Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Learn About Giselle's First Weeks Living and Teaching in Korea: Part 2

Posted on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 04:52 PM


Hi, my name is Giselle and I recently became a teacher at ChungDahm Learning's Daechi branch in Gangnam, Seoul this past November.  Last week in part 1 of my blog series I wrote about my first days in Korea and going through ChungDahm's training week. Today, in part 2 of my blog series I will focus on moving into my officetel and transitioning to life as a full-time teacher.  I hope through this blog series that it will help those interested in teaching in Korea get a better idea of the transition period one must go through to get adjusted to their new home and job abroad.

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Tags: chungdahm, Apartments in Korea, shopping in Korea, Officetel

Don't Sweat the Apartment When You Begin Teaching For ChungDahm

Posted on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 @ 02:05 PM

One of the biggest concerns I hear from people deciding to come to teach in Korea is about their new apartment. They are most concerned with how to get one, where to get one, the size, and if it will be clean or not. While all concerns are understandable, I would like to clear up some information about apartments in Korea.

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Tags: Apartments in Korea, moving to Korea

Five Things I Wish I knew Prior to Teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 @ 05:14 PM

Hello everyone, my name is Monica and I recently began teaching in Korea for ChungDahm Learning beginning this May.  To give you a little background about myself,  I have lived all over the United States and I received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Drexel University and a Master of Marine Science from University of North Carolina Wilmington.  Since graduating I had spent several years looking for a relevant job until a friend recommended teaching in Korea. After doing some research I decided to apply through Aclipse.  

After going through the application process, which Aclipse was very helpful guiding me through, I was finally placed with a teaching position at ChungDahm's Mokodong branch which is located in Seoul.  Despite doing a lot of research and reading the other Aclipse blogs written by current teachers abroad, there were still some things that I learned upon my arrival that I wish I knew prior to departing for Korea.  In this blog I write about five things that you will most likely not find in your research about living in Korea.

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Tags: things to bring, Apartments in Korea, Alien Registration Card

Top Tips For Saving Money While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 04:14 PM

 Dreaming of saving money? Maybe you would like to travel to some exotic island or even pay for your wedding. Maybe your student loans are weighing you down and you would like to go to graduate school. Teaching in Korea can make all these dreams a possibility! 

Korea is a great place to save money. With efficient transportation systems, cheap internet and affordable health care, teachers can live comfortably while saving money. Living expenses can be considerably lower than in the West, especially when it comes to utility bills and phone contracts. Even bank charges are mostly free and international transfer fees are lower than what they would charge you in your home country. This is how I managed to travel the world, save money and pay for a wedding! Below are my top 3 tips for saving money in Korea. 

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Tags: save money, save money teaching English, teach in Korea, adventure, saving money in Korea, Saving, life in Korea, Bike to school, Walking, housing in Korea, Apartments in Korea, sales, shopping in Korea

5 Easy Meals To Cook in Your Korean Kitchen

Posted on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 03:55 PM

 So, you have finally settled in Korea, got through ChungDahm training week and finished apartment hunting. You are exhausted and starving after unpacking and now the real nightmare begins... how do you turn on the stove? How does the gas work? What can I make to eat?

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Tags: food in Korea, cooking in korea, eating in Korea, Apartments in Korea, kitchens in korea, Korean food, western culture in korea

Take a Tour of a ChungDahm Teacher's Apartment in Busan

Posted on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 @ 04:42 PM

When looking for housing while teaching in Korea, it is typical that most individuals will come across two different types of apartments; a studio apartment and an officetel. The studio apartment is a form of housing meant for individuals or couples.  Studios are usually unfurnished, but offers a larger amount of space. The officetel on the other hand is a blend, as you may have guessed, of an office and hotel. These apartments are designed to suit both the needs of an office and a hotel Officetels are usually furnished, however, they typically have a smaller living space.

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Tags: housing in Korea, busan, Apartments in Korea

Take a Tour of a ChungDahm Teacher's Apartment in Seoul

Posted on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

I am so excited to share some of my Chungdahm Apartment in Gangseo, Seoul! 

After training week was completed, all successful instructors were taken to their respective branches, and new homes. I am staying in an officetel which is a multi-purpose apartment building where most new teachers are housed in South Korea. An officetel typically contains a 3 piece bathroom (sink, toilet, shower), a small kitchen, washer, and living space. They are designed so that their residents will be in close proximity to their work place. My officetel is a mere thirty second walk from the subway station, and luckily we are right on an express line, which cuts commuting time towards central Seoul in half. 

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Tags: Apartments in Korea, chungdahm

Tips on How to Buy Furniture Like a Local in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 01:13 PM

Furniture is easy to purchase when you are living in your home country -  you speak the local language and have knowledge about good deals and sales. This simple task gets more complicated when you shop in a place where you cannot read or understand the language, and do not know how to find good prices. Here are some tips to help new teachers in Korea easily find items for their new house just like a local Korean
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Tags: seoul, living in Korea, living in Seoul, what to buy in Korea, benefits of Korea, benefits of living in Korea, Apartments in Korea, furniture

Moving To and Within Korea: 3 Tips on Apartment Hunting

Posted on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

 For those moving to Korea to teach English, your first year will most likely be a roller coaster of learning curves as you become accustomed to your new lifestyle and surroundings. If you are placed in one of the neighborhoods of Seoul, like I was when I first began teaching in Korea, there are so many things to learn such as where to go for things like shopping, food and recreation. During your first few days in Korea, things happen really fast and usually you choose an apartment within 1 or 2 days. This is why, if you choose to stay a second year in Korea, it is almost likely that you would like to move to a new area and find a new apartment. 
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Tags: housing in Korea, moving, moving home, Apartments in Korea

Surviving Winter in Korea

Posted on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 12:46 PM

As a lifelong Massachusetts resident, I am used to confusing weather patterns and abrupt temperature shifts, but South Korea’s weather-related bi-polar disorder brings it to a whole new level. A few weeks ago we had a relatively warm spell of weather, which caused me to dare to hope that perhaps the worst of the winter was over. Obviously that was foolishly optimistic thinking, as this week we have been slammed with a particularly chilly blast of air, just to remind me that winter in Korea is far from done. Personally, I hate cold weather, so it definitely makes it more difficult for me to actually get out of my apartment and be social. But the best remedy for those winter blues is spending time with friends, so I figured I would share a few of my favorite winter activities in Korea to help you get through these frigid few months.

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Tags: winter in Korea, movies in Korea, Apartments in Korea

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