When you travel to a new country the ultimate idea is to immerse yourself into a new culture, “a new way of life”. When living and teaching in Korea it is easy to become comfortable doing your usual routine without experiencing any unique cultural opportunities right on your doorstep. This is why you should write-up a Korean Bucket Listof things you would like to experience during your time in Korea to challenge yourself to complete them! Push yourself to be a little bit more adventurous and try-out the unique enlightening activities you would never be able to experience back home. These will become the most memorable ‘travel-moments’ you will remember for a lifetime. Below are some of the bucket list items I wrote down and have since completed:Read More
Teachers Share their Experiences While Living Abroad!
Volunteering is great! Not only are you helping others but you are also helping yourself. Through volunteering you can gain new skills and knowledge, meet new and interesting people, and you get to change your routine.
Being a social work major, I greatly enjoy helping others. I volunteered a lot in the U.S., but after coming to teach in Korea I found it was a lot more challenging to find opportunities. So, today I would like to share my experiences of volunteering in Korea, and hopefully give you some ideas about where you can help.Read More
Korea is known for its history mixed with modern technology. People come to teach in Korea because the money is good and because they can still live somewhat live in a ‘Westernized’ manner. Even as that may be, most people who come will at least try to live up to the hype of partying “Gangnam Style” to see what it’s all about. However, if you are not into getting drunk off of cheap soju or from bottle service at one of Seoul’s premier clubs, here are four activities in Korea that you can do to enjoy your time while living in Seoul.Read More
Did you know that Korea has over 3,000 islands off its coasts? Did you know that dozens of these are right off the coast of Incheon? I haven't spent nearly enough time exploring the islands in my area, so I decided that I needed to make up for lost time. The long weekend for the Chuseok holiday seemed like a perfect opportunity to spend time on a beach, so some friends and I headed off to Muuido, one of Incheon's most popular islands, for some quality relaxation time.
Recently, during a return trip to beautiful Gapyeong and its Nami Island, we decided to check out another tourist spot in the area. Gapyeong's lush countryside offers quite a few attractions -- in addition to Nami, two of the most popular are the Garden of Morning Calm and Petite France. We made this visit to Gapyeong while my sister was here, having taken the long way home from her teaching job in France. So, obviously, we had to visit the French "village" in Korea.
Next to Dongdaemun Gate is an area of Seoul famous for its countless markets, ranging from clothing to textiles to craft supplies. Now, in the middle of these more traditional markets and hip shopping malls, a structure that looks like something out of a futuristic landscape has finally been unveiled. This spaceship-like building is the new Dongdaemun Design Plaza, and not only is it really, really cool, but possibly one of my new favorite spots to visit in Seoul.
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The weather is finally getting warmer and in anticipation of the prime sightseeing and out-of-doors season, I've been revisiting pictures from my past springs and summers in Korea. I can't wait to get out and take full advantage of my upcoming weekends! One of my favorite spots that I'm looking forward to revisiting this springtime is the grandest of the five palaces in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung.
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Although I am originally from Las Vegas, NV, where just outside the casino boundaries Burning Man is hosted, I've never actually entertained the thought of camping in the middle of nowhere. So, when a friend first proposed the idea of Korea Burn to me - "You bring all your own supplies like food and water into the woods and you share with everyone for a weekend!" - I was skeptical, and very concerned about how many water bottles I needed to bring/carry. But, after viewing some videos from last year's burn, I warmed up to the idea of contributing to a community camping experience. Little did I know, there was a lot more going on than just camping.
I never completed my diving certification because of an ill-timed ear infection, but I have always wanted to explore a bit beneath the waves. Luckily, here in Busan, right on Haeundae Beach, there is an opportunity to do just that! With less risk, no training, and no bulky equipment. A wonderful way to spend a day is to visit the Busan Aquarium.
One of the most important events in the history of Korea is the Korean War. Many of the times, you will hear your students speak about the Korean War along with several important dynasties throughout the history of Korea. The one that is constantly brought up and related to during class time is the Chosun dynasty. To be honest, I never really understood the significance of the event until visiting the War Museum this past weekend.