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
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
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
The last blog I wrote was about my escapades throughout Boseong, and particularly the green tea fields. But I got to partake in another very special experience while there, and I feel it merits its own blog! My friends and I were able to visit a hemp farm that specifically produces hemp textiles, another specialty of Boseong. Unfortunately, I’m not sure if it’s open to the public without appointment and I had the special opportunity to go as a group. In this blog I will talk about the highlights of our day at the hemp farm and tell you why you should visit it during your time teaching in Korea.Read More
While living and teaching in Korea, I have experienced some fun but unique activities. I’ve already discussed my top 5 favorite places to go to in Seoul, which you can check out here, but in this blog I wanted to go over some more things to do. These are all activities that are a bit hard to find, or that might make others hesitant to try, but if given the opportunity I highly recommend trying out. They are also great date activities, but perfectly fine to do by yourself.Read More
Lately, I just feel quite lucky to have met the people that I now know in Korea. I quite enjoy the company of people my age, but I’ve also been able to widen the age-gap of my friendships. One woman I’ve met, Sunny, has become one of my closest friends here. She has her own yoga studio, nature school, and she helps out at my favorite vegan restaurant, Jack and the Beanstalk in Namcheon. Sunny is just one of those people who seems to know everyone within a 175 mile radius, and recently I had the opportunity to travel with her with a few other ladies to Boseong to experience a green tea spa and green tea fields. Below I will talk about the highlights of our trip and tell you why it's a must visit during your time teaching in Korea.Read More