Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Take Advantage of Korean "Service" and Eat and Drink for Cheap

Posted on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

One of the biggest allures of the teaching in Korea is the opportunity to save money, whether it be for your own personal savings account or for paying off student loans. I am extremely fortunate to emerge from the extravagant nature of the American university experience with minimal student debt, but that does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that I am careless with my money. In South Korea, not only is the general cost of living pretty low compared to living in the United States, but establishments are also quite liberal with dishing out freebies at every turn. Allow me to fill you in some of my own experiences with the magical Korean concept of “service,” and by doing this I hope to teach you about the ways you can eat and drink in Korea for cheap. 
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Tags: saving money in Korea, drink in Korea, eat in korea

The Hardest Part of Being an English Teacher in Korea (Part I)

Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 @ 02:56 PM

We all know that life can be hard at times. Living in a foreign country away from your family, friends, and home can make a bad day... even worse. Since we all have tough days, I thought it would be helpful to show some examples of what difficulties to expect and how to I got through it.

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Tags: Korean culture, teaching in Korea, things to do in Korea, English teacher in Korea, drink in Korea, advice, eating out in Korea, students in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, makgeolli

Daegu City International Marathon: Teach English in Korea.

Posted on Sun, Apr 20, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

What I love most about Teaching English and living in South Korea, is that there is always some sort of festival going on. Whether its body painting, a lantern festival or a mask festival, South Korea is packed with fun and interesting things to see and do. This season happens to be marathon season, with many marathons happening up and down the country; from Seoul to Daegu and Busan just to name a few!

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, drink in Korea, beer, working in korea, Korean mountains, Better in Korea, Foreigner bars, Buddist Temples, Daegu, applying to teach English, arriving in korea, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Nightlife in Korea, Beauty Products in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

An English Teacher's Adventure in E-World Theme Park

Posted on Fri, Mar 07, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

When I came to South Korea to teach English for a year, I was really excited. Not only for the food or the culture or the amazing hiking, but also for the theme parks. South Korea has some of Asia's best theme parks, from Lotte world in Seoul to E-world in Daegu, where I live. Little did I realize, however, just how close my apartment and job would be to one of those Theme Parks. E-world is a Theme Park in Daegu, Korea's third largest city. It is open all year round and depending on seasons it is half water park, ski park and theme park. Not only that, but at night it transforms into a light show, with every tree, every statue, every building covered in illuminations. The other English Teachers and I decided to visit E-world last Sunday:

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, drink in Korea, beer, working in korea, Korean mountains, Better in Korea, Foreigner bars, Buddist Temples, Daegu, applying to teach English, arriving in korea, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Nightlife in Korea, Beauty Products in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Top 6 Things To Do Along the Han River in Seoul, Korea

Posted on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

The Han River is one famous strip in Seoul, popular for everyone of all ages, with so much to do. For the most part, it is great for bonding time with others with an amazing view and a breeze that will keep you cool during hot summer days.

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Tags: river, banpo bridge, Korean culture, things to do, drink in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, Han river, date night in korea, Relaxing in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Sneak Peek into Korea's 3rd Largest City: Daegu!

Posted on Fri, Jul 05, 2013 @ 04:40 PM

My name is John & I have been teaching English in South Korea just over five weeks now. I teach in Wolbae, Daegu. Where is Daegu you ask? Well....This blog will explain all. When I got my contract for Daegu – I thought great, I have my contract I’m ready to go. My second thought was where is Daegu? All I knew was it wasn’t Seoul and it wasn’t Busan.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, drink in Korea, beer, working in korea, Korean mountains, Better in Korea, Foreigner bars, Buddist Temples, Daegu, applying to teach English, arriving in korea, abroad, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Nightlife in Korea, Beauty Products in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

Night Life in Pohang, South Korea

Posted on Wed, Feb 27, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

Before I came to Korea, I was unsure of what to expect as for the night life.  Having lived in Miami six months prior to moving to Korea, I wasn’t expecting much.  Although I prefer quiet nights at home, sometimes, I just want to let loose and party, party, party.  And as you know, partying can get a little expensive especially if you like to get fancy with a new outfit and pricey cocktails.  Also, considering that the cost of living is much lower in Korea, it’s easy to get carried away with the lump sum of disposable income most English teachers have readily available.

I can tell you now that’s it’s important to have a budget to manage to financial goals, whatever they may be.  Most of my teacher friends in Korea are busy with student loans and as you may know, it’s possible to pay off student loans while teaching in Korea.  I’m well on my way.  Having and sticking to a budget in key.

However, with all that being said, we still know that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.  So, yes having a social life in also important and in the right balance, there’s lots of room for some fun!!  I was pleased to learn that there are American bars in Korea.  In Pohang, where I live, there are three that are quite popular among foreign teachers, Tilt Bar and Grill, Whistler’s and White Boards and Mindy’s.  



Tilt Bar and Grill aka Tilt is quite popular among my coworkers and I.  Not only is it close to the Bukbu Beach, it’s also been the venue for their annual Halloween Party, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner, NYE party and of course many other events.  Also, Wednesday is “Wing Night”, Thursday is “Taco or Burrito Night” and Friday and Saturday nights are just for lounging with your friends or dropping it low on the dance floor.  Thursday’s Burrito/Taco nights have become a regular thing for me as they have vegetarian options and oh my, it’s really good!

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Tags: drink in Korea, nights out in Korea, Nightlife in Korea

Urban Soul Cafe & Gallery

Posted on Fri, May 04, 2012 @ 10:37 AM

        Do you enjoy a good cup of coffee and art? Urban Soul Café and Gallery is the place to visit. While teaching English in Korea, a friend of mine that I met here took me to this spot. Since then, I have been regularly visiting the café for the past 3 months now. 

       My favorite coffee drink, a latte, is always perfectly made every time I visit. The espresso bean is roasted just the right amount and brewed into a steamed cup of milk with a smooth milky froth art on top. It’s great that my latte always tastes great. It’s also great that the art always changes.

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Tags: eating in Korea, drink in Korea, coffee in Korea, eating out in Korea, cafes in Korea, art gallery in korea

Want to drink in Korea? Get to know Soju.

Posted on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 @ 09:37 AM

Watch out! Soju packs a punch!

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Tags: drink in Korea, alcohol in Korea, soju

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