When people come to teach in Korea, their first instinct is to pick huge cities like Seoul or Busan. Yes, both places have their own charms and personality, however, many people who would like to teach in Korea should look into this gem of a city in the middle of Korea named Daegu.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
I, like many other expats in teaching in Korea, am in my early 20’s and arrived shortly after graduating from university. I thought coming here that my days of partying and staying out all night had ended. Prior to leaving I did a lot of research on the cultural sites and history of the country, but I never thought to look into the social drinking culture in Korea. I thought to myself, “It’s a conservative country, surely there will be bars but that lifestyle won’t be the focus.” Boy, was I ever surprised when I arrived.Read More
Now that it's officially summer in Korea, i've been enjoying going out late pretty much every weekend. It's no secret that I love to party, and have embraced a big part of Korean culture- drinking. South Korea consistently tops the charts for the highest consumption of alcohol per person in the world. This undoubtedly has a lot to do with my old friend, Mr. Soju. I kid you not, the nightlife here is extremely wild, and a lot of fun. I've been amazed at how hard Korean's party, after they work crazy long days. It's not uncommon to be leaving the bar to take the first subway home around 6AM! I love how diverse the different areas of Seoul are, and how the different districts offer completely different nightlife experiences. What's even better is they are also fairly easy to access from one another. After 7 months of teaching in Korea, I'm hoping to give you some insight into the nightlife in Seoul by telling you about my favorite spots to go out and party.Read More
It seems to be a right of passage that when a new teacher joins my team at ChungDahm, within the first semester we as a group must all experience Hongdae together. Hongdae, located in Eastern Seoul, is one of the most popular areas for expats and university students alike. Located in front of Hongik University (Green subway line #2), it’s the perfect place to spend both the day and night. Here are some of my top suggestions to do while you are there.Read More
When I told my friends and family that I was moving to teach in South Korea, often their first question was, “Wait, why are you going there? and the second question typically asked was, “Are you living in Seoul?” For most people outside of this country, Seoul is the only city that comes to mind. If you have more worldly and cultured friends, then possibly they might have heard of Busan as well, but beyond that South Korea is by and large a geographical mystery to most. Well, I am here, as the eloquent Young Jeezy would say, “put on for my city”, which does not get nearly the respect or acknowledgment that it deserves. Friends, allow me to introduce you to Daejeon, the nerdy younger brother of Seoul that is desperately craving your attention. While Daejeon may not have the big city credentials of its beach brother to the southeast or its cosmopolitan cousin to the north, here are three reasons why I love my Korean home city.Read More
One of my favorite things to do is to get with other ChungDahm branches and participate in our Social Club Events. Some of our social club events included trips to Aiins World, Lotte World Amusement Park, and Trivia Night. This past Sunday night was Trivia Night Round Number 2 held at Bull and Barrel in Itaewon, Central Seoul.
Many people ask me why I chose to teach English in South Korea or what is my favorite thing, about living and teaching English in this country. It is a question I always find hard to answer, because there are many, many things I love about being here in South Korea; this blog will take a look at the top three.
Many people wonder what it is like to teach English in South Korea, they want to know how many hours you work each week and what the children are like. Even in South Korea, my friends ask me what it is like working for ChungDahm Institute, which is one of Korea's best known Private English Academies. This blog will explain a typical 13 week term at ChungDahm. Each year there are four terms; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each term lasts 13 weeks and there are no mid-term breaks between each term.
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When I was in my final year of university in Ireland I had decided that I would like to travel. I wanted to see Asia in particular, as I had not been there before. I wanted to see as many countries as possible. So I thought, what better way to travel than by teaching English abroad. I saw a posting on my university job board advertising an English Teaching job in South Korea. I had never even thought about visiting South Korea when I was looking into traveling. I had looked at Thailand, China, Japan and even Malaysia but not South Korea. 18 months later I can honestly say it’s been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. South Korea is an amazing country.