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.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
When you begin teaching in Korea you wull quickly realize Koreans and the Korean Tourism Organization are crazy about festivals. Every season, there are about 30-50 festivals to celebrate all kinds of different events. Prior to coming to Korea I was familiar with the Cherry Blossom Festivals held in Japan and in Washington D.C. and I had been to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Seoul in years past. Having enjoyed my experience at the Seoul festival I thought it was perfect timing to go to the largest Cherry Blossom Festival in Korea located in the naval city of Jinhae.Read More
One of my biggest concerns before I began teaching English in Korea was that I would find it difficult to make friends. ChungDahm however does a great job at coordinating events that allows teachers from various branches to meet up and participate in fun activities. Within each term, there are at least 3 functions that the development team puts together. I've been here for over 3 years and since the majority of my closest friends have already left, I use these functions as a way to network and meet new people. Below are three ChungDahm events that I have recently attended.Read More
We were all designed to run says author Christopher McDougall of the bestselling book “Born to Run.” I believe that I really do and have applied that to my everyday life, but when I moved to Korea I was definitely worried that it would be a hard place to find places to run and people to run with. However, what you might not know about Korea is that Koreans are very passionate people about pretty much every activity that you can think of. Running is just one of the few activities that Koreans love.
Coming to Korea is not only about an opportunity to teach, to learn a new culture, to learn about yourself, but it is also the place to start a career. Going through Aclipse and Chungdahm, I met a lot of new people, a lot of folks that definitely taught me something new, especially this guy, Pinnacle. From the first day of being in Korea, he taught me something that I would never forget, how to teach Memory Giga. Pinnacle TheHustler (Jason Waller), was one of my two trainers when I first came to Korea to teach English.
Tags: Korean culture, things to think about before coming out to korea, living in Korea, Korean students, advice, music, music in Korea, tips, teaching at Chungdahm, teacher, what to do after, meeting people in Korea, performer
As I prepared to come to abroad, I worried plenty about my actual job of teaching English in Korea, but I also gave a great deal of thought to how, and with who, I would be spending my free time. Chungdahm does a pretty good job of preparing you for your job, but with anything outside of work, it can sometimes feel like you are on your own. Fortunately, there are thousands of expats in Korea that were once in your shoes and are willing to help; you just have to know where to find them.
When new teachers come to teach with Chungdahm Learning, the chief concern is almost always getting through the rigorous training process. I know I was personally very apprehensive and not sure what to expect. While this blog has already offered some tips to get through training, I’d like to share some of the more positive aspects of the process that often get overlooked in all of the hustle and bustle. Naturally, everyone in training should put their best effort into the material, but even though my training was 21 months ago, a few aspects of this week still benefit me to this day.
First of all, training is a great place for you to meet new people and make fast friends in Korea. One of my biggest concerns in coming here was being able to meet new people easily, but training week was very reminiscent of my orientation week in college. Everyone is a little apprehensive and sharing in a new experience, so studying the material together is a good way to form fast relationships. Personally, I’m still close to many of my training buddies from almost two years ago! As an added bonus, people from training will be dispersed around Korea, so if you’re lucky enough to make a friend in a good travel destination, you could be looking at free accommodations when you get around to some Korean sightseeing.