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, Korea’s 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.Read More
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Working in Korea can be an adventure for some, but it can also be a nerve wrecking experience for others. One way to minimize that effect is to go work for a company that has a stable background. In a time when English academies open up and shut down quickly, it is hard to decipher which one has a good reputation and would be beneficial for your career in the long run. I'm sure many people will dismiss my blog because they will perceive me as being biased. That makes sense because I am biased. If I weren't proud of the company I worked for, I wouldn't be living and working in the same location, with different owners, for over the past two years. Although these changes happened around me, I still found that Chungdahm was the best choice for me if I wanted to stay and work in Korea. Let me now share with you the reasons why I decided to stay:
Back home gathering on towering skyscrapers is not something I am accustomed to. But while living in a bustling country like South Korea it is an activity I have come to love, and a weekend I look forward to. Rooftop gatherings can include relaxing sun bathing days, mini-pool excursions, fun parties, chilled dinners, and breathtaking night time views.
For an amazing day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul, head down south to an area called Gwacheon. It is easily accessible from Line 4 (Baby Blue subway line). Our adventure started at Seoul Racecourse Park and ended at Seoul Grand Park (a total of two stops!) Within these two stops, there are some amazing activities to do.
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Before moving to South Korea to Teach English, the only K-pop I knew of was Psy and his HUGE hit, "Gangnam Style". I had no idea just how big this genre of music was until moving here. Now that I'm here almost a year I can tell you that Korean pop, or K-POP is a huge part of the culture, at least for the younger generation. In fact, Korean music in general has such a big impact on the people here, or at the very least, the students I teach. The other English teachers like it too (It's kind of a guilty pleasure!)
Before I came to South Korea to teach English, I had no idea just how big baseball was here. However, having been here five months already, I can tell it is a BIG deal. From the many stadiums, to the kids in my classes wearing their team jerseys and even their little league uniforms, there is no question about it, baseball is big here in South Korea. In Ireland, where I am from, baseball is not big at all, in fact I don’t even think I know anyone who has watched a game! So, I decided to go see my first game while here in South Korea. The game I went to see was The Samsung Lions vs The Dinos.
When I decided to teach English in Korea, I knew that it would be hard to leave my friends and family. But I also knew that with Skype, Facebook, Twitter, and email it would be very easy to keep in contact with everyone. What I didn’t realize, however, is just how much I would miss being around animals. Having had a dog my whole life, living in Korea is the first time I find myself pet-less. Which is why, when one of the other English teachers at my school told me about the dog shelter in my neighbourhood, I had to check it out.
When I came to Korea to teach English, the first thing I noticed was how many parks there were. Every city block seems to have a small patch of land or park. Trees, grass, and benches are everywhere. What’s better is that they are spotless. (Even in Seoul, where I spent my first week, the parks were clean). In Daegu, where I am teaching English and living now, this is also the case.
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Welcome to the second part of my blog, which will continue looking at Daegu's International Body Painting Festival (If you missed out on Part 1 you can view it here).To recap: Once a year, in Duryu Park (which is in Daegu) artists from all over the world including: China, Japan, Korea, and America come here for this two day event. There are two categories, the first is body painting and the second is fantasy make-up. This blog will look at the body painting. The best part about this amazing festival is that it is completely free. From walking around the open tents, where you can see the artists sketching the outlines and then painting the models, to the staged show, which is several hours long, to the award ceremony and fireworks - you don’t pay a cent (or Korean Won as the case is here). The prizes for the winning artists are quite generous too, with first place worth nearly $10,000 or €7,500, so the fact that there is no entry fee for visitors is amazing! Festivals like this are very common here in Korea, which is great news for us English teachers.