The last few weeks have been a blur with the wrap up of winter term, thirteen weeks done and dusted. With the chaos of intensives and the recent holidays, it was nice to be able to catch my breath for a bit. But amidst all I had to get done, I didn’t have much time to write. I asked my boss, Michael, on recommendations for topics because my brain was more fried than kimchi rice at 4 am. He suggested writing about the best teaching experience of my life, and the timing of it all was so strange, because after I received this, I went on to in fact, have the best teaching experience of my life.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
In my first year in Seoul, I left the city approximately five or six times. The city can get a bad rep for being too crowded, too commercial, or too concrete. Call me biased, but I tend to disagree. It’s easy to do so when the Han snakes through the city’s half and Bukhansan plops right in the middle. But don’t get me wrong--leaving Seoul once in a while is good for the spirit and for the lungs. One of my favorite places to venture to is perfect for a day trip. It’s peaceful, expansive, and right off Line 4 on the subway. After a long winter, my friend and I decided to make our way down and it ended up being one of my favorite days of the year.Read More
When my husband and I moved to Korea to teach English in June 2017, it wasn’t my first shebang. I’d lived there from 2012-2014 and fallen in love with the country. I moved back to the US to be closer to family; I had no idea then I’d fall in love and marry someone whose mom was Korean. My husband, Wayne, had heard me go on and on about how great my experience was in Korea, and it wasn’t long before he told me he wanted to teach there for a while, too! He thought it’d be a great opportunity to get in touch with his roots. I was ecstatic to hear this.Read More
Seollal (설날) or Lunar New Year is arguably the most celebrated national holiday in Korea. Solar New Year on January 1 is also observed in Korea, however Seollal is much more celebrated and significant and lasts for three days (the day before, the day of, and the day after). In 2019, Seollal falls on February 5 of the Gregorian calendar and Chungdahm teachers have all of February 4 to February 6 off for the holidays.Read More
As a Chungdahm teacher, getting laser eye surgery in Korea is a viable option and something I am in the process of doing. This is a significant decision, therefore, I want to take my time and do the research and my due diligence before choosing the proper clinic, doctor, and type of surgery for my eyes. Let’s take a look at the different types of vision correction surgery, some clinics and prices, and procedures prior to surgery.Read More
Working out and going to the gym in Korea is a great way to keep fit and stay healthy as a Chungdahm teacher. I go and hit the weights and run at Saemaul Fitness which has 42 branches across Korea. Let’s take a tour of the gym and see what you can expect when you sign up for a membership and pump some iron at your local health club.Read More
Coming to Korea as a Chungdahm teacher is a tremendous opportunity and experience and I want to reveal what items will be needed and useful on your overseas life. On a daily basis and for travelling, here is my top ten list to make your adventure in Korea the best it can be. Let’s go!
It is such a whirlwind running around preparing for your contract teaching, especially with transitioning to life in South Korea. Oftentimes, you start training bright and early the Monday after you get in, with minimal time for time zone adjustment or sightseeing. It can feel chaotic, so here are a few words from someone who’s gone through two separate training sessions and contracts, one with April and one with CDI.Read More
Another bucket list item for every Chungdahm teacher living, working, and playing in gorgeous Korea is to experience a traditional jjimjilbang 찜질방 or Korean bathhouse. I had the pleasure of visiting Siloam Sauna (실로암사우나찜질방) located in Jung-gu 중구, the historical heart of Seoul. Jung-gu is one of the 25 districts that form the city of Seoul 서울 and is just north of the Han River.Read More
I arrived in Seoul last year towards the end of November. I started working at Daechi April campus at at the beginning of their winter term. My year was almost up, so it was time for me to think seriously about whether I wanted to renew my contract. In the end, I chose to stay working as an April Chungdahm teacher. When I think of the reasons for making this decision, I believe I can sum them up into the following three categories:Read More