Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

A ChungDahm Teacher Reflects On Her Three Years In Korea

Posted on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 @ 03:49 PM

Since 2011, I have been teaching in Korea at ChungDahm's GangDong branch and have enjoyed everything about it. One of reasons why I ended up staying in Korea for so long is because of the people I've met. I have built relationships that will last me a lifetime, so when my colleague Erin Stuebben told me she was leaving I was really saddened. As she was packing for her move, I asked her if she could answer some questions for me  She was great about it and on her last working day on Friday at 5AM in the morning, I got her email response. I was really touched that she did this for me.  Below are her thoughts and experiences, from the beginning to end, of her time working for ChungDahm and living in Korea:

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Tags: teaching job, Teachers, teach english, cultural experience, moving home, working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, memories

How To Make Korean Friends While Living And Teaching In Korea

Posted on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 01:50 PM

Living and teaching in Korea creates opportunities to learn a new culture and speak a new language. With this experience arises the chance to make life-long friends across cultural barriers. Like every encounter living abroad, you  have  to put yourself out there and do what the "Romans do in Rome" and as in Korea..."Do what the "Koreans do in Korea."

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Tags: korean friends, friends in Korea, friendship, hanging out with friends in korea, Korea friends, teach in Korea, cultural experience, cultural activities, Korean culture, cross cultural experience, Korean language, learning Korean, meeting Koreans, Meetup

3 Reasons To Download the Meetup App While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 01:14 PM

If you are interested in meeting friends and trying a variety of activities while living in Koea then I highly recommend using  the new social networking app called Meetup.  This app is fantastic for foreigners living and teaching in Korea. It is great for anyone who wants to discover groups outside of work that share common interests and have a desire to meet people outside of their regular teaching circle. For example, there are plenty of hiking groups, running groups, socializing groups and cultural experience groups that  meet regularly around Korea or in your area. Also, the great thing about the app is that it is brings all types of people together and not only foreign teachers. 
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Tags: cultural experience, friends in Korea, Meetup

How to Survive Your First ChungDahm Teacher Party

Posted on Mon, Feb 02, 2015 @ 12:18 PM

Many of my Korean friends say that I am an ‘honorary Korean’ who doesn’t know a lot of Korean. Living in Korea for the past three years, I have seen a lot, learned a lot and experienced a lot to the point that I have started to feel like I have been immersed and assimilated into the Korean culture. The Korean people have a great culture and if you live and work here, you have to try out. One of my favorite Korean pastimes is the company party or the ‘회식’. I am lucky to be part of the ChungDahm branch that I am in because we have a company party every few months (Thanks Boss!).

 

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Tags: only in Korea, drinking, cultural experience, cultural differences, karaoke, dishes in korea, cultural activities

Kickoff the Fall Season in Korea by Exploring Changdeokgung in Seoul

Posted on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 10:56 AM

Before I leave Korea, I plan to see all five of the palaces in Seoul. While Gyeongbokgung has been my favorite from what I've seen so far, I have to give credit to Changdeokgung as well. It's a beautiful palace and it boasts something other other palaces don't: a secret garden. Now that the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, it's prime palace visiting season here in Korea! 

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, what to see in korea, what to do in korea, cultural experience, seoul, history, changdeokgung, palaces, Teach English in Asia, Teach Abroad, Weekend activities in Korea

Weddings In Korea: Tips and Expectations

Posted on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

Hopefully while living in Korea, you will get to experience a Korean wedding. It is extremely different from those that I have gone to in the West. Typically, weddings in America and Canada are all day events. Weddings there consist of the ceremony, dinner service, and then drinks and a party to round out the night. When I went to my first Korean wedding, it was a shocker. I think in total, the wedding ceremony was 25 minutes. Here are a few reasons why it is like that and here are some expectations when you do go to a Korean wedding.

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Tags: friends in Korea, Korean culture, year in Korea, cultural experience, south korea, Good times, events in Korea, Weddings in Korea

Watching World Cup 2014 in South Korea: A Foreigner's Viewers' Guide

Posted on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 @ 04:24 AM

Now don’t get me wrong, I love my Daejeon Citizen soccer (big win against Daegu the other day for all those wondering). They are my one true Korean sports love, but like with some relationships, sometimes you find yourself longing for something better. Just like when a man at a football game with his girlfriend sneaks a glance at the gorgeous cheerleaders prancing on the sidelines, lately I have been gazing longingly at a more beautiful brand of soccer. I am talking about the FIFA World Cup, the most popular sporting event in the world, which is currently taking place in Brazil. While a challenge, watching the World Cup in a passionate country like South Korea has proven to be immensely enjoyable, much like a beautiful Messi goal sublimely curled into the top corner. I have some tips for all fans of the jogo bonito on how to maximize your World Cup experience in South Korea.

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Tags: cultural experience, sports in Korea, GS 25, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm

Buddha's Birthday in Korea: Part Two

Posted on Sun, May 04, 2014 @ 09:52 PM

Last week, I posted part one of my blogs on the annual Lotus Lantern Festival, thrown in honor of Buddha's Birthday in Seoul. After we spent some time last weekend walking around Jogyesa and taking billions of photos of the lanterns, it was time for my favorite part of the festival: the Lantern Parade. 

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Tags: festival, cultural experience, festivals, Buddhist Temples, Buddhism, cultural activities, Buddhist, things to do before leaving korea, tourist attractions, Buddha's Birthday, tourist attraction in korea, korea bucket list, bucket list, Korean traditions, lotus lantern festival, Weekend activities in Korea, Holidays in South Korea

Weddings in Korea: Different, Efficient, & Impressive

Posted on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

At this point in my life, I have been to what seems like a million weddings. A good number of friends from high school and college have gotten married in the past decade, so I feel like I have a solid understanding of how the typical wedding in the West works. Recently, I had the privilege of attending the wedding of a Korean friend and it was really interesting to compare weddings in Korea to what I'd seen back home... 

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Tags: cultural experience, Korea, cultural differences, Korean culture, Weddings in Korea

Seoul Lantern Festival 2013: Photo Blog

Posted on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

Korea has a real knack and penchant for festivals, which is something I've really come to love about living in this country. It seems like nearly every weekend there's something going on, and I've tried my hardest to check out as much as I can. But as November rolls back around, the Cheonggyecheon stream in Seoul lights up with fancy lanterns, signaling the start of one of my favorite festivals in Korea.

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Tags: festival, events in Korea, cultural experience, festivals, cultural activities, things to do before leaving korea, seoul lantern festival, lanterns, lantern festival, Activities to do in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

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