Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

The First Weeks for Teachers at Chungdahm

Posted on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Moving to Korea can be really intimidating. There are plenty of questions racing through your head, such as "Where am I going to live? How am I going to get to school? Will people understand me? Will my students like me?" We all worry about things we cannot control, so to lessen the nerves, at Chungdahm Learning you will receive a lot of guidance and help that will make your life easier and more comfortable. 

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Tags: First week in Korea, housing in Korea, arriving in korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Training Center, training week, team leader, chungdahm learning, hweshik

Top Tips For Saving Money While Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 04:14 PM

 Dreaming of saving money? Maybe you would like to travel to some exotic island or even pay for your wedding. Maybe your student loans are weighing you down and you would like to go to graduate school. Teaching in Korea can make all these dreams a possibility! 

Korea is a great place to save money. With efficient transportation systems, cheap internet and affordable health care, teachers can live comfortably while saving money. Living expenses can be considerably lower than in the West, especially when it comes to utility bills and phone contracts. Even bank charges are mostly free and international transfer fees are lower than what they would charge you in your home country. This is how I managed to travel the world, save money and pay for a wedding! Below are my top 3 tips for saving money in Korea. 

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Tags: housing in Korea, saving money in Korea, life in Korea, shopping in Korea, teach in Korea, Saving, Walking, sales, Apartments in Korea, Bike to school, adventure, save money, save money teaching English

Learn How To Operate Your Apartment When Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 03:53 PM

Living in Korea has been an amazing experience and there is nothing in the world that I would change it for.  It has been during these years that I have become independent, as it was the first time that I have lived outside of my parents' house.  One of the adjustments that I had to learn, and you will as well when you are teaching in Korea, is learning how to operate your apartment.  This blog will introduce you to some residential Korean customs and teach you how to utilize many of the appliances that you will have in your Korean apartment.

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Tags: housing in Korea, living in Korea, living in Seoul, appliances in Korea, appliances, recycling in korea, living in South Korea, chungdahm learning

Watch a ChungDahm Teacher Tell Her Story About Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Mar 01, 2016 @ 03:00 PM

Watch a ChungDham Teacher talk about what the transition is like to teaching in Korea. Learn about everything from training week, to the first few moments at your branch, to becoming an ESL teacher! Balreet Dhoot, from Vancouver Island, tells us all about her experiences and challenges while teaching and living in Korea, and working for Chungdahm Learning in Seoul. 

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Tags: First week in Korea, housing in Korea, Training Center, teaching,, training week, chungdahm learning, Banking in Korea

Take a Tour of a ChungDahm Teacher's Apartment in Busan

Posted on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 @ 04:42 PM

When looking for housing while teaching in Korea, it is typical that most individuals will come across two different types of apartments; a studio apartment and an officetel. The studio apartment is a form of housing meant for individuals or couples.  Studios are usually unfurnished, but offers a larger amount of space. The officetel on the other hand is a blend, as you may have guessed, of an office and hotel. These apartments are designed to suit both the needs of an office and a hotel Officetels are usually furnished, however, they typically have a smaller living space.

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Tags: housing in Korea, busan, Apartments in Korea

Moving To and Within Korea: 3 Tips on Apartment Hunting

Posted on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 05:00 PM

 For those moving to Korea to teach English, your first year will most likely be a roller coaster of learning curves as you become accustomed to your new lifestyle and surroundings. If you are placed in one of the neighborhoods of Seoul, like I was when I first began teaching in Korea, there are so many things to learn such as where to go for things like shopping, food and recreation. During your first few days in Korea, things happen really fast and usually you choose an apartment within 1 or 2 days. This is why, if you choose to stay a second year in Korea, it is almost likely that you would like to move to a new area and find a new apartment. 
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Tags: housing in Korea, moving, moving home, Apartments in Korea

My Apartment While Teaching in Korea-Update!

Posted on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 @ 04:50 PM

When I first moved to Korea back in May 2012, I was incredibly happy with my apartment at the Bukbu side of town.  Here in Pohang, the city is divided into two main sections, Bukbu (south) and Namgu (north) with a Chungdahm location in both places.  My first three months in Korea was at the Bukbu branch and so, my first apartment was also in Bukbu.  Man oh man, did I love that apartment!  It came with a flat screen tv, new washer, laundry room, decent-size kitchen, which came with a pantry.  In addition, the tile behind the sink was my favorite color, green.  I felt pretty lucky as I’d also inherited a microwave, laundry basket and slippers.  :-)

Later in August, I found out I’d be moving to E-dong and that I’d be working at the Nam-gu office instead.  I was unsure of what to expect as I was still relatively new to Korea and was still adjusting.  So, while the move wasn’t something I wanted, I decided to make the most of my new but smaller and older apartment by redecorating.  It turned out pretty well, see here for a look at my last apartment.  In my building, some apartments are slightly bigger than others.  So, a few months later, after getting Choco, a three year old poodle, I decided that I needed something bigger.  I’ve been in a slightly larger apartment since October 2012 and it is co-zy!  For the same rent, I cannot complain one bit.

With more space in my apartment, I divided the space into sections.  I find that in doing so, the room is more functional.  Chances are, you’ll end up with a studio apartment (one large room with separate bathroom and kitchen.  Your apartment should include a bed, closet, tv and washing machine and refrigerator.  Consider yourself lucky if you also get a desk, microwave, and any other furnishings.  Believe it or not, I have a library, office, gym, and dressing room worked into my apartment while teaching in Korea.   Take a look!

The Library.  My bookcase is filled with remnants of home and Korea.  I bought with me a few books from the states and it’s nice sometimes to take in a read.  I’ve also gotten a few knick knacks from Korea while visiting other cities. I also have a few DVD's I bought with me from the states; my favorites of course.   

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Tags: housing in Korea, living in Korea, arriving in korea

Moving to Korea as an English Teacher

Posted on Wed, Feb 22, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

     Unlike most English instructors hired to teach English in Korea, who have housing provided by their employers, I had to find my own place. I thought finding a place would be the same as finding an apartment back home, but I was wrong. Here’s a list of things to know before looking for a place in Korea.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, housing in Korea, ex-pat life in Korea, 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

Moving In? Tips on Decorating while Teaching English in South Korea.

Posted on Fri, Sep 09, 2011 @ 11:57 AM

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Tags: moving to Korea, housing in Korea, arriving in korea

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