Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Cost of Living in Busan

Posted on Tue, Oct 01, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

In Korea, I feel like I'm able to live and afford a better lifestyle than I had back home (in the U.S.) because the cost of living is very cheap here! In this article I'll break down some of the biggest costs and the price difference between Korea and the U.S. I've lived in Busan for over a year, so some of this information might not be accurate for other locations - for example I've heard Seoul is a little bit more expensive. 

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, busan, Beaches in Korea, cost of living

My Take on Chungdahm Training Week

Posted on Tue, Sep 17, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Training Week: Intense but Rewarding

The best way I can describe training week was that it was kind of like boot camp. You need your stamina! It’s an intense five days packed with information about Chungdahm and its curriculum. As a fresh college graduate completely new to classroom teaching, it felt a bit overwhelming at times, but by the end of the week, I felt somewhat accomplished and like I had a solid foundation going into my first week of teaching!

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, Training Center, training week

A Day in the Life of an iGarten Teacher

Posted on Tue, Sep 10, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

I had so many questions before moving to Korea, one of the most important ones was "what's a typical day teaching at iGarten like?" It's hard to feel prepared moving your whole life overseas, but having a glimpse into a day as a teacher helps! Here is a typical day at my school - iGarten in Centum City, Busan (near Haeundae).

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach English overseas, iGarten

Monica's Favorite Places in Korea

Posted on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

Before moving to Korea, I had to decide where I wanted to apply for/live. I decided on Busan because it’s a little bit smaller than Seoul but still a big city with many things to do. I also wanted to live in Busan because it has a lot of beautiful beaches. After living in Busan for almost a year and a half I’m happy with the decision I made! Busan is a great city and I’m really glad I live here. In spring and fall, there are lots of mountains to hike around Busan, in the summer there’s always a new beach to explore and in winter there are lots of spas, shopping, and nightlife options.

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Tags: Korean culture, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, moving to Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, things to do in Korea, busan, things to do on the weekends, top places to travel in Korea

Tips and Tricks for Classroom Management

Posted on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 @ 12:00 PM

When I started teaching over a year ago, I didn't know very much about the working culture and educational culture in Korea. When I first started at iGarten, I was really surprised by the amount of workbooks and worksheets kindergarten students had to complete every month.

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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

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

How To Build A Rapport With Your Students While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 04, 2017 @ 12:36 PM

Building a rapport in an ESL classroom is vital to having a successful semester. It takes a lot of courage to speak in another language and if your students speak freely and often it shows they feel comfortable enough to participate in your class. As an ESL teacher if you have accomplished this magic element it will help turn an average class into a great class!

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Tags: creativity with students, Teach English in Korea, English teacher in Korea, Korean students, Motivate Students, motivating students, ESL, new teacher, rapport, how to be a great ESL teacher, rapport with students

3 Ways to Bond With Your Students in Korea, Including Kpop

Posted on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

One of the initial struggles every teacher usually goes through, whether it's teaching English in Korea or back at home in your native country, is building relationships with your students.  As a male teacher I found it hardest to build a rapport with my female students.  The key I have found to strengthening the teacher-student bond is becoming knowledgeable of what kids, in this case Korean kids, are passionate about.  For girls I have found the best way to relate with them is through Kpop and for the boys it is through sports and video games. 

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Tags: student management, Teach English in Korea, Students, sports in Korea, quiet students, Videogames Korea, motivating students, KPOP

Going to the Movies while Teaching English in South Korea

Posted on Wed, Jan 07, 2015 @ 01:29 PM

One of the best aspects of living in South Korea (or most foreign countries for that matter) is how even the most mundane aspects of everyday life can be so different from what you experience back in your own country. Whether it is eating out at a restaurant or even performing a daily task as tiny as taking out the garbage, you are constantly reminded of the unique quirks of Korean culture. This week, I figured I would focus on the cinema, one of my favorite weeknight and weekend pastimes here in Korea. OK, so yeah I can detect a few not so subtle eye rolls upon reading that sentence, since you  are maybe wondering how something as straight forward as a movie theater can offer such a drastically different experience. The truth is, many aspects of the moving going experience are basically identical, but I thought it warranted a blog post nonetheless so back off.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, movies in Korea

How-To: Move Home from Korea with a Pet

Posted on Tue, Jan 06, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Last month, I posted about the (sometimes) grueling process of getting packed up to move home after your time in Korea. The stress of my move was greatly compounded by an additional factor: moving a Korean cat to the U.S. In the end, it went quite smoothly, with a lot of the stress stemming from the unknowns that come with flying with an animal. Since I'm sure some of you have gotten pets in Korea or are considering it, here's an overview of how to take your Korean cat home with you.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, a year in Korea, pets in Korea, pet, going home, pets, moving, moving home

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