Before you accept a teaching job abroad, you probably wonder what a typical day is like. Most ESL teachers focus on the adventures and the traveling, but what they tend to forget is that most of their time will be spent teaching English. This blog will focus on my experiences teaching in Korea thus far, and in particular what my typical day is like working at ChungDahm.Read More
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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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ChungDahm calendars are divided into 4 semesters. There are Summer, Spring, Winter and Fall semesters that generally consist of 13 weeks. During these semesters plenty of things are going on, such as Winter and Summer Intensive schedules. Semesters come and go pretty quickly, and before you know it the end of the term has arrived and you should be mentally preparing yourself for the next semester. Unlike most school terms, ChungDahm does not have breaks in-between semesters, so for any ChungDahm teacher the beginning of each new semester is stressful and fast-paced. You have to adjust to a winding down environment and then to a brand new starting environment. It takes a lot of mental preparation and classroom prepping to become accustomed to this environment.
At Chungdahm, you'll have the opportunity to teach a variety of students with a wide range of English speaking skills. From the lowest levels in Chungdahm April to the advanced levels in Chungdahm, each group offers different challenges and rewards. That being said, my time teaching Chungdahm's Master level has been the most rewarding and remarkable.
After finishing my contract in Korea, it was the best time to travel. Even my parents agreed, telling me that I am a lot closer to all of the Asian countries and should take advantage. I never thought I would have traveled alone ever. Thanks to my awesome friends and fellow Chungdahm teachers in Korea, I learned the beauty of traveling alone and I am thankful to them for teaching me how to make it through alone. I now want to share with you the journey that I will never forget, all because I made the step to move to Korea.
Many call me crazy for traveling alone; in fact I call others crazy when I find out that they, as females, travel alone as well. I have came to understand that traveling alone really does have its perks, but it can definitely get lonely at times. This two month journey started with a family trip to meeting strangers and catching up with old friends in their home countries. It was an overall amazing experience, being able to meet so many different people, create so many new memories. You'd be surprised at how much you can accomplish and learn about yourself, about others, and about the way the world works.
Coming to Korea is not only about an opportunity to teach, to learn a new culture, to learn about yourself, but it is also the place to start a career. Going through Aclipse and Chungdahm, I met a lot of new people, a lot of folks that definitely taught me something new, especially this guy, Pinnacle. From the first day of being in Korea, he taught me something that I would never forget, how to teach Memory Giga. Pinnacle TheHustler (Jason Waller), was one of my two trainers when I first came to Korea to teach English.
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I won't lie, this week in Korea has been rough. I should be elated for the upcoming weekend forecast of warm weather and birthday celebrations for yours truly, but my heart's a little crushed. A handful of fellow teachers have departed or are preparing for the long journey back to their respective countries and I'm just now realizing how much they've influenced my time abroad. I mean, come on, they basically made it.