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How to Celebrate Independence and Canada Day While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 04:12 PM

One of my favorite holidays back in America was the 4th of July. Thanks to Facebook’s memory reminders, I realized how much I was able to travel during those long holiday weekends. Although I wasn’t able to travel far from Seoul, I was able to do some fun activities to celebrate this holiday.

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Tags: banpo bridge, Foreign Eats, foreigners in korea, what to do on the weekend, Itaewon, Foreigner bars, July 4th, Holidays in South Korea, gimpo, Independence Day, Canada Day

ChungDahm's Social Club -Trivia Night Round 2

Posted on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 @ 09:58 AM

 One of my favorite things to do is to get with other ChungDahm branches and participate in our Social Club Events. Some of our social club events included trips to Aiins World, Lotte World Amusement Park, and Trivia Night. This past Sunday night was Trivia Night Round Number 2 held at Bull and Barrel in Itaewon, Central Seoul.

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Tags: Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, foreigners in korea, Social Clubs, cdi, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Nightlife in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

A New Teacher in Korea Shares: The Korea Bond

Posted on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 10:59 AM

The friends you make in Korea are probably friends you’ll make for life. Most expats who have lived and taught in Korea can generally agree that Korea bonds friendships in special ways. It has something to do with the Asian factor, the shared teaching experiences, or the adventurous learning moments. The Korean experience shares similarities with the well known term ‘the traveling bond’, yet the major difference being that your friends in Korea are more than just friends… they have or will become your Korean family. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, foreigners in korea, friends, family in korea, friends in Korea

Crossing Cultures in Korea: Pohang International Festival

Posted on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 03:50 PM

Throughout the year I’ve been living and teaching in Korea, I’ve found that there are many festivals throughout the year all over Korea.  And, Pohang is no exception.  This past weekend, Pohang held it’s 6th Annual International Festival and it was a lot of fun!

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Tags: foreigners in korea, festival, festivals, food in Korea, Pohang

Weekends Off While Teaching in Korea: Adventure

Posted on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 @ 03:45 PM

As an English teacher in Korea, you will have exactly 52 weekends on a one-year contract. If you’re fortunate, you’ll work for a branch where you have most if not all Saturdays off.  After realizing that some branches require teachers to work all Saturdays, my coworkers and I are thankful that at our branch, this is no longer the case.  So, as and English teacher with Chungdahm Learning, you'll have most weekends to do whatever you like and when living and teaching in Korea, there is always an adventure to be had, that is, if you’re up for it.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, foreigners in korea, Holidays in South Korea

My Apartment While Teaching in Korea: Decorating, Before and After

Posted on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 @ 02:29 PM

Well if you’re going to be an English teacher in Korea for a year, it’s helpful to know what you’re getting.  All apartments for teachers will typically come with a bed (twin or full), a refrigerator, a washer, a television and a closet.  As part of the welcome from my branch, here in Pohang, I also received two blankets and a pillow.  Fortunately, my apartment also came with a desk.  I’ve heard and seen where teachers inherit (and appreciate) items left by the last tenant.  For example, a fully furnished apartment equipped with desk, mirror, alarm clock, microwave, and a few more goodies she was incredibly grateful for.  Most Chungdahm teachers here will tell you that their apartment is small; it is true.  However, even with a small apartment, you can still make good use of your space with a few adjustments and maybe some decorating. 

I personally value a good space, both at home and at work.  I find that I am more comfortable with the essentials, a plant or plants, books, a microwave and of course pots and pans.  While I was fortunate to get a microwave with my apartment, this is not the norm. 

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Tags: moving to Korea, foreigners in korea, English teacher in Korea, shopping in Korea, working in korea, friends, arriving in korea

English teacher Devan goes to Mudfest in South Korea

Posted on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 @ 10:26 AM

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Tags: a year in Korea, mudfest in korea, boryeon mudfest, foreigners in korea, free time in korea, having fun in korea, Activities to do in Korea, mud festival, Beaches in Korea

Mudfest for teachers in Korea: The good, the bad, the dirty

Posted on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 @ 09:49 AM

Mudfest, one of the most famous summer events in Korea, is an attraction to both Koreans and foreigners. Held annually over the span of two weekends, this festival of mud is a must-see if you're teaching English in Korea in the summer. It is held in the city of Boryeong (or Daechon), and it is about two and half hours by train south of Seoul. The city is known for the natural mud flats. According to my friend Wikipedia, this festival was founded to promote cosmetic products made with the mud, since it's said to be full of minerals. I haven't seen much of a change in my skin after playing in the mud, but it was another excuse to play around in it.

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Tags: a year in Korea, summer in korea, mudfest in korea, daechon, boryeon mudfest, foreigners in korea, korean photographers

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