Seoul overflows with amazing food, and to say that you can essentially guarantee a happy belly from the corner stall that sells gaeranbbang (egg bread) and boongobbang (red bean fish shaped waffles) to the instagram haunts and everything in between is a huge understatement. Choosing a subway stop and wandering off in search of nourishment is one of the best, and most easily fruitful things you can do in Seoul, especially while the weather is nice.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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.Read More
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.Read More
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When I first came to teach in Korea in 2013, now four years ago, I was naive about the world. I had always been taught to put limitations on myself, and my experiences. I was taught that I can’t do things. That some things are not safe. It reminds me very much to those living in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Shire. Much like a Hobbit, I was afraid of the outside world and ignorant of what was out there. But putting my feet outside of the U.S. was the best decision I have ever made. And if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be able to achieve any of the wonderful things that I have already, and will achieve in the future. One of the things I was able to achieve and cross off my bucket list during my time abroad was attending the Winter Olympic Games in Peyongchang last weekend. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever be able go to the Olympics, but thanks to some good fortune this dream became a reality.Read More
Sometimes when you want to go out with friends you need to be conscious of spending. Things add up quickly, and it doesn’t make sense to blow all of your extra money all at once. While going to the movies or spending the day lounging at the beach, relaxing in a park or hiking a mountain, can be both fun and cheap, I wanted to make you aware of some activities that are not only inexpensive, but also are unique to Korea. Below are three activities my friends and I enjoy and I recommend you give them a try during your time teaching in Korea.Read More
The other weekend I had the opportunity to get out of the city for a day and hit the slopes of one of Korea's many mountains. Whether you are an avid skier or snowboarder, or just looking to try a new activity, I highly recommend trying this winter sport during your time teaching in Korea. Going for a day, or even a full weekend, to one of Korea's ski resorts is a great way to stay active, enjoy the outdoors, and be able to experience some of the best views Korea has to offer. In this blog I will not only write about my personal experience, but I will also give you insights into how to plan a trip, along with providing some information about a three of the mountains you can visit.Read More
Having lived in Korea for a little over three years now, something that I really enjoy is going to see a live performance. Whether it be a concert, musical, or play, it is just a very fun experience. If you live near Seoul, there are a plethora of venues which hold a wide variety of events. And if language is your barrier to understanding please know that there are international options as well as Korean. Big name foreign acts such as Coldplay, Maroon 5, Damien Rice, and plays such as Sister Act, and Billy Elliot have also made their way to Korea within the last couple of years. They are really fun to go to! So, today I will tell you about my own experiences, where to get tickets, and things you need to know to prepare for going to one of these entertaining events during your time teaching in Korea.Read More
Hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities to do in Korea, and one of the best times to do this in during the Fall. During the Fall in Korea, not only is the temperature cool enough to make the hiking conditions comfortable, but the foliage also provides for many scenic and colorful views. It is for this reason why on a recent Saturday morning in Seoul, my girlfriend and I had signed up for a trip, through meetup, to visit MunGyeong SaeJae, which is located in the heart of Korea. Despite it lightly raining and the temperature being on the chilly side, we dressed warmly and got on a bus which would lead us to our hiking destination. This would be my first hiking trip I have taken during my time teaching in Korea, and I was especially excited for this adventure as the outdoors were currently filled with warm fall colors.Read More
I have previously written blogs about fun outdoor activities to do in Korea, and today I wanted write about another adventure that I highly recommend for those outdoor enthusiasts to do during their time teaching in Korea. Recently I visited Igidae Park for the fourth time, which is conveniently located less than an hour outside my current city of Busan. Having been reared in the countryside of South Carolina, city life can become overwhelming for me so I am always lookng for new ways to enjoy nature. Igidae Park is an assuring breath of fresh air and provides a two hour walk along the coast of the East Sea. The scenery is impeccable and on clear days you can faintly see the outline of Japan’s coast.Read More
My name is Benjamin Kelsey and I’m from Chicago. I graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2014 with my degree in Elementary Education. Upon graduation I wanted to go to live and teach in Korea because I had never travelled anywhere before and my wife Jessica told me about the possibilities of working with Chungdahm. After applying and interviewing through Aclipse, I eventually received a contract to teach for ChungDahm and in November of 2014, I moved to Geoje with Jessica and we taught English together at the Geoje Chungdahm campus. and lived there for a year.
After moving back to Chicago for year and half, my wife and I became bored and we yearned to go to Korea to begin teaching again. After applying through Aclipse again, we recived contracts this past May to work for ChungDahm at their Seodaemun branch in Seoul. While we love living and working in Seoul, we wanted to make you all aware of the amazing year we had living on Geoje.Read More