Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

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

5 Reasons To Teach Abroad in Korea; From the Food to Hiking

Posted on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

Deciding where to teach English in a foreign country can be a daunting task. When deciding where to teach, there are many pros and cons to consider. Having worked in Korea for over three years now, I have found numerous reasons why I love this country so much . Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider teach abroad in Korea.

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Tags: Korea, food in Korea, hiking, friends in Korea, history of Korea, cultural activities, Transportation in Korea, hiking in south Korea

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

Make Lifelong Friends while Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

One of the best things about living abroad is making friends in Korea with people you have met from all over the world. Special bonds are created while living in Korea that only you and a handful of friends can relate to. These understandings come from the shared experiences and because of that making friends while teaching in Korea is not that hard as long as you put in the effort to reach out to people and get to know them. 
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Tags: food in Korea, friends 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: Korean culture, south korea, events in Korea, cultural experience, Good times, friends in Korea, year in Korea, Weddings in Korea

A New Teacher in Korea Shares: The Korea Bond

Posted on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

The friends you make in Korea are probably friends you’ll make for life. Most expats who have lived and taught in Korea can generally agree that Korea bonds friendships in special ways. It has something to do with the Asian factor, the shared teaching experiences, or the adventurous learning moments. The Korean experience shares similarities with the well known term ‘the traveling bond’, yet the major difference being that your friends in Korea are more than just friends… they have or will become your Korean family. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, foreigners in korea, friends, family in korea, friends in Korea

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

An English Teacher's Cinco de Mayo: Gangnam Style

Posted on Tue, May 07, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

One of the things I found myself wondering about when I moved to Korea to teach English is what the holidays would be like. Granted holidays can range from the big boys like Christmas, to the ones we celebrate just for the excuse to party (hump day anyone?). Lucky for me and you, Koreans LOVE to party, so most holidays here are celebrated and always a fun time. This past weekend we ventured into Seoul, Gangnam to be exact, for Tomatillo’s Annual Cinco de Mayo party. It was definitely one of my favorite days in Korea and I know that for as long as I stay here, this is where I’ll celebrate Mexican independence.

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Tags: a year in Korea, free time, food in Korea, partying in Seoul, friends in Korea, entertainment in Korea, Gangnam, Relaxing in Korea, Margaritas, Holidays in South Korea

Support a Good Cause While Playing Sports in Korea!

Posted on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 04:15 PM

Jeju, like a lot of communities and cities in Korea, has a tight-knit foreigner community. As English teachers in Korea, we try to get together for events, dinners, nights outs, and whatever else we can plan. Even though I have made a special effort to get to know some locals and make some Korean friends, at times, it is really nice to spend time with fellow native English speakers that often share the same culture, foods, sense of humor, etc. One event that I have fallen in love with and attend every chance I get is the Jeju Furey Beach Volleyball tournament.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, events in Korea, friends in Korea, sports in Korea

Attending a Religious Service While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

Having lived in the largest city in New Jersey, I’ve learned that to survive in Newark, street smarts is a must. However, as an expat living and teaching in Korea, I am incredibly content with how honest and sincere Koreans generally are. Living in Pohang I’ve heard many stories of expats losing their ID cards, wallets, phones and other personal items and continually getting these (often expensive) items back unharmed. It’s taken me awhile but, I’ve finally let my guard down and I’ve come to expect a certain kindness from my Korean neighbors and friends.

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Tags: Korean culture, friends in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, religion in Korea

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