Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Top 3 Tips For Passing The ChungDahm Training Week

Posted on Tue, May 02, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Training week is your introductory course into teaching in Korea for ChungDahm Academy or April Institute. For one week, you will be with ChungDham trainers at the beautiful training facility in Jamsil before getting moved to your working branch. Living in Korea is amazing but it is important to make sure to pass training week first. Here are my 3 key points for passing training week:

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Tags: English teacher in Korea, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Training Center, training week, chungdahm learning

Visiting the Seoul Immigration Office While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 01:03 PM

For over the past 5 years, I would need to go to the Seoul Immigration Office every year to get my Alien Registration Card extended. You need your ARC for pretty much everything when living and teaching in Korea. You will need it for banking, setting up internet services, setting up your mobile phone and this will be your primary ID while living here. Here are some things that you need to have prepared before going to the immigration office. This is specifically for those who are located in Seoul. If you are not in Seoul, please click on this link to find your designated immigration office.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, living in Korea, working in korea, arriving in korea, immigration, teaching in seoul, ARC

Watch Jenna Talk About Her First Semester Teaching for ChungDahm

Posted on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 04:13 PM

Meet Chungdahm Learning's newest teacher, Jenna McGonegal! Jenna, 23, is from Toronto, Canada. Jenna began teaching in Korea about 3 months ago and has almost completed her first semester teaching in Korea. As Week 14 of the Summer semester comes to a close, Jenna discusses with Aclipse Marketing assistant, Tijana Huysamen, about her journey to Korea, her favorite teaching moments and how to tackle any obstacles during CDL's training week. 

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Tags: semester, First week in Korea, life in Korea, video blog, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Training Center, training week, chungdahm learning, new teacher

5 Things You Must Do When You Arrive to Teach in Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 05:27 PM

Arriving in a new country can be really overwhelming. There are many things that need to be done quickly upon your arrival! Your head will soon be spinning, without knowing what to expect and how to go about it. Everyone coming to teach in Korea can better prepare for the time ahead by doing a little bit of research, and having a few conversations with foreigners. By doing this you can feel relaxed and be assured that your transition to life in Korea, will run smoothly. 

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Tags: ex-pat life in Korea, life in Korea, learning Korean, teach in Korea, arriving in korea, what to do after, Meetup, new teacher

Experience What it is like to Begin Training as a ChungDahm Teacher

Posted on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @ 06:30 PM

I sneak in one last goodbye call to my mom before the flight attendant shakes her finger at me, and we’re off. I’m in the air, going 500mph away from familiar Vancouver International Airport, speeding through the sky towards Seoul Icheon airport, towards what will be my new home for the next year.

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Daiso: Dollar Store of Korea

Posted on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

            Teaching English in South Korea certainly is an attractive option for many, and the motivations for doing so vary widely. Obviously the chance to experience a new culture was a strong draw for me, coupled with the glaring and troubling realization that I was not totally sure of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. But another large part of the appeal of this profession was the opportunity to save significant amounts of money. Now, there are varying degrees of frugality that you can strive for, and personally I would put myself somewhere in the middle of the savings spectrum. I do not make many extravagant or expensive purchases (some of my friends jokingly call me a tightwad), but at the same time I am a big lover of food and drink, so I like to eat out with friends pretty regularly. Whether you are a dedicated worshiper at the alter of penny pinching, or simply a person who likes to save a few bucks here and there, one of your strongest allies in the fight for a bigger bank account is Daiso.

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Tags: saving money in Korea, cooking in korea, arriving in korea

First Time Teaching and Living Abroad? Tackling the Luggage Nightmare

Posted on Mon, Nov 03, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

Moving abroad for the first time can be a very stressful process. Looking back now, and thinking about  how I packed my luggage for the first time, I wish that someone had offered me better advice on what to take and how to pack it. Of course it doesn’t help you when you have never been to Asia before and all you have to go on is 1) Asian stereotypes and 2) What other people tell you. I will be the first one to admit I took way to many things and spent too much money on items I could’ve bought on first arrival in Korea. I remember that hilarious and embarrassing moment when my parents helped me unpack and repack my bags at the airport!

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Tags: packing, luggage, bags, on arrival, myths about Korea, myths, teaching in Korea, living in Korea, arriving in korea

Guide to Furnishing Your Apartment While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

            Packing up and moving to South Korea is to say the least a rather significant decision in your life. Personally, my parents looked at me like I had lost my mind when I proudly proclaimed that I was moving halfway across the world to teach English. But one of the perks of working at Chungdahm is the excellent support system they provide for you to assist in your transition to this country.

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Tags: Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, cheap

A Teacher's Home in Seoul - Video

Posted on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 @ 01:52 AM

One of the first things that people ask me when they learn that I work in Korea is “What does your place look like?” I know many teachers that are applying to work here are also wondering the same thing. To make everyone’s life a bit easier, here is a video of my home.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, living in Korea, life in Korea, arriving in korea

An English Teacher's Apartment in Daegu, South Korea

Posted on Sat, Jun 28, 2014 @ 10:05 PM

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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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, working in korea, applying to teach English, arriving in korea, abroad, appliances in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, appliances, internet in Korea, english teachers accomadation, Apartments in Korea

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