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Learn about Living in Geoje from a Veteran ChungDahm Teacher

Posted on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 03:30 PM

My name is Benjamin Kelsey and I’m from Chicago. I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2014 with my degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation I wanted to go to live and teach in Korea because I had never travelled anywhere before and my wife Jessica told me about the possibilities of working with Chungdahm. After applying and interviewing through Aclipse, I eventually received a contract to teach for ChungDahm and in November of 2014, I moved to Geoje with Jessica and we taught English together at the Geoje Chungdahm campus. and lived there for a year.

After moving back to Chicago for year and half, my wife and I became bored and we yearned to go to Korea to begin teaching again.  After applying through Aclipse again, we recived contracts this past May to work for ChungDahm at their Seodaemun branch in Seoul.  While we love living and working in Seoul, we wanted to make you all aware of the amazing year we had living on Geoje.

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Tags: living in Korea, things to do on the weekends, Weekend activities in Korea

How to Live Cheap, Clean, and Healthy While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 05:56 PM

 Living and teaching in Korea is great. I absolutely love it here. But there are a few differences that can make life a little bit more challenging, like the fact that there isn’t a clothes dryer, your parents aren’t here to cook for you, and space is a luxury. In my blog, I hope to help you overcome some of these obstacles so that you can have a cleaner, healthier, and cheaper life.

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Tags: saving money in Korea, living in Korea, cooking in korea

3 Things That Will Help You Live Comfortably While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jul 06, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

Making the move from your home country to Korea is a big deal.  You will love your time here and grow to embrace the Korean culture. To make your time even better, check out my 3 tips that you should know to make your transition a lot smoother as you begin your time teaching in Korea.

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Tags: living in Korea, living in Seoul, Itaewon, Foreigner bars, Seoul subway, Subways in Korea, Transportation in Korea, Cheonho, Commuting in Seoul, bus system, sports bars

3 Korean Myths You Should Know About Before Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

After a round of drinking with some Korean friends, some of us foreigners were talking about the Korean dating scene. After talking about some differences between the Western and Eastern mindset, we were talking about some of the different Korean myths that surround dating and everyday life. Even though there is no proven truth to any of this, many Koreans still believe that this is important. Here are some myths that you should know about before teaching in Korea.

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Tags: myths about Korea, myths, living in Korea, history of Korea, personality test, blood type, fan death, korean history

Signing up for a Gym Membership while Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, May 26, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

When you begin teaching in Korea, you will quickly realize upon your arrival that Korea is one of the leading fashion capitals in the world. The Korean influence has been spreading from their Kpop music, Korean movies and dramas, and Korean fusion food. One thing that you will notice in Korea, is that many Koreans try to keep in shape from the youngest to the oldest in Korean society. With all of the soju drinking and Korean BBQs, you would think that Koreans would be so unhealthy. However, this is not the case for many people.  In this blog I will write how to sign up for a gym membership.  If however want to learn about how to workout in non-traditional gyms, such as at a yoga studio or at a bouldering gym, feel free to also check out Linda's recent blog.

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Tags: living in Korea, living in Seoul, gyms in Korea, Health in Korea, fitness, gym, working out

ChungDahm Teacher Answers Top Questions About Teaching in Korea Part 2

Posted on Fri, Apr 21, 2017 @ 02:06 PM

Hopefully you enjoyed the first part of my blog ChungDahm Teacher Asks Top Questions About Teaching in Korea. Today I will answer some of the other popular questions that I have been asked by candidates who are interested in teaching in Korea for ChungDahm.

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Tags: living in Korea, living in Seoul, teaching at Chungdahm, living in South Korea, chungdahm, chungdahm learning

ChungDahm Teacher Answers Top Questions About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 @ 05:19 PM


After managing at a ChungDahm Academy for 4 years and working as an Aclipse Marketing Assistant for 3 years, I get a lot of questions about living and teaching in Korea. For many applicants, moving to Korea will be their first experience living away from their homeland, so it is completely natural to have many questions about what it is like to live here. This blog is aimed to help answer and alleviate some of those concerns about working for ChungDahm as well as living in Korea. If you have any questions about Korea, feel free to use Aclipse’s Connect with a Teacher Program.

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Tags: living in Korea, applying to teach English, basic korean, Training Center, benefits of living in Korea, meeting people in Korea, meeting Koreans, training week, Meetup, save money

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

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