Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

How to Embrace Monsoon Season While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 03:42 PM

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.

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Tags: English teachers in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, monsoon, monsoon season in korea, rainy days, typhoon, Korea seasons

Top Korean Phrases you Should Learn Prior to Teaching in Korea

Posted on Sun, Jun 18, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

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. 

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Tags: korean phrases, ex-pat life in Korea, Korean language, life in Korea, What to do Korea, learn korean, study korean, phrases, what to do before Korea

5 Things You Must Do When You Arrive to Teach in Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 05:27 PM

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. 

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Tags: ex-pat life in Korea, life in Korea, learning Korean, teach in Korea, arriving in korea, what to do after, Meetup, new teacher

Top 3 Skills I Gained from Living and Teaching Abroad in Korea

Posted on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

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. 

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Tags: Teach Abroad, ex-pat life in Korea, teach in Korea, benefits of ESL

I think Korea is amazing! Part 2

Posted on Wed, Oct 09, 2013 @ 05:02 PM

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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Tags: trend in korea, facts about Korea, a year in Korea, eating in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, drinking, cultural differences, having fun in korea, Activities to do in Korea, outdoor activities, Nightlife in Korea, Korean society

Oh, and one more thing about Korea. *The Arrival Store Advice*

Posted on Wed, Jul 03, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

I'm home. Phew. That was a long flight.

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Tags: packing, moving to Korea, teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, things to think about before coming out to korea, ex-pat life in Korea, advice, arriving in korea, abroad, appliances in Korea, appliances, the arrival store

Just forget it. What NOT to Pack for Korea

Posted on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

 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.

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Tags: fashion in Korea, packing, a year in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, living in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, checklist

10 Things I Will Miss About South Korea

Posted on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

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.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, life in Korea, friends in Korea, year in Korea, saying goodbye

A How To: Get Your Music On This Summer In Korea.

Posted on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 @ 04:47 PM

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.

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Tags: ex-pat life in Korea, events in Korea, Concerts, music, music in Korea, fun, entertainment in Korea, music guide, Grimes, Activities to do in Korea

Seoul, Korea Santacon: So be good for goodness sake!

Posted on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 @ 03:50 PM

There are few times in life when I believe it is appropriate for a group of friends and fellow English teachers to wear bright and matching outfits, disregard the personal space and solitude of others in public and obnoxiously sing childish songs while moving from one drinking establishment to another. One of these times would have to be Seoul Santacon.

A few short weeks ago I made my way into Seoul along with a couple hundred other holiday revelers to socialize, sing and sip soju for an evening. I thought I was prepared and festive donning a red scarf and Rudolph ears, but I was surprised to find most English teachers decked head to toe in Santa garb. After a few drinks at Beer O'Clock in Sinchon, Seoul's center of young nightlife,  a sea of red and white slowly made its way to a nearby subway station where soju was shared and merriment was had.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, seoul, hongdae, Activities to do in Korea, Nightlife in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

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