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52 Amazing Things You Should Do Abroad – 2013

New year, fresh start and there’s plenty to be done! It’s a great time to reflect on what you achieved in 2012 and plan what you want to do in 2013.

So, if you’re sitting in an office wondering which spreadsheet to tackle next, we’ve come up with 52 things (1 for each week) you could be doing all over the world if you chose to teach English abroad!

Or if you’re already teaching abroad – start ticking these off!

It’s time to swap your life!

1) Book a TEFL course – it’s your round the world ticket!
2) Make friends with lots of locals
3) Make a difference in someone’s life through education.
4) Spend the day at a sea-turtle nesting ground
5) Stay in a rainforest hut and wake up to the sounds of the forest
6) Warm yourself in a thermal pool in Iceland while it’s cold outside
7) Enjoy a braai after a hard day’s work on a project in South Africa
8) Cycle through blissfully beautiful paddy fields
9) Learn a new language
10) Spending a year in Asia? Better learn how to use chopsticks!


Food on the Mekong Delta

11) Conquer your fear of heights – Bungee jump!
12) Get lost – the best things are found when lost
13) Climb the highest mountain your budget and your nerves permit
14) Treat yourself to a snazzy camera and document your journey through beautiful photos
15) Spending a year in Asia? Better learn how to use chopsticks properly!
16) I am going to file and sort all my wonderful lesson plans so that I can use them again and again
17) Be so far from your normal life you don’t even know what day of the week it is and you don’t even care!
18) Spend at least two months not wearing shoes at all (only flip-flops if necessary!)
19) Watch the sun go down and watch it come back up in the same day!
20) Alpaca, snails, insects…whatever the local delicacy, try it! You only live once.

Photo by variationblogr

21) Follow great smells through a faraway town until you find your dream meal
22) Drive in a foreign country – whether that’s a car or joining the masses in Vietnam by motorbike!
23) Girls – ditch the makeup. Guys – give the gel a miss!
24) Go on a cookery course in Thailand
25) Write a letter! There’s nothing better than getting post, so stay in contact with loved ones at home by writing a good old fashioned letter.
26) Grab some friends and go to a music festival or open-air concert.
27) Go in search of history by visiting the oldest building in your city/town/village
28) Make history!
29) Ride an elephant!
30) Take part in the Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea!

Boryeong mud festival, South Korea


31) Check out the oldest National Park in South-East Europe – Plitvice lakes in Croatia
32) Travel by all modes of transport…yep tuk-tuk included!
33) Brazil? RIO CARNIVAL!
34) Sleep somewhere interesting – camp under the stars, sleep in a hammock, in the back of your car on a weekend road trip!
35) Decorate your classroom wall with some of your student’s best work
36) Eat at a hawker market in Singapore
37) Save your pennies and go to the poshest restaurant in town
38) Try your hand at surfing
39) Star-gaze in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile
40) Figure out what’s so perfect about the past perfect tense, and what it actually is, and means!
41) Explore Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

42) Do your weekly shop at a local market
43) Swim with sharks, snorkel with seals and sunbathe with snakes
44) Learn to tango in Buenos Aires
45) See the pandas in Chengu, China.
46) Go to the Biennale Art festival in Venice
47) Search for an exotic bug and keep it as a pet
48) Visit the Taj Mahal before it closes to the public!
49) Find a KFL (Korean as a foreign language) teacher who’s as good an EFL teacher as you, so you can finally start speaking like a local!
50) Buy a post card from each place you visit – old fashioned never hurt anyone!
51) Spend Christmas with your fellow expats – BBQ Christmas dinner?
52) Finish an epic 2013 by watching the fireworks in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour on New Year’s Eve!

Looking for a fresh start in 2013? Why not take a sneak preview and see what your life could look like with our Life Swap App!

How many did you do in 2012 or have planned for 2013? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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  • MIND

    Hi,I live in South Africa but I am a Zimbabwean passport holder. I recently completed my TEFL online course including 4 specialists courses, I was so excited but only for a short time because i discovered that all the available jobs are only for teachers from certain countries.Please if you know anywhere were they consider teachers like me let me know. mindgamanya
    Thank you.

  • itoi

    Hi there!

    I’m sending you an email with some job opportunities for you :) Best wishes, Helen