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Party and Play at the Haeundae Sand Festival in Busan, Korea

Posted on Thu, May 16, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

The city of Busan, South Korea has it all. It is a huge city with an awesome nightlife, tons of attractions, and located right next to some of the best beaches in South Korea. Plus, the climate is a little bit warmer here than Seoul and the traffic is much less worse. In a nutshell, Busan is a slightly smaller Seoul with warmer weather and awesome beaches.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, English teachers in Korea, festivals, events in Korea, busan, Beaches in Korea

Teaching in Korea: A Dream Job for the Young?

Posted on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 04:30 PM

Let me describe the ultimate dream job: I would work part-time doing something I really enjoy. I would get paid enough to throw a good bit of savings into my pirate’s chest every month. I’d be able to buy what I want and live in my own apartment. The job would be in a lively city with plenty of interesting friends to make. Oh, and I would have enough time and money to travel to different parts of the world. Hey! What do you know? I just described teaching in South Korea!

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Tags: teaching in Korea, English teachers in Korea, Activities to do in Korea

Planning Vacations in Korea: Don't forget to pack the right people.

Posted on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:04 PM

I arrived in Seoul smack in the middle of February, an unsympathetic month following the excitement of holiday cheer in December and the promise of new beginnings in January. February rudely reminds you that winter has no plans to retire anytime soon and you better start planning a vacation if you want to remain sane. Shortly after settling into my new life of teaching and living in Korea, I met a handful of new friends and we compared teaching jobs, living arrangements and vacation dates. I was ecstatic when I realized I shared the same summer vacation with two of my new friends. Even though we had just started our lives abroad, we quickly began planning our first adventure outside of Korea. I think the planning is half the fun!

We decided to spend a week in Taiwan in late July. We booked our flights in the spring and then we all became busy teaching and living life in Korea. Time flew by, as it does in Korea, and before I knew it, it was a week before my vacation. I found myself panicking and I soon realized I was stressed about my upcoming week off from work. Is that even allowed? I was nervous about traveling for a week with new friends. I loved meeting them for coffee and laughing over teaching stories and exploring Seoul on the weekends, but would we work together as a traveling trio? Perhaps one of us might surface as an annoying diva and make us all suffer for the week? Would another throw caution to the wind and make irrational and dangerous decisions in a country we knew little about? Was it possible that one of us was secretly a vacation dictator and would order the group around with daily itineraries and little time to rest or be spontaneous? I knew these girls socially, but would we mesh in vacation world?

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, English teachers in Korea, Vacations in Korea, taiwan, cultural experience, friends in Korea, Beaches in Korea

Running 10ks (or marathons!) when teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

A few months ago I decided to join a running group so that I could make some new friends and keep myself in better shape. As an English teacher in Korea with Chungdahm, my schedule is always open in the morning and I have tried to use that time to get involved in different activities. The running group meets at 9 a.m. every morning and we choose from numerous coastal and forest routes that vary in length. We have some local Koreans in the group but most of the runners are from the U.S. or Canada. The group has been everything that I thought it would be and it has been another awesome experience in Korea. It even caused me to do something that I had never done before: run a 10k.

So it turns out that there are a few big races on the island of Jeju but the biggest happens to fall at the end of May each year. This event is known as the Jeju Marathon Festival and includes three different races: a 10 k, half-marathon, and a full-marathon. People come from all over Korea and Japan to run in the event and it is also the favorite race amongst all of the expat runners on the island. With 3/4 of my running group participating in the event, I knew that I was going to have to as well.

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Tags: running groups, races in Korea, English teachers in Korea, running in Korea

Ramen noodles: An English Teacher's Best Friend

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

Okay, so maybe Ramen noodles won't become your best friend as a teacher in Korea, but every English teacher has to admit that sometimes the noodles are the best option for a meal. I cannot believe I just wrote that sentence, because before Korea, I was a Ramen snob. I looked down on the noodles and would not even consider eating them no matter how hungry I was. Things have changed and here' s why....

1. Korea does Ramen right. This is not the U.S. where you can only get one brand and one flavor at a supermarket. In Korea, there are hundreds of flavors, styles, and brands. It can actually be quite fun trying to find the one that suits your tastebuds.

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Tags: Korean culture, English teachers in Korea, saving money in Korea, food in Korea, Ramen noodles

My Final Thoughts on Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 11:32 AM

       It’s been a little over 11 months since I’ve started teaching English in Korea with Chungdahm, and already my one year contract is coming to an end. I must say the time flew by. I remember before coming here, I wasn’t exactly sure what I’d get out of it other than a new experience. My friends and family assumed that I was going for fun and thought that it wouldn’t benefit me career wise. However, I knew there was nothing to lose and that there would be something to learn. In fact, teaching English in Korea has been more rewarding than I expected. 

       One of those rewards is public speaking. Public speaking was never my thing. Whenever I had to speak in front of a crowd, actually even just a group of people, I would get nervous, blank out, and have the voice of a chick. Teaching and speaking in front of a group of students on a daily basis, has allowed me to practice and become a better public speaker. Confidence can be heard through the projection of my voice and have learned to relax, take my time to collect my ideas and speak.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Moving to Korea alone, moving to Korea, teaching in Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, a year in Korea, misconceptions about Korea, English teachers in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm

Teaching in Korea? Visit The World's Largest Department Store!

Posted on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 @ 11:18 AM

As English teachers in Korea, it can be hard deciding how to spend your free time. Sometimes it feels like there is just too much to see and do in Korea. The weekends are just too short to fit in everything that I want to do. If only there was one place that combined all of the things that I would like to do in a weekend.

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Tags: English teachers in Korea, busan, world's largest department store

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