Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Experience Fall in Korea By Taking a Weekend Hike in the Mountains

Posted on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 @ 02:26 PM

Hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities to do in Korea, and one of the best times to do this in during the Fall.  During the Fall in Korea, not only is the temperature cool enough to make the hiking conditions comfortable, but the foliage also provides for many scenic and colorful views.  It is for this reason  why on a recent Saturday morning in Seoul, my girlfriend and I had signed up for a trip, through meetup, to visit MunGyeong SaeJae, which is located in the heart of Korea.  Despite it lightly raining and the temperature being on the chilly side, we dressed warmly and got on a bus which would lead us to our hiking destination.  This would be my first hiking trip I have taken during my time teaching in Korea, and I was especially excited for this adventure as the outdoors were currently filled with warm fall colors.

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Tags: Weekend activities in Korea, things to do on the weekends, hiking in korea, hiking, fall foliage, fall in korea

Enjoy the Beautiful View of the East Sea By Hiking in Igidae Park

Posted on Wed, Oct 04, 2017 @ 01:38 PM

I have previously written blogs about fun outdoor activities to do in Korea, and today I wanted write about another adventure that I highly recommend for those outdoor enthusiasts to do during their time teaching in Korea.  Recently I visited Igidae Park for the fourth time, which is conveniently located less than an hour outside my current city of Busan. Having been reared in the countryside of South Carolina, city life can become overwhelming for me so I am always lookng for new ways to enjoy nature. Igidae Park is an assuring breath of fresh air and provides a two hour walk along the coast of the East Sea. The scenery is impeccable and on clear days you can faintly see the outline of Japan’s coast. 

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Tags: busan, hiking in korea, hiking, Weekend activities in Korea, outdoor activities, outdoors

Be Sure to Visit Jeju, the "Hawaii of Korea," While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Oct 26, 2016 @ 03:15 PM

One of the longest breaks you will have as a ChungDahm teacher is during the Korean holiday of Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). The other major holiday would be Seollnal (Lunar New Years). Whenever these holidays approach, I always take the time to leave the city. In times past, I’ve visited Malaysia, Manila, and Busan. We have had teachers visit Hong Kong and Thailand during this long vacation too. This year, I decided to take time and go to a place that I had been to before but never got a really chance to explore. This place I decided to go back to was Jeju.

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Tags: vacation, Vacations in Korea, vacation spot in Korea, vacation destinations, visit Jeju, things to do on Jeju, things to do in Korea, Jeju Island, island of Jeju, hiking, hiking in south Korea, hiking in korea, Beaches in Korea, Chuseok

How To Maintain A Healthy and Fit Lifestyle While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

Prior to moving abroad to teach English in Korea, one of my concerns was about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. At home, I enjoyed regularly exercising at a gym and have done so for years. Coming to Korea, I was apprehensive about whether or not I would be able to access an athletic center, and how my body would, inevitably change. I have been pleasantly surprised at how simple it has been to exercise regularly and stay active. I'm going to share some of my experiences so far related to health and fitness living in Seoul.

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Tags: Exercising in Korea, hiking, hiking in korea, diet in korea, running in Korea, hiking in south Korea

From Louisiana To Korea: Meet New ChungDahm Teacher Cody Hood

Posted on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 @ 05:38 PM

HI All,

            My name is Cody Hood and I am a recent graduate from Nicholls State University in Louisiana, U.S.A. I have been an instructor at ChungDahm Learning in Korea for almost a month now and I am thankful for this company for providing an overall smooth transitioning process.

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Tags: hiking, chungdahm, training week

Working Out on a Budget in Seoul

Posted on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

If you haven’t lived and taught English in Korea for long, you quickly realize how important one’s appearance is. Beauty and fashion go hand-in-hand here. Korea is one of the top consumers for make-up/beauty products for both men and women. Unfortunately, buying all of these things can add up quickly and hurt your wallet. Luckily, if you live in Seoul, you can take advantage of the Han River, surrounding mountains, and numerous parks nearby to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are some places where you can workout while living on a budget in Korea.

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Tags: seoul, Korean mountains, hiking, Han river, Health in Korea, bike, gym

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

Favorite Korean Adventures of 2014, Part Two

Posted on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 09:14 AM

The final days of 2014 are officially here! Last week, I gave a recap of four memorable spots that I visited for the first time this past year. Click here to check out that post, or keep reading to see the final four adventures that you definitely need to put on your bucket lists for 2015! 

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Tags: Korea, hiking, island, incheon, muuido, dongdaemun, dongdaemun design plaza, ddp, yongma land, seoraksan, seoraksan national park, teaching in Korea, Activities to do in Korea

Hike Ganghwa Island's Manisan while Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 09:25 AM

Hiking in Korea, as you've probably heard, is basically the national pastime. This past autumn, I've taken full advantage of Korea's mountainous terrain, trying to hike every weekend. With the weather getting cold, my friends and I carefully mapped out the final hikes of 2014. My favorite was a local hike, in my city of Incheon, at the nearby Ganghwa Island where we climbed up the famed Manisan. 

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Korea, hiking, island, incheon, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, manisan, ganghwa, Weekend activities in Korea

Things to do in the Fall while Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

Korea has very distinct seasons. There are cherry blossoms in the Spring, snowy icicles and the Siberian wind in Winter, and hot muggy Summers. Personally, Fall is possibly my favorite season in Korea. Coming from South Africa I don’t have much of an opportunity to experience the beautiful foliage and changing colors of leaves. In the Southern Hemisphere we don’t experience Fall as much as the Northern Hemisphere. Korea was my first experience of a ‘real’ Fall and I have taken every opportunity to get outside as much as possible. The weather is perfect with clear blue skies and sunny afternoons. Simple activities like walking or riding a bicycle outdoors can really be enjoyable. Some of the top things to do in Korea during the Fall season is hiking, exploring your city, outdoor cafes, or traveling the countryside and visiting historical-sights and cities.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, a year in Korea, things to do in Korea, hiking, outdoors, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, sightseeing, fall, Cafes, fall foliage, Activities to do in Korea, teaching in Korea

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