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.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
If you are moving to Korea to teach English, here is a helpful list of things to pack. Do it!
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.
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.
I'm home. Phew. That was a long flight.
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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.