Archive | August, 2011

By Christina Rowe

A taste of Morocco

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Morocco is magical – full of beauty, chaos, colours, flavours and contradictions! There are mountains, cities, kasbahs and deserts. You can feel wonder to be in such a place and the next minute pure discomfort at being so far away from the things you know.

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by Daniel Cariello

Teaching English in Milan … where taste is of the essence

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If you are enticed by the prospect of new experiences in a country of great beauty and romance, where good taste in fashion and food is a pre-requisite, then teaching English in Milan may be the perfect next-TEFL-move for you. With English becoming a compulsory language in schools in Italy, the demand for English-speaking teachers has never been higher.

As the TEFL market is already well established, Italy is a good choice for people lacking teaching experience, as many schools – particularly in smaller towns – are often happy to take on newly-qualified teachers.

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By Rob Cashman

Teaching English in Morocco starts with an adventure.

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With a cultural richness that is as diverse and technicoloured as the African continent itself, Morocco is an overload of the senses. Just to name a few things, you can surf the sweeping beaches of the Atlantic coastline, hike the snow capped High Atlas Mountains, trek the sun-burnt Sahara Dessert, get lost in the zigzagging mazes of crammed souks and explore the great Imperial cities. All this and more combines into the charm and hospitality that is available here. It will be sure to lure the adventurer in you.

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By: James Whiteman

Top 4 weekend escapes for TEFL ers teaching english in Vietnam

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If you can bear to tear yourself away from Saigon or Hanoi’s bia hoi, delectable street food and always vibrant culture, for just a few days, you will find Vietnam has even more to offer. Here are a four of my personal favourite short breaks from my time there:

China Beach and Hoi An

There are few finer ways to escape Saigon’s heaving streets than a few days R&R on picture-postcard China Beach, a legendary former American GI hangout. Follow this by wondering around the charming pedestrianized streets of nearby Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with wonderfully well preserved architecture. A tailored outfit or three may help you further unwind.

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By: Christina Rowe

Teaching English in France – A tale about life in Languedoc-Roussillon

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Most of us have dreamed of working abroad at some stage in life and it it has often been a topic of conversation among my friends. The questions, ‘Where to live?  France, Spain, Morrocco?  What to do?’ usually follow, once we have decided we are going to fulfil that dream. I had been working in London for a few years and kept saying to myself, ‘one day I’m going to work in France’. Realising that it wasn’t magically going to materialise out of thin air, I decided it was time to actively infuse some effort into my goal and Voila! The job presented itself. I thought ‘if not now when?’.

And so I came to live in Languedoc-Roussillon, the largest wine making region in the world; unknown to me at the time but in retrospect I think , ‘how very fortunate’  to be in such an idyllic part of French country 🙂 .  I flew into Carcassonne, home to the ancient town ‘La Cite’, one of Europe’s largest fortifications. Winding through quaint villages and vineyards to the Minervois region that would be my home for the next three months, we soon arrived at the place I would call home during my time there.

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With the tech savviness of today’s Generation Y, smart phone apps are an effective way to reach out to them. With Generation Y, if you want to engage them, it needs to be on a platform that they they see it as ‘cool’ to be on, so for students learning English – a considerable proportion of which are part of the Generation Y, what better way to help than offering them a smart phone app?  

Read on to find out more about Nadia Bentoua’s new i phone app….

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By: Sam Lovell  (Travel writer/adventurer) @sam_anyroad

Teaching English in Russia – where modern meets traditional

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Covering over 17,000,000 km2, Russia is by far the largest country on Earth. The Western perception may still render memories of past dictators and an iron clad socialist sytem, but oh, how things have changed. Russia now presents itself as a modern, friendly country still overflowing with tradition and culture. So if you’re keen on a TEFL experience abroad and Russia hasn’t already been ticked off on your list of places to visit, teaching English in Russia could be a great way to get a taste of more than just caviar and blinis; but do treat your palate 😉 too!

Stretching across 7 time zones, one could question just where to TEFL in Russia? In reality, the best (and most well paid) cities to teach in are the big two: Moscow and St. Petersburg. There are however, several small towns with a plethora of  teaching opportunities, all within an hour or so of the capital (teaching English in Russia need not be a city job). Perfect if you’re looking for a more peaceful, homelike experience. Feeling really adventurous and in need of an escape from ‘city living’? Then why not look at teaching in a more remote destination such as Novosibirsk?

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By: Rob Cashman

Teaching English in Spain could be a treat for your tastebuds too!

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Spain is a remarkable country with abundance on offer. From aromatic, mouth watering paella to appetizingly tantalising tapas; from the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the inviting beaches of Costa Del Sol; the intrepid Gaudi influenced Barcelona to the bustling market places of Madrid, Spain has it covered.

If this is your idea of an ideal TEFL spot, then Teaching English in Spain is certainly an experience we would recommend because…

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Teach English in France – Don’t let the recession influence your decision

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Have you been thinking of a career change or looking for a way to sink in to the french landscape, surrounded by the deliciousness of freshly baked croissants and baguettes…with a topping of home made myrtille (blueberry preserve), cheeses galore and wine at its finest?

Has the thought of teaching English in France crossed your mind but been steered away by the gloom of the recession still casting shadows on our world? 

David Williams takes a closer look at how the recession has influenced those aspiring to teach English in France…

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By Daniel Cariello (BA Hons English Literature)

Teaching English in Vietnam – “Yes, I was in ‘Nam!”

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Are you looking at teaching English in a foreign country but having trouble deciding between the myriad of choices? Are you interested in experiencing different cultures and learning about a country with a rich and interesting history? Then maybe Vietnam is the country for you. Vietnam is a country of contrasts; while the strong influence of it’s colonial past and it’s heritage are clearly visible, it’s main cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh are becoming increasingly urbanised and modern thus offering travellers the best of both worlds.

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