I took a teaching job in Korea with the plan to take a one year break away from my career as a bank manager. I never expected to stay for four years. But I have, probably because, I really enjoy teaching and I am making good money. After four years as an expat in Korea, I have learned that people with certain interests and personality traits thrive in a teach abroad job. If you are considering teaching abroad, ask yourself these three questions. If the answer is yes, and you have evidence to support your answer – you will thrive teaching and living abroad.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
We live in a smartphone world. My dependence on my iPhone is, undoubtedly, ridiculous, and yet I just need it. Living in Korea has made my borderline addiction a little bit more understandable, though, because I use my phone constantly to get information about buses, subways, restaurants, and events. Living in an unfamiliar place is made so much easier by the accessibility of information on the internet and through apps, so here are the most useful apps I've found (and used!) while in Korea.
Taxes. Did you know that the United States is the only major power that requires all its citizens to report their worldwide income? If you’ve moved down to Antarctica, built yourself an igloo, and trade snowberries for penguin toenail clippings, you have to report just how many clippings you’ve collected to the United States by June 15th. Why June 15th and not April 15th? Well, I have some information for you that will help you report your foreign income and file your U.S. taxes while abroad. I just finished mine.
For anyone who is packing up to head back to the States, a few tips and word of advice that can come in handy for you.
If you recall, my last blog post was for those of you who want to move to Korea and teach and are in the application process. In this post I will go over a few other questions you may have and I will include how to get to Korea and what happens during your first month or so here, especially how to plan for it all.
Chungdahm is always looking for adventurous and qualified teachers. Many people are now starting the application process. It is extremely nerve-wracking to actually engage in this process all the while realizing you will be making the move abroad for a year. For any applicant, there’s always a bunch of questions that run through your head. I was in that same boat about two years ago. For this very reason, addressing these little issues and reassuring you that the process isn’t as scary as it may seem will help to relieve feelings of anxiety. In the end you will only see a fabulous potential opportunity before your eyes.
It's that time again. There are many new teachers joining the Chungdahm family and they're busy participating in teacher training and getting accustomed to a new life abroad in Korea. For those who are still not too familiar with the Korean subway system it can bring about a bit of culture shock, but don't worry - watch this video post and become a subway pro!
Being an English teacher for Chungdahm does not mean that you are restricted to a itinerary everyday like most people think. There is flexibility within your classroom by being able to incorporate other fun things into the everyday schedule. One special class that I had with my amazing Memory Tera students who are extremely young in age is allowing the to participate in a bucket list check off for me.
After living in Korea for almost a year and a half, I figure I know the area pretty well enough to know what is Korean "culture" and "culture shock" still. So, I decided that compiling a list of fun and cultural things for anyone who is living, or visiting, would be something fun. There is definitely a lot more to add to the list! Look forward to seeing your bucket list check off while teaching English in Korea! Please proceed with caution :]
Coming to Korea is not only about an opportunity to teach, to learn a new culture, to learn about yourself, but it is also the place to start a career. Going through Aclipse and Chungdahm, I met a lot of new people, a lot of folks that definitely taught me something new, especially this guy, Pinnacle. From the first day of being in Korea, he taught me something that I would never forget, how to teach Memory Giga. Pinnacle TheHustler (Jason Waller), was one of my two trainers when I first came to Korea to teach English.
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