Bangkok used to be called the “Venice of the East” thanks to its system of canals, or khlongs. Many have been filled in to create paved roads, but the Khlong Saen Saeb still twists through the city today, along with the Chao Phraya river.
Rio and São Paolo are the two most popular Brazilian cities when it comes to teaching ESL, but I wouldn’t trade my year in Salvador for anything. According to my co-workers and students, this is the city where Cariocas (Rio natives) come to vacation — that’s how gorgeous the beaches are.
Copán Ruinas is on the border of Guatemala close to the archaeological site of Copán. The area includes an acropolis with plazas, buildings, pyramids, staircases, and a ballcourt, along with a system of tunnels underneath.
The Prague Castle, the Dancing House, the Astronomical Clock, and the Prague Metronome at Letná Park are some of my favorite monuments in this city. There are several language schools in Prague, but many ESL teachers choose to go the private-lesson route to avoid the high taxes that come with a school gig.
I’ve been told that many ESL teachers who head to the Algarve start out teaching part-time as a freelancer to gain experience before going for a full-time contract with a school. You might have an easier time finding a job in Lisbon or one of Portugal’s bigger cities, but the beaches in the south could convince you to give towns like Lagos a shot.
Shanghai is the largest city proper in the world (by population), so ESL teaching positions are easy to find. The better-paying jobs usually require some sort of certification like the TESOL, but work is available for native English speakers with a bachelor’s degree in any subject.
Most of Indonesia’s Hindus live in this province, and it’s fairly popular with tourists and ESL teachers. Scenery in Bali includes several pilgrimage temples, including the one on Tanah Lot, a rock formation pictured below.
Morocco’s largest and most famous city isn’t short on scenery, with miles of coastline, little islands, cathedrals, and mosques. Of course, you’ll have to endure tedious Bogart quotes when you tell your family and friends where you’re heading off to.
“For those seeking ESL teaching work in Istanbul, numerous jobs abound, and can be found simply by walking into the language schools themselves, or by applying with a resume, cover letter, photo, and scanned copy of qualifications and passport over the Internet,” says Matador contributor Emily Hansen. “For aspiring and seasoned travelers, there is no other city that quite captures the glamor of a martini glass, the pizzazz of a belly dancer, and the wild imagination of two continents.”
Valpo was named a world heritage site because of its public transportation system. The 16 funicular elevators will probably be a more convenient option for getting to class than the hilly cobblestone streets — and they add a colorful touch to the cityscape.
Several Matadorians have based out of Oaxaca over the last few years. There are language schools in Oaxaca City, and if you’re willing to dig in and be resourceful, you might be able to put together a gig in one of the smaller towns, several of which have world-class surf.