If you are a budding teacher, looking to combine a teaching experience, with broadening your cultural horizons, Italy may be the destination that you are looking for. In the context of all, the country has to offer, it should come as no surprise that Italy has one of the highest rates of immigration within the entire European continent. A number of individuals hailing from the UK, Australia, Canada, the United States, and many other countries have chosen Italy as the country to settle in, vastly increasing the cultural diversity that the country has to offer. Let us take a look at some of the top reasons to teach in Italy. Read the rest of this entry »
Europe, has historically been regarded as one of the greatest places to both, learn and teach. Europe offers a wealth of diversity that cannot be found in any other continent. In combination, with the cultural heritage that different countries within Europe offer, teaching in Europe can prove to be an extremely fruitful and memorable experience.
If you are looking to take up a teaching position in Europe, there are a variety of options for you to choose from. Several countries offer positions that provide incredible flexibility, allowing teachers to opt for both part-time and full-time work. Let us take a brief look at why teaching in Europe has become so popular in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »
When you are teaching in Germany, you have the unique opportunity to live and work in a foreign country and have all the time you need to explore and discover the country. Use this excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in its culture, and food is the best way to learn more about a country and its people. Germany is known all over the world for its excellent sausages, sauerkraut and beer and often times, people stereotype the German cuisine with this items. However, Bavaria has so much more to offer. Here are some food and drinks that you must sample when you are working as a teacher in Germany. Read the rest of this entry »
Many students nowadays don’t want to jump into university or professional lives right after school. They want to experience and explore the world before life gets too busy and before responsibilities pile up. However, money can be tight and traveling the world can be a problem for most students and young adults. This is why many opt for ESL programs and other similar teaching programs so that they can earn money abroad while traveling and exploring countries. Europe is one of the most popular destinations for people looking for such opportunities. Here’s why you should consider living in Europe when you want to teach abroad. Read the rest of this entry »
Moving to Europe to teach is an exciting prospect. The continent is modern, vibrant and steeped in unique history. There’s plenty to see and do across a wide range of very different countries, but before you make the big leap it’s important to plan, plan and plan some more. Take heed of the most common challenges people can face when moving overseas, and how they can be avoided.
1. Not every state is a member state
It’s smart to understand that the EU isn’t present in every country in Europe. Whereas an EU citizen can move about freely inside the union, there are restrictions in countries like Turkey that can place a barrier between professionals and their jobs. The Schengen Area takes up most of mainland Europe, and the access that nationals from around the globe have to it differs, so have a look before you make a move.
2. Don’t let currency burn a hole in your pocket
The Euro is one of a variety of currencies in Europe; among the others are the British Pound Sterling and the Polish Zloty. It’s mindful to take a look at which currencies are strong in and outside of the Euro zone and just how much or how little you’ll need to exchange before you move. Be aware of regional differences – such as higher prices in northern Europe and lower prices in the east. For example, a pint of beer can cost £5.00 in Sweden, and only around £1.50 in Poland. Similarly, exchange rates become important if you’re planning on bringing some of your money back home with you.
3. Be mindful of cultural and political differences
Southern Europe has a more relaxed, friendly attitude to new people, while in the west, things tend to be a little more formal (stiff upper lip and all that!). Not only should you be aware of how different European countries offer varying levels of hospitability, you should also know about what political issues are appropriate to discuss and which ones should be left alone. Racial tolerance, attitudes toward sexual orientation and gender equality can also be an issue; most of Europe is generally tolerant, but there are exceptions.
4. Work ethics can vary
France has recently set limits on after-hours emails and Spain has its famous mid-day siesta. Work is more flexible in some parts of the continent, but other parts are more formal. In Germany, for example, there is a growing ‘long hours’ culture. This impacts on the culture of the respective country and on the education sector too, meaning it’s something you’ll have to bear in mind while applying for jobs.
5. Be aware of the EU and its rules
EU labour law is extensive, so it’s good to know if you’re working inside the union exactly what your rights are and what you’re entitled to as an education professional. The aforementioned Schengen Area affects visas – and therefore work – but don’t be too worried! Free movement is encouraged across the union and this is a major benefit for jobseekers in all sectors.
6. One continent: lots of climates
Despite being in the same continent, countries like Russia, Spain, Poland and the UK have certainly got different climates to each other, and the weather is shifting all the time. So when you’re packing remember to make space for sunscreen, scarves, or both! For example, the UK’s summer months see temperatures averaging around 20 degrees yearly but it also has 3.6 millimetres of rain on average in October and 3.5 millimetres in November. Conversely, Spain can reach the 30’s in summer, with a fraction of the rain.
