Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Summer Friends

Posted on Thu, Jul 25, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

It’s funny how someone from out of town can show you just how much you love where you are. It’s such a cliche, but those fresh pairs of eyes do wonders on your perspective. If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I am heavy handed in my affection for Seoul, so I really don’t need an outsider’s perspective to convince me to love it more. But it really doesn’t hurt. For all of the traveling that I’ve had the opportunity to do, right now the only place I really keep searching for is my home right here. On top of the fact that I have the logistical swiftness of a sloth that is less than ideal for travel, I genuinely love wandering my own backyard. So friends know exactly where to find me...and if they don’t, they can use NaverMaps, which is now in English!  This blog will be another foray into corny journal streams of blabber, so grab some corn silk tea and gimbap for the ride. 

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Tags: summer in korea, chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, things to do in seoul

Unbowlievable

Posted on Tue, Jun 11, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Bowling is one of those things, like push-ups, limiting your screen time, or language learning, only gets better with one thing-consistency- which I unfortunately lack in such a niche, arthritis inducing sport. In our teacher’s meeting early on in the term, I kept my hand down when our Team Manager asked if anyone was interested in participating in a company-wide tournament. It was nice to see the Kakao chat blow up with plans to practice after work and on weekends knowing I’d sit it out in the comfort of my officetel. However, by the final head count before submitting our teams, it was a party of different coworkers bragging about how bad they are. So I thought, this must be my people, this must be my time. This type of company bonding event doesn’t happen that frequently, and I had been emerging from my self-induced winter cave, and from some convincing by my friend, I decided to join in.

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Tags: bowling, chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, things to do in seoul

A Compare and Contrast with Giselle: Chungdahm Institute and Chungdahm April

Posted on Tue, May 14, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Recently, I’ve become rather curious about the ways in which Chungdahm Institute (CDI) and Chungdahm April are different. While I have only worked at an April for about a year and a half. A friend of mine had worked at both a CDI and an April. Thus, together we thought up a list of the most notable differences between the two academies.

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Tags: April Institute, cdi, chungdahm learning, teaching programs

Little Big Moments

Posted on Tue, Apr 16, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

The last few weeks have been a blur with the wrap up of winter term, thirteen weeks done and dusted. With the chaos of intensives and the recent holidays, it was nice to be able to catch my breath for a bit. But amidst all I had to get done, I didn’t have much time to write. I asked my boss, Michael, on recommendations for topics because my brain was more fried than kimchi rice at 4 am. He suggested writing about the best teaching experience of my life, and the timing of it all was so strange, because after I received this, I went on to in fact, have the best teaching experience of my life.

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Tags: chungdahm learning, teaching at CDL, teaching tips, april

Why Natalie Recommended Aclipse and CDI to her Friend

Posted on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

When my husband and I moved to Korea to teach English in June 2017, it wasn’t my first shebang.  I’d lived there from 2012-2014 and fallen in love with the country. I moved back to the US to be closer to family; I had no idea then I’d fall in love and marry someone whose mom was Korean. My husband, Wayne, had heard me go on and on about how great my experience was in Korea, and it wasn’t long before he told me he wanted to teach there for a while, too! He thought it’d be a great opportunity to get in touch with his roots. I was ecstatic to hear this.

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Tags: teach in Korea, chungdahm learning, teaching abroad, opportunities at chungdahm, teaching at CDL, aclipse, frequently asked questions

Chungdahm Training Week with Christine

Posted on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I arrived in Seoul a few days before training in February, so I could explore the city without the stress of training. It was so cold, I ended up staying in my hotel and enjoying the convenience of delivery services provided throughout Seoul. I received my training schedule during this time, so I was able to familiarize myself with the map and metro system prior to Day 1 of training. I was also able to complete the “pre-training” course online which you must complete and pass in order to successfully complete the training week.

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Tags: working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, training week, chungdahm learning, growing with Chungdahm, frequently asked questions

Tijana's  4-year Professional and Personal Growth at Chungdahm Learning

Posted on Mon, May 28, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I initially chose Chungdahm Learning, because I could foresee a future where I could professionally and personally grow. Now, looking back on my 4-year journey with the company, I can say that they met all my expectations and offered opportunities beyond what I thought I could experience. 

A lot of foreigners worry about their job prospects post-ESL teaching and how being an ESL teacher for 2-3 years would look on their resume. This is why, I always say it is important to choose a company in Korea that you can grow with so, that you have strong references and are constantly being challenged to grow in different ways. It is important, no matter what you do, to never be stagnant while living abroad and take every opportunity to mold your resume with new skills and insight.

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Tags: life in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, chungdahm learning, growing with Chungdahm, opportunities at chungdahm, professional, professional growth, career, personal growth

Sobia's Unforgettable Teaching Experience

Posted on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 07:11 PM

My name is Sobia, and I am from Mississauga, Canada. After graduating, I decided to travel and work abroad for a year while I figure out what to do with rest of my life. I was introduced to the recruitment company Aclipse who took me through the entire placement process step by step until I arrived in Seoul, South Korea. I accepted a year long teaching contract with Chungdahm Learning Institute. It was a great company to work with. Their one-week training was 

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Tags: arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, exploring korea, weekend travel, chungdahm learning, Teaching skills, teaching at CDL, korean staff, teacher testimonial, pay off loans

Brian's Top 5 Tips for New and Veteran Teachers!

Posted on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Congratulations on becoming a ChungDahm teacher! As a ChungDahm teacher myself, I want to share my top five teaching tips that will shed some light into my own personal teaching style, philosophy, and experiences, all of which will help you in your exciting new journey. Let’s begin.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, chungdahm learning, teaching kids, Teaching skills, teaching at CDL, teacher testimonial, teaching tips

Russell's First Six Months Teaching in Seongnam, Korea

Posted on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Balancing Work and Creative Endeavors

I am nearing the halfway point of my first year teaching in abroad in South Korea, and so far this experience has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my life. Fresh out of university, I had no real understanding of what the next step was for me. Halfway through my undergraduate degree I found a real creative voice as photographer and writer. 

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Tags: arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, chungdahm learning, bundang, seongnam, work balance, teacher testimonial

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