"I just don't understand why they do it that way." This was probably my most used phrase during my first month in Korea. It wasn’t my first time abroad, but I was experiencing a lot of new things - like the traffic rules, the banking system and a new style of management at work. My first few weeks in Korea was a time of huge change. It wasn’t just eating kimchi with most meals - in fact the new cuisine was something I really loved about Korea. It was more about feeling out of place and accepting a new way of doing things.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Cheonan is a growing city about 30 to 40 minutes south from Seoul on the KTX. Among many Koreans that I met, it stays in their mind as a small, rural city. But coming from a truly suburban and rural city in California, it is hard to categorize Cheonan as a truly small city anymore, most parts from the KTX station to the Shinsegae mall are pretty urbanized and connected by subway or busses.Read More
Okay, so everybody knows how great Seoul is. All the information you could ever dream of is already at your fingertips with all the youtube videos, blog posts and more. However, when I found out I would be in the Pohang branch of Chungdahm, there was very little out there about this little seaside town.Read More
In 2016, Korea is still one of the most popular destinations to teach English. Teachers can save while travelling and enjoy an excellent standard of living while meeting foreigners from all over the world. Over the past 5 years, Korea’s expat community has almost doubled, and plenty of job seekers from Eastern Europe and the USA are finding more and more opportunities for career growth on the Asian continent. With the release of Gangnam-Style and K-drama/ K- pop becoming increasingly popular, more and more foreigners haven been drawn to Korea.Read More
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Working in Korea can be an adventure for some, but it can also be a nerve wrecking experience for others. One way to minimize that effect is to go work for a company that has a stable background. In a time when English academies open up and shut down quickly, it is hard to decipher which one has a good reputation and would be beneficial for your career in the long run. I'm sure many people will dismiss my blog because they will perceive me as being biased. That makes sense because I am biased. If I weren't proud of the company I worked for, I wouldn't be living and working in the same location, with different owners, for over the past two years. Although these changes happened around me, I still found that Chungdahm was the best choice for me if I wanted to stay and work in Korea. Let me now share with you the reasons why I decided to stay:
Back home gathering on towering skyscrapers is not something I am accustomed to. But while living in a bustling country like South Korea it is an activity I have come to love, and a weekend I look forward to. Rooftop gatherings can include relaxing sun bathing days, mini-pool excursions, fun parties, chilled dinners, and breathtaking night time views.
For an amazing day trip away from the hustle and bustle of Seoul, head down south to an area called Gwacheon. It is easily accessible from Line 4 (Baby Blue subway line). Our adventure started at Seoul Racecourse Park and ended at Seoul Grand Park (a total of two stops!) Within these two stops, there are some amazing activities to do.
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Before moving to South Korea to Teach English, the only K-pop I knew of was Psy and his HUGE hit, "Gangnam Style". I had no idea just how big this genre of music was until moving here. Now that I'm here almost a year I can tell you that Korean pop, or K-POP is a huge part of the culture, at least for the younger generation. In fact, Korean music in general has such a big impact on the people here, or at the very least, the students I teach. The other English teachers like it too (It's kind of a guilty pleasure!)
Before I came to South Korea to teach English, I had no idea just how big baseball was here. However, having been here five months already, I can tell it is a BIG deal. From the many stadiums, to the kids in my classes wearing their team jerseys and even their little league uniforms, there is no question about it, baseball is big here in South Korea. In Ireland, where I am from, baseball is not big at all, in fact I don’t even think I know anyone who has watched a game! So, I decided to go see my first game while here in South Korea. The game I went to see was The Samsung Lions vs The Dinos.