Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

My Experience Moving Abroad as a Couple

Posted on Tue, Aug 13, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

About 6 months after my boyfriend Colin and I started dating I asked him if he'd be interested in teaching abroad. I'd always wanted to live abroad and I knew he wanted to travel as well - I was so excited when he said he was open to the idea of teaching in Korea! Almost a year later we moved to Busan. I’m so thankful to Aclipse for making this all possible and finding a school where we could both teach and work the same hours. Moving overseas as a couple has a lot of perks, and I have been so thankful for this experience! Having lived in Busan for over a year, I've met lots of single people, people who started new relationships while abroad, and other couples who moved abroad together. Regardless of your relationship status, living abroad is an unforgettable experience. I'm especially grateful I was able to share these memories with Colin.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, on arrival, Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, moving to Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, things to do in Korea, busan, iGarten

Why I Chose Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Why did you choose Korea? That’s a question I get asked often - both by foreigners and by Koreans. I knew early on that I wanted to live abroad after university. I just didn’t know where. Often people are surprised by my response. I guess they assume that I’ll see I was a huge fan of some K-Pop idols and/or watched a lot of Korean dramas. However, my appeal of Korean culture came in a very different manner. 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Korean culture, moving to Korea, teaching in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm

Top 10 Items to Bring to Korea

Posted on Mon, Feb 04, 2019 @ 05:04 PM

Coming to Korea as a Chungdahm teacher is a tremendous opportunity and experience and I want to reveal what items will be needed and useful on your overseas life. On a daily basis and for travelling, here is my top ten list to make your adventure in Korea the best it can be. Let’s go!

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, what to bring, teaching at CDL

Teaching Tips with Nico

Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

It is such a whirlwind running around preparing for your contract teaching, especially with transitioning to life in South Korea. Oftentimes, you start training bright and early the Monday after you get in, with minimal time for time zone adjustment or sightseeing. It can feel chaotic, so here are a few words from someone who’s gone through two separate training sessions and contracts, one with April and one with CDI.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, teaching kids, teaching at CDL, teaching tips, teaching programs

Settling In

Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

Embarking on a journey as a first-year teacher can feel daunting and chaotic.  Each person is different and has varying knowledge and strengths to bring. A piece of advice that may help one teacher may be useless to another, so I only want to speak from my position and say that these are some tips and tricks that would’ve helped me as I began my experience here, with this post more oriented towards moving and transitioning, and I’ll soon release tips for the classroom. All in all, this time will be full of growth and learning, and an experience you will never forget!

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, cellphones in Korea, things to bring, traveling, Banking in Korea, what to bring

Winter Essentials to Bring from Abroad

Posted on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

This winter is set to break records and be one of the coldest winters in a long while. Last year, when I first arrived to Seoul in November the air was icy. It was fall, but it was soon to be winter. I was born and raised in Southern California. I thought I was ready for winter, but I was wrong. While there are a lot of things that one obtains for a cheap price in South Korea, clothes is not one of them. Well, maybe if you are shopping for thick summer clothes in a college town, then clothes are cheap. However, the clothing and material needed to endure a real winter is far from cheap. Considering the first snow has already fallen in Seoul now (and it is only November!), I found it fitting to inform you of what I wish I had bought in the United States before coming to Korea.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, winter in Korea, things to bring

3 Things I Wish I Had Done Before Traveling to Teach in Korea

Posted on Tue, May 23, 2017 @ 03:32 PM

I remember the day I left for Korea like it was yesterday. My stomach was flying with nerves as I began unpacking my bags at the airport. I recall my luggage weighing too much and I was frantically throwing things in and out of my suitcase. At that time, I hadn't traveled much and I knew nothing about teaching and had very little knowledge about Korea and Korean people. Even though I tried to do as much research as possible, no travel book could have prepared me for the journey ahead. Below I offer three tips about things you should do prior to departing to teach in Korea.

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Tags: Blogs, Best blogs, preparing to teach in Korea, packing, bags, learning Korean, shopping in Korea, teach in Korea, what to buy in Korea, Teaching skills, what to bring, hangul

Top 5 Places to Teach in Korea Outside of Seoul

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 @ 02:20 PM

In 2016, Korea is still one of the most popular destinations to teach English. Teachers can save while travelling and enjoy an excellent standard of living while meeting  foreigners from all over the world. Over the past 5 years, Koreas expat community has almost doubled, and plenty of job seekers from Eastern Europe and the USA are finding more and more opportunities for career growth on the Asian continent. With the release of Gangnam-Style and K-drama/ K- pop becoming increasingly popular, more and more foreigners haven been drawn to Korea.

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Tags: teach, preparing to teach in Korea, Jeju Island, life in Korea, cities in Korea, Gangwondo, teach in Korea, busan, Daegu, chungdahm learning, live in city, Korean city, live in countyside, chungcheongnam-do

4 Banking Tips to Follow When Teaching in Korea.

Posted on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 04:41 PM

As a bank manager in the U.S., I was in complete shock with how convenient banking in Korea is. In the U.S., it seems that there was so much paperwork and red tape that you needed to do just to get tasks accomplished. Shortly after you arrive to teach in in Korea you will quickly realize how convenient and efficient banking is compared to back home. 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, English teacher in Korea, banks in korea, Banking in Korea, paycheck, credit card, sending money, remittance account

Survival Guide to the First Week of the Term

Posted on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 @ 09:26 AM

As the late Freddie Mercury said, “Another one bites the dust…” Of course in this classic tune the legendary Queen singer was referring to the start of a new term at Chungdahm. So we come again to that tri-monthly ritual of welcoming yet another crop of new students to our classrooms. While I have had a few problem children during my time teaching, at the same time it is quite difficult to lose your favorite students, both those that were naturally gifted from the start, or those that had to scratch and claw their way just to be able to proudly exclaim those magical four words, “Teacher, I leveled up!”

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, teaching in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm

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