Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Staying Connected While Abroad

Posted on Tue, Nov 03, 2020 @ 12:49 PM

I have been so lucky to live out COVID 2020 from the comfort and safe haven that is South Korea. Sadly, while I get to live my day to day life comfortably and with minimal interruptions to my life before COVID, there is one huge inconvenience for me. I cannot travel to the United States to visit my family. Well, I could, but with the two week quarantine in place upon arriving back to Korea, I would be asking for about a month off. It’s too long to go without working. I am so family-oriented though! Still, I love my life and teaching job in Korea, so I can’t just up and move back due to missing family. Thus, I have found that these three ways of staying connected to family have really helped me feel a lot better. I’m happy to share these ideas with you. 

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Tags: communicating with family back home, homesick, going home, COVID-19, teaching during covid-19

How to Overcome Homesickness While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Feeling homesick is inevitable no matter where you are. Whether you are teaching in Korea, away at college, or even just a couple of hours away from home, it happens. So it isn’t something to fear, but rather something to prepare yourself for.  Although some people, including myself, had a hard time being away from home upon first arriving in Korea, I have found my time abroad has really helped me become a more independent person and I am forever grateful for this experience. Below I will detail ways about how to not only become more independent and comfortable while living in Korea, but also, thanks to modern technology, how you can communicate with friend and family back home.

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Tags: pets in Korea, communicating with family back home, homesick, Cafe, dog cafes in korea

Home, Meet My Korea Life: Spam, Peace Signs, Konglish, Bowing & More

Posted on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 03:00 PM

Korea will change you. That's a given. How? There's no one answer, and it will vary greatly from person to person. For some, it'll be little things like mannerisms or habits, for others, maybe larger things like your entire perspective or self-confidence. As the summer term comes to an end this week, my friends and I have fallen back into a recurrent discussion: What will it be like to go home after living in Korea? While my own repatriation is still at least a year away, I got a taste of it this past spring. And I have to say, going home was definitely a little weird, but not in a bad way. What I found was little pieces of Korea came home with me, in ways I hadn't quite anticipated...

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Tags: future plans, life in Korea, leaving korea, homesick, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, saying goodbye in Korea, moving to the United States, saying goodbye, goodbye, going home

When Family Visits Korea: 3 Pieces of Advice

Posted on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

In the months leading up to my sisters’ arrival, friends would frequently ask, “Are you excited?” And I would say, “Of course!” I, however, felt dread. And for the longest time I didn’t understand why. My sisters and I have a great relationship. They are my two favorite people to hang out with. So why was I not excited to see them? Why was I dreading their arrival?

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Tags: homesick, family in korea

Having Guests While Teaching English in Korea

Posted on Tue, Dec 20, 2011 @ 10:14 AM

Sometimes it can get a little lonely teaching in Korea so far away from home, friends, and family. Having friends and family come visit me while teaching English in Korea has helped me feel more comfortable here. My parents, my girlfriend, and Couchsurfers have all come to visit.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, living in Korea, homesick

Mexican Food in Korea

Posted on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 @ 10:58 AM

      I came from Los Angeles, California to teach English in South Korea.  In LA, I had access to some of the best authentic Mexican food. Being just over the border of Mexico, I even had chances to go right to the source and eat food in Mexico. Mexican food was a favorite and a part of my regular diet back home. After coming to Korea, it has been a mission to satisfy my Mexican food cravings. Thankfully, now I know where to go for a good burrito and nachos.

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Tags: ex-pat life in Korea, living in Korea, eating out in Korea, homesick

Keeping Pets While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 @ 01:33 PM

During my Peace Corps days, I found that the best remedy for homesickness and loneliness was owning a pet. I did not know how lonely and homesick I would be while teaching in Korea, but I found it comforting to know that if such feelings did arise, I could always have a pet to help keep those feelings at bay. Let me emphasize that this was my thought process before actually arriving in Korea.  Now that I have been here for over eight months, I  realize how naive I was being because keeping a pet while teaching is much easier said than done. But if you are an animal-lover and determined to have a pet, you can find ways around the obstacles of owning a pet.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, pets in Korea, homesick, arriving in korea

Feeling at Home When Teaching in Korea

Posted on Wed, Nov 09, 2011 @ 09:57 AM

I came to teach in Korea straight after graduating from college, so I had never lived on my own until now. The idea of being free and living independently did excite me, but this being my first time living alone, I anticipated  feeling homesick. That’s why it was so important for me to set up my apartment to have a real sense of home. Here’s how I did it, and some tips on how you can achieve the same.

Scotch tape is your new best friend!


  Picture of how I decorated my workspace

You’ll find the apartments in Korea to be simple and compact, with just the right amount of living space. Ideally, there will be a dining area for two, a small kitchen, a corner for any media outlets, and space to put a bed. Working with a limited amount of surface area can be tough, but luckily this method of turning your apartment into your new home doesn’t require any floor space! You can fill up the bare walls of your apartment with just about anything and it will already feel more like home. I have sticky notes of recipes I’d like to try, post cards and greeting cards from friends and family, calendars, pictures, and just about anything that’s colorful. I’m even thinking of bringing home some of the posters my students have made at ChungDahm for their Critical Thinking Projects. Coming home to an apartment filled with pictures and memos gives a comforting feeling that someone lives there. 

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Tags: Moving to Korea alone, moving to Korea, housing in Korea, cooking in korea, homesick, arriving in korea

Ways to Relieve Homesickness when Teaching In Korea

Posted on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 @ 03:32 PM

Worried about missing home while teaching English in South Korea? Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice at traveling, everyone eventually gets a little homesick.  While there is no "cure all" for being homesick, here are some things that work for me.. 

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Tags: moving to Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, living in Korea, homesick

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