7. The language barrier
This may seem obvious, but that thanks to its stance on immigration and freedom of movement, the EU has plenty of citizens whose first language isn’t the native tongue of the country they happen to live in. That means certain countries are much more suitable if you can only speak English; natives of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark in particular, generally speak English to a high standard. Conversely, countries such as France or Turkey are less accommodating, so watch out!
8. Pack your gear up the right way
Be sure to take your essential items with you – including important paperwork – when you move. For less urgent, or bulky items, use a professional shipping service. It’s important to properly protect and pack any items you are shipping to avoid breakages. Check out 1StopShip which provides a cost-effective and easy shipping service for professionals moving abroad.
About the Author
Ian Brown is head of international moving at 1StopShip, and a specialist in the challenges faced by emigrants as the relocate to a new country.
This blog post about moving to Europe was originally published on http://www.TeacherHit.com/
One of the main reasons that people decide to teach abroad is because they want to explore a foreign country while working there and earning money. European countries seem to be popular destinations for teachers who want to teach abroad. This is because Europe is steeped in history, culture and art. For such a small continent, it is made up of countries that are so varied and unique even though you can get to one country from another in a matter of hours. Among the European nations, Spain is one of the most popular destinations for those who want to teach abroad. Read the rest of this entry »
The best part about teaching abroad is that you get to immerse yourself in the culture and heritage of the country you are immigrating to. When it comes to teaching abroad, Europe seems to be the preferred destination for most. This is the continent where countries are ultra-modern, yet have a unique and rich history with a culture that is still thriving to this day. Italy is one such country that is known all over the world for its culture and cuisine. Read the rest of this entry »
Spain is an exciting and feisty country with a vibrant culture and cuisine that is very unique to Europe. The Spaniards love the good life and cities in Spain have some of the most interesting and unique architecture on the planet. The architecture of Barcelona is designed by Gaudi and you will not see anything similar anywhere else. This is why people are so interested to teach in Spain. However, when you decide to take up teaching in Spain, here are a few things you should keep in mind. Read the rest of this entry »
France is the country of good food, good wine and fine living. The country is one of the gems of Europe and visiting France is on the bucket list of most people not lucky enough to live in the country. Teaching in France is one of the ways that you can visit this beautiful country and soak in its beautiful culture and heritage. France is one of the top destinations for those wanting to teach English abroad and there is a huge demand for quality English teachers in the country. Read the rest of this entry »
Spain is a great place to live. It has a great climate and is full of friendly and passionate people. And despite being a relatively large country, it is very easy to travel around once you are there.
The hardest decision is then where to live. As with most countries, the initial choice should be based on your level of interest in living in a big city. Spain is a big and developed country, but even its large cities do not necessarily have the same really big city feel that you can find in say London, Paris, or New York. Even the two major cities, Barcelona and Madrid, do not have the global feel that you associate with these other places.
This is probably partly to do with the still lingering after effects of the still not so lately departed of ghost of Franco and the spectre of his dictatorship. Spain was to all intents and purposes a closed society during his rule and in real terms it is still perhaps twenty years behind in some aspects of its cultural and global development.
The past might not necessarily need poring over when deciding where to live, but it should still be a consideration when making your decision. Spain is by no means a united country. A Catalan will readily tell you that Catalunya is not Spain, as will a Basque. This kind of opposition to the country provokes an over-reaction in those who consider themselves to be truly Spanish. These uneasy tensions should be understood before arrival.
Living in Madrid
Madrid is the capital; the home of the King, the government, and the world famous Real Madrid. It is a bustling, growing capital with a great nightlife. The city is dominated by its large squares, huge park, and its desire to prove itself as a viable alternative to the more traditionally open and creative city of its great rival, Barcelona.
Madrid is a great city to live and work in, but it also has its limitations. It was a custom built city, one placed in the centre of Spain solely in order to be its capital. Thanks to this, there is little relief there from the suffocating heat of the summer. Neither the mountains nor the sea are especially close and the only immediate relief is to head to the shade of the trees in its big park.
For a teacher, work is in abundance, as it should be for a major European capital, but unless you truly embrace Madrid and all that entails, you may feel this choice is also a little restrictive.
What about teaching in Barcelona?
Barcelona, Madrid’s great rival, is one of the world’s great cultural capitals. Its streets are forever touched by the genius of Gaudi and it has been home to people such as Picasso, Dali, Hemmingway, and George Orwell.
If Madrid is defined by its duty to Spain as its capital, Barcelona is sometimