The weather in Korea is heating up which means summer has arrived! To celebrate the beginning of summer, one of my friends invited us to go to the popular Daemyung Resort in Yangpyeong. About an hour and a half away from Seoul, Daemyung Resort is located in Korea's countryside of Gyeonggi-do. Being able to make short distance weekend getaways is one of the great perks of teaching English in Korea.
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
When I first came to teach in Korea, I was really scared because all I knew was that I would be placed in Seoul. After arriving here, I started asking around where is Gangdong and unfortunately for me, no one had heard of this area. I really started freaking out and I even thought about quitting. However, I am glad I decided to stay because living in Gangdong has been one of the highlights of my teach abroad experience.Read More
If you are interested in working on your "actual" golf game while you are teaching English in Korea I'll let you know right now that it can be quite expensive. There is however a cheaper golf alternative and that alternative is screen golf.
What is screen golf you ask? Well, it is essentially exactly what it sounds like. It is a golf simulation, where instead of hitting a golf ball on an actual course you hit it into a screen. The screen has the course projected onto it, and the sensors detect the movement of the ball when it strikes the screen. You can choose from literally hundreds of courses from all around the world, and this variety certainly is welcomed for people like me who go on a weekly basis.Read More
One of my biggest concerns before I began teaching English in Korea was that I would find it difficult to make friends. ChungDahm however does a great job at coordinating events that allows teachers from various branches to meet up and participate in fun activities. Within each term, there are at least 3 functions that the development team puts together. I've been here for over 3 years and since the majority of my closest friends have already left, I use these functions as a way to network and meet new people. Below are three ChungDahm events that I have recently attended.Read More
One of the things that most teachers do not consider when moving to teach abroad in Korea is transportation. Living back in the U.S., I never really realized how dependent I was on my car. Now that I’ve been living in Korea, I still miss driving, but I really do love the transportation system in South Korea From subways, buses, express buses (they take you to different cities), and cheap taxis, traveling around Korea can be fairly inexpensive.
As you make friends here in Korea, you will start to see them come and go. I feel like I am becoming the ancient dinosaur who may never leave here. My friend and I decided to meet another friend (who we met through ChungDahm) in her city of Songdo, Incheon. I had been to Songdo before but it was fresh and beautiful. It was a great escape from the busy streets of Seoul. Literally, in some parts of Songdo, you can run through the streets without any cars coming your way. We decided to leave Gangnam Station and take the blue express bus M6405 (between exit 6 and 7) that would drop us off at Central Park in Songdo.Read More
One of the benefits of being an English teacher and living in South Korea is that this country plays host to many great festivals. Whether it is the Daegu Chicken festival, the Seoul Lantern festival, or even the Busan Fireworks fest, there are festivals in Korea on an almost monthly basis, and there is enough variety to suit everyone’s pallet. This month I visited the Ice Festival, which was held in “비슬산자연휴양림 (Biseulsan Recreational Forest)” located just 50 minutes outside of Daegu. What makes these festivals even more appealing to English teachers is that 99% of them are absolutely free to attend. Which means you can go to as many of them as you like, without worrying about the cost. A major plus for those English teachers that want to pay off student loans, but whom also want to enjoy themselves at the same time.Read More
The final days of 2014 are officially here! Last week, I gave a recap of four memorable spots that I visited for the first time this past year. Click here to check out that post, or keep reading to see the final four adventures that you definitely need to put on your bucket lists for 2015!