The scariest thought some people have before they move abroad and begin teaching in Korea is isolation. Often foreigners worry about how they will fit into the Korean community and be accepted by their fellow co-workers. It is daunting to think about situations where you may run into communication issues or cultural misunderstandings. However, don't let the fear of the unknown stop you. The best part of living and teaching in Korea is having these moments, that allow you to grow and have an amazing experience. Below I will go into detail about the Korean culture, along with ways that you overcome your fear of being along in a foreign land and in turn become embraced by the Korean community.Read More
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Umbrellas backwards, sopping wet pants and muggy gumboots...are what you can expect from Korea's Monsoon season. Monsoon season has begun in Korea, and the sudden downpour of an insane amount of rain, can have anyone swimming home. Although monsoon may not be my favorite season in Korea, it doesn't me you need to stay inside your apartment all day waiting for the sun to come out. In this blog I will talk about not only ways to make sure you are prepared for monsoon season, but also some activities you can do during your time teaching in Korea.Read More
Korean is a unique language that plays a big part in Korean culture. While knowing Korean isn't required to teach for ChungDahm, as all the classes are taught in English, any current teacher would tell you to learn the Korean alphabet and some of the key Korean phrases prior to your arrival. Knowing how to read the language and say key phrases will help you immensely with things like directions or reading a menu. In this blog I will introduce you to 10 Korean phrases that you should try to learn prior to arriving to Korea to help you during your first days abroad.Read More
Arriving in a new country can be really overwhelming. There are many things that need to be done quickly upon your arrival! Your head will soon be spinning, without knowing what to expect and how to go about it. Everyone coming to teach in Korea can better prepare for the time ahead by doing a little bit of research, and having a few conversations with foreigners. By doing this you can feel relaxed and be assured that your transition to life in Korea, will run smoothly.Read More
The general idea when you set on a journey abroad, specifically to teach ESL, the perception is that you are giving up your career and life goals to enjoy a few years traveling. What most people don't know, is that this is not the case at all. It really depends on the individual and how they choose to spend those years. However, no matter what any book or resentful person tells you - traveling is an invaluable experience that will change your mind and attitude in ways that will shape your outlook and lust for life.Read More
Last week I wrote about why I think Korea is amazing, and this week I have even more reasons to share with you.
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I'm home. Phew. That was a long flight.
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In some ways it seems like it was just yesterday I was packing to move to Korea to live and teach English. In other ways, because I have seen and done so much in the past 16 months, it seems like years ago I was crouched in my bedroom surrounded by piles of possessions. I was reminded of this packing session last week when I maneuvered my suitcases out from their hiding spots behind my washing machine and slowly began packing up my life once again. While packing I got to thinking about things I packed and hardly used or other things I brought that were completely unnecessary. If you are about to embark on a year in Korea be sure to make a thorough packing list, but also remember to forget a few things. These few things don't deserve space in your luggage. Use the room for other more important items. I know people may not share my packing opinions, but here is a list of things I think you can afford to forget. Take it from me, you can find almost anything in Korea and traveling with less rather than more makes life so much easier. Good luck and please comment with any packing questions you may have.
Living and teaching in Korea has been quite an experience; I’ve taken the opportunity to try many new things and I’ve grown as a teacher and an individual over the past year. I would encourage anyone who’s ever thought about teaching, to spend a year in Korea with Chungdahm Learning. Of the many new things I’ve gotten to experience, here is a list of the top 10 things I’m going to miss dearly.
1. The Easy Lifestyle. Anyone who has lived in Korea as an English teacher will tell you that the lifestyle is pretty easy going. As a Chungdahm teacher, you’ll teach an average of 6 hours per day and with CDI, you won’t start work till about 4pm. This means that you’ll have the whole morning to do, see and explore. Also, depending on your interests, you can take up a class and learn something new; there’s taekwondo, muay thai, Korean classes, beach volleyball, amongst many others. I tend to frequent coffee shops like Cafe Bene, where there’s free wifi, and catch up on what’s going on in the world. With so much free time on your hands, there’s so much to get into.
I'm all about the music. I am up for any concert, just ask. With only a month and a bit before I leave (tear tear), lately I've been reminicing about all I've managed to experience while teaching and livng in Korea (Are you ready?). I am amazed at how much I have done in such a short amount of time, especially when I think about all the concerts I've attended. It seems like ages ago, but at this time last year I was preparing to witness Lady Gaga's first and very controvercial world tour stop in Seoul. A short while later I joined happy-go-lucky young Koreans lounging on Nami Island for the annual Rainbow Island Festival with Jason Mraz as the headliner.