By: Sam Lovell (Travel writer/adventurer) @sam_anyroad
By Dmitri Lebedev (my own camera) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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?
By: Rob Cashman
By Tamorlan (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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…
By Fabien1309 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.0-fr (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/fr/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
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…
By Daniel Cariello (BA Hons English Literature)
By Petr Ruzicka from Prague, CZ (Treti Budha) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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.
By: Theodora Pap (CELTA qualified, EFL teacher in Thessaloniki, Greece)
When it comes to TEFL Teaching in Greece, the first thing you will notice is that english language classes (like the majority of foreign language lessons) are extremely exam-oriented, from a very young age. It’s not wrong to be certified in what you know but teachers end up having the mental banner saying ‘so many books, so little time’ on a constant roll, which brings to my mind, the question: “Can TEFL Teaching be done effectively, without a book?”
TEFL course books can be really useful because they provide you with almost everything you need to deliver a lesson. You’ve got reading texts, grammar, vocabulary exercises and listening, writing and speaking activities. Newer books even have ideas/bits and bobs for projects and activities you can do with your students.
By Dersaadet (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Does the thought of unwinding with a cup of hot kaavah and mouthfuls of turkish delight, against a backdrop of shimmer and belly dancers entice you?
Maybe its time to use your TEFL expertise as your ticket to a world where richness goes beyond the very word baklava in every sense and experience Turkey through the eyes of TEFL teacher.
You will come back with more than belly dancing skills and kohl lined eyes, that’s for sure.
By: Kori Czuy (TESL Canada Certified/BA Arts)
Teaching TEFL abroad poses unique challenges, whether it’s searching for that chocolate bar that reminds you of home, spending 3 hours paying a water bill, or being asked to make a speech to your entire school…in 2 minutes. As TEFL teachers overseas, we willingly subject ourselves to the often enjoyable chaos of that country and its culture but the overwhelming feeling of being in somewhere completely different can overload our senses and sometimes cloud over our reality, making us forget our original intentions; teaching.
No matter which country I move to or who I am teaching, these are 5 things I try not to lose sight of.
By: Sam Lovell.
Sitting between Europe and Asia, Turkey has long played a pivotal role in history. From Alexander the Great and Achilles to the more recent infamous battle at Gallipoli. There are plenty of sights which stand out if you’re looking at Turkey through the eyes of a tourist or an expat TEFL teacher perhaps. Should you choose to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) here, you will see and experience so much more than you can truly imagine!
For one, the people are among the friendliest in the world. Islamic hospitality and a curiosity about Foreigners ensures that time spent teaching in Turkey will be a friendly one! Add to this their great beaches and the surprisingly throbbing night scene in Istanbul and you’ve got yourself a TEFLjob in paradise!