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Voluntary ESL teaching in Europe

If you decide to do voluntary work in Europe, don’t be surprised if you are sent to one of the poorer countries, although you could also be sent to one of the more developed countries. The trainee or novice ESL teacher will not encounter the same degree of cultural shock as working in Asia, Africa or South America; however, it does not mean that the ESL teacher will not have to make some effort to assimilate. Thus, before embarking on voluntary ESL teaching in Europe, you should fully familiarise yourself with the country you intend to work in. Here are a few things you should be aware of regarding religion, cultural habits, and cuisine.

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Voluntary ESL teaching in South America

Like Asia and Africa, another popular destination for sending voluntary ESL teachers is South America – so you’ll probably find yourself teaching in one of the Third World countries there, as well. The trainee or novice ESL teacher will not encounter as great a cultural shock as working in Asia or Africa because most of the people are the descendants of European Christians: primarily those descended from Spain and Portugal. Again, before embarking on voluntary ESL teaching in South America, you should fully familiarise yourself with the country in which you intend to work. Here are a few things you should be aware of regarding religion, cultural habits, and cuisine.

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Voluntary ESL teaching in Africa

Like Asia, another popular destination for sending voluntary ESL teachers is Africa, so you’ll probably find yourself teaching in one of the Third World countries there, too. The trainee or novice ESL teacher will again encounter a greater cultural shock working in Africa than working in Europe; however, the influence of Christianity means that you will be able to assimilate easier in most parts of Africa. Again, before embarking on voluntary ESL teaching in Africa, you should fully familiarise yourself with the country that you intend to work in. Here are a few things you should be aware of regarding religion, cultural habits, and cuisine.

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