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Four Tips to Survive Summer Intensives at ChungDahm Learning

Posted on Sun, Aug 23, 2015 @ 11:01 AM

Teaching in South Korea has been eye-opening for many reasons. First, as an expat teacher you get to experience an entirely different culture through interactions with Korean youth. Korean children have a unique way of viewing the world, and I feel priviledged that they share their views with a bemused foreigner like me. Although Korean kids are similar to American kids, Korean children continue to amaze me with their acceptance of constant schooling and extraordinary resilience. The long days of school and after school academic academies in Korea is very different from what most American kids experience.

This relentless quest for education in Korea does not take a break during summer vacation. Instead of enjoying a respite from their studies, many Korean children attend extra academies. Many ChungDahm schools offer extra classes in the summer. These classes are known as Summer Intensives and the experience can be intense not only for the kids but for ChungDahm teachers.  

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Tags: summer in korea, chungdahm

3 Tips to Stay Cool During the Hot Summers in Korea

Posted on Mon, Aug 03, 2015 @ 04:58 PM

When I first came to South Korea to teach English, one thing that I was looking forward to was the seasonal weather. South Korea has cool winters, warm springs and at times, very hot summers. As it is now August, this blog will give my top 3 tips on staying cool during the summers in Korea. 
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Tags: Teach Abroad, summer in korea, Korea, living in South Korea, staying cool

Soaking up the summer sun on the Han River

Posted on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 11:20 AM

If you live in Seoul you will spend a lot of your summer soaking up the sun on the Han River. Your Saturdays could be spent at the pool, playing volleybal, or having a picnic. Parks in Korea are convenient and a great recreational activity to spend your weekends on. The Hangang river is an important feature of Seoul, running straight through the city, it is the perfect place to hang out at with good friends.

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Tags: a year in Korea, summer in korea, seoul, things to do on the weekends, pool, Activities to do in Korea, Sun, tanning, Han river

Boryeong Mud Festival: Where Dignity Goes to Die

Posted on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 @ 09:12 AM

I am by most definitions of the word a pig. I live in a messy apartment where dishes pile up in my sink with frightening speed, and empty bottles will remain in my room for weeks, begging to be recycled. I believe the “five second rule” for eating food on the floor is far too short, and that simply putting in deodorant can suffice as a substitute for a morning shower. So it is only natural that I made the pilgrimage to the Boryeong Mud Festival, which seems to be a foreigner rite of passage in South Korea. 

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Tags: summer in korea, mudfest in korea, daechon, boryeon mudfest, food in Korea, Beaches in Korea

A Shopping Mecca: The Seoul Summer Sale!

Posted on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

Myeongdong is one of the shopping Meccas of Asia. During the Korean summer its streets are filled with Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese tourists who bustle into Korea in numbers, stocking up on clothing and brand names. In recent years, Korea has been a growing fashion trendsetter due to the rise of K-pop and the growth of local designers.

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Tags: things to do in Korea, summer in korea, shopping in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, accessories, myeongdong, sales, discounts, make up, patbingsu, mandu, kalguksu, Clothes in Korea

Rooftop Summer Fun: making the most of your Summertime in Korea

Posted on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

Back home gathering on towering skyscrapers is not something I am accustomed to. But while living in a bustling country like South Korea it is an activity I have come to love, and a weekend I look forward to.  Rooftop gatherings can include relaxing sun bathing days, mini-pool excursions, fun parties, chilled dinners, and breathtaking night time views.

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Tags: summer in korea, living in Korea, friends, cities in Korea, entertainment in Korea, rooftop, outdoors, Activities to do in Korea

Indoor Activities to Survive Summertime in Korea

Posted on Wed, Jul 09, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

Within the past week or two, I've felt a marked difference in the temperature outside. Specifically, what I've noticed is the humidity. While Korea's hottest days are still a month or so away, we also have the rainy season, which technically has already begun. So what to do on those weekends when you want to go explore and be social, but between the rain and/or the heat, you don't want to spend time outside? Well, check out this handy list of the top air-conditioned activities to check out in Seoul this summer! 

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Tags: museum, things to do in Korea, summer in korea, seoul, Korea, museums, mmca, Seoul Arts Center, trick eye, Weekend activities in Korea

Being a Runner in Korea

Posted on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:12 AM

We were all designed to run says author Christopher McDougall of the bestselling book “Born to Run.” I believe that I really do and have applied that to my everyday life, but when I moved to Korea I was definitely worried that it would be a hard place to find places to run and people to run with. However, what you might not know about Korea is that Koreans are very passionate people about pretty much every activity that you can think of. Running is just one of the few activities that Koreans love.

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Tags: running groups, Seoul Flyers, Namsan Mountain, summer in korea, running in Korea, meeting people in Korea

Summertime To-Do List in Korea

Posted on Sun, Jun 08, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

The sun is out, the jackets are packed away, and everyone is starting to use their sunbrellas. It seems as though summertime is officially here. Despite the heat in Korea, there's so much to look forward to this summer. To help you map out your coming weekends, here's a quick look at some of the things many expats in Korea are prioritizing this year. 

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Tags: theme parks in Korea, tourist spots in Korea, summer in korea, mudfest in korea, what to do on the weekend, what to do in korea, shopping in Korea, Activities to do in Korea, tourist attractions, Korea Burn, Beaches in Korea, Weekend activities in Korea

How-To: Beat the Korean Summer Heat

Posted on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 @ 03:18 PM

Finally, everyone on the Korean peninsula breathes a sigh of relief: rainy season is over. However, the relief is short lived because with the end of the rain comes the real summer heat. Having grown up in Oklahoma and lived in Texas, I'm no stranger to stifling, humid, triple digit (Fahrenheit, of course) temperatures. The heat in Korea is not quite as intense, but it's still a humid heat, which makes staying inside as much as possible very appealing. But you live in Korea! You don't want to waste your weekends away hiding in the air conditioning! So here are some tips on what you can do to enjoy Korea this summer and still stay cool. 

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Tags: summer in korea, things to do, free time in korea, hanging out with friends in korea, free, cdi, Activities to do in Korea, teaching at Chungdahm, Weekend activities in Korea

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