It took me a week to get used to the environment, as even though I liked the food, I struggled to eat much, though I soon got my appetite back to its usual size once I had adjusted to the climate and my malaria pills. Anyway despite my lack of energy I still enjoyed the quick intro into PADI (I found that I was at a slight advantage as I had already started working through the book).
When it comes to backpacking and travelling, we all want to go for as long as we possibly can, and we all want to get the biggest bang for our buck. But what about travelling for free? Is it actually possible?
Despite a shaky economic past which saw the country go through a period of instability - involving the devaluation of the Lira - things have very much taken an upward turn in Turkey and this is a very positive thing for TEFL teachers.
Your average teacher in the UK is barely celebrated, let alone commercialised. This is the case in Asia though, where many tutors have now established an enormous media presence and often earn six-figure sums.
UK students and graduates are facing a difficult and competitive employment market. It's important to adopt a global outlook when it comes to study and work, so candidates who have international experience (in almost any way) will undoubtedly have an advantage when it comes to applying for jobs.
It may not be for everyone but the work that volunteers do is extremely inspiring. Whether you do it at home or abroad, for a few weeks or a few years, the value of volunteering is enormous. You can have a truly significant impact on the lives of others.
Chinese Mandarin is clearly the number one language for native speakers, who number approximately 800 million. But when that figure is combined with non-native speakers, English wins out.
The best thing about jetting off to Asia is that there are literally hundreds of jobs over there. Without any doubt, China offers the widest range of opportunities for graduates.
With the enormous success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the pressure is very much on Brazil to deliver something that surpasses London's performance as host, or at the very least, equals it.
This may deter those looking to live,travel or work in Spain. However, the truth is that there are a vast range of working and travelling opportunities through teaching English, and the Spanish population are determined to improve their prospects.