This is a sponsored post from TEFL. Something which I’m thinking of getting certified to do myself.
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) provides a unique opportunity to travel, work in an interesting and rewarding profession and become immersed in a new culture. South American economies are growing and as a result so is the demand for English teachers. The possible destinations in South America offer very different experiences and choosing where is best for you is a difficult task. So, here is a bit of help:
Brazil is emerging as a future economic superpower and so its demand for English teachers is also booming. Brazil’s optimism is plain to see by the upcoming events they are to host. Imagine if you could be in Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup or the 2016 Olympic games. Brazilian people are known for their passion for sport and zest for life and this positivity is contagious. In the biggest country of South American the teaching jobs are concentrated in the larger cities such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paula. And as well as its thriving metropolitan areas, Brazil bodes incredible waterfalls, beautiful white sand beaches and lush rainforests.
Why Costa Rica?
Want to experience a little bit of paradise? Costa Rica´s tropical climate, stunning beaches, rainforests and waterfalls embody just that. Costa Rican people are known for their welcoming and friendly nature and enjoy a laidback culture. By TEFL in Costa Rica you could experience this idyllic existence. Costa Rica cares about its environment, demonstrated by its many ego-friendly policies and large protected natural areas. And you will see why!
Mexico has a rich history and energetic culture, just as diverse as its landscape. Its boasts many natural attractions such as the ancient Mayan ruins in Tulum and also has the3rd largest capital city on earth home to 21 million people. TEFL in Mexico provides the opportunity to live in vibrant Mexico City or Guadalajara and explore its coastal areas of Cancun and Acapulco in your free time. Here you can taste the real Mexican cuisine of Tacos and burritos.
Peru may not be an obvious choice but it is a country full of culture and history, not to mention in diverse landscape from the Amazon rainforest to snow capped mountains to giant sand dunes. If you enjoy hiking and adventure it is the perfect place for you. The city of Cusco is a popular choice, declared a world heritage site, it holds the ancient capital city of the Incan empire and is it the gateway to Machu Picchu. Peru has an unusual traditional cuisine, cooked guinea pig as an example!
- Why Bolivia?
Bolivia has a unique quality which makes it an interesting and educational place to live and work. Its native population is multi-ethnic made up of Amerindians, Mestizos, Europeans, and Africans. Although Spanish is most widely spoken the Aymara and Quechua languages are also official along with 34 other indigenous languages in circulation. Bolivia has a rich indigenous heritage and only became independent from Peru in 1825. This means that many factors have influenced Bolivian culture, food, and way of life and this makes TEFL in Bolivia a truly enlightening experience.
Chile is a politically stable and prosperous country. It is considered the best nation of South America in terms of quality of life, personal income and economic freedom. Chile is a record breaker. The Atacama Desert which covers its north is the driest place on earth and its southernmost tip is home to the southernmost city in the world. The diversity of its terrain doesn´t stops there with the Andes covering its south. The capital Santiago is only one of the many possible destinations.
Argentina has for many years been a popular destination for TEFL, particularly the beautiful capital of Buenos Aires. And it´s not difficult to see why. Buenos Aires is often described as having a European feel due to its Parisian architecture. It is known for its social scene including quality eateries and nightlife. Vegetarians may have trouble fitting in cultural as Argentinean cuisine is all about meat. However European influence means vegetarian options in restaurants can be found. Here you can enjoy skiing and tropical waterfalls all in one country.
Guatemala, situated in Central America, has a strong Mayan heritage. Many Mayan archeological sites can be found here and many Guatemalans speak of the 21 Mayan languages, although Spanish is the official language. Here you can find many tasty local delicacies such as turkey soup, guacamole and orange flan. Marimba music originated in the country and is still popular today. National culture is also influenced by Europeans, especially Germans due to immigration since the 19th century.
Colombia has a reputation of crime due to the presence of rebel groups and organized crime circles. And although certain areas in the countryside are still considered too dangerous for tourists, the increased police and military presence has now made the major cities and tourist sites safe. Colombia has a lot to offer and its history should not put you off. The people are welcoming and friendly and have a laid back culture. The mixture of Natives, Spanish colonists, and Africans as well as European and Middle Eastern immigrants have created a unique culture and cuisine. Colombian coffee is some of the best of the world.
- Why Ecuador?
Ecuador is a country abundant in natural beauty. It is home to the Galapagos Islands known for having some of the world most beautiful and unusual wildlife. The terrain is diverse with vast mountain ranges and tropical rainforests. The locals are generous and warm towards foreigners and bode a family orientated collectivist culture. The US dollar is the official currency.
Where ever you decide to go you will not be disappointed. South America may be one region but it has a diverse offering.
About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.