Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

The First Weeks for Teachers at Chungdahm

Posted on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

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. 

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How to Obtain Your Visa Documents in South Africa to Teach in Korea

Posted on Thu, Apr 05, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

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.

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How to Do Your Taxes While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 05:56 PM

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.

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Tags: living in South Korea, chungdahm, chungdahm learning, Korean taxes, paying taxes in Korea, tax, employee

Learn About Giselle's First Weeks Living and Teaching in Korea: Part 1

Posted on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 04:26 PM

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).  

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Tags: training week, chungdahm learning

How To Celebrate and Socialize with Your Fellow Teachers at ChungDahm

Posted on Wed, Jan 03, 2018 @ 12:38 PM

Living and teaching in Korea is all about what you make of it and who you spend your time with and events at work are a great way to create memories when you are far away from home.

At Chungdahm Learning you have the opportunity to work with people from all over the world, so it is possible to challenge yourself to experience new things, cultures and grow as an individual. Being able to socialize with people from diverse backgrounds has been my favorite part of teaching abroad, so I recommend you do your best to plan events within your academy where you can build bonds with your fellow teachers outside of the classroom. In this blog I will talk about some of the events my fellow teachers and I have done at ChungDahm's Songpa branch. 

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Tags: co-worker, Teach Abroad, ex-pat life in Korea, events in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, Holidays in South Korea, chungdahm, chungdahm learning, christmas in Korea, events, work events

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

Interested in Growing at ChungDahm? Learn About Becoming a Team Leader

Posted on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 @ 03:38 PM

ChungDahm has given me a great opportunity to expand my teaching and managing skills especially in a foreign environment. I will admit, managing is not for everyone and I don’t believe that anyone can become a manager, however if you are interested in growing with ChungDahm Academy, then becoming a Team Leader may be the first step for you.

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Tags: Faculty, Students, English teachers in Korea, Korean students, Head Instructor, team leader, chungdahm learning

Read About Morghan's First Days of Living and Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 @ 04:57 PM

Hi! My name is Morghan, and I’m a brand-new teacher with Chungdahm Institute. I’m from the east side of Washington (state) and I went to school at Western Washington University, which I’ve only recently graduated from. Upon graduating I decided I wanted to teach in Korea for a simple set of reasons: I wanted to explore, I’d never been to Asia before, and I wanted to take a risk and do something completely new. Korea seemed like the perfect country to gain quality teaching experience, all while being able to travel. Plus, school was expensive, and I can save a lot of money here.

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Tags: busan, chungdahm, training week, chungdahm learning

How to Build a Great Relationship with the Korean Staff at ChungDahm

Posted on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 03:58 PM

Teaching abroad is all about engaging with the people and experiencing a new culture. Koreans are notorious for treating foreigners excellently, especially when they can see that a person shows an interest in Korean etiquette and is trying to learn a few basic Korean words. It is well worth trying to get to know Korea and Korean people, while living and teaching in Korea. It will go a long way with your time spent in the country, and you will encounter more unique experiences and make some friends outside of your comfort zone. Getting to know the Korean people, will help you grow as a person and also allow you to feel less frustrated with language barriers or small misunderstandings. In this blog I will focus particularly on building a relationship with the Korean staff at ChungDahm

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Tags: Teach Abroad, English teacher in Korea, life in Korea, chungdahm, chungdahm learning, Teaching skills, branch, korean staff

Best Places To Get Supplies for a New Term at ChungDahm

Posted on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:34 PM

If you decide to either work for April Institute or ChungDahm Academy, both company’s terms last for thirteen weeks. You will see your students 2-3 times in a week and you will always have a group of kids who never bring their supplies to class. As a result, it’s always good to keep an extra set of pencils, erasers, and coloring pencils/markers for tests and group projects. It may sound cruel, but I always need to have a red pen close by so I can correct their homework. Your location will probably have a set of materials for you to use, however, I always find that it is never enough. Since I have my own classroom and my own projects, I decide to buy my own things and make it feel like it is my space. Corporate will provide you with the tools that you need for your classroom, but I wanted my room to be comfortable. As the summer term just ended, and the Fall term has just begun, I wanted to provide people with a list of places where you can shop for new school supplies. What's even better is that most of the places mentioned in my blog are cheaper than the big retailers like E-Mart and Home Plus.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, saving money in Korea, shopping in Korea, April Institute, Cheonho, chungdahm learning, school supplies

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