5 July 2012
If you haven’t quite decided where you would like to make use of your official TEFL certificate, we might be able to influence your choice with findings of the Happy Planet Index which reveals the official ‘happiest’ countries in the world.
A new report by the Happy Planet Index finds that Costa Rica and Vietnam are the ‘happiest’ countries in the world based upon the health and happiness produced per unit of environmental output. These are both exciting destinations to be teaching English abroad, but do either of them sound like they might be for you? Here’s a little more about teaching English abroad in Vietnam and Costa Rica…
Teaching English in Vietnam
The Vietnamese people live a life that is very much influenced by the past. Along this 1,600km-long country, TEFL teachers can enjoy the natural beauty of Vietnam’s coastal beaches, inland mountains and complex river systems, while also experiencing a charming traditional culture that continues to evolve as the country opens itself to the outside world. In order to teach English in Vietnam you will need to take either the 120 hour TEFL Course or the 140 hour Premier TEFL course, you will also need to have a university degree. Find out more: TEFL Jobs in Vietnam
Teaching English in Costa Rica
Costa Rica is sometimes referred to as the Switzerland of Central America because of the comfortable lifestyle, peaceful democracy and overwhelming beauty that its citizens enjoy. Every year this tiny nation draws 1.5 million visitors every year. Since 1950 Costa Rica has made great progress, back then half the country was below the poverty line and living beyond the age of 50 was an achievement in itself. Today, less than one in five Costa Ricans lives below the poverty line, life expectancy is on par with the USA and it has now topped the HPI list for the second year in a row. You will need to take one of our Premier TEFL Courses in order to find work teaching English in Costa Rica.
The HPI list seems to be swaying toward Central America countries with Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua all making the list. We have many TEFL jobs in South and Central America on our TEFL website. If teaching English in any of these places sounds like it’s for you, find out more in our TEFL Jobs Centre.
Typically the report found that high-income countries, such as the UK (ranked 41st) and the US (ranked 105th), received a low overall score due to the large per-capita ecological footprint. Norway placed in 29th position while Japan came in 45th. The unhappiest places in the world were Botswana, Chad and Qatar.
According to the Happy Planet Index the top ten ‘happiest countries’ are: