One thing that really stood out for me when choosing to teach English in South Korea was location. Traveling around Asia is so easy, mainly because many of the airlines have budget friendly fares, meaning you can have an amazing week long vacation for less than a few hundred dollars. Since moving to South Korea, I have already visited China, Japan and Thailand, and soon I will visit Bali during our Christmas vacation. Friends of mine, who are also English teachers in South Korea, have visited Vietnam, The Philippians, and even Australia.
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Thanksgiving is a new and exciting holiday for us South Africans. Over the past four years that I have taught in Korea the more I get involved in different cultural events the more I have come to adopt festivities that are not my own. I really look forward to American Thanksgiving, Canada Day, Chuseok, Chinese New Year and Halloween. This is the great thing about traveling, the longer that you live abroad the more diversified and global you become.
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Many people ask me why I chose to teach English in South Korea or what is my favorite thing, about living and teaching English in this country. It is a question I always find hard to answer, because there are many, many things I love about being here in South Korea; this blog will take a look at the top three.
ChungDahm calendars are divided into 4 semesters. There are Summer, Spring, Winter and Fall semesters that generally consist of 13 weeks. During these semesters plenty of things are going on, such as Winter and Summer Intensive schedules. Semesters come and go pretty quickly, and before you know it the end of the term has arrived and you should be mentally preparing yourself for the next semester. Unlike most school terms, ChungDahm does not have breaks in-between semesters, so for any ChungDahm teacher the beginning of each new semester is stressful and fast-paced. You have to adjust to a winding down environment and then to a brand new starting environment. It takes a lot of mental preparation and classroom prepping to become accustomed to this environment.
Many people wonder what it is like to teach English in South Korea, they want to know how many hours you work each week and what the children are like. Even in South Korea, my friends ask me what it is like working for ChungDahm Institute, which is one of Korea's best known Private English Academies. This blog will explain a typical 13 week term at ChungDahm. Each year there are four terms; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each term lasts 13 weeks and there are no mid-term breaks between each term.
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A big thing that most foreign teachers fear is missing out on all their favorite Western holidays. Especially the idea of living in Asia and knowing that most of the East’s holidays are not aligned with the West’s. In Korea, the major holidays are Chuseok (Korean thanksgiving) and Solnal (Korean New Years). If you live in the countryside, Koreans don’t really celebrate big Western holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you live in big cities however like Seoul, Busan or Daegu then there will be Koreans who celebrate Western holidays and who enjoy partaking in them.
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When I was in my final year of university in Ireland I had decided that I would like to travel. I wanted to see Asia in particular, as I had not been there before. I wanted to see as many countries as possible. So I thought, what better way to travel than by teaching English abroad. I saw a posting on my university job board advertising an English Teaching job in South Korea. I had never even thought about visiting South Korea when I was looking into traveling. I had looked at Thailand, China, Japan and even Malaysia but not South Korea. 18 months later I can honestly say it’s been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. South Korea is an amazing country.
When I decided to travel to South Korea to teach English, I had no idea what it would be like. I knew it would be an experience. Well, 17 months later, I can certainly say it is that. It turns out that moving to South Korea to travel and teach English has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. South Korea is filled with many interesting sights; from temples or shrines, to traditional Hanok villages (traditional Korean buildings). South Korea has so much to offer, which makes a weekend traveling around Korea anything but boring. A few weeks ago, before the weather started to cool down, I and some other English Teachers from my school decided to visit Jeonju, home of the famous Bibimbap, the famous choco pie, and one of Korea’s largest Hanok villages.
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When I started University back in 2008, I knew that when I finished I would go traveling. I didn’t know where or how, but I knew I wanted leave Ireland for a few years to explore. So, when I found an advertisement from Aclipse on my college website, while I was in my finial year, I knew that teaching English abroad would be a great way to do this. Likewise, this next serious of video blogs will talk to other English teachers from America and England who have made the journey to South Korea and are loving every minute. Blog one is with Anisa, who is from the United Kingdom:
There are many questions people have when they look into moving abroad to teach English, and I was no exception. The main priority for me was accommodation. I live in Daegu, South Korea, which is Korea's third largest city. This video is a tour of my apartment. And while it is small, it has everything I need. Also it's rent-free and I get free internet and a really nice TV:
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