Ever since I moved to Spain I have fallen more in love with the country. Of course, the weather, reasonably priced beer and tapas, extremely social lifestyle and Spaniards are a lot to do with the reason. But somewhere else, amidst my love and growing knowledge of Spain and how it comes to be as the country we all know and love, there is something else. A general feeling, that means, should any of that not be there - the weather, or sociable people, or delicious food, I would still love it just the same anyway.
“If I could be reincarnated, I would come back as an Erasmus student in Granada”. I recently visited the gorgeous city of Granada for the second time. Previously, it was a stop on my trip travelling the South of Spain, in August. It was so hot that even our midnight viewing of the Alhambra was only just bearable. This time, I was able to explore the city with an energy that the summer sun simply did not allow (something important to remember!) I loved this quote that I heard whilst interviewing Daniel Fermoire-Smith, teacher and founder of the English Ascent school. It certainly sums up a lot about what is good about living and socialising in Granada, and what makes it such an exceptional destination for TEFL teachers.
Mi casa es tu Madrid
Madrid is my place. After university I somehow ended up there to do my CELTA and to become a teacher and stayed for the school year. Now I have difficulty remembering what it was that made me look further afield. I suppose, as a TEFL teacher (and, human in general) it’s often something that is in the back of your mind - could I be pushing myself more? Further away? Learning a different language? Working harder? Challenging myself MORE?
Have you considered working in China? The country has drawn tens of thousands of TEFL teachers over the years and continues to appeal due to the good salaries, low cost of living and above all, the wonderful students. The team at teflhub have very fond memories of teaching in China - it's a vast country so let's look at one of its hidden gems: Nanjing. Here, English First provide us with an insight to life in this fascinating city.
You’ve been learning a new language for about a year; you’ve taken classes, done the home work, and traveled in the country of your target language. You show up on time, you grind out grammar structures, and your language exchange partner is now one of your closest friends; yet you’re not getting any better.
It would seem you have hit a language plateau.
Have you thought of volunteering as a TEFL teacher? Read on to hear about the wonderful UBELONG organisation's work in Merida Mexico…
Finding where UBELONG
About an hour ago I finished the interview with the American volunteer for the organisation UBELONG. Without sounding dramatic - though I think too often we suppress just how poetic and deeply we are feeling for fear of sounding dramatic - I feel as though so many things that I have been missing, desperately, though I didn't quite know it, I have been reminded of. Let me share the experience of the last few hours with you.
There is something about arriving in a new place that is addictive. I think it is one of the reasons why I love travelling and will continue to do so for the rest of my life. To be uncertain of what exactly is about to be unleashed on you, who you will meet, what you will do, see, eat, hear, be, and how you will FEEL about it all is certainly thrilling. In the end, I always like the idea of moving on. It makes room for the new stuff to come through.
Read on to find out more about Lucy's experiences in Guadalajara, Mexico...
Christmas is almost here! When we walk around the shops at this time of year we are bombarded with images of jolly Santas, reindeers, mistletoe, wise men and words such as Yule tide and Noel. teflhub thought it would be interesting to look at the etymology of some Christmas phrases and the origins of certain traditions.