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.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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.Read More
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.Read More
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 wasRead More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Moving to Korea can be really intimidating. There are plenty of questions racing through your head, such as "Where am I going to live? How am I going to get to school? Will people understand me? Will my students like me?" We all worry about things we cannot control, so to lessen the nerves, at Chungdahm Learning you will receive a lot of guidance and help that will make your life easier and more comfortable.Read More
Obtaining the necessary documents to teach in Korea can be really stressful and a big headache if you do not know where to start or how to go about it. From experience, following a methodical order of things needed to be done will help speed up the process. Every citizen coming to Korea has a different route to follow and one needs to know the specific requirements for their nationality. The method of obtaining documents is different in every county. So what may be allowed in America, may not be allowed in South Africa.Read More
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Now that it's 2018, it also means it's officially tax season. Korean tax filing occurs in the month of January and it usually happens quickly. As an expat it can be a rather overwhelming experience, if you are under-prepared and ill-informed. Koreans let you know things at the last minute and expect you to file taxes as quickly as possible. It’s just the nature of their culture, so it is better to be organized in advance, instead of being caught off-guard.
Here are the top 3 things you need to know about doing your taxes while teaching in Korea.Read More
Hello everyone! My name is Giselle and I recently began teaching in Korea this past November at ChungDahm Learning's Daechi branch in Gangnam, Seoul. I am from California in the U.S. where I attended the University of California, Riverside for 5 years. During those 5 years, I always worked with international students and in my third year of college it was when I decided that I wanted to teach English abroad upon graduating. It was through these experiences of being an English tutor for international students that I felt really fulfilled. I particularly found it easy to get along with Korean students which is why I decided to pursue a teaching opportunity in Korea. I even attended Yonsei University in Seoul for a semester and fell in love with the city. When I got back to the US, I enrolled in extra courses on campus to obtain my TESOL certificate - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I finished all the courses the summer after I graduated and on the last day of my certification program I was thrilled to find out I was offered a contract to work for Chungdahm.
In my two part blog series I will go into detail about my first days in Korea and going through ChungDahm's training week (featured below), along with moving into my new apartment and adjusting to live as a full-time teacher (part 2).Read More