok.

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Tags: Korean culture, hanbok, top things to do in Korea

Bigger isn't Always Better

Posted on Tue, Jul 02, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Coming to Korea was the best decision to learn about who I am and what I like. Not only has Korea allowed me to travel to a new country but it has allowed me to live a life I never knew I would have let alone enjoy. I have always had a dream to travel the world, especially experiencing the sensations of Asian countries. Korea has allowed me to start that dream by starting a new life doing something I wasn’t sure I would enjoy - but being pleasantly surprised to enjoy it thoroughly.

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Tags: Korean countryside, working in korea, living in South Korea, teaching at CDL, gumi

Giselle’s Day Trip Out of Seoul: Semiwon Garden and Dumulmeori

Posted on Tue, Jun 25, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

While Seoul so much to do and explore, someone who enjoys exploring the countryside and taking the vast, lush and enchanting nature of South Korea, needs the occasional trip away from the hustle and bustle. My most recent adventure lead me to Yangsu in Gyeongi. My objective was to explore Semiwon Garden and Dumulmeori. It was such a rewarding trip. I hope you’ll add it to your list of places to see while you teach in South Korea.

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Tags: Weekend activities in Korea, unique things to do in Korea

Rock Climbing

Posted on Tue, Jun 18, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

A popular hobby many Koreans are picking up is rock climbing. Thus, the number of rock climbing gyms are starting to increase. The landscape of Korea is great for rock climbing. There are many mountains that offer climbers great spots to climb while enjoying the lush beauty of the nature around them. However, before being able to rock climb out in nature, one should train indoors. Some of my friends took up this hobby while living in Korea and invited me to join.

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Tags: gyms in Korea, fitness, pursuing hobbies in Korea, top things to do in Korea, working out

Unbowlievable

Posted on Tue, Jun 11, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Bowling is one of those things, like push-ups, limiting your screen time, or language learning, only gets better with one thing-consistency- which I unfortunately lack in such a niche, arthritis inducing sport. In our teacher’s meeting early on in the term, I kept my hand down when our Team Manager asked if anyone was interested in participating in a company-wide tournament. It was nice to see the Kakao chat blow up with plans to practice after work and on weekends knowing I’d sit it out in the comfort of my officetel. However, by the final head count before submitting our teams, it was a party of different coworkers bragging about how bad they are. So I thought, this must be my people, this must be my time. This type of company bonding event doesn’t happen that frequently, and I had been emerging from my self-induced winter cave, and from some convincing by my friend, I decided to join in.

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Tags: bowling, chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, things to do in seoul

Small City Livin': Transition and Community

Posted on Tue, May 28, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Small City Livin’: Transition and Community

Applying, Traveling, Training, Teaching and my First Impressions of Jeonju

Ideas, research, Skype calls, interviews, questions, doubts, decisions - all of these went into what would eventually end up being my first time traveling to Asia, specifically South Korea. My experience was a bit different, as for many people this process is generally started anywhere from six months to several years before the culminating move to Korea happens. I began my TEFL course in August, not having a clue what exactly I wanted to do with it, had the idea to go to Korea in October and was leaving the country by the end of January! A hectic ride during that time, however, the biggest thing that enabled this fast-paced life change was the organization from Aclipse.

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Tags: . jeonju, working in korea, living in South Korea, teaching at CDL

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