Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

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

5 Unique Spots to Check Out In Seoul

Posted on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 04:32 PM

Seoul is a city that never sleeps and you can find something to do, anytime, anywhere.  Having access to do things like food shopping or grabbing a bite to eat 24 hours a day is why Seoul has become one of my favorite cities in the world.  Also, there is literally a district in Seoul for every type of person.  There are districts for the budding fashionista's, the coffee-goers, the party animals and the travelers. Seoul also has the perfect blend of modern buildings and historic landmarks.  The typical Seoul 'to do list' would recommend tourist hot spots like Myeongdong and ltaewon, however as a honorary Seoulite, I'd like to give alternatives to the top 5 day trip spots to check out in the city during your time teaching in Korea.

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Tags: sights, things to do in Korea, Seoul partying, sight-seeing, sightseeing, adventure, things to do in seoul, seoul daytrip, daytrip

How To Become Embraced By The Korean Community

Posted on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 04:26 PM

The scariest thought some people have before they move abroad and begin  teaching in Korea is isolation. Often foreigners worry about how they will fit into the Korean community and be accepted by their fellow co-workers. It is daunting to think about situations where you may run into communication issues or cultural misunderstandings. However, don't let the fear of the unknown stop you. The best part of living and teaching in Korea is having these moments, that allow you to grow and have an amazing experience.  Below I will go into detail about the Korean culture, along with ways that you overcome your fear of being along in a foreign land and in turn become embraced by the Korean community. 

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Tags: things to do in Korea, English teacher in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, expat, benefits of living in Korea, Korea friends, korean community, community, member

Learn About Chuseok: One of Korea's Most Celebrated Holidays

Posted on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

This year all Chungdahm locations will be closed next week for two days to observe the Chuseok holiday.  Chuseok is the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving and depending on your branch, you might be lucky enough to get a few extra days off before and after the vacation. At Songpa branch, where I work, instructors were excited to hear about the schedule changes that will allow for a few extra days of relaxation!

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Tags: things to do in Korea, Vacations in Korea, Chuseok, Korean traditions, Thanksgiving, Holidays in South Korea

Top 5 Unique Places To Check Out in Seoul While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 @ 04:59 PM

Having lived in and around Seoul for 3 years during my time teaching in Korea, the same places continually pop up. While they are beautiful, cool, and/or fun, there are just some places that aren’t popular that become special. Maybe there isn’t anything particular that draws other people to them, but when you’re adventuring in a new country, there are some experiences that just draw you in. Below are  are my top five places I like to visit in Seoul. Perhaps they’re not popular, but they are really something unique and spectacular.  All five places are great, and hopefully I can persuade you to that idea. 

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Tags: things to do in Korea, seoul, Weekend activities in Korea, adventure

5 Ways to Enjoy the Summer While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jul 04, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

My favorite season has arrived! It is finally Summer in Korea! The season is short-lived in Northern Asia, as Winters are long and seasonal changes occur frequently. Catching some days in the sun is imperative to surviving Korea’s long brutal Winter months.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, summer in korea, things to do, Foreigner bars, Relaxing in Korea, mud festival, Beaches in Korea, Festivals in Korea, adventure, top places to travel in Korea, summer, swimming

With Summer Here Find Out the Top 5 Places to Visit on the Han River

Posted on Fri, Jun 09, 2017 @ 03:07 PM

As summer is quickly approaching, I wanted to share with everyone my favorite places along the Han River. The Han River splits northern and southern Seoul in half and runs into the neighboring provinces making it in total about 494 kilometers (307 miles). I don’t ever plan to bike the full length, but there are plenty of places near and around Seoul that you can get to if you ride a bike. Korea has put an amazing system of bike lanes that run all over the country as the longest trail runs from Seoul all the way Busan which is on the southeastern coast. For the vicinity around Seoul, you do not need a mountain bike as a road bike will do just fine. When I began teaching in Korea I was able to buy a decent road bike for 220,000 won at a bike shop near my home. There are so many bike shops here in Korea, so don’t be afraid to bargain. There are also bike rentals along major parts of the Han where it only costs a few 1000 won/hour. Here are my favorite spots to go to while biking on the Han River.

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Tags: banpo bridge, things to do in Korea, what to do on the weekend, Hangangriverpark, Hangang river, Weekend activities in Korea, yangpyeong,, Biking in Seoul, Commuter biking in Korea, yeouido, ttukseom resort, dumulmeori

Visit The Daegu Dalgubeol Lantern Festival While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jun 01, 2017 @ 04:24 PM

We often forget or perhaps neglect all the beautiful sights we’ve seen or experiences had. Sometimes we might subvert the value of our own happy experiences simply because they are our own. I’ve been living and teaching in Korea for six months now. During this time so much has happened, and I mean globally. There has been much unrest in the world: tragedies, doubts, concerns. Still, because of these times, I’ve learned to pay more attention to the moments and days I feel especially happy, cheerful, content. In fact, one of the best events of my life to date happened just last month: the 2017 Daegu Dalgubeol Lantern Festival in Duryu Park to celebrate and commemorate Buddha’s birthday.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, festivals, lantern festival, Daegu, Weekend activities in Korea, Festivals in Korea

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