It has been one year since arriving in South Korea and beginning my job as an English teacher with Chungdahm April Institute. After deliberating long and hard about my options and wants, I've decided to stay in Korea for at least another year, though I won't be teaching with Chungdahm anymore. With that being said my time with ChungDam has been fruitful, desirable, challenging, and educative in numerous ways, and I'm beyond grateful for the experiences they've facilitated. For my final blog post with Aclipse, I've decided to choose three lessons I've learned after living and teaching in Korea for one year, in hopes that my experiences can help, guide, or comfort future expats in South Korea.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
When moving to a new country one of the most difficult cultural things to learn is eating with other people. Naturally, we can all eat. We can follow our own cultures okay, but even then some people don’t completely understand proper eating etiquette. Some people chew with their mouths open, while others use their clothes as a napkin. While you might not think that these things matter, they definitely matter for other people. Therefore, you should learn proper Korean dining etiquette in order to not look foolish during your time living and teaching in Korea. In this blog I will offer some tips about how to properly dine in Korea.Read More
Korea is a wonderful place to teach and live in. There is a good balance between first world facilities and the Eastern-Asian experience. The country has boomed into a global metropolis that is internationally popular as well as an economic giant in Asia.
Koreans are very nationalistic and the idea of cultural strength is ingrained in every Korean. It is a proud nation that has unique etiquette and hierarchical relationships and these are a vital part of the country’s everyday life.
As a result, it is imperative that you try to know more about the culture before you begin teaching in Korea to avoid offending older generation Koreans. Usually, your branch manager and staff will take a greater liking to you if you show an interest in their culture and act in the correct manner. Always remember, that what you consider to be polite, is not always received as polite. Be humbled and do as the Koreans do in Korea. Below I have provided five cultural differences that you should be aware of prior to your departure.
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.Read More
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."Read More
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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.Read More
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!Read More
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.
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!Read More