The biggest and most important difference between travelling abroad, and living and teaching English overseas is the opportunity to learn about a wholly different culture and become a part of the community in which you’re living. It may be easy just to stay in your apartment and only have fellow TEFL teaching, native-English speaking friends, but that would simply be a waste of the opportunity you have provided for yourself! Here are some simple ways not just to make friends, but to totally immerse yourself in your new community: (more…)
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Easily the world’s biggest nation in terms of land mass, in fact Russia is over twice the size of Canada, the second largest country of the world, and spans 9 different time zones. Despite its size, the climate and soil condition of this huge nation have left Russia with very little agricultural industry, instead it is a land rich with natural resources like coal, gas, and oil, with notable mining reserves of gold and platinum.
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Istanbul is a massive city and by far Turkey’s most populated home to almost 19 million people, making it one of the largest cities in the world. Though Ankara is the capital of the nation, Istanbul is without doubt the cultural and entertainment capital of Turkey, as well as being the financial centre. It straddles the Bosphorus River and spans across Asia and Europe, with lots of cultural influences from both continents, notable in (more…)
You may not know a great deal about Armenia but there’s a good chance you know someone of Armenian descent, as the country has one of the greatest diasporas of any country of a similar size. Armenia actually has a hugely rich culture and fascinating ancient history, and is the only country remaining from 3,000 year old maps of Anatolia. It was also the world’s first Christian country, becoming (more…)