TESOL Adventures: The Great Wall Marathon

The 42km Great Wall Marathon was inaugurated in 1999 and takes place in one of the world’s greatest monuments. If you are an experienced runner teaching English in China, this must be the most thrilling marathon you will enjoy in your life. If you are not an experienced runner, you can opt for a half-marathon or a 7.5km Fun Run!

The 2013 edition is coming in May. You can register at great-wall-marathon.com. Teachers coming from outside Beijing can book a 2-day tour that takes you to the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square.

Here is a short video to get you pumped for the race!

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Rio Carnival

Carnival is a Christian festive season celebrated in many countries, and the carnival at Rio de Janeiro attracts 5 million visitors each year because it is the most fabulous and colourful of them all!

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Samba schools from different neighborhoods practice all year round and prepare the pageant for the 4-day celebration. Tourists can watch the samba parade from the stands and dance, or go to designated areas where there are street bands and parties.

If you are teaching English in South America, most languages schools are closed for the summer holidays during the first week of February, so this is a great time to visit Rio!


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Spring Waters in Turkey

Did you know that Turkey enjoys one of the richest sources of thermal waters in the world? There are approximately 1300 thermal springs throughout the country!

One of the most visited spring waters is the beautiful Sacred Pool at the Pamukkale spa. This pool is littered with marble columns from the Roman Temple of Apollo and surrounded by natural gleaming white travertines built by calcium deposits over the ages.

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Other popular spas are Hotel Karavansray in Bursa, The Yavlova hot spings on the Marmara coast, and Balcova hot springs on the shores of the Agamennon, and Izmir Cesme on the Agean coast.

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Friendliest TESOL Cities

Teachers choose their TESOL destination for its pay, weather, nice beaches, and good food, but how does a city’s friendliness weigh into a teacher’s decision and how do you measure it? To answer this question we look into an article by Travel + Escape that ranks the friendliest cities according to safety, cleanliness, and cost of living.

1-Lisbon, Portugal: “Best value for your money”.
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2-Vienna, Austria: “Ease of transportation”.
3-Cancun, Mexico: “Friendliest locals”.
4-Singapore, Singapore: “Cleanest city in the world”.
5-Dubrovnik, Croatia: “One of the safest cities in the world”.
6-Zurich, Switzerland: “One of the top 3 safest cities in the world”.
7-Budapest, Hungary: “Best bang for your buck”.
8-Munich, Germany: “Top 3 with best transportation”.

Source: travelandescape.ca/2013/01/worlds-friendliest-cities/

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The Mighty Iguazu Falls

The Iguazu Falls marks the border between Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. The main fall, known as the Devil’s Throat, is 82 meters high and 150 meters wide. Its immense beauty is magnified by approximately 200 smaller waterfalls that surround the u-shaped chasm and the abundant sub-tropical vegetation that remains protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Note that these beautiful waterfalls are situated in a vast natural park. If you are teaching English in Argentina, the province of Misiones is a few hours by plane from the major TESOL cities located in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Mendoza. If you are in Brazil, the closest cities with a large TESOL industry are Curitiba, Rio De Janeiro, and Sao Paolo.

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Iguazu falls.

Dolphin Watching at Phi Phi Islands, Thailand

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Thailand is a tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, clear waters, magical rainforests, and exotic animals.

Many TESOL teachers go to Southern Thailand for a great weekend adventure. When booking an eco-tour, make sure that instructors and travel agencies abide by the rules that care for the animals and their environment. Here are some questions to consider: What are standard international practices? Are there any local regulations? Is the agency certified? How much space do animals need from the boat? How harmful are motor engines? Where are the restricted areas?

Here is a video of a school of Dolphins swimming across Phi Phi Islands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxcE6mo2Puo

Have fun!

Golden Ring TESOL Russia

The Golden Ring is home to Russia’s oldest and most precious monuments. This ring of ancient towns has played a very important role in the creation of the Russian Orthodox Church, and preserves the memory of the most significant events in Russian history.

The original Golden Ring cities are Sergiyev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Rostov Velikiy, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Gus-Khrustalny, Suzdal, and Vladimir.

This region represents 1,000 years of rich Russian history. Some of the most beautiful sites include Savior’s Cathedral (1152-1157) the Resurrection Church of Kostroma (1652), the 15th century Trinity Lavra monastery pictured below, Church of Elijah the Prophet (17th-18th century), and the Grand Kremlin Palace.

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Summer is the best time to visit the Golden Ring. The best way to reach the Golden Ring is via Moscow.

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TESOL Tourism: Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

If you are teaching English in Turkey, you must take a weekend trip to Cappadocia! This place is a historical, archaeological, and natural wonder.

Cappadocia is held very high in the hearts of Christians because it played a very significant role in protecting and expanding the religion. The Christians that had escaped from the Roman soldiers hid here and spread Christianity further.

Cappadocia is a haven for tourists who are interested in history, archeology, and adventure. The Chimney-Shaped rock formations attract more and more tourists every year. If there is one place you should take a ride on a hot air balloon, it is Cappadocia!

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The top rated hotels are:
1. Serinn House
2. Gamirasu Cave Hotel
3. Sacred House 81
4. Esbelli Evi Cave Hotel
5. Aravan Evi Boutique Hotel

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TESOL Tourism Chengdu

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The Chinese people voted Chengdu as the nation’s second most liveable city in 2006.

The traditional wooden architecture and tree-wrapped streets are being rapidly given up for glassy skylines, new apartment complexes and flashing-neon-malls. Amidst its slipshod attitude and glimpses of ‘old’ Chengdu, it’s hard to believe that this is China’s fifth-most populous city.

Beyond this rapidly growing city, you can find some of China’s most beautiful natural treasures. Special attractions include the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which has built a more natural environment than the typical zoo for China’s natural treasure.

Mount Quincheng is a World Heritage Site that consists of a natural scenic area and a holy mountain of Taoism. It is easy to reach via high speed train from Chengdu to Qingcheng San (return ticket only costs 30RMB) and a mini bus from the station (10RMB).

Not far from Chengdu city is the Huanglong Valley and its stunning Five Color Pond below the snow peaks (PICTURE).

China is a great place to teach English and travel. The pay is very good for those with a university degree and a 100-hour TESOL certificate, so qualified teachers can visit its beautiful hidden gems on their free time.

TESOL Tortuguero Limon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small country with a very diverse climate. When the raining season arrives to San Jose and the Pacific, TESOL teachers can visit Limon and enjoy sunny weather on the Caribbean Sea.

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As with the rest of Costa Rica, Limon enjoys a vast natural reserve. The Tortuguero is a beautiful national park that stands between the Caribbean Sea and fresh water wetlands.

Take advantage advantage of the rainy season and go between the months of July and August when hundreds of turtles come on shore at night to nest their eggs and return to see. The Tortuguero is an adventure that you cannot miss!

You can book a weekend tour for $300, which includes all meals, the bus ride, a 1-hour boat ride through the vast wetlands to get to the Tortuguero, lodging at an eco-friendly site, a tour through the rainforest where you will see plenty of beautiful species of birds like the Tucan, monkeys, frogs and other not-so-cute reptiles, and a walk on the beach to watch the sea turtles nest their eggs.