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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

Hosting dinner in your tiny apartment when teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:52 AM

If I had a big house with a big kitchen, I would be hosting breakfasts, lunches, brunches, dinners, snacks, and midnight snacks for my fellow Chungdahm teachers. Unfortunately, that is not the case for English teachers in Korea. Some apartments have kitchens that are smaller than a bathroom, while having no built-in oven is also common in most Korean homes. 

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Tags: teaching in Korea, living in Korea, cooking in korea, cooking in korea, food in Korea, 2012, friends, arriving in korea

Wish You Were Here - Snail Mail While Teaching Korea

Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 @ 10:47 AM

 When was the last time your mailbox actually had a letter in it: handwritten and addressed to you from a real live person you know? The newest J Crew catalog does not count, although I know how exciting its arrival can be.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, communicating with family back home, friends, America, mail, postcards, teaching at Chungdahm

When Friends Come to Visit When Teaching In Korea

Posted on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 @ 07:34 AM

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How to Make Friends with Locals While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

We all need friends, especially when you live in a different country. While teaching in Korea my co-workers have become some of the closest people in my life, not only because we work together but also because I spend a large part of my time with them. While co-workers might come and go, certain people are consistent during your stay in Korea: the locals.  Here are three things to avoid when trying to become friends with native Koreans.

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Tags: Korea, friends, Foreigner bars

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