You have probably heard of the Panama Canal, but Panama has much more to experience than this great structure. You can also travel to beautiful tropical islands, explore the rainforest, and introduce yourself to native cultures. Panama has incredible museums, such as the colorful BioMuseo, which has exhibits and also a biodiversity park. Also visit Panama Viejo and see the old ruins of Panama City, which date back to the 1500s. The Panama Rainforest Discovery Center is the best way to explore the rainforest with walking trails and information on the various birds and wildlife. Find more information about exploring Panama here.
American TESOL offers a certification online in teaching English so you can teach abroad, travel, and explore worldwide. Learn more about Teaching English in Panama with TESOL Certification.
This week we invited language teacher, Magdalena Dygala (@magdaspring), to introduce us to Radom, Poland.
Shelly: Which landmark is a must for visitors?
Magdalena Dygala: The Old Town in Krakow with one of the biggest medieval squares in Europe is definitely a must for tourists visiting Poland. You can start your exploration from the historical path of the Polish kings – ‘Royal Route’ and go to the Wawel Castle where you can admire Leonardo da Vinci’s painting ‘Lady with an Ermine’. You can also have a nice walk in cobbled streets full of majestic monuments, visit atmospheric cafes and museums.
Shelly: What are popular local dishes?
Magdalena Dygala: Dumplings (Polish PIEROGI) which are made of dough filled with a variety of fillings, for example: meat, sauerkraut and mushrooms, seasonal fruit, buckwheat, sweet cottage cheese or boiled potatoes with fried onions. Check out these dishes here, https://migrationology.com/best-polish-foods.
Shelly: Describe an activity your English learners enjoy!
Magdalena Dygala: Music can serve as a great source of inspiration for your students, evoking wonderful memories and emotions, which is why I love involving my students into creative wrriting activities with music. I ask my students to close their eyes and imagine the best day in their life. After listening to a song (for example ‘Over the rainbow’ by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole) , they can draw a picture of what they’ve just imagined, share it with their partner and write a story. These are some of my students’ videos:
Thank you, Magdalena Dygala, for introducing us to Radom, Poland!
Magdalena (@magdaspring), bio
I’m a teacher trainer at the University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Poland and also an EFL teacher at Slowacki high school. I’ve been involved in a PEACE project – Cross Cultural Understanding for the last 10 years, hosting many trainee teachers from around the world in my high school every year.
In 2014 I won the international competition – Headway Scholarship and had a chance to participate in a 2-week professional development course at Exeter College in Oxford. My main interests include: boosting creativity in the language classroom through music and songs, game like activities as well as digital tools. I love reading English books, listening to rock music and travelling. I occasionally blog for ETpedia (created by John Hughes).
She blogs at https://www.myetpedia.com/elt-blog
India is an exciting place to teach English, and this part of the world will keep you constantly amazed by the culture, history, and landscape. On May 5th you can celebrate Thrissur Pooram, the Elephant Festival, which takes place in Kerala, India at the Vadakkunathan Temple. UNESCO has deemed Thrissur Pooram as one of the most spectacular festival event on Earth with amazing parades featuring exquisitely dressed elephants, the pandi melam music (temple orchestra), amazing fireworks, yak-tail fans, and parasols (umbrellas).
American TESOL offers ways to receive a certification in teaching English so that individuals can explore spectacular places worldwide. Learn more about living and working in Kerala, and TESOL Certification to teach English in India.
Don’t let the past turmoil of this oil rich nation stop you from exploring teaching jobs in Kuwait City. Just like its neighboring countries, the paychecks can be big (think $4,300 monthly) and the dress is conservative. It’s worth doing your research on both the culture and finding the right job before you land, as the living costs can be high in Kuwait city, around $1,600 monthly.
If you are eager to spend a year in the sun on the coast of an Arab nation, then visit Georgia’s blog which tracks her adventures of living and teaching in Kuwait City.
Shanghai means “above the sea” and started as a small fishing village on the East coast of China. It is one of the first major cities to cultivate an English teaching culture, and offers good salaries with a non-stop pace of social development.
Over time, it has become the largest city in China with growth of the economy, living standards, and education. A shopping paradise, Shanghai cuisine also tops the list with an abundance of excellent restaurants. As an international destination to experience the fun side of China, the white Magnolia is the official flower of Shanghai, and on average over 300,000 expats live and work in the region.
Recently we invited language teacher Jamile Tango to introduce us to Sucre, Chuquisaca, Bolivia.
Shelly: Which events are a must for visitors?
Jamile Tango: Visit Glorieta’s Castle, Cretacious Park, and La Recoleta.
Shelly: What are popular local dishes?
Jamile Tango: Mondongo and Chorizo Chuquisaqueño.
Shelly: What activities do your English learners enjoy?
Jamile Tango: They enjoy being assessed with mobile apps like Socrative, Kahoot, Plickers, ExitTicket among others.
Thank you, Jamile Tango, for introducing us to Bolivia!
Jamile Tango holds an Associate Degree in English at CBA Sucre, a B.A. in Economics at San Francisco Xavier University, a DELF-B2 Certification from Alianza Francesa – Sucre and a C1 Proficiency Certificate in English from the University of Michigan, USA. She’s participated in the E-Teacher programs entitled: “Integrating the Internet into the Classroom” and “Exploring Web 2.0: Tools for Classroom Teaching and Professional Development” at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, USA. She’s been an English teacher at BNC – CBA Sucre for the last five years and a fourth-year English & French student at Language School at San Francisco Xavier University.
Bhutan is one of the most unique and off the beaten track places that teaching English can lead you. A truly mystical place nestled in the Himalayan mountains, this Buddhist country wants to make sure it will not be overrun by tourism, and charges $250/day to have the pleasure of experiencing their culture which includes land transport, accommodations, food and guide service.
In a country with a population of only 600,000, traveling to teach in Bhutan is bound to be a life changing opportunity that no one else you know has taken. Thimphu is the capital of Bhutan, and official language is Dzongkha. Fun things to do include viewing Archery competitions, Bhutan’s national sport, and attending authentic Buddhist festivals.
Discover Nick’s blog about the pains and joys of teaching in Bhutan, plus learn more about teaching English abroad in Bhutan with TESOL Certification.
Santiago is the Capital City of Chile, and surrounded by the Andes Mountains. The first tribes arrived in Chile by the Bering Strait, and probably the South Pacific, more than 10,000 years ago. Although recent archaeological finds would date the first migrations to 40,000 years.
Chile was the last area of the Americas to be populated by various Indian tribes, most notably the Mapuche (literally, “people of the Earth”) who were the most sophisticated civilization of the time. Around 1450, the Incas invaded Chile, but could never occupy the Mapuche territory. The Inca presence did not last long though, less than a century later the arrival of the Spaniards began a new era in Chile, with exploration and discovery of the Straits of Magellan. Today Chile is a thriving nation with friendly locals creating a strong demand for English teaching jobs.