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Don't Sweat the Apartment When You Begin Teaching For ChungDahm

Posted on Tue, Aug 08, 2017 @ 02:05 PM

One of the biggest concerns I hear from people deciding to come to teach in Korea is about their new apartment. They are most concerned with how to get one, where to get one, the size, and if it will be clean or not. While all concerns are understandable, I would like to clear up some information about apartments in Korea.

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Tags: Apartments in Korea, moving to Korea

Top 10 Items You Should Pack When Teaching in Korea: Part 1

Posted on Fri, Mar 03, 2017 @ 03:46 PM

When you are packing your suitcase, especially when you are moving to the other side of the world, packing maybe a daunting task. On the one hand you don't want to over pack and have to deal with lugging huge suitcases around, on the other hand however you want to make sure you pack essential items to make sure you can live comfortably.  

Recently we asked Neil, who just returned to to teach in Korea for ChungDahm, and Jessica, who recently ended her time as a teacher with ChungDahm and now has since become a recruiter for Aclipse, if they could offer their best tips for packing.  Neil and Jessica were able to compile a list of 10 items they highly recommend packing and we will feature the first five today and the second five in a blog next week. 

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Tags: packing, moving to Korea

Must Items You Should Bring When You Move to Teach in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Every 3 months, ChungDahm has a huge surge of teachers who decide to change their lives and move to teach in Korea. Our contracts are all for one year so that means you should have enough of your personal items to last. There are some things that you cannot find here so it is best to bring what you need. Here is a list of items that you should pack just in case it’s not here.

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Tags: what to bring, moving to Korea, shopping in Korea, snacks in korea, Beauty Products in Korea, packing

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

10 Things to Bring to Korea! (Updated Version)

Posted on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 @ 03:03 PM

If you are moving to Korea to teach English, here is a helpful list of things to pack. Do it!

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Tags: moving to Korea, a year in Korea, English teacher in Korea, teaching in Korea, accessories, what to buy in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm

Tour of an English Teacher's Apartment in Busan, South Korea

Posted on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

Since I'm leaving South Korea in just one month (cry), I have been doing a little spring cleaning and decided that now is the time to post a video blog tour of my apartment. Along with the tour, I've included on some tips for moving out, specifically how you can reach out and sell some items to people who are just moving in.

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Tags: moving to Korea, busan, arriving in korea, Apartments in Korea

Packing Up My Life in Korea

Posted on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 @ 01:05 PM

Packing up the two years of my life in Korea is extremely difficult. There has been so many memories in Korea that I am not ready to let go of. Lately, I've been reading a lot of articles along the lines of "things to do before you die, how to chase your own happiness, how to live life with no regrets, what to do in your 20s" and I realized that I am grateful for this opportunity I was given to move to Korea.

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Tags: moving to Korea, living in Korea, teaching in Korea

Oh, and one more thing about Korea. *The Arrival Store Advice*

Posted on Wed, Jul 03, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

I'm home. Phew. That was a long flight.

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Tags: ex-pat life in Korea, moving to Korea, appliances in Korea, a year in Korea, packing, things to think about before coming out to korea, appliances, advice, abroad, the arrival store, arriving in korea, teaching in Korea

My Apartment While Teaching in Korea: Decorating, Before and After

Posted on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 @ 02:29 PM

Well if you’re going to be an English teacher in Korea for a year, it’s helpful to know what you’re getting.  All apartments for teachers will typically come with a bed (twin or full), a refrigerator, a washer, a television and a closet.  As part of the welcome from my branch, here in Pohang, I also received two blankets and a pillow.  Fortunately, my apartment also came with a desk.  I’ve heard and seen where teachers inherit (and appreciate) items left by the last tenant.  For example, a fully furnished apartment equipped with desk, mirror, alarm clock, microwave, and a few more goodies she was incredibly grateful for.  Most Chungdahm teachers here will tell you that their apartment is small; it is true.  However, even with a small apartment, you can still make good use of your space with a few adjustments and maybe some decorating. 

I personally value a good space, both at home and at work.  I find that I am more comfortable with the essentials, a plant or plants, books, a microwave and of course pots and pans.  While I was fortunate to get a microwave with my apartment, this is not the norm. 

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Tags: moving to Korea, friends, English teacher in Korea, foreigners in korea, working in korea, arriving in korea, shopping in Korea

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