Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Brian's Trip to the Dental Clinic for Bonded Retainers and Cleaning

Posted on Thu, Jun 07, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Dental care in Korea is commonly of a high standard and very affordable with or without insurance. A typical cleaning and scaling costs about $60 (CAD) compared to $145 (CAD) back home in Toronto. The costs will be even cheaper if you are covered by the National Health Insurance Plan. I will guide you through my experience of successful dental treatments done in Korea.

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Tags: living in Seoul, living in South Korea, dental insurance, retainers, dentist, Healthcare

Get to know Korean Soups and Stews with Chungdahm Teacher, Brian Lee

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

The foundation and staple of Korea’s diet has always been soups and stews. Soup dishes in Korean cuisine are referred to as Guk (국), also sometimes known as tang (탕) because of the added meat. Korean stews or Jjigae (찌개) come in a bevy of varieties and flavours to suit anybody’s personal taste preferences. I will review some of my favourite soups and stews that all ChungDahm teachers must try while having a great year teaching and living in Korea.

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Tags: living in Seoul, living in South Korea, Korean food, eating healthy in Korea

Bukchon Hanok Village: Must Visit Spot While Teaching Abroad

Posted on Mon, May 07, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

A great place to visit on your day off from teaching is the Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul. One can make a whole day of places to see and things to do due there. It is conveniently located in between Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine. Recently, I had a memorable day visiting Bukchon Hanok Village and found it a must go to location for three main reasons.

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Tags: living in Seoul, living in South Korea, cultural activities, hanbok, korean traditional village, bukchon hanok village

How to Do Your Taxes While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Feb 07, 2018 @ 05:56 PM

Now that it's 2018, it also means it's officially tax season. Korean tax filing occurs in the month of January and it usually happens quickly. As an expat it can be a rather overwhelming experience, if you are under-prepared and ill-informed.  Koreans let you know things at the last minute and expect you to file taxes as quickly as possible. It’s just the nature of their culture, so it is better to be organized in advance, instead of being caught off-guard.

Here are the top 3 things you need to know about doing your taxes while teaching in Korea.

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Tags: tax, Korean taxes, paying taxes in Korea, living in South Korea, employee, chungdahm learning, chungdahm

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, living in South Korea, chungdahm learning, chungdahm, teaching at Chungdahm

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 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

3 Tips to Stay Cool During the Hot Summers in Korea

Posted on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

When I first came to South Korea to teach English, one thing that I was looking forward to was the seasonal weather. South Korea has cool winters, warm springs and at times, very hot summers. As it is now August, this blog will give my top 3 tips on staying cool during the summers in Korea. 
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Tags: Teach Abroad, summer in korea, Korea, living in South Korea, staying cool

How to Celebrate 5 Holidays While Living in Korea

Posted on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 05:03 PM

There are certain times each year when I really miss home.  Whether it’s a birthday, a national holiday or religious holiday, we all become a little homesick on these days.  The good news is there are some great ways to celebrate these holidays, even while teaching English in South Korea.  The five holidays I have found to be the most popular among expats living in Korea are Birthdays, St. Patrick's Day, July 4th, Christmas and Thanksgiving. 

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Tags: birthday in Korea, St. Patricks day, Holidays in South Korea, living in South Korea

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