Teaching English in Europe – Part III
By Daniel Cariello
BA Hons English Literature graduate
Looking to get involved with a TEFL Course in Europe? Perhaps in an area slightly more exciting/adventurous than Spain or Italy? Then maybe you should consider heading further into Eastern Europe, an immense region that is rich in culture and history. There’s plenty of glorious scenery to make any visit to Eastern Europe aesthetically pleasing. If all-encompassing mountains are your thing then visit Slovakia, Slovenia or Southern Poland for a truly inspiring view. If not, you could always visit the pristine beaches of Albania and Bulgaria or visit the beautiful islands of Greece and Croatia. Eastern Europe has a lot to offer the keen and exploratory traveller.
Aside from the natural splendour, Eastern Europe has plenty of activities to offer. There are several fantastic ski resorts especially in Jasna (Slovakia), Bansko (Bulgaria) and Bled Bohinj (Slovenia). Furthermore, depending on where you decide to visit, the cost of living can be extremely cheap. For example, in Bulgaria you can get by on just a few Euros a day, whereas a city like Moscow would be significantly more expensive. Any Balkan city would be a great choice for anybody looking to save money, much cheaper than main cities in Central Europe.
With the revolutionary governmental and economic changes of the early 90’s in Eastern Europe, there was a huge influx of institutions requiring English-language speaking teachers. Now complete with states that are flourishing and stable democracies, Eastern Europe is often referred to as ‘The New Europe’, with incredible sites and spots of culture to enjoy. With cost of living, cost of visa and travel (if desired) between local countries being reasonably cheap, Eastern Europe is a great choice for anybody looking to take part in an affordable TEFL Course.