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Get Away From the City and Go Camping While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

It's finally warm enough for a cold-blooded person like myself to go camping! And that's exactly what my friends and I did to celebrate a birthday! The birthday girl chose to travel to Miryang, specifically for Hobakso Pond. Miryang is just a little ways northwest of Busan, so still very much in the southern portion of South Korea. Hobakso Pond is said to have been a spiritual place where people would come to pray for rain many years ago. We read that today, people still visit to enjoy the waterfall, the fairly-deep swimming hole, and the large slabs of white rock faces and boulders.  In this blog I will recap my camping trip in the woods and tell you why you should get a way from the city one weekend during your time teaching in Korea and do the same.

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Tags: camping, busan, things to do on the weekends, outdoor activities, Weekend activities in Korea

First Impressions of Living and Teaching For ChungDahm in Busan

Posted on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Few people out of all the world’s population have the privilege to travel…and exceptionally fewer choose to act on this opportunity or circumstance. My name is Linda Gaida and I'am from Spartanburg, South Carolina, and I graduated from Washington and Lee University in Virginia. After the experiences I had during my undergrad years, traveling to different places in Europe, Asia, and South America, and witnessing varieties of opportunities available to people, I knew three things. First, I wanted to be valuable for others. Second, I wanted to be valuable for myself. And lastly, I wanted to travel or move.  As a result I decided to pursue education.

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Tags: markets, April Institute, busan, chungdahm

Like Live Music? Come to Busan!

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2016 @ 02:56 PM

Korea has a diverse music scene! From K-Pop phenomenons like Psy to girl groups like Producer 101, which contains 101 members! Korea is always making musical noise internationally. When I first moved to Busan to teach English in Korea I was little disappointed I wouldn’t be able to see the icons play so often, as their usual performances are in Seoul, but I soon learned that the Busan music scene is lively, active and within reach. Unlike Seoul, almost all live performances here are free! Whether it be a Korean or foreigner band, you can find live music every night of the week at a bar or even on the street whatever area you are in!

Here are some of my favorite places to watch and listen to live music in Busan:

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Tags: music, busan, korean bars

Free Outdoor Activities to do During Busan Summers!

Posted on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Summers in Korea are quite active! People are outside and using the long days to fit in as many activities as possible. Luckily, this summer Busan has not experienced a heavy rainy season, often called monsoon season. So I have had many opportunities to do outdoor activities after work or on the weekends, without fear of getting rained out. The best part about many of the outdoor things you can do while teaching in Korea is that they are free!

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Tags: summer in korea, camping, busan, hiking in korea, Beaches in Korea

Top 5 Places to Teach in Korea Outside of Seoul

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 02:20 PM

In 2016, Korea is still one of the most popular destinations to teach English. Teachers can save while travelling and enjoy an excellent standard of living while meeting  foreigners from all over the world. Over the past 5 years, Koreas expat community has almost doubled, and plenty of job seekers from Eastern Europe and the USA are finding more and more opportunities for career growth on the Asian continent. With the release of Gangnam-Style and K-drama/ K- pop becoming increasingly popular, more and more foreigners haven been drawn to Korea.

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Tags: teach, preparing to teach in Korea, Jeju Island, life in Korea, cities in Korea, Gangwondo, teach in Korea, busan, Daegu, chungdahm learning, live in city, Korean city, live in countyside, chungcheongnam-do

Top Beaches To Visit While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

Korea does not come to mind, when I think of white sand beaches and blue sunny skies. However, with a little bit of digging during my time teaching in Korea, I discovered that Korea does indeed have white sand beaches and places that have a beach culture. Coming from South Africa myself I decided to search for a piece of Summer paradise by traveling and experiencing various places in Korea. Over the years, I fell in love with a few beaches in Korea that are situated in various provinces all over the country and have come to choose my favorite beaches according to my mood and vibe I would like to enjoy during a weekend getaway. 

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Tags: things to do in Korea, summer in korea, mudfest in korea, daechon, Trips in Korea, Jeju Island, things to see in korea, getaway, Gangwondo, busan, Tongyeong, Beaches in Korea, teach and travel,, weekend travel

Must See Temples in Busan: Great Way To Experience Korean History

Posted on Sat, May 14, 2016 @ 12:05 PM

Busan is known for both its bustling city and its beautiful natural surroundings. The coasts, and abundant mountains intertwine magnificently with the still newly developed urban center. Even though Busan was very quickly developed into one of the biggest leading cities in South Korea you can still find many old-style traditions still alive and well.  If you do happen to be visiting Busan while teaching in Korea, which I am sure you will during the summer beach season, I recommend checking out these temples when you aren't basking in the sun.

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Tags: temples, busan

Celebrating My First Lunar New Year While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Feb 16, 2016 @ 03:52 PM

Korean New Year, also known as Seollal or Lunar New Year, occurred this past week! It was celebrated from Sunday, February 7th to Wednesday, February 10th, departing from the year of the ram and entering the year of the monkey. People associate the year of the monkey with joyfulness, playfulness and some consider it the year of the fool. Lunar New Year falls on day of the second moon after winter solstice. It is one of the most significant traditional Korean holidays. All citizens get time off work, or school to be with family, enjoy tteokguk (a traditional rice cake soup enjoyed especially at Lunar New Year) and honor past ancestors. More recently, Korean’s have used the holiday to travel to distant family, so it is often the most expensive time of the year to book any form of transportation.

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Tags: busan, Lunar New Year, Holidays in South 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

Best Food and Places to Eat in Busan

Posted on Mon, Dec 21, 2015 @ 02:45 PM

Busan is primarily known for its ports, beaches, and educational sector but that being said it is a metropolitan city of 3.5 million people so there is bound to be some great restaurants and hidden spots for delicious food.

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Tags: food in Korea, busan, Korean food

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