Monthly archive for February 2014

10 Reads Before You Teach Abroad

10 Reads Before You Teach Abroad

Words shape our world. It’s why you want to teach. You have a voice to speak into the lives of your students and they need to hear it. But don’t be fooled into thinking you can give what you don’t have. You need people continuously speaking into your life as well. Wiser people. These are the 10 books you should read before you teach abroad.

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Staying In/Losing Touch: Traveling and Technology

Staying In/Losing Touch: Traveling and Technology

To plug in or unplug? This is the modern traveler’s quest(ion) worth pursuing. I suppose there is a time for both, as well as a natural inclination toward one option or the other. I would guess that as the world advances in the area of technology, the temptation is to be increasingly wired. Of course, that’s all subjective to your level of addiction.

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South Korean Cultural Rules: 5 Important Dos

South Korean Cultural Rules: 5 Important Dos

All seasoned wayfarers know that the art of living like the locals isn’t built solely on the constituent of what gestures and words to avoid. These veterans are able to adopt certain rules and gestures just as well as they avoid those that would offend. This second part of this series offers 5 gestures to do while traveling in South Korea.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year 2014: Year of the Horse

Celebrating Chinese New Year 2014: Year of the Horse

For the people of China, Taiwan, and other Asian countries, the biggest holiday of the year is Chinese New Year. Think Christmas, but with fireworks. Think Thanksgiving, but with more variety of food. Think the Fourth of July, but with bigger and louder fireworks! It’s a celebration to usher in the coming spring, and it’s all about family time and good food. It is definitely the biggest party of the year. This year, we are celebrating the Year of the Horse.

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South Korean Cultural Rules: 5 Important Don’ts

South Korean Cultural Rules: 5 Important Don’ts

Cultural rules can always be learned the hard way during travels, but the transition to a new country is made seamless when research is done and the traveler already knows the dos and don’ts of the culture. In this 2-part piece, the top 5 dos and top 5 don’ts of South Korea cultural rules will be shared for all novice wanderers to take note.

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A Single’s Guide to Surviving Valentine’s Day in South Korea

A Single’s Guide to Surviving Valentine’s Day in South Korea

We all know Valentine’s Day to be a beautiful day drenched in roses, wine, chocolates, and fairy tale-like romance…unless you’re single. Singletons around the globe dread the creeping date of February 14th no matter in which country they reside. For those currently unattached and living in Korea, the sobering awareness of a single’s relationship status in February tends to be amplified more so than in any western countries because of Korea’s “couple culture”.

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The Value of a Global Perspective

The Value of a Global Perspective

How do we get from commercial outrage to united understanding? One step at a time. And maybe the first step for many of us needs to be outside of ourselves and into the lives of someone different, some place foreign. Whether that’s travel to third-world countries or to the neighborhood across town, our better selves are waiting there for us. There is great value in a global perspective.

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5 Amazing Valentine’s Date Ideas for Couples in South Korea

5 Amazing Valentine’s Date Ideas for Couples in South Korea

Foreign men in South Korea, rejoice because this article is for your benefit. If you’re a newbie to the land of the morning calm, then there are a few things you should learn about Valentine’s Day in South Korea. Women, you might not find the holiday of love as appealing in South Korea as you do in your western countries. The reason being, Valentine’s Day is a holiday for MEN. You read that correctly.

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