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Visiting the Seoul Immigration Office While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2017 @ 01:03 PM

For over the past 5 years, I would need to go to the Seoul Immigration Office every year to get my Alien Registration Card extended. You need your ARC for pretty much everything when living and teaching in Korea. You will need it for banking, setting up internet services, setting up your mobile phone and this will be your primary ID while living here. Here are some things that you need to have prepared before going to the immigration office. This is specifically for those who are located in Seoul. If you are not in Seoul, please click on this link to find your designated immigration office.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, living in Korea, working in korea, arriving in korea, immigration, teaching in seoul, ARC

Learn How To Operate Your Apartment When Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 03:53 PM

Living in Korea has been an amazing experience and there is nothing in the world that I would change it for.  It has been during these years that I have become independent, as it was the first time that I have lived outside of my parents' house.  One of the adjustments that I had to learn, and you will as well when you are teaching in Korea, is learning how to operate your apartment.  This blog will introduce you to some residential Korean customs and teach you how to utilize many of the appliances that you will have in your Korean apartment.

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Tags: housing in Korea, living in Korea, living in Seoul, appliances in Korea, appliances, recycling in korea, living in South Korea, chungdahm learning

Top Tips for Buying a Cell Phone and Clothes When Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 03:32 PM

My last blog talked about where to buy food and furnishings while living in Korea. This blog will focus on helping you get your cellular phone in order when you begin teaching in Korea and will also help you find great areas to shop for clothing if you are on a budget.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, living in Korea, shopping in Korea, living in Seoul, Gangnam, cellphones in Korea, what to do, dongdaemun, cellphones, Seoul subway, the arrival store

Top Places to Buy Food and Furnishings While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 08, 2016 @ 04:28 PM

For many teachers who are moving to Korea, this may be the first time that you are living outside of your parents’ home. It certainly was that for me and I remember being overwhelmed with not knowing what to do. Luckily, the other teachers in my school were there to help me out to buy basic necessities like food and utensils. This is the first of two blogs that will provide you with information on where you should shop to buy furnishings and food so you can live comfortably while you are teaching in Korea.

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Tags: living in Korea, shopping in Korea, groceries, living in South Korea, furniture

Cost of Living When Teaching in Korea: Countryside vs. Major City

Posted on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 @ 04:22 PM

Teaching English in Korea is usually a desirable choice because of the amount of savings you could accumulate over a short period of time. Korea has been top of the ESL charts for the past 10 years when it comes to salaries and benefits. Even teachers starting-out get paid reasonably and there is the opportunity to rack-up a good amount of money after one year. 

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Tags: Korean countryside, living in Korea, living in Seoul, Money, live in city, Korean city, live in countyside, cost of living

Is Teaching Abroad Right for You? 3 Questions to Consider

Posted on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 @ 01:19 PM

I took a teaching job in Korea with the plan to take a one year break away from my career as a bank manager. I never expected to stay for four years. But I have, probably because, I really enjoy teaching and I am making good money. After four years as an expat in Korea, I have learned that people with certain interests and personality traits thrive in a teach abroad job. If you are considering teaching abroad, ask yourself these three questions. If the answer is yes, and you have evidence to support your answer – you will thrive teaching and living abroad.

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Tags: student management, Students, Teach Abroad, living in Korea, tips, teaching at Chungdahm, motivating students, teaching advice,, teaching jobs, class management, teaching kids, teaching adults

Tips on How to Buy Furniture Like a Local in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 06, 2015 @ 01:13 PM

Furniture is easy to purchase when you are living in your home country -  you speak the local language and have knowledge about good deals and sales. This simple task gets more complicated when you shop in a place where you cannot read or understand the language, and do not know how to find good prices. Here are some tips to help new teachers in Korea easily find items for their new house just like a local Korean
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Tags: seoul, living in Korea, living in Seoul, what to buy in Korea, benefits of Korea, benefits of living in Korea, Apartments in Korea, furniture

5 Differences Between the U.S. and Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 11:13 AM

I’ve been working with Chungdahm Academy in South Korea for over 3 years now. Until recently, I had yet to travel home to America for a visit or any country whose primary language is English. My friends who had gone back to America for a vacation said that being home would feel weird. I did not really believe them until recently, when I went home for a vacation. Here are a few observations I made when I went back:

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Tags: Korea, vacation, Asia, living in Korea, USA, Teach English in South Korea

Advice for an English Teacher Living in Korea: Part Two

Posted on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 09:32 AM

Last week, I attempted to begin to tackle a rather large topic: advice for an English Teacher living in Korea. I've based this series of entries off of the emails I've exchanged with applicants and incoming teachers, looking at the most common concerns and questions. Part one focused on packing for your move and the answers to money-related questions, which are definitely the most popular topics. Part two is a bit more varied, covering all the remaining leading issues, and hopefully giving you some reassurance about your move to Korea.

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Tags: moving to Korea, living in Korea

Advice for Living in Korea: Part One

Posted on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 11:14 AM

After posting last week about my favorite experiences and activities in Korea during my three years of teaching there, part two of my final reflections will take a more pragmatic tone: advice and information. Specifically, I'm going to focus on moving to Korea and concerns about money. There are definitely a lot of things I wish I'd known before and during my time abroad, so if you have questions, read on and let my experience be a learning opportunity for all.

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Tags: moving to Korea, money in korea, saving money in Korea, living in Korea

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