Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Korean Side Dishes: Banchan 반찬

Posted on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

My love and appreciation for banchan began in Canada growing up in a Korean family with a passion for Korean food and continues while teaching with Chungdahm in Korea. Teaching in Korea with Chungdahm is an amazing experience. My students are just wonderful, they love to learn the material and I have so much fun teaching them and interacting with them throughout each lesson. Also, you will really enjoy spending time and going out to eat with your fellow teachers too, and of course, banchan will be involved when you go to eat out.

Banchan, 반찬 meaning “side dish” in Korean, are served as the prelude to the main dish. However, they don’t serve the purpose of appetizers. They add a whole new dimension to a meal and act more as complements and are eaten together throughout the meal. When you eat out, which you will do a lot, expect to see anywhere from 5 to 12 different side dishes, and the best thing about them besides the variety and taste is that you can ask for more once you are finished.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, health, Health in Korea, Korean food, banchan, food in Korea, restaurants in korea

Top 5 Korean Dishes you Must Try

Posted on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Korean food has become popular all over the world in recent years. The growing trend of K-pop has led to even more interest in Korean culture. 

Food has an important role in Korean history as a result of social and political changes throughout the centuries. Every province has its own dishes and ingredients that are unique to their own region. If you travel around Korea, you will be become accustomed to the various meals you should indulge in. For example, Jeonju is famous for Bibimbap and Jeju is famous for Black Pork. 

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Tags: Korean food, Korean dish, banchan, ordering food, food in Korea, eating out in Korea, eating healthy in Korea, eating in Korea, kimchi, bibimbap, samgyeopsal

A Guide to Grocery Shopping While Teaching in Korea 

Posted on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 03:48 PM

Once you have settled into your apartment and are sick of ordering food from Yogiyo and eating processed food from the convenience store, it is time to figure out how to grocery shop in Korea.

First time grocery shopping in Korea can be quite overwhelming. Questions like where to go, how to pay, where are certain products, and how to carry all these bags, are all things that can stress you out before you even begin shopping.  

Also, bear in mind, that you will not have a car nor the tools to communicate (especially when you first move to Korea), so every time you go grocery shopping the experience is a part of the adventure of traveling and living abroad. As a person who has lived in Korea for a few years now, I hope this blog will help making your grocery shopping experience a little easier when you begin teaching in Korea.

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Tags: groceries, shopping in Korea, lottemart, shopping guide, what to buy in Korea, food in Korea, grocery shopping

If You are a Foodie Check Out These 3 Restaurants While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 @ 02:51 PM

Having lived in Korea for three years, and also lacking the ability to cook, I have enjoyed various foods from numerous places located throughout Korea. That said, there are some places that I keep coming back to, whether it is because of taste, ease, or just a pleasant atmosphere. Today, I would like to introduce you to three restaurants you should check out during your time teaching in Korea.  I picked these places in particular because they are chain restaurants, and you should be able to find a location no matter what city you are teaching in. 

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Tags: food in Korea, Korean food, restaurants in korea

Learn About the Secret Benefits of Living and Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 @ 04:57 PM

Having spent the last three years living and teaching in Korea, I have grown a strong love for the country. There are just some things here that I will never be able to get anywhere else. There are some things that I enjoy, I hold on to, and I use them to their fullest. This blog post is about the unsaid benefits of living in Korea and will focus on a number of differences, primarily focusing on my experiences between the living in the U.S. and South Korea.

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Tags: Transportation in Korea, food in Korea, Korean food, Health in Korea, eating healthy in Korea, Social Clubs

4 Major Differences Between Living in Korea and The U.S.

Posted on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 @ 03:52 PM

After 2 years of not being in America, I found myself somewhat out of place when I visited my family back home in Las Vegas, Nevada this past July. I guess I have really adjusted to Korean life. While talking to my friends who I’ve met and worked with at ChungDahm, they said the sense of normalcy would return to me after at least half a year. As much as I tried to become ‘American’, I found it hard and I tended to miss Korea more. Although I do love America, my heart is split among the two lands that I call home. In this blog I will talk about the 4 big differences that I felt had the biggest impact on me when traveling back to America.

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Tags: Korean food, annual vacation, vacation, food in Korea, shopping in Korea, Beauty Products in Korea, Korean people

5 Reasons to Visit Korea from a ChungDahm Alumnus

Posted on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 04:11 PM

Cindy Ung is a ChungDahm Learning alumnus whom I met during our training week back in the winter of 2011. Not only have I had the privilege of being friends with Cindy, she also introduced me to Aclipse Recruiting. Originally from New York City, Cindy studied at Rutgers University where she was able to learn about teaching opportunities in Korea. Wanting to broaden her perspectives of the world, she lived and worked for ChungDahm in Seoul for two years and since leaving ChungDahm over 3 years ago, she has become a successful real estate agent in New York City. However, every year during her vacation she always opts to come back and visit Seoul for the week. When I ask her why doesn’t she go travel to another country, she always says that that Korea has become her second home. For many of us teaching in Korea, I think Korea will always have a special place in our hearts just like hers. Below are Cindy’s top 5 reasons why she continues to come back to Korea.

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Tags: food in Korea, Cafe, dog cafes in korea, internet cafe, shopping in Korea, myeongdong, Gangnam, ewha womens university, hongdae, fashion, korean fashion, friends, party, Seoul partying, partying in Seoul

Why Neil Decided To Come Back To Teach in Korea

Posted on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 04:36 PM

Hi my name is Neil, and this blog will focus on why I have decided to come back to teach in Korea for a third year. Coming to Seoul after growing up in a northern Wisconsin small town is a huge difference. In my home town, the cows almost outnumber the people, and being in my 20’s, it is hard having the majority of the population over age 60, So going back to teach in Korea was a no-brainer. With so much to do and see, I had a strong desire to return to Korea. This time, I know where I am going, and I am excited to begin teaching again at Anyang, Pyeongchon branch, near Seoul, South Korea.

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Tags: chungdahm, Transportation in Korea, teaching in Korea, food in Korea

5 Fun Winter Activities To Do While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 @ 05:13 PM

Now that we are about to enter December and the weather has gotten cold in Korea I thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about my favorite winter activities.  One of the perks of living and teaching in Korea is that you can experience all four seasons and although the weather can he harsh at time, there is still plenty of fun activities you can do. Below are my five favorite winter activities.   

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Tags: winter in Korea, cultural activities, Activities to do in Korea, skiing, snowboarding, winter olympics, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018, snow, food in Korea, international, china

How To Enjoy The Fall and Foilage While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 @ 02:50 PM

Fall in Korea is my absolute favorite season! The humidity of  Summer is gone and the cooler, favorable temperatures have arrived. It's the perfect time to enjoy the warm colors of the changing leaves and the cinnamony smell of latte's. Orange, red and yellow is all around, and the Koreans are also bringing out their hottest Fall fashions.

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Tags: fall foliage, fall in korea, fall in seoul, things to do in Korea, autumn, outdoor activities, cultural activities, tourist attraction, outings, Teach Abroad, food in Korea, Cafes

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