Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!

Daiso: Dollar Store of Korea

Posted on Wed, Jan 14, 2015 @ 10:31 AM

            Teaching English in South Korea certainly is an attractive option for many, and the motivations for doing so vary widely. Obviously the chance to experience a new culture was a strong draw for me, coupled with the glaring and troubling realization that I was not totally sure of what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. But another large part of the appeal of this profession was the opportunity to save significant amounts of money. Now, there are varying degrees of frugality that you can strive for, and personally I would put myself somewhere in the middle of the savings spectrum. I do not make many extravagant or expensive purchases (some of my friends jokingly call me a tightwad), but at the same time I am a big lover of food and drink, so I like to eat out with friends pretty regularly. Whether you are a dedicated worshiper at the alter of penny pinching, or simply a person who likes to save a few bucks here and there, one of your strongest allies in the fight for a bigger bank account is Daiso.

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Tags: saving money in Korea, cooking in korea, arriving in korea

Costco: Korea's Gluttonous Paradise

Posted on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 @ 10:48 AM

            As Christmas approaches, since I do not have my family here to celebrate, I compensate by just becoming even more of a disgusting glutton than normal. In South Korea, food is my family during the holiday season. Yes, that is an incredibly depressing picture, and if you have images of me sitting in the corner of my dimly lit apartment shoveling in food and listening to Josh Groban’s Christmas album, your imagination is not too far off the mark. Anyway, 'tis the season to overeat, and what better way to begin that quest for the food coma than with a trip to Costco!

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Tags: teaching in Korea, saving money in Korea, food in Korea, Costco

Budgeting Tips for when Teaching in Korea

Posted on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

It's no big secret that teaching English in Korea is a great way to save a sizable chunk of money. I'm sure you've seen bloggers boasting about putting $1,000 USD per month into savings while working in Korea. I'm also sure this was met with a degree of skepticism and follow-up Googling. Well, this is very, very possible as a teacher in Korea. With a reasonable overall cost of living, getting by from day to day here can easily be done on the cheap, so long as you're committed to a degree of frugality and creating good habits. In my three years in Korea, I feel like I've managed my money well, so here are some money budgeting tips and tricks that I've picked up along the way.

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Tags: budgeting, Teach English in Korea, Teach Abroad, Teach in Asia, money in korea, saving money in Korea, living in Korea, life in Korea, Saving, Money

5 Resourceful Blogs on How to Manage Your Money in Korea

Posted on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

I hope you’re a regular visitor to The Aclipse blog. We bloggers offer near daily tidbits of expat adventures in South Korea. This site’s not only a great source for potential teachers to see what daily life in Korea is like, it’s a roadmap for innumerable weekend adventures for those already living in the ROK. What kills me is that great posts by our resident bloggers are lost to the depths of our archives after a week on the first page. So to give them a little more life, I decided to take a few informative posts about the same topic and feature them here a bit. Do click on the links and enjoy.

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Tags: saving money in Korea, finances in Korea

The Answers to Your Money Questions About Korea

Posted on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 @ 01:00 AM

As a blogger, I've received a substantial number of emails over the past two years. The common theme among the questions I get asked can easily be guessed: money. Understandably so, of course, as money is an important part of taking a job in a foreign country. So, it is my hope that the information I have gathered from the experiences of a variety of expats in Korea (myself, my friends, and my fellow Aclipse/Chungdahm bloggers) will help answer your burning money questions...

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Tags: teaching in Korea, a year in Korea, saving money in Korea, living in Korea, eating out in Korea, cellphones in Korea, expat, cellphones, subway, finances in Korea

English Teacher Visits Korean Hospital and Saves Thousands! (Part 1)

Posted on Thu, May 09, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

One scary thought that crosses many minds when thinking about risks of teaching English abroad is “what happens if I become seriously ill or injured, and I cannot communicate with doctors effectively?” Well in South Korea, you’ll be fine. You’ll be more than fine, actually. The health care I received a couple weeks ago was incredibly quick, thorough, and affordable.

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Tags: a year in Korea, hospitals, saving money in Korea, health and safety in Korea, Health in Korea, Healthcare

Korean Underground Shopping Malls - An English Teacher's Dream!

Posted on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

Living in Incheon, South Korea has a lot of perks; I’m fairly close to the airport, near the coast, I can go and enjoy and enjoy the beautiful Songdo whenever I want, etc. But shortly after I arrived, I found out that one of the greatest things about living in Incheon was my proximity to Bupyeong Station (Incheon Line 1). Bupyeong station houses one of the most amazing underground shopping malls, where you can find pretty much everything and anything you could want. It’s cheap, convenient, and home to some of my greatest purchases while teaching English in Korea thus far. Here are my top reasons for being in love with Bupyeong:

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Tags: saving money in Korea, free time, shopping in Korea, cellphones in Korea, accessories, visit, Beauty Products in Korea

Top 5 Ways to Save Money in Korea

Posted on Mon, Apr 08, 2013 @ 04:00 PM

The questions I get asked most about teaching in Korea involve salary and the cost of living in Korea. Everyone seems to want to know how much money I make and is it possible to save money while working in Korea. While it is not difficult to find out the average rate of pay for English teachers in Korea, it can be challenging to know the liklihood of saving money and the cost of living.

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Tags: teaching in Korea, saving money in Korea, living in Korea, Money, year in Korea

Ramen noodles: An English Teacher's Best Friend

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

Okay, so maybe Ramen noodles won't become your best friend as a teacher in Korea, but every English teacher has to admit that sometimes the noodles are the best option for a meal. I cannot believe I just wrote that sentence, because before Korea, I was a Ramen snob. I looked down on the noodles and would not even consider eating them no matter how hungry I was. Things have changed and here' s why....

1. Korea does Ramen right. This is not the U.S. where you can only get one brand and one flavor at a supermarket. In Korea, there are hundreds of flavors, styles, and brands. It can actually be quite fun trying to find the one that suits your tastebuds.

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Tags: Korean culture, English teachers in Korea, saving money in Korea, food in Korea, Ramen noodles

Winter/Summer Workshops For Teachers in Korea

Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

        One of the great things about teaching English in Korea for Chungdahm is that instructors have the opportunity to make extra money during the students’ summer and winter breaks.  During this time, Chungdahm offers Winter/Summer Workshops which are three hour classes in the morning usually from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Depending on your branch, class schedule may be a bit different. The class subjects range from basic reading, listening, and comprehension to TOEFL test preparations.

        It’s a great way to make use of the extra time Instructors have in the morning. Instructors performing these workshops will have the option to work as little as 2 days a week, and if you’re ambitious up to 6 days a week. Currently I am doing 6 days a week. I admit, it does get intense and tiring, but the good thing is it’s only for a month. The good chunk of money I’ll be making is worth suffering for only a month.

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Tags: preparing to teach in Korea, Teach English in Korea, Teach English in Korea, teaching in Korea, Teach English overseas, Teach English abroad, saving money in Korea

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