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It's Summer! Time to Catch the Train to Busan!

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Busan is the ideal summer vacation spot on the Korean peninsula. It has white sand beaches, cocktail lounges, and party districts. The weather is moderately warm and often cooler than Seoul due to the ocean breeze. Busan is positioned on the southern-most tip of Korea and is a bustling city with the second largest population.

The city is a quick train ride from anywhere, with access to the KTX bullet train. Seoul to Busan takes about 3 hours and a return-ticket costs about 103,000 KRW. There are also buses that leave regularly and are an easy mode of transport for those who cannot access the train services. 

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Tags: busan, top places to travel in Korea, traveling, weekend travel, teaching at CDL, summer, summer in korea, patbingsu

Giselle's Weekend Trip to Gangneung: Where You See the Sun Rise

Posted on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Gangneung is coastal city located in the eastern province of Gangwon-do. Amongst Koreans, Gangwon-do is a favorite vacation spot. When compared to Jeju-do, it is the cheaper and less foreign tourist filled alternative. It is most famous for Jeongdongjin, Gyeongpo Beach and Gangneung Olympic Park.

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Tags: gangneung, summer in korea, weekend travel, vacation destinations

A Survival Guide for Summer School at ChungDahm

Posted on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 @ 05:30 PM

In the ESL world Summer school happens all over. At Chungdahm Learning we have two periods of extra classes. These happen during the Winter and Summer vacation months and they are called Summer and Winter Intensives and they are usually conducted from Weeks 9-12 of both semesters.  Currently, CDL is hosting their Summer Intensives and plenty of Korean students either switch over to morning classes or do intensives as well as regular classes. It is a time when the academy is super busy with Achievement testing and the winding down of a term. It can be rather overwhelming for teachers and staff, so it is best to be prepared in advance and have a set schedule to follow. In this blog I will go over the summer intensive curriculum along with tips on how you can make sure you are well prepared.

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Tags: summer in korea, intensives, summer school, Teaching skills, teaching abroad, ESL, Vacations in Korea, English teacher in Korea, chungdahm learning, how to be a great ESL teacher

5 Ways to Enjoy the Summer While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 04, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

My favorite season has arrived! It is finally Summer in Korea! The season is short-lived in Northern Asia, as Winters are long and seasonal changes occur frequently. Catching some days in the sun is imperative to surviving Korea’s long brutal Winter months.

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Tags: summer, summer in korea, things to do, things to do in Korea, adventure, swimming, Beaches in Korea, Festivals in Korea, mud festival, Foreigner bars, Relaxing in Korea, top places to travel in Korea

Free Outdoor Activities to do During Busan Summers!

Posted on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Summers in Korea are quite active! People are outside and using the long days to fit in as many activities as possible. Luckily, this summer Busan has not experienced a heavy rainy season, often called monsoon season. So I have had many opportunities to do outdoor activities after work or on the weekends, without fear of getting rained out. The best part about many of the outdoor things you can do while teaching in Korea is that they are free!

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Tags: summer in korea, camping, hiking in korea, Beaches in Korea, busan

Top Beaches To Visit While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

Korea does not come to mind, when I think of white sand beaches and blue sunny skies. However, with a little bit of digging during my time teaching in Korea, I discovered that Korea does indeed have white sand beaches and places that have a beach culture. Coming from South Africa myself I decided to search for a piece of Summer paradise by traveling and experiencing various places in Korea. Over the years, I fell in love with a few beaches in Korea that are situated in various provinces all over the country and have come to choose my favorite beaches according to my mood and vibe I would like to enjoy during a weekend getaway. 

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Tags: Beaches in Korea, weekend travel, teach and travel,, summer in korea, Jeju Island, Gangwondo, Tongyeong, busan, daechon, mudfest in korea, things to see in korea, things to do in Korea, getaway, Trips in Korea

What to Expect as You Start The Summer Term at Chungdahm

Posted on Tue, Jun 07, 2016 @ 04:55 PM

As the spring term ends and the summer term begins at Chungdahm April, and I begin my 3 rd term in teaching in Korea, it’s hard to believe that I’ve already been here for over 6 months. As a result of some students graduating to higher levels, during the summer term I lose some of my current students and at the same time gain new ones. One of the biggest changes summer term brings however is becoming a hybrid teacher. Due to so many students enrolled in the Busanjin Chungdahm program where I teach, all of the April teachers have been trained to teach both the Chungdahm (CDI) and April programs.
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Tags: summer in korea, April Institute, chungdahm

Try These Top Summer Dishes and Drinks While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 @ 02:47 PM

If you haven’t been to Korea, Korea is a great place to live because you can truly experience 4 seasons. When I was in living in Las Vegas, all I knew was hot and cold. One thing that I like about living in Korea, is that Korean people eat specific foods according to season. Since summer season in Korea is quickly approaching, I thought it would be best for me to share the top 4 foods you should try while living and teaching in Korea during the summertime.

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Tags: eating in Korea, summer in korea, alcohol, food in Korea, eating out in Korea, eating healthy in Korea, alcohol in Korea, Korean food, korean drinks

Four Tips to Survive Summer Intensives at ChungDahm Learning

Posted on Sun, Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Teaching in South Korea has been eye-opening for many reasons. First, as an expat teacher you get to experience an entirely different culture through interactions with Korean youth. Korean children have a unique way of viewing the world, and I feel priviledged that they share their views with a bemused foreigner like me. Although Korean kids are similar to American kids, Korean children continue to amaze me with their acceptance of constant schooling and extraordinary resilience. The long days of school and after school academic academies in Korea is very different from what most American kids experience.

This relentless quest for education in Korea does not take a break during summer vacation. Instead of enjoying a respite from their studies, many Korean children attend extra academies. Many ChungDahm schools offer extra classes in the summer. These classes are known as Summer Intensives and the experience can be intense not only for the kids but for ChungDahm teachers.  

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Tags: summer in korea, chungdahm

3 Tips to Stay Cool During the Hot Summers in Korea

Posted on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

When I first came to South Korea to teach English, one thing that I was looking forward to was the seasonal weather. South Korea has cool winters, warm springs and at times, very hot summers. As it is now August, this blog will give my top 3 tips on staying cool during the summers in Korea. 
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Tags: Teach Abroad, summer in korea, Korea, living in South Korea, staying cool

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