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Teaching English in Europe?
I know the opportunities are slim, but I'm considering teaching english and would prefer France, Germany/Austria, or maybe Czech republic. Does anyone have any knowledge on good sites to look at? It seems that many are scams.
01-07-2014 03:32 AM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Forget Germany and Austria, everyone learns English from 4th grade on. The only gig would be teaching business English to adults. I don't know about France and Czech Rep though.

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01-07-2014 04:15 AM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
How about the UK? London especially. I haven't heard much English there!
01-07-2014 05:40 AM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
TEFL always has jobs in Europe. Especially in Czech
01-07-2014 06:27 AM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
My buddy teaches in Spain and makes 500 euro a week. Catch is he's lived there nearly ten years, been teaching five, and has fluent Spanish. Don't think it's the type of job someone with a TEFL could show up and get.
01-07-2014 06:35 AM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Tefl.com is your best bet. You can search for opportunities by country.

You probably know but a CELTA is the required qualification for most jobs. PM if you need any more info.
01-07-2014 07:13 AM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Read the site http://www.eslcafe.com

They have forums for every country you messaged.

Generally the impression I've gotten from reading it is that as an American, it'll be tough but not impossible to get a job, since the work visas are given to Europeans first, and Brits/Irish snatch up all the jobs in Western Europe.

It's of course possible but compared to Asia or Latin America, nowhere near as easy.

This isn't my personal experience tho so ask around on that site.
01-07-2014 10:22 AM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
(01-07-2014 04:15 AM)void Wrote:  Forget Germany and Austria, everyone learns English from 4th grade on. The only gig would be teaching business English to adults.

And who teaches those 4th graders English? I spent about 6 months in Vienna, plently of ESL jobs if you are willing to teach kindergartners. Thats actually the main market. If you want to teach business English, you will almost certainly need a CELTA and that will set you back about $2K.
01-07-2014 01:24 PM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Western Europe is largely off-limits for non-EU citizens due to visa issues. Not to mention low pay due to low demand as mentioned.

CELTA in Poland runs at low as $1,100. One of the cheapest places to do it. Mine in Atlanta was $2,800.
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01-07-2014 02:27 PM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Hey, presidentcarter, how's it working out for you in Moscow? I got my CELTA back in August 2012 and ultimately only lasted 6 months in TEFL in Kazakhstan/Spain. Shittiest job I've ever had and the hours were atrocious; when I was in Kazakhstan I had to be there 7:00 - 21:00 daily. I'm surprised I lasted that long. I'd agree with English Teacher X that ultimately there's no future in TEFL and that it's a job for degenerates/losers. I'm glad I tried it, though, so I'd have no regrets in the future.
01-07-2014 05:09 PM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
This is not a practical route, especially considering it seems like you're a teacher with no experience.

Generally speaking, teaching English at European schools is done by retired teachers with dual passports already retired and collecting pensions elsewhere.

1. It's hard, if not impossible for non-EU citizens to secure a work permit in these countries.
2. The pay is low because of the demand to teach in Europe. Combined with the cost of living, it's impossible to live the lifestyle you probably want on your salary.

A school isn't going to hire you with no experience in this part of the world because they simply don't have to.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I'm neck deep in the international job search at the moment with a number of years of US based teaching with stellar transcripts and references and can't get a sniff, or find a gig that can support me sans a supplemental income.
01-07-2014 06:01 PM
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(01-07-2014 05:09 PM)Ubietza Wrote:  Hey, presidentcarter, how's it working out for you in Moscow? I got my CELTA back in August 2012 and ultimately only lasted 6 months in TEFL in Kazakhstan/Spain. Shittiest job I've ever had and the hours were atrocious; when I was in Kazakhstan I had to be there 7:00 - 21:00 daily. I'm surprised I lasted that long. I'd agree with English Teacher X that ultimately there's no future in TEFL and that it's a job for degenerates/losers. I'm glad I tried it, though, so I'd have no regrets in the future.

TEFL is working out nicely. I usually work 20 real hours (so not academic hours) or less a week (not counting my commute which can sometimes be a few hours per day). I don't make much, but I have a nice, new, FREE high-rise apartment and I get by. I'm not trying to really make it big doing this, it's just a means to live here for a few years. There are guys pulling $5k+/month doing all private lessons BUT they are the exception and work very hard. If you stay a few years though, $3-4k on a pretty regular schedule is doable.

Sounds like you got used and abused. PM me if you want more detailed advice if you ever plan on doing it again.
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Teaching english in Poland...

Who can give me some information / advice on that?

I am a native speaker, but suck at english and usually think most people are cunts.
But I'm willing to do any job for money.

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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
(03-10-2014 05:44 AM)spalex Wrote:  Teaching english in Poland...

Who can give me some information / advice on that?

I am a native speaker, but suck at english and usually think most people are cunts.
But I'm willing to do any job for money.

BUMP.

I am interested in opportunities in Poland too.
06-29-2014 06:42 PM
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Can anyone recommend a school for CELTA in Poland ?

Or is it better to do it online and cheaper for the TEFL?

I figure it might be fun and worthwhile to just get the CELTA done and stay in the country to work as an ESL teacher.

Anyone ever done the CELTA in Greece as well?
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Idk if that counts, but how about opening your own business where you give private classes? Or you could just work for one of these companies that provide private classes for students? Just my 2 cents! In Luxembourg (at least the private classes) are very much possible to do, BUT the cost of living is very high. It could only serve as a side gig.
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
I wouldn’t like to teach English overseas full time but I would like to do part time tutoring for some extra income and to defray some of my living costs. I’d be living off of investment income and would like to preserve as much of that as possible.

Perhaps tutor a few kids 20-25 hours per week. Or maybe get lucky and find one rich kid and help them perfect their English.

Think of it as unofficial...off the books...no agencies...no schools...only cash payments.

Any thoughts on how viable this plan is if I DONT have a Celta or teaching degree? At my age I’m not thrilled about getting any more degrees.
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Teach online as it pays better than most schools in the EU.

The pay is around 20$ per hour and you will teach Beijing time - so 5pm to 9pm Beijing so around 11am to 3pm in most of Europe.

You'll earn around 1500$ per month. If you need more than that then offer face to face tuition and you can charge around 15$ per hour so a few of us a week will get you an 100 or so as well. Easy life working 5 or so hours a day.
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(09-25-2019 11:01 PM)flyinghorse Wrote:  Teach online as it pays better than most schools in the EU.

The pay is around 20$ per hour and you will teach Beijing time - so 5pm to 9pm Beijing so around 11am to 3pm in most of Europe.

You'll earn around 1500$ per month. If you need more than that then offer face to face tuition and you can charge around 15$ per hour so a few of us a week will get you an 100 or so as well. Easy life working 5 or so hours a day.

Fascinating I'd like to know more please. I'm currently looking into language schools in Budapest at the moment but would like to supplement my income.
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Apply to Dada or SayABC. Watch a few youtube tutorials to see how its done and see if its for you.

All you need is a good internet connection, degree, tefl, and be a native English speaker.
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Thanks, I will certainly try it out.

I don't however have a degree so I will see if this is still a good option. Maybe it would get easier with some teaching experience.
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RE: Teaching English in Europe?
Have you looked into taking and ONLINE TEFL certificiation course?
Its seems too cheap to be good, but
I might give it a try since there aren't that
many TEFL in-person classes near me.
Has anyone else taken the Online TEFL cert classes?
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