By Daniel Cariello
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Russia is a beautiful country eager to embrace its modern culture whilst remembering its historic past. Russia has a lot to offer the keen traveler, with cosmopolitan cities such as the dynamic Moscow or the beautiful and historic St Petersburg, to the magnificent Lake Baikal, where visitors can gaze at the spectacular body of water surrounded by all-encompassing Siberian Mountains.
by Theodora Pap
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Using music in the classroom is not a new idea. Most EFL text books use songs at the beginning or end of a chapter, either for introducing a topic and the vocabulary or for consolidating what the students have already learned.
by Roy Duffield
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Japan is unarguably one of the world’s most fascinating destinations, but it can be expensive to travel …especially as TEFL teachers are not entitled to the Japan Rail Pass. So, to save you some pennies, I’ve put together this list of highlights, all within easy reach of the major cities.
Firstly, with its own unique dialect, culture and cuisine, not to mention a night life to rival Tokyo’s (whilst more compact and easily navigable), Osaka is definitely Japan’s coolest city.
By Eduardo Santos @eltbakery
As the world’s 5th largest country in both size and population, and the 7th largest economy in the world, Brazil has a high demand for English teachers. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games on the way, the country is rapidly growing and the economy is at high speed. Being a country of continental size, your experience in Brazil will certainly vary depending on the region you plan to work at, therefore, choosing the region that most suits your needs is paramount. Although famous for its breath-taking beaches, the pulsating-beat of samba, the passion for football, Brazil has much more to offer, which, together with friendly people, will make your teaching experience unique. For more details on the different regions in Brazil, check Lonely Planet Guide about Brazil.
by Ferda Sonmez
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Making a difference? Making a change?
So, how about Izmir? Izmir – the pearl of the Aegean is waiting for you!
Izmir lies in the west of Turkey and is the third largest city. It’s a cosmopolitan and lively city all year round. There are lots of historical places such as, museums, historical sites, monuments, Kizlaragasi Inn, the Clock Tower, Saint Polycarp Church, Asansor quarter ( also known as the Jewish quarter), Hisar Mosque and more. Kültürpark is the site of the International Izmir Fair and contains an amusement park, restaurants and gardens.
By Christina Rowe
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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.
by Daniel Cariello
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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.
By Rob Cashman
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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.
By: James Whiteman
By Gilad Rom from Israel (China Beach) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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.
By: Christina Rowe
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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.