Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Korean Side Dishes: Banchan 반찬

Posted on Thu, Oct 04, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

My love and appreciation for banchan began in Canada growing up in a Korean family with a passion for Korean food and continues while teaching with Chungdahm in Korea. Teaching in Korea with Chungdahm is an amazing experience. My students are just wonderful, they love to learn the material and I have so much fun teaching them and interacting with them throughout each lesson. Also, you will really enjoy spending time and going out to eat with your fellow teachers too, and of course, banchan will be involved when you go to eat out.

Banchan, 반찬 meaning “side dish” in Korean, are served as the prelude to the main dish. However, they don’t serve the purpose of appetizers. They add a whole new dimension to a meal and act more as complements and are eaten together throughout the meal. When you eat out, which you will do a lot, expect to see anywhere from 5 to 12 different side dishes, and the best thing about them besides the variety and taste is that you can ask for more once you are finished.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, health, Health in Korea, Korean food, banchan, food in Korea, restaurants in korea

My First Hiking Experience in Bukhansan National Park

Posted on Thu, Aug 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Growing up in Los Angeles, I’d  consider myself very health conscious. There is a range to this. LA health can become a parody of itself, with twelve dollar activated charcoal juice and any vegetable you can imagine being “massaged.” Yoga studios charge exorbitant amounts for classes that make you wonder how aligned the practice is from the place it was created. But for each absurdity you encounter when it comes to wellness, there is also gold. While raised in a predominantly Asian and Latinx neighborhood, there was a fruit stand each direction where I could buy a mango bouquet drenched in chili powder and lime as well as decades-old family run acupuncture studios passing down the stunning tradition of cupping therapy. I had the privilege of having access to so much greenery, with mountains skirting through the city, with countless breathtaking hikes that jumped out at you from the freeway. I’d run through the mountains as frequently as I could, so when I got to South Korea, I knew Bukhansan National Park would be my friend. But I was wrong.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, personal growth, growing with Chungdahm, teaching at Chungdahm, Health in Korea, hiking in seoul, hiking in korea, Korean mountains, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul

Join Me for a Korean Kickboxing Class in Korea

Posted on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Do you want to learn a new skill and get a great cardio workout simultaneously? Feeling stressed from work? Have some extra energy to spend? Come and join me for a kickboxing workout in a Seoul Mixed Martial Arts gym that offers kickboxing, jujutsu (also known in the West as jiu-Jitsu), and weight training.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, fitness, pursuing hobbies in Korea, personal growth, health, Health in Korea

Why I Applied with Aclipse and CDI for the Second Time

Posted on Thu, Aug 02, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

It took three and a half days for me to fall in love with Seoul, South Korea. On my way to a summer fellowship in Manila, I decided to make a pit stop to visit my best friend who lives there. I touched down in Incheon, and we made our way on the airport bus to her house which sat right on the southern half of the Han River. The subsequent hours consisted of noraebang and fried chicken, a hike through Bukhansan (I’d never met a place with a national park within not just a city, but a citywith millions of inhabitants), weaving through the countless markets and underground malls, and stunning palaces and museums.

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Tags: teaching at CDL, personal growth, renew contract, applying to teach English, growing with Chungdahm, teaching at Chungdahm

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

Teach with Aclipse and Chungdahm: No Lesson Planning Required

Posted on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Perhaps the most daunting part about taking on a teaching job is having to create a lesson plan for every single lesson. Some struggle with every aspect of it. Others may be skilled at creating lesson plans, but it is time consuming regardless of how skilled the teacher. ChungDahm Learning is a well-established and well-organized education company that has a fully-developed curriculum in place. One simply needs to perform the lesson delivery for the lessons that have been prepared.

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Tags: teaching tips, teaching at CDL, professional growth, teacher testimonial, lesson planning

Interviewing an Experienced CDI Teacher: Matt Ellis

Posted on Thu, Jul 05, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Matthew Ellis (Matt Teacher) at our branch, and now I will share my interview with him. Matt is an English teacher from Massachusetts and has been teaching for around seven years. His major was English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Philosophy (yikes!) He has a passion for gaming, culture, and diplomacy. Matt’s family is located back in the States, but he plans to continue here in Seoul in order to get his Masters in Linguistics. Matt says it’s nice to meet you!

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Tags: teaching tips, teaching at CDL, personal growth, professional growth

Neil's Final Blog Post

Posted on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

On November 21st 2013, I arrived at Incheon airport in Korea. I would soon be heading to Chungdahm headquarters for a week of training, but not without being mesmerized and excited by my new surroundings. Everything was so exciting and new. What I didn’t really understand at that time was just how new I was. In high school or university, there is an idea that freshman just have no clue about what is going on. I have found that true in the real world as well. I myself have grown, but I know that I am not finished growing. When you come to Korea you will feel the same. What is my suggestion? Don’t fight the newness, but rather, enjoy it!

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Tags: teaching at CDL, personal growth, professional growth

Why Aclipse and Chungdahm were the Right Choice for Me

Posted on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

A Smooth Transition

Starting a new job when you’ve not long graduated can be a daunting prospect, let alone when it’s half way around the world in a totally unfamiliar country. By choosing to go through Aclipse, my mind was put at ease. I was assured that I would be provided with somewhere to live throughout my time in Korea, which was one of my biggest worries. The overwhelming mountain of paperwork soon became manageable with the help of my recruiter, Colette. She replied to all my frantic emails in the middle of the night and addressed all of my concerns. From how to apostille a degree to how real estate agents work in Korea, Aclipse had all the answers!

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Tags: teaching at CDL, personal growth, professional growth, aclipse

Perspective: Interview with Breana and Joe

Posted on Thu, May 31, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Having talked exclusively about my own experiences, I wanted to introduce you to two of my favorite coworkers. I asked them exclusively about what they enjoy in Korea and what can be a bit more difficult for people coming to Korea for the first time. Both teachers are veterans in their own rights.

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Tags: work balance, exercise, korean community, learn korean, save money teaching English, teaching at CDL

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