South Korea is known for its fast WiFi and there is even a belief that one can move around Korea by simply relying on free WiFi. However, the first time I lived in Seoul as an exchange student, I suffered greatly due to this belief. Having data and a Korean cell phone number makes everything so much easier! Especially considering that during your first week of training, you will have almost no time to set up a cell phone contract. In fact, you cannot even set up a contract until you have your Alien Registration Card - which can take up to a month to get. Moreover, the assistance with setting up your official cell phone contract may or may not provided once you arrive at your branch. However, despite these barriers I will teach you through this blog about how you can get connected immediately upon arrival during your time teaching in Korea.Read More
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Having previously written about cell phones and cell phone plans, I now want to tell you about helpful apps to get before coming to Korea. There are so many different apps that can really boost your quality of life while living in Korea. The apps are primarily social, to help you become acquainted with more people for your new life in Korea, however, there are also apps that are good for food and direction as well as learning the language. Below are five apps that you should download prior to teaching in Korea.Read More
One of the major stresses for people coming to Korea is what to do about a cellphone. People often wonder if their current phone will work abroad or if they should buy a new. Finally after stressing about if they need a new phone or not people then begin to worry about which plan they should get. Well, after living in and teaching in Korea for a couple of years, and talking with numerous people about this issue, I have a couple of tips and ideas that I hope will help you decide what to do.Read More
My last blog talked about where to buy food and furnishings while living in Korea. This blog will focus on helping you get your cellular phone in order when you begin teaching in Korea and will also help you find great areas to shop for clothing if you are on a budget.Read More
As a blogger, I've received a substantial number of emails over the past two years. The common theme among the questions I get asked can easily be guessed: money. Understandably so, of course, as money is an important part of taking a job in a foreign country. So, it is my hope that the information I have gathered from the experiences of a variety of expats in Korea (myself, my friends, and my fellow Aclipse/Chungdahm bloggers) will help answer your burning money questions...
I left my country behind. I left my friends. I left my family. I even left In-N-Out. But I couldn’t, I just couldn’t leave my need for a smartphone. It’s like a vital organ! As soon as my phone from the States stopped working, I needed a transplant within 24 hours. And thanks to The Arrival Store, I got one!
Living in Incheon, South Korea has a lot of perks; I’m fairly close to the airport, near the coast, I can go and enjoy and enjoy the beautiful Songdo whenever I want, etc. But shortly after I arrived, I found out that one of the greatest things about living in Incheon was my proximity to Bupyeong Station (Incheon Line 1). Bupyeong station houses one of the most amazing underground shopping malls, where you can find pretty much everything and anything you could want. It’s cheap, convenient, and home to some of my greatest purchases while teaching English in Korea thus far. Here are my top reasons for being in love with Bupyeong:
Note from the blogger: My sisters are in town this week! We’ve been busy shuffling ourselves to as many parts of Seoul and Gyeonggi-do as we can. It’s been great.
Who can live without a cell phone these days? Without one is like being disconnected from the world. That’s why before coming to Korea to teach English, obtaining a cell phone was on my priority list. There are several routes one may take to obtain one. Before I go over each one, I’d like to go over the requirements and a few differences between American and Korean mobile plans.
It’s no secret that South Korea is one of the most internet-wired countries in the world. With blisteringly fast internet speeds, it’s generally something everyone considers before making the decision to teach English in Korea. However, if you’re like me, the internet on your computer is not enough. You need to know about Korea’s mobile phone networks as well, particularly when it comes to foreigners securing their phones (smartphone or otherwise). I’ll try to offer some insight into smartphones in Korea and how to avoid some common frustrations for foreigners securing cell phones.