Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Conquer the Korean Language Barrier in Seoul

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

After being in Seoul for 6 months, I decided it was time for me to learn the language. It can be frustrating wanting to communicate, but not being able to do so because of limited understanding. Luckily, a coworker of mine knew of a place that isn't far and Korean language classes are taught for free.

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Tags: frequently asked questions, working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, Korean language, learning Korean

A Good Day

Posted on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

This may not be profound or educational or particularly interesting to anyone but me. But I want to write about one of my favorite days in Seoul that reminded me why I wanted to return. It’s not really resourceful, but rather an interlaced web of visions and sounds that buried my heart deep into the belly of the city, and for this I’m grateful. So if any of this interests you, read on.

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Tags: teaching at Chungdahm, Weekend activities in Korea, things to do in seoul

Christine's Week of Teaching April and CDI Classes

Posted on Thu, Sep 20, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

As an April/CDI instructor, I get to work with students from 1st to 9th grade. April classes are 40 - 45 minutes long, and they meet either three times each week,or two times each week. Chungdahm classes are three hours long, and they meet twice each week. Teaching April and Chungdahm can be hectic if there is no organization. The following are a few tasks that I do every day to make the workload easier:

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Tags: frequently asked questions, working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, teaching programs, april, cdi

Chungdahm Training Week with Christine

Posted on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I arrived in Seoul a few days before training in February, so I could explore the city without the stress of training. It was so cold, I ended up staying in my hotel and enjoying the convenience of delivery services provided throughout Seoul. I received my training schedule during this time, so I was able to familiarize myself with the map and metro system prior to Day 1 of training. I was also able to complete the “pre-training” course online which you must complete and pass in order to successfully complete the training week.

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Tags: training week, frequently asked questions, working in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, growing with Chungdahm, chungdahm learning

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

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

Tijana's  4-year Professional and Personal Growth at Chungdahm Learning

Posted on Mon, May 28, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

I initially chose Chungdahm Learning, because I could foresee a future where I could professionally and personally grow. Now, looking back on my 4-year journey with the company, I can say that they met all my expectations and offered opportunities beyond what I thought I could experience. 

A lot of foreigners worry about their job prospects post-ESL teaching and how being an ESL teacher for 2-3 years would look on their resume. This is why, I always say it is important to choose a company in Korea that you can grow with so, that you have strong references and are constantly being challenged to grow in different ways. It is important, no matter what you do, to never be stagnant while living abroad and take every opportunity to mold your resume with new skills and insight.

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Tags: professional, professional growth, career, personal growth, growing with Chungdahm, chungdahm learning, opportunities at chungdahm, teaching at Chungdahm, life in Korea

Sobia's Unforgettable Teaching Experience

Posted on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 07:11 PM

My name is Sobia, and I am from Mississauga, Canada. After graduating, I decided to travel and work abroad for a year while I figure out what to do with rest of my life. I was introduced to the recruitment company Aclipse who took me through the entire placement process step by step until I arrived in Seoul, South Korea. I accepted a year long teaching contract with Chungdahm Learning Institute. It was a great company to work with. Their one-week training was 

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Tags: chungdahm learning, teaching at Chungdahm, arriving in korea, teacher testimonial, Teaching skills, teaching at CDL, pay off loans, exploring korea, korean staff, weekend travel

Brian's Top 5 Tips for New and Veteran Teachers!

Posted on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Congratulations on becoming a ChungDahm teacher! As a ChungDahm teacher myself, I want to share my top five teaching tips that will shed some light into my own personal teaching style, philosophy, and experiences, all of which will help you in your exciting new journey. Let’s begin.

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Tags: chungdahm learning, teaching at Chungdahm, arriving in korea, teacher testimonial, Teaching skills, teaching at CDL, teaching in Korea, teaching tips, teaching kids

Russell's First Six Months Teaching in Seongnam, Korea

Posted on Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Balancing Work and Creative Endeavors

I am nearing the halfway point of my first year teaching in abroad in South Korea, and so far this experience has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my life. Fresh out of university, I had no real understanding of what the next step was for me. Halfway through my undergraduate degree I found a real creative voice as photographer and writer. 

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Tags: chungdahm learning, teaching at Chungdahm, arriving in korea, seongnam, bundang, work balance, teacher testimonial

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