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Welcome to my Forum of education and adventure!

My goal in creating The Forum Populares is to take you on a journey in the world of travelling and teaching through my own experiences, while sharing with you a glimpse of the incredible cities, people and cultures that I have seen in the last 6 years as a flying teacher.

Throughout, I will talk about the various educational systems, mentalities, teaching methods and lifestyles that exist in countries like the United Kingdom and Japan, while also offering my views and suggestions when and if you yourself decide to pack up your bags and go!

Find a relaxing place to sit, open up your imagination and enjoy the adventure!

-Dusan

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