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In 1995, an exhausted, broke, parasite-infested backpacker answered an ad in a Bangkok newspaper, and inadvertently became English Teacher X.
From a tropical island paradise in Thailand to an industrial hellhole in post-Soviet Russia, from the neon-and-vomit-splattered back alleys of Seoul to the beer-soaked cobblestones of Prague, this raw memoir describes, in violent imagery, the life of an English teacher overseas in the late 90s, with dishonest and exploitative employers, degenerate colleagues, corrupt police, gold-hearted prostitutes and cold-hearted English groupies, with plenty of drugs and alcohol for all.
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.
Read a sample chapter:
The Most Fucked-Up Teacher I've Ever Met
You can read some other bloggers' reviews of TO TRAVEL HOPELESSLY at these links:
30 DAYS TO X / HOT PINK PASSPORT (!)
MATTFORNEY / ROOSHV
USINGENGLISH / DOYOUSPEAKPOLISH
GOODREADS / My own second thoughts on it