Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

No Korean Ability, No Problem.

Posted on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Packing a suitcase and relocating your whole life to Korea can be daunting. More so when you don’t know a lick of Korean. I often get asked if was hard to adjust to living in Korea without knowing how to communicate in or read the native language. My answer is no.

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Tags: life in Korea, Korean language, speaking English in Korea

Tijana's  4-year Professional and Personal Growth at Chungdahm Learning

Posted on Mon, May 28, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I initially chose Chungdahm Learning, because I could foresee a future where I could professionally and personally grow. Now, looking back on my 4-year journey with the company, I can say that they met all my expectations and offered opportunities beyond what I thought I could experience. 

A lot of foreigners worry about their job prospects post-ESL teaching and how being an ESL teacher for 2-3 years would look on their resume. This is why, I always say it is important to choose a company in Korea that you can grow with so, that you have strong references and are constantly being challenged to grow in different ways. It is important, no matter what you do, to never be stagnant while living abroad and take every opportunity to mold your resume with new skills and insight.

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Tags: professional, professional growth, career, personal growth, growing with Chungdahm, chungdahm learning, opportunities at chungdahm, teaching at Chungdahm, life in Korea

Neil's Amazing Korean Adventure: Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Contrary to getting wisdom teeth taken out in the U.S., things are done a little differently in Korea. For example, I only have one wisdom tooth left in my mouth because I’ve had three previously removed over the course of several months. I have never had to be put under for any of the procedures. Each only took between 5 - 10 minutes, and I only needed to have stitches one time. My situation sounds odd, doesn’t it? Usually, we are used to having them out in one go, but I think that the process I went through is much better than conventional procedures in America.

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Tags: dentist, wisdom tooth extraction, dental insurance, life in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, expat, health, Healthcare, Health in Korea, teeth

How to Keep Fit and Stay Active in Korea

Posted on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

If staying fit and active is one your goals and priorities while enjoying your life in Korea then there are many options to meet your personal needs. From lifting weights and yoga classes at a local gym to cycling along the Han River, Korea has great ways to have fun and socialize while breaking a sweat. I will go into some more detail about some of your options to remain active, healthy, and looking your best while still enjoying the exciting nightlife, delicious food, and relaxing drinks.

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Tags: culture, exercise, fitness, fun, having fun in korea, health, leisure, life in Korea, working out, taekwondo, gym, Cycling in Seoul, Cycling, bike paths

Cherry Blossoms Everywhere:The 5 Best Festival Locations in Korea

Posted on Fri, Apr 06, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

It’s finally that time of year again - spring! The weather is nice out, the sky is clear, and the sun is shining. What marks the beginning of the season the most in Korea is the long awaited and short lived cherry blossoms blooming. I live next to a main street lined with these amazingly beautiful trees. Walking to work these days has been very peaceful and relaxing due to the sight and smell of cherry blossoms.

The cherry blossom forecast date predictions occur about a month before its time for them to bloom. Depending upon which area you are living in, the time frame to enjoy the cherry blossoms is slightly different. Unusually, the time to see cherry blossoms when they are the most enchanting is in early April. Being informed about when the expected cherry blossom season occurs in advance is a must, so that one can plan accordingly considering the experience only last about two weeks. Only two weeks. Sad. I know. Still, these two weeks are when traveling around Korea on fun weekend adventures will result in the best photos that you can show off with.

The following are five locations around Korea that offer the best cherry blossom festival experiences. Enjoy!

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Tags: life in Korea, things to do in seoul, cherry blossoms, leisure, nature in Korea, parks, Korean culture, korea spring, Spring, outdoors, outdoor activities

5 Essential Tools to Make Your Life Easier While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 04:52 PM

Traveling to a new country can be challenging and hard. Now imagine navigating with language barriers and a culture different from your own. Living and teaching in Korea is a unique experience that requires the right mindset and an understanding that things can go often not the way you expected. 

From experience, any person living in Korea will tell you to prepare yourself mentally and do research. Reading blogs and tourism sites about what are must-have apps and must-see things to do will help prepare you for life in the Korea. However, having lived in Korea for a few years now, I thought it would be a good idea to write a blog about five essential tools, that you may not find during your research, that will make your life a lot easier during your time abroad.

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Tags: essential things for Korea, things to do before leaving korea, travel, Navigating Korea, tmoney, kakaotalk, navermaps, tourism hotline, ex-pat life in Korea, life in Korea, things to do

How to Save Money During the Winter Months While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 02:55 PM

ESL teachers are motivated to teach in Korea, because of the large amount of savings they can accumulate.  One such example of how you can save money while teaching in Korea is that the country is known for having cost-effecting housing utilities such as electricity, gas and water.  All year round Korean utilities are low, ranging between 70,000W-130,000W. However, Korean Winters’ are the exception. If you are not careful you could be surprised with a 200,000W-400,000W bill!

Korean Winters can be super chilly, often hitting temperatures of -18C in the January months. Icicles hanging from the trees, slippery roads and the ruthless Siberian wind that will cut through your clothes.  You will find yourself willingly turn up the heat in your apartment and repeatedly leave it on for the entire day. Over the years, I have figured out how to lower my Winter utility bill and often save more money during the Winter months than in the Summer months.  Now that the Fall season is starting to transition to Winter, I wanted to use this blog I to offer three tips which will help lower your utility bills in the Winter months and not force you to break the bank. 

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Tags: winter in Korea, winter olympics, winter, save money, save money teaching English, save, life in Korea, cold

How to Build a Great Relationship with the Korean Staff at ChungDahm

Posted on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 @ 03:58 PM

Teaching abroad is all about engaging with the people and experiencing a new culture. Koreans are notorious for treating foreigners excellently, especially when they can see that a person shows an interest in Korean etiquette and is trying to learn a few basic Korean words. It is well worth trying to get to know Korea and Korean people, while living and teaching in Korea. It will go a long way with your time spent in the country, and you will encounter more unique experiences and make some friends outside of your comfort zone. Getting to know the Korean people, will help you grow as a person and also allow you to feel less frustrated with language barriers or small misunderstandings. In this blog I will focus particularly on building a relationship with the Korean staff at ChungDahm

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Tags: korean staff, chungdahm learning, English teacher in Korea, chungdahm, branch, Teach Abroad, Teaching skills, life in Korea

Top Korean Phrases you Should Learn Prior to Teaching in Korea

Posted on Sun, Jun 18, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Korean is a unique language that plays a big part in Korean culture. While knowing Korean isn't required to teach for ChungDahm, as all the classes are taught in English, any current teacher would tell you to learn the Korean alphabet and some of the key Korean phrases prior to your arrival.  Knowing how to read the language and say key phrases will help you immensely with things like directions or reading a menu.  In this blog I will introduce you to 10 Korean phrases that you should try to learn prior to arriving to Korea to help you during your first days abroad. 

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Tags: Korean language, korean phrases, phrases, learn korean, study korean, what to do before Korea, What to do Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, life in Korea

Top Tips For Saving Money While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 04:14 PM

 Dreaming of saving money? Maybe you would like to travel to some exotic island or even pay for your wedding. Maybe your student loans are weighing you down and you would like to go to graduate school. Teaching in Korea can make all these dreams a possibility! 

Korea is a great place to save money. With efficient transportation systems, cheap internet and affordable health care, teachers can live comfortably while saving money. Living expenses can be considerably lower than in the West, especially when it comes to utility bills and phone contracts. Even bank charges are mostly free and international transfer fees are lower than what they would charge you in your home country. This is how I managed to travel the world, save money and pay for a wedding! Below are my top 3 tips for saving money in Korea. 

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Tags: save money, save money teaching English, teach in Korea, adventure, saving money in Korea, Saving, life in Korea, Bike to school, Walking, housing in Korea, Apartments in Korea, sales, shopping in Korea

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