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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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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

How To Make Korean Friends While Living And Teaching In Korea

Posted on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 01:50 PM

Living and teaching in Korea creates opportunities to learn a new culture and speak a new language. With this experience arises the chance to make life-long friends across cultural barriers. Like every encounter living abroad, you  have  to put yourself out there and do what the "Romans do in Rome" and as in Korea..."Do what the "Koreans do in Korea."

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Tags: Korean culture, Korean language, hanging out with friends in korea, learning Korean, cultural experience, teach in Korea, friends in Korea, Korea friends, cultural activities, cross cultural experience, meeting Koreans, friendship, Meetup, korean friends

The Secret of Week 1: How to Have a Successful First Week at Chungdahm

Posted on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @ 03:54 PM

At Chungdahm Learning, Week 1 is where all the magic happens. As a teacher you will know that those first  moments are imperative for setting the tone for the rest of the semester. First impressions and introductions go a long way with regards to student management and an active learning environment. The way you handle your students and their behavior on the first day, will go a long way to making your classroom a happy learning environment and your time teaching in Korea a memorable one. 

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Tags: student management, First week in Korea, English teacher in Korea, teach in Korea, chungdahm, smart classroom, training week, ESL, chungdahm learning, teaching job, classroom materials, reward system, teaching rules, learning management

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

Korea is Perfect for Couples who Want to Teach and Travel

Posted on Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 05:13 PM

Are you a couple? Do you want to travel? If your answer is yes to both of these questions, then choosing Korea as an ESL destination is the right choice for you! Many young and even married couples wish to travel and experience a new adventure. However, often both partners are worried to be separated by the long distance. Teaching English in Korea presents the perfect opportunity to travel abroad, live and teach together, and experience endless adventures.  Korea is in fact a country that is renowned for couple t-shirts (identical men and women t-shirts) and couple outings. 

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Tags: teach in Korea, couples in Korea, Teach in Seoul, couples, couple outfits, travel

5 Things You Must Do When You Arrive to Teach in Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 05:27 PM

Arriving in a new country can be really overwhelming. There are many things that need to be done quickly upon your arrival! Your head will soon be spinning, without knowing what to expect and how to go about it. Everyone coming to teach in Korea can better prepare for the time ahead by doing a little bit of research, and having a few conversations with foreigners. By doing this you can feel relaxed and be assured that your transition to life in Korea, will run smoothly. 

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Tags: ex-pat life in Korea, life in Korea, learning Korean, teach in Korea, arriving in korea, what to do after, Meetup, new teacher

A PhotoStory: Two Years of Living and Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 @ 04:03 PM

Living and teaching in Korea over the past six years has created so many wonderful memories. From traveling, to living in the countryside and the city, to meeting people from all over the world. Every day has been an adventure - a taste of old and new, the present and the past. Since arriving back in Korea, over 2 years ago, I have traveled to three different countries and have had amazing experiences while working for Chungdahm Learning and living in the bustling city of Seoul! Here is a photo story of my best experiences and moments from 2014 to the present. 

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Tags: things to see in korea, teach in Korea, traveling, adventure

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

Top 3 Skills I Gained from Living and Teaching Abroad in Korea

Posted on Tue, Dec 08, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

The general idea when you set on a journey abroad, specifically to teach ESL, the perception is that you are giving up your career and life goals to enjoy a few years traveling. What most people don't know, is that this is not the case at all. It really depends on the individual and how they choose to spend those years. However, no matter what any book or resentful person tells you - traveling is an invaluable experience that will change your mind and attitude in ways that will shape your outlook and lust for life. 

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Tags: Teach Abroad, ex-pat life in Korea, teach in Korea, benefits of ESL

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