Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Why Helen Renewed Her Contract To Teach in Korea For ChungDahm

Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 01:53 PM

Hi! My name is Helen and I’m from Dublin, Ireland.  Upon completing my degree in Social Science in 2014 and after a short time working in New York City I decided to make an even bigger move and I set my sights on teaching in Korea. Teaching with Chungdahm was an easy decision for me as they are a large company with many openings and offer different levels of teaching to suit everyone's needs.  After applying through Aclipse I was selected to work in Seocho Banpo i-Garten starting in February 2015.

After one year of teaching in this branch and living in Gangnam, a district directly South of the river in Seoul. I knew I had made the right decision to teach with ChungDahm and as I result I recently committed to teach for one more year. This blog will focus on the many reasons I decide to stay.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, saving money in Korea, social life, travel, chungdahm

4 Things I've Learned From in My Five Years Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

It is summer of 2016 and I have been teaching in Korea and living here for almost 5 years. I thought I would only be here for 1 year and head back to the U.S., but I kept finding myself wanting to stay. Some of the reasons I’ve decided to stay are for financial reasons while others are for personal reasons.  Below are the top four things that I’ve learned while living abroad.

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Tags: Korean culture, saving money in Korea, friends, Money, Korea friends

Learn About All Your Money Matters While Living and Teaching in Korea!

Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 01:34 PM

Traveling across the world can be super stressful! Watch this video blog to get a better perspective on all the money questions you may have! You will soon learn that Korean banking and foreign transfers, are a piece of cake, while living and teaching in Korea!

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Tags: money in korea, saving money in Korea, Money, extra money in korea, sending money

Bring on 2016! Top 3 Achievable Goals While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 @ 03:30 PM

With 2015  having just ended, and the new year has just begun, it's that time of year when people start reflecting on the past year and figuring out what improvements they can make in the New Year. For us ESL teachers, our lives teaching abroad do not always have to depend on the present moment, and we too can make some New Year resolution goals that can set us on an even better course that feels progressive and inspiring. Here are 3 goals that I believe are acheivable for all while teaching in Korea in the New Year. 

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Tags: New Years, Teach Abroad, saving money in Korea, teach in Korea, New Year's in Seoul, New Year's in South Korea, travel, traveling, weekend travel, skills

Take Advantage of Korean "Service" and Eat and Drink for Cheap

Posted on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 04:30 PM

One of the biggest allures of the teaching in Korea is the opportunity to save money, whether it be for your own personal savings account or for paying off student loans. I am extremely fortunate to emerge from the extravagant nature of the American university experience with minimal student debt, but that does not mean by any stretch of the imagination that I am careless with my money. In South Korea, not only is the general cost of living pretty low compared to living in the United States, but establishments are also quite liberal with dishing out freebies at every turn. Allow me to fill you in some of my own experiences with the magical Korean concept of “service,” and by doing this I hope to teach you about the ways you can eat and drink in Korea for cheap. 
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Tags: saving money in Korea, drink in Korea, eat in korea

How to Save Money and Travel in Korea

Posted on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

The question that many new teachers interested in teaching Korea ask me is, is it possible to save money and travel in Korea? The answer is yes, and it really is up to you on what and where you choose to spend your money. People choose to come to Korea for various reasons but, one of the main reasons is saving money. Korea is one of the top ESL destinations for just this reason, and most teachers are motivated to come here just for that perk.  Even if you want to just travel, the ability to save money is a nice extra bonus. Here are some tips on how to save money and enjoy your traveling abroad experience.
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Tags: saving money in Korea, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, Activities to do 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

Daiso: Dollar Store of Korea

Posted on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

            Teaching English in South Korea certainly is an attractive option for many, and the motivations for doing so vary widely. Obviously the chance to experience a new culture was a strong draw for me, coupled with the glaring and troubling realization that I was not totally sure of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. But another large part of the appeal of this profession was the opportunity to save significant amounts of money. Now, there are varying degrees of frugality that you can strive for, and personally I would put myself somewhere in the middle of the savings spectrum. I do not make many extravagant or expensive purchases (some of my friends jokingly call me a tightwad), but at the same time I am a big lover of food and drink, so I like to eat out with friends pretty regularly. Whether you are a dedicated worshiper at the alter of penny pinching, or simply a person who likes to save a few bucks here and there, one of your strongest allies in the fight for a bigger bank account is Daiso.

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Tags: saving money in Korea, cooking in korea, arriving in korea

Costco: Korea's Gluttonous Paradise

Posted on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

            As Christmas approaches, since I do not have my family here to celebrate, I compensate by just becoming even more of a disgusting glutton than normal. In South Korea, food is my family during the holiday season. Yes, that is an incredibly depressing picture, and if you have images of me sitting in the corner of my dimly lit apartment shoveling in food and listening to Josh Groban’s Christmas album, your imagination is not too far off the mark. Anyway, 'tis the season to overeat, and what better way to begin that quest for the food coma than with a trip to Costco!

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Tags: teaching in Korea, saving money in Korea, food in Korea, Costco

Budgeting Tips for when Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

It's no big secret that teaching English in Korea is a great way to save a sizable chunk of money. I'm sure you've seen bloggers boasting about putting $1,000 USD per month into savings while working in Korea. I'm also sure this was met with a degree of skepticism and follow-up Googling. Well, this is very, very possible as a teacher in Korea. With a reasonable overall cost of living, getting by from day to day here can easily be done on the cheap, so long as you're committed to a degree of frugality and creating good habits. In my three years in Korea, I feel like I've managed my money well, so here are some money budgeting tips and tricks that I've picked up along the way.

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Tags: budgeting, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, money in korea, saving money in Korea, living in Korea, life in Korea, Saving, Money

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