Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Learn About "Twinning": A Staple of Korean Culture

Posted on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 03:58 PM

 Insomuch as different cultures have the ability to surprise, this uniqueness of this practice still fails to escape me: “Twinning.”

Most of us know the term, and it’s self-explanatory enough. When two people have very similar or even identical thoughts, behaviors, clothing, etc., it’s common to hear, “Twinning!” It’s a play on words – the hybrid of ‘twins’ and ‘winning,’ to imply strength through sameness. Well South Korea is fantastic at ‘twinning,’ and purposefully so.

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Tags: Korean culture, dating in Korea

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

4 Things I've Learned From in My Five Years Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

It is summer of 2016 and I have been teaching in Korea and living here for almost 5 years. I thought I would only be here for 1 year and head back to the U.S., but I kept finding myself wanting to stay. Some of the reasons I’ve decided to stay are for financial reasons while others are for personal reasons.  Below are the top four things that I’ve learned while living abroad.

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Tags: Korean culture, saving money in Korea, friends, Money, Korea friends

Top 5 Korean Festivals To Experience in the Spring

Posted on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 04:45 PM

Spring is just around the corner! I look forward to the blooming cherry blossoms, blue skies and delicious strawberries everywhere! Korea is a popular travel destination during the months of April and May, because of the great weather and stunning Spring atmosphere. The scenery is magnificent, from the Canola flowers growing inside Mt. Hallasan's crater to the perfectly pictured Yeoido Cherry Blossom trees. Korea really is superb during this season and there are a lot of festivals to celebrate the arrival of Spring in Korea! 

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Tags: Korean countryside, Korean culture, things to do in Korea, festivals, Spring, outdoor activities, cultural activities, teach and travel,, Spring Time, weekend travel, adventure

5 Reasons to Visit Jeonju's Hanok Village

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 @ 06:30 PM

Jeonju is one of the most popular places in all of South Korea for food and is a must visit during your teaching experience. Located in North Jeolla Province, this is a must go to destination if you want to experience the old traditional lifestyles. A group of ChungDahm teachers decided to take the 3.5 hour bus ride out of Seoul to experience traditional Korean culture.

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Tags: . jeonju, Korean culture, things to do on the weekend, Korean cuisine, weekend travel, Korean food, hanok village

Wine and Dine at the Daejeon International Food and Wine Festival

Posted on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 @ 12:52 PM

One of the best ways to fully experience the Korean culture is by attending the numerous festivals that are held throughout the country. The Daejeon International Food and Wine Festival has been a must-attend festival during my three years teaching in Korea. If you love food and wine, then this festival is a cost-effective way to indulge in both!

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Tags: Korean culture, festivals, Korean food, Korean fun, Korean liquor

The Social Experience of Dining Out in Korea

Posted on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

When I came to Korea to teach English, the first thing I noticed, was the way in which the Korean people eat. I’m not talking about the fact they use chopsticks, or spoons to eat rice; I am talking about the way they order large dishes to share with each other. This is something that has transcended over to foreigners who now live here. In the beginning, I thought it was just common while eating at Korean BBQ’s to share food, however; now that I have been here for some time, I see that it is rare to see people (Foreign or Korean) ordering individual portions. This culture makes dining out in Korea that little bit more friendly. 
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Tags: Korean culture, food in Korea, restaurants in korea

Guide to Furnishing Your Apartment While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:19 AM

            Packing up and moving to South Korea is to say the least a rather significant decision in your life. Personally, my parents looked at me like I had lost my mind when I proudly proclaimed that I was moving halfway across the world to teach English. But one of the perks of working at Chungdahm is the excellent support system they provide for you to assist in your transition to this country.

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Tags: Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, cheap

"Bang": One of the first Words you Should Learn in Korea

Posted on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 10:54 AM

The word ‘bang’ in Korean () is one of the words that most foreigners should know once arriving to Korea. This word means ‘room’ and it can be attached to many different types of places where people can gather and spend their weekends or afternoons. Here are the 4 types of ‘bang’ you should know and some of my favorite ones.

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Tags: Korean culture, teaching in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, karaoke, pc bang, pc room, Jjimjilbang, noraebang, Weekend activities in Korea

Teachers Embrace Korean Culture by Visiting The Museum of Modern Contemporary Art

Posted on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 10:10 AM

Over the Chuseok long weekend, it seemed appropriate to get some Korean culture inside of us. Korea is filled with different museums and Seoul's Museum of Modern Contemporary Art was highly recommended by one of my friends. Near Gyeongbokgung Palace, there is a vast area of restaurants and museums that couples and tourists flock to over the weekend. The Museum of Modern Contemporary Art is just one of the sister museums located in Korea. The others being in Gwacheon, Deoksugung, and Cheongju.

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Tags: Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach in Asia, things to do on the weekend, museums in Korea, museum of modern and contemporary art, Weekend activities in Korea

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