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Explore Kyoto While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 04:17 PM

When you are teaching in Korea and have a 3 day weekend working for ChungDahm or April, it's always worth your while to take a mini vacation if you can afford it. Now that I am splitting my time between teaching ChungDahm and April Academy, I am getting more time off. Knowing that Lunar New Year would be coming up, my friend and I realized how expensive those tickets would be. So we decided to go on our trip the weekend before the major holiday. She had never been to Osaka or Kyoto so we decided to see if we could spend one day in Osaka and one day in Kyoto. My advice would be to not do it. A one day trip to either place is not nearly enough time to soak in what each city has to offer. There is so much to see and do in both places, you will not do either city its justice. Many teachers love to go to Osaka because it is only a 2 hour flight from Incheon International Airport (ICN) to Kansai International Airport (KIX). The last time I took this trip, we spent a full day at Universal Studios Japan (Osaka) and toured the following day. However, many teachers don't realize how close, how beautiful, and how historic Kyoto is. Here was my to-do list for traveling to Kyoto.

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Tags: Japan from Korea, vacation, vacation destinations, japan, Osaka, Kyoto, visit japan, teach and travel,, traveling, weekend travel, seollal

My Favorite Things I am Going To Miss About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Dec 02, 2016 @ 12:29 PM

I can hardly believe I have finished my year teaching English Korea for Chungdahm. In some ways it feels like the year has flown by, yet somehow I feel well acquainted with Seoul and have a good grasp on Korean culture. For better or worse, this year has been full of phenomenal growth. I have learned so much about myself as an individual, professional teacher, Canadian, and friend. Things that would be impossible to learn had I not ventured abroad. Living abroad is full of challenges that are so rewarding to experience and overcome and  I know I am walking away from this year with fantastic memories and numerous new friends from all over the world. Last week I said goodbye to my coworkers, students and friends, and I am heading off to travel throughout Southeast Asia. While traveling and severance pay makes the transition from teacher to traveler much easier, I was, and still am so sad to say farewell to the city I have called home for the past year. I have decided to write about my favorite things in Korea that I will miss dearly below.  I hope this blog is helpful to anyone considering teaching in Korea.


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Tags: teaching in Korea, norebang, weekend travel, teaching kids

Top Beaches To Visit While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

Korea does not come to mind, when I think of white sand beaches and blue sunny skies. However, with a little bit of digging during my time teaching in Korea, I discovered that Korea does indeed have white sand beaches and places that have a beach culture. Coming from South Africa myself I decided to search for a piece of Summer paradise by traveling and experiencing various places in Korea. Over the years, I fell in love with a few beaches in Korea that are situated in various provinces all over the country and have come to choose my favorite beaches according to my mood and vibe I would like to enjoy during a weekend getaway. 

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Tags: things to do in Korea, summer in korea, mudfest in korea, daechon, Trips in Korea, Jeju Island, things to see in korea, getaway, Gangwondo, busan, Tongyeong, Beaches in Korea, teach and travel,, weekend travel

Cool Down From The Korean Summer Heat By Visiting Gapyeong

Posted on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

The summer can get very hot and humid here in Korea and one of the best places to go while teaching in Korea is an area about 1 hour from Seoul by subway called Gapyeong (Gapyeong Station – Gyeongchun subway line). If you choose to get there a bit faster, you can opt to take the iTX railway for a few more dollars.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, things to do on the weekend, things to see in korea, gapyeong, weekend travel, watersports

Visit Jeju Island During the Summer and Spring Months in Korea

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 04:27 PM

This past weekend I made a sweet escape for some fresh air and relaxation in Jeju-do, or Jeju Island. Jeju Island is just off the coast of South Korea, an hour flight from Gimpo airport, and is a great place to visit during the spring and summer months while you are teaching in Korea. It is known as the "Hawaii of Korea," as it shares a similar climate of frequent rain, as well as volcanic rock. It is an extremely popular vacation spot and makes for a quick weekend getaway. Jeju Island is also a top honeymoon destination for Korean newlyweds. Jeju Island contains a number of UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites, such as cave formations and mountains. There are plenty of trails to hike, seafood to eat, and beaches to relax on, making it ideal for a break from the hustle and bustle of Seoul.

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Tags: Jeju Island, traveling, weekend travel

One Day in Seoul? Must See's! Must Do's!

Posted on Sat, Apr 02, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

It's that exciting time when a loved one visits you while you are living and teaching in Korea! There is nothing more fulfilling than sharing a special milestone in your life with a friend or family member who is close to you. However, now the sweat begins... Where do you take them? What itinerary will you create? You have only one day in the bustling city of Seoul, here are some great stops on your must-see and must-do list! 

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Tags: hosting visitors in Korea, things to do in Korea, seoul, Trips in Korea, family in korea, Day trips, Trips in Seoul, Seoul secrets, Teach in Seoul, travel, weekend travel, adventure

Top 5 Korean Festivals To Experience in the Spring

Posted on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 04:45 PM

Spring is just around the corner! I look forward to the blooming cherry blossoms, blue skies and delicious strawberries everywhere! Korea is a popular travel destination during the months of April and May, because of the great weather and stunning Spring atmosphere. The scenery is magnificent, from the Canola flowers growing inside Mt. Hallasan's crater to the perfectly pictured Yeoido Cherry Blossom trees. Korea really is superb during this season and there are a lot of festivals to celebrate the arrival of Spring in Korea! 

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Tags: Korean countryside, Korean culture, things to do in Korea, festivals, Spring, outdoor activities, cultural activities, teach and travel,, Spring Time, weekend travel, adventure

Bring on 2016! Top 3 Achievable Goals While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jan 05, 2016 @ 03:30 PM

With 2015  having just ended, and the new year has just begun, it's that time of year when people start reflecting on the past year and figuring out what improvements they can make in the New Year. For us ESL teachers, our lives teaching abroad do not always have to depend on the present moment, and we too can make some New Year resolution goals that can set us on an even better course that feels progressive and inspiring. Here are 3 goals that I believe are acheivable for all while teaching in Korea in the New Year. 

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Tags: New Years, Teach Abroad, saving money in Korea, teach in Korea, New Year's in Seoul, New Year's in South Korea, travel, traveling, weekend travel, skills

No Matter The Season, Gangwondo is a Must Visit When Teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 @ 04:48 PM

Gangwondo province, located in the mid-Eastern part of the peninsula, boasts some of the best scenic landscapes and vacation spots in Korea.  The province, which is only 2 hours from Seoul, is a wonderful place to escape no matter the time of year. It is famous for its white sand beaches, hiking trails and scenic views.  While living and teaching in Korea, you must plan a trip to Gangwondo. Every season has its own unique theme and beauty. Plan the ideal trip that you want, in the Fall, Summer or Winter! 

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Tags: Gangwondo, Sokcho, teach and travel,, weekend travel, adventure

5 Reasons to Visit Jeonju's Hanok Village

Posted on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 @ 06:30 PM

Jeonju is one of the most popular places in all of South Korea for food and is a must visit during your teaching experience. Located in North Jeolla Province, this is a must go to destination if you want to experience the old traditional lifestyles. A group of ChungDahm teachers decided to take the 3.5 hour bus ride out of Seoul to experience traditional Korean culture.

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Tags: . jeonju, Korean culture, things to do on the weekend, Korean cuisine, weekend travel, Korean food, hanok village

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