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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.
- Do you want to live in the heart of Asia in a nation boasting dynamic cities, stunning landscapes, magnificent beaches and thousands of years of history and culture?- Do you want to live in a tropical nation where the warmth of the people matches that of the weather and that combines the pulsating energy of one of the world’s fastest growing economies with classic Asian charm and beauty?- Can you see yourself living and working in a country where good salaries and an amazingly low cost of living enables a first-time English teacher to save $500-$600 a month after expenses?
If so, then you might want to consider getting a TEFL certification and going to teach English in Vietnam.
Descending from the border of China into the heart of Southeast Asia like an ancient mythical dragon, Vietnam represents a distinct blend of Chinese and Indo-Buddhist cultures, tempered with a taste of French-colonial charm. Lined with thousands of miles of beautiful coastline, Vietnam mixes stunning mountainous highlands and picturesque rice fields with a collection of colorful and bustling cities. Foodie travel guru Anthony Bourdain claims Vietnam is his favorite country in the world. Once you’ve arrived and sampled local specialties like pho (beef or chicken noodle soup topped with sprouts and fresh herbs) and gỏi cuốn (fresh spring rolls with shrimp, pork, and rice noodles), you’ll realize he might be on to something.
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