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.Read More
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When people come to teach in Korea, their first instinct is to pick huge cities like Seoul or Busan. Yes, both places have their own charms and personality, however, many people who would like to teach in Korea should look into this gem of a city in the middle of Korea named Daegu.Read More
Summers in Korea are quite active! People are outside and using the long days to fit in as many activities as possible. Luckily, this summer Busan has not experienced a heavy rainy season, often called monsoon season. So I have had many opportunities to do outdoor activities after work or on the weekends, without fear of getting rained out. The best part about many of the outdoor things you can do while teaching in Korea is that they are free!Read More
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.Read More
When I told my friends and family that I was moving to teach in South Korea, often their first question was, “Wait, why are you going there? and the second question typically asked was, “Are you living in Seoul?” For most people outside of this country, Seoul is the only city that comes to mind. If you have more worldly and cultured friends, then possibly they might have heard of Busan as well, but beyond that South Korea is by and large a geographical mystery to most. Well, I am here, as the eloquent Young Jeezy would say, “put on for my city”, which does not get nearly the respect or acknowledgment that it deserves. Friends, allow me to introduce you to Daejeon, the nerdy younger brother of Seoul that is desperately craving your attention. While Daejeon may not have the big city credentials of its beach brother to the southeast or its cosmopolitan cousin to the north, here are three reasons why I love my Korean home city.Read More
When you arrive to teach English in Korea, it will be obvious that this country is in love with green tea. From green tea lattes, to green tea ice-cream and green tea itself, they are in love with it. Admittedly, when I first arrived, as much as I like green tea, as a drink, I was not a fan of it in cake or ice-cream. Well, almost two years later, how things have changed. I love it. In fact I cannot get enough of it, and since green tea is good for you, I do not feel as guilty when eating green tea cake or ice-cream.Read More
My three years teaching in Korea were, to put it simply, amazing. My return to the States in November has made me reflect on my time in Korea, analyzing and reminiscing about every facet of my expat life. As a way to neatly conclude my blogging duties here, I'll be posting a three part series on these reflections. This first part is inspired by my recent posts about my favorite adventures of 2014, opening that topic up even more to become a list of my all-time favorite activities to do in Korea during my three years of living and teaching there -- ones that you absolutely cannot miss during your time abroad...Read More
This year has been one of the busiest years that I have had in a long time. Since I’ve been living and working in Korea for over the past 3 years, there have been so many adventures in both teaching and traveling that I have been lucky to take part in. With 2014 wrapping up, it seems best that I go ahead and share my favorite blogs that I’ve written!
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Now that the autumn season is quickly passing us by, I thought it was best to share my last experience hiking in South Korea for this year. Usually when I go hiking, I like to stay near the Seoul area but this time a couple of teachers and I decided to go hiking near Daejeon. Daejeon is the fifth largest city in South Korea and is known as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of South Korea. Here, you can find KAIST (Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) University where many of my students aspire to attend. On a side note, KAIST is one of the top universities on the Korean peninsula.
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