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Tijana Tells You Why You Should Teach in Korea for ChungDahm

Posted on Tue, Dec 12, 2017 @ 05:35 PM

Hi, my name is Tijana Huysamen. I am from Cape Town, South Africa, have been traveling for 6 years, 4 of which was spent teaching in Korea, and have been to 42 different countries.

I am currently a Team Manager at Chungdahm Learning in Seoul where I work at the Songpa Branch and have been an employee of the company for 3 years now. I absolutely love working at CDL, as the hours and the pay are the best in Korea! The amount of opportunities and growth you will experience at the company, will allow you to feel like your time abroad is well spent.

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Tags: living in Korea, benefits of living in Korea, chungdahm, chungdahm learning

How To Become Embraced By The Korean Community

Posted on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 04:26 PM

The scariest thought some people have before they move abroad and begin  teaching in Korea is isolation. Often foreigners worry about how they will fit into the Korean community and be accepted by their fellow co-workers. It is daunting to think about situations where you may run into communication issues or cultural misunderstandings. However, don't let the fear of the unknown stop you. The best part of living and teaching in Korea is having these moments, that allow you to grow and have an amazing experience.  Below I will go into detail about the Korean culture, along with ways that you overcome your fear of being along in a foreign land and in turn become embraced by the Korean community. 

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Tags: things to do in Korea, English teacher in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, expat, benefits of living in Korea, Korea friends, korean community, community, member

Five Professional Skills You Will Gain by Teaching for ChungDahm

Posted on Wed, Aug 02, 2017 @ 05:17 PM

Often I get asked the question what skills did I gain by teaching in Korea. The answer could be complex depending on an individual’s unique circumstances. It depends on how one makes the most of their time spent living and working in Korea, and how one utilizes their free time accordingly to enhance their lives in various ways.  In this blog I will write about the top skills I have gained during my time teaching abroad and will prove to be valuable as I continue to grow professionally. 

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Tags: benefits of living in Korea, ESL, teaching abroad, growing with Chungdahm, skills, benefits of ESL, Teaching skills, teaching at CDL, chungdham

Find Out How to Renew your Contract at ChungDahm Learning

Posted on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 01:54 PM

After teaching in Korea for one year with ChungDahm Learning you may find yourself yearning to stay longer.  This should not be shocking as English teachers living in Korea tend to stay in the country for up to two years. With Asia right on your doorstep, teachers prefer to travel in their first year and save in the second. With efficient transport, cheap banking and low costs of living, Korea is a desirable ESL destination to enjoy for more than one year. 

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, benefits of Korea, benefits of living in Korea, immigration, chungdahm learning, growing with Chungdahm, opportunities at chungdahm, stay in Korea, renew contract, contract

ChungDahm Teacher Answers Top Questions About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 05:19 PM

After managing at a ChungDahm Academy for 4 years and working as an Aclipse Marketing Assistant for 3 years, I get a lot of questions about living and teaching in Korea. For many applicants, moving to Korea will be their first experience living away from their homeland, so it is completely natural to have many questions about what it is like to live here. This blog is aimed to help answer and alleviate some of those concerns about working for ChungDahm as well as living in Korea. If you have any questions about Korea, feel free to use Aclipse’s Connect with a Teacher Program.

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Tags: living in Korea, applying to teach English, basic korean, Training Center, benefits of living in Korea, meeting people in Korea, meeting Koreans, training week, Meetup, save money

Tips For Visiting The Optometrist, Dentist, and Hair Stylist in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

For medical procedures, many foreigners come to Korea from all over the world because of the reasonable prices and high quality. I remember while I was living in America, I hated going to the dentist and eye doctor because of how much money I would spend for my medical procedures. Even with insurance, I’d pay at least $80-$100 for each visit. Luckily here in Korea, the prices are not astronomical. Here are some tips to help you save money while you are living and teaching in Korea.

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Tags: life in Korea, shopping in Korea, living in Seoul, dentist, haircut in korea, benefits of living in Korea, eyeglasses, hairdresser, hair salon, cost of living, optometrist

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

Save Money and Eat Well When You Teach English in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Why Korea?

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, for as long as possible. So I thought, what better way to travel than by teaching English abroad. Then I saw an advertisement on my university job board to teach English in 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. One year later on I can honestly say it’s been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. South Korea is an amazing country, not only is it an ideal location to teach English, but because of  its location you can travel to almost anywhere in Asia with ease, something I have taken full advantage of this past year. This blog will give a brief summary of some of the best thing about being an English Teacher in South Korea.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, applying to teach English, benefits of living in Korea

Benefits of Living in Gangdong on the Edge of Seoul

Posted on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

When I first came to teach in Korea, I was really scared because all I knew was that I would be placed in Seoul. After arriving here, I started asking around where is Gangdong and unfortunately for me, no one had heard of this area. I really started freaking out and I even thought about quitting. However, I am glad I decided to stay because living in Gangdong has been one of the highlights of my teach abroad experience.

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Tags: seoul, Activities to do in Korea, benefits of living in Korea, Cheonho, Gangdong

Perks of Living in Daegu: Korea's 3rd Largest City!

Posted on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:36 PM

 When people think about living and teaching in Korea they usually only consider living in the well known cities of Korea such as Seoul and Busan.  However, having been teaching in Korea for more than two years now I can say with certainty that there are many other great places to call home during your time in Korea.  For the past two years I have taught and lived in Wolbae, Daegu. Where is Daegu you ask? Well, this blog will explain all. When I got my contract for Daegu – I thought great, I have my contract I’m ready to go. My second thought was, where is Daegu? All I knew was it wasn’t Seoul and it wasn’t Busan.

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Tags: benefits of living in Korea

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