After 2 years of not being in America, I found myself somewhat out of place when I visited my family back home in Las Vegas, Nevada this past July. I guess I have really adjusted to Korean life. While talking to my friends who I’ve met and worked with at ChungDahm, they said the sense of normalcy would return to me after at least half a year. As much as I tried to become ‘American’, I found it hard and I tended to miss Korea more. Although I do love America, my heart is split among the two lands that I call home. In this blog I will talk about the 4 big differences that I felt had the biggest impact on me when traveling back to America.Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
When moving to a new country one of the most difficult cultural things to learn is eating with other people. Naturally, we can all eat. We can follow our own cultures okay, but even then some people don’t completely understand proper eating etiquette. Some people chew with their mouths open, while others use their clothes as a napkin. While you might not think that these things matter, they definitely matter for other people. Therefore, you should learn proper Korean dining etiquette in order to not look foolish during your time living and teaching in Korea. In this blog I will offer some tips about how to properly dine in Korea.Read More
As a foreigner living and teaching in Korea, you will probably get very familiar with the hot spots of Gangnam, Itaewon, and Hongdae in Seoul. All of these places are great for meeting other foreigners, eating non-Korean food, and for bars and clubbing. However, just across the streets from Hongdae, you will find the new spot where foreigners and locals congregate. This new "It" spot is called Yeonnam-dong.Read More
So, you have finally settled in Korea, got through ChungDahm training week and finished apartment hunting. You are exhausted and starving after unpacking and now the real nightmare begins... how do you turn on the stove? How does the gas work? What can I make to eat?Read More
Hi, my name is Aleco from Seattle, Washington in the United States and I began teaching in the April Program at Chungdahm's Busan Goeje branch this past June. I decided to write this blog for potential candidates thinking of teaching abroad so they can get a good idea about some of the perks of living in a country like Korea.
If you haven’t been to Korea, Korea is a great place to live because you can truly experience 4 seasons. When I was in living in Las Vegas, all I knew was hot and cold. One thing that I like about living in Korea, is that Korean people eat specific foods according to season. Since summer season in Korea is quickly approaching, I thought it would be best for me to share the top 4 foods you should try while living and teaching in Korea during the summertime.Read More
Learning Korean can be really fun. Although not required for teaching at ChungDahm, I have found that knowing basic Korean has made my life easier during my teaching abroad experience. This blog will focus on both words that you need to know for everyday life and also the top keywords you should know for various social settings.Read More
One of the things I was most looking forward to about teaching in Korea was all the delicious Korean food! I had heard of and tried all the staples of a classic Korean diet- Kimchi, Barbecue, Bibimbap and Soju, however, I was unaware of the complexity of Korean cuisine, and just how many different dishes there are. This blog will focus on the Korean dining culture as well as a list of my favorite Korean foods.Read More
Busan is primarily known for its ports, beaches, and educational sector but that being said it is a metropolitan city of 3.5 million people so there is bound to be some great restaurants and hidden spots for delicious food.Read More
Hongdae, Gangnam, Itaewon - these are the where the majority of foreigners would like to spend their weekends drinking and relaxing. However, sometimes the best places are literally right in your neighborhood. Although many people do not know about Cheonho, if you you decide to teach English in Korea and are placed in this neighborhood, here are the top nightlife attractions in Cheonho to dine, drink and unwind.Read More
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