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Greetings to nearly 2 billion people in China, Asia and throughout the world who are celebrating the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday of the year for millions from Shanghai to Singapore. Centuries old and based in ancient Chinese myth and tradition, the “Spring Festival” as it is known in China is a two-week celebration centered around family gatherings, special foods and other traditions that vary from region to region. Many of these customs revolve around the ideals of reflecting on oneself and ushering in good fortune for the New Year. The Lunar New Year in 2013 begins on February 10 and is the Year of the Snake. From Korea and Vietnam to Taiwan and Malaysia, this holiday is a cultural focal point in many of the most popular destinations for certified English teachers.
With more than half a billion people taking some form of English course each year in nearly every country on earth, the world is in a sense one big job market for qualified English teachers. Realistically, a native English speaker with a college degree and an accredited TEFL certification can teach English abroad professionally in 80 countries or more and even those without a degree who do get TEFL certified can teach in up to 50 countries. That said, certain countries have higher demand and offer more opportunities than others.
Each year, thousands of English teachers gain employment in Argentina, primarily in Buenos Aires. One of the most stylish and cosmopolitan cities in the Western Hemisphere, the city is known for broad, Parisian-style boulevards, tango clubs and a magnificent mélange of Art Deco, Neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau architectural styles.
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