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A Guide to Grocery Shopping While Teaching in Korea 

Posted on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 @ 03:48 PM

Once you have settled into your apartment and are sick of ordering food from Yogiyo and eating processed food from the convenience store, it is time to figure out how to grocery shop in Korea.

First time grocery shopping in Korea can be quite overwhelming. Questions like where to go, how to pay, where are certain products, and how to carry all these bags, are all things that can stress you out before you even begin shopping.  

Also, bear in mind, that you will not have a car nor the tools to communicate (especially when you first move to Korea), so every time you go grocery shopping the experience is a part of the adventure of traveling and living abroad. As a person who has lived in Korea for a few years now, I hope this blog will help making your grocery shopping experience a little easier when you begin teaching in Korea.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, food in Korea, what to buy in Korea, groceries, lottemart, grocery shopping, shopping guide

Learn About Giselle's First Weeks Living and Teaching in Korea: Part 2

Posted on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 04:52 PM

Hi, my name is Giselle and I recently became a teacher at ChungDahm Learning's Daechi branch in Gangnam, Seoul this past November.  Last week in part 1 of my blog series I wrote about my first days in Korea and going through ChungDahm's training week. Today, in part 2 of my blog series I will focus on moving into my officetel and transitioning to life as a full-time teacher.  I hope through this blog series that it will help those interested in teaching in Korea get a better idea of the transition period one must go through to get adjusted to their new home and job abroad.

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Tags: shopping in Korea, Apartments in Korea, chungdahm, Officetel

Best Places To Get Supplies for a New Term at ChungDahm

Posted on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 04:34 PM

If you decide to either work for April Institute or ChungDahm Academy, both company’s terms last for thirteen weeks. You will see your students 2-3 times in a week and you will always have a group of kids who never bring their supplies to class. As a result, it’s always good to keep an extra set of pencils, erasers, and coloring pencils/markers for tests and group projects. It may sound cruel, but I always need to have a red pen close by so I can correct their homework. Your location will probably have a set of materials for you to use, however, I always find that it is never enough. Since I have my own classroom and my own projects, I decide to buy my own things and make it feel like it is my space. Corporate will provide you with the tools that you need for your classroom, but I wanted my room to be comfortable. As the summer term just ended, and the Fall term has just begun, I wanted to provide people with a list of places where you can shop for new school supplies. What's even better is that most of the places mentioned in my blog are cheaper than the big retailers like E-Mart and Home Plus.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, saving money in Korea, shopping in Korea, April Institute, Cheonho, chungdahm learning, school supplies

4 Major Differences Between Living in Korea and The U.S.

Posted on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 @ 03:52 PM

After 2 years of not being in America, I found myself somewhat out of place when I visited my family back home in Las Vegas, Nevada this past July. I guess I have really adjusted to Korean life. While talking to my friends who I’ve met and worked with at ChungDahm, they said the sense of normalcy would return to me after at least half a year. As much as I tried to become ‘American’, I found it hard and I tended to miss Korea more. Although I do love America, my heart is split among the two lands that I call home. In this blog I will talk about the 4 big differences that I felt had the biggest impact on me when traveling back to America.

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Tags: vacation, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, Korean people, Beauty Products in Korea, annual vacation, Korean food

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 Tips For Saving Money While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 04:14 PM

 Dreaming of saving money? Maybe you would like to travel to some exotic island or even pay for your wedding. Maybe your student loans are weighing you down and you would like to go to graduate school. Teaching in Korea can make all these dreams a possibility! 

Korea is a great place to save money. With efficient transportation systems, cheap internet and affordable health care, teachers can live comfortably while saving money. Living expenses can be considerably lower than in the West, especially when it comes to utility bills and phone contracts. Even bank charges are mostly free and international transfer fees are lower than what they would charge you in your home country. This is how I managed to travel the world, save money and pay for a wedding! Below are my top 3 tips for saving money in Korea. 

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Tags: housing in Korea, saving money in Korea, life in Korea, shopping in Korea, teach in Korea, Saving, Walking, sales, Apartments in Korea, Bike to school, adventure, save money, save money teaching English

5 Reasons to Visit Korea from a ChungDahm Alumnus

Posted on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 @ 04:11 PM

Cindy Ung is a ChungDahm Learning alumnus whom I met during our training week back in the winter of 2011. Not only have I had the privilege of being friends with Cindy, she also introduced me to Aclipse Recruiting. Originally from New York City, Cindy studied at Rutgers University where she was able to learn about teaching opportunities in Korea. Wanting to broaden her perspectives of the world, she lived and worked for ChungDahm in Seoul for two years and since leaving ChungDahm over 3 years ago, she has become a successful real estate agent in New York City. However, every year during her vacation she always opts to come back and visit Seoul for the week. When I ask her why doesn’t she go travel to another country, she always says that that Korea has become her second home. For many of us teaching in Korea, I think Korea will always have a special place in our hearts just like hers. Below are Cindy’s top 5 reasons why she continues to come back to Korea.

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Tags: korean fashion, ewha womens university, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, friends, partying in Seoul, hongdae, party, Cafe, Gangnam, myeongdong, internet cafe, fashion, Seoul partying, dog cafes in korea

Tips For Visiting The Optometrist, Dentist, and Hair Stylist in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

For medical procedures, many foreigners come to Korea from all over the world because of the reasonable prices and high quality. I remember while I was living in America, I hated going to the dentist and eye doctor because of how much money I would spend for my medical procedures. Even with insurance, I’d pay at least $80-$100 for each visit. Luckily here in Korea, the prices are not astronomical. Here are some tips to help you save money while you are living and teaching in Korea.

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Tags: life in Korea, shopping in Korea, living in Seoul, dentist, haircut in korea, benefits of living in Korea, eyeglasses, hairdresser, hair salon, cost of living, optometrist

Visit Yeonnam-Dong While Teaching in Korea: Seoul's Newest "It" Spot

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

As a foreigner living and teaching in Korea, you will probably get very familiar with the hot spots of Gangnam, Itaewon, and Hongdae in Seoul. All of these places are great for meeting other foreigners, eating non-Korean food, and for bars and clubbing. However, just across the streets from Hongdae, you will find the new spot where foreigners and locals congregate. This  new "It" spot is called Yeonnam-dong.

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Tags: parks, shopping in Korea, food in Korea, western culture in korea, eating out, hongdae, Mexican food, Korean food, yeonnamdong

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

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