To Travel Hopelessly

To Travel Hopelessly

By English Teacher X

  • Release Date : 2011-05-20
  • Genre : Travel & Adventure
  • FIle Size : 0.66 MB
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To Travel Hopelessly English Teacher X, a legendary figure in the world of TEFL, follows up his debut book with this raw, lurid, and vivid memoir of his first five years teaching English abroad.

In 1995, after a year of aimless wandering, a young man answered an ad in a newspaper in Bangkok and inadvertently became English Teacher X, working, in the next five years, in seven different cities in five different countries.

From a tropical island paradise in Thailand to an industrial hellhole of Post-Soviet Russia, English Teacher X describes, in violent imagery, the life of an English teacher overseas, encountering dishonest and exploitative employers, degenerate colleagues, gold-hearted prostitutes and cold-hearted English groupies, with plenty of drugs and alcohol for all, all the while questing in vain for the Authentic Cultural Experience.

English Teacher X's world serves as a cautionary tale for young people going overseas to teach, or a titillating taste of the many perks of the darker side of English teaching.


  • Made me constantly chuckle!

    By Kelaussie
    As a Teacher I found this book really funny and read it from start to finish in one go. Whilst I agree with a lot the author has to say, one piece of advice I would give from several years of fantastic TEFL teaching in Asia, is don't read this book and be put off teaching abroad! Whilst some of what the author describes is spot on (a lot of experienced TEFL teachers will agree with this), it doesn't give a wholly accurate account of TEFL teaching. Saying that,it is a great read to get you chuckling on that journey to the next TEFL job or in-between those 'split shifts'. Definitely one to buy!