By Daniel Cariello
BA Hons English Literature graduate
If you’re looking for cultural splendour in a country of economic prowess, then I suggest a researching course in Western Europe. Spain may appeal to those who are looking for an interesting and enriching country. Its rugged mountain ranges delve into the magnificent Atlantic in the north, and it is littered with glamorous beaches. It has a wide range of cultural activities on offer – fantastic restaurants and amazing ballet and dance performance. You could also go and see the toreros excite the crowd in the bullring.
However, with Spain having quite a low foreign-language speaking population (although the UK, Ireland and Greece is further behind) it may be difficult to cross the language barrier with your peers. On the other hand, this only means that the need for English-language speaking teachers is high, so the market is unlikely to saturate any time soon.
If Spain doesn’t appeal to you, then why not consider another cultural destination? France is remembered first and foremost as a land of good food and wine. Everywhere you go, French restaurants seem to appear with beautiful cuisine. And aside from food and drink, France is known for offering spectacular art to savour. With gorgeous landmarks such as the River Seine or the prosperous suburb of Versailles, France has a lot to offer travellers who want to take in a lot of sites. It is also worth considering that France is easily accessible from the UK via the Eurostar, which is cheap and efficient.
Speaking of idyllic countries with good food and iconic landmarks, here’s another alternative – Italy. It’s a country that is guaranteed to satisfy the senses. There is a an array of options, including Rome (a city renowned for remarkable art and close to the all-encompassing Vatican City), Venice (known for amazing architecture and meandering canals) and Milan (a country that is ever developing and acts as the engine room of the country’s economy).
So, throw yourself into a European journey today. Pick one of these countries if you want to teach in a brimming, developed city that has lots of cultural appeal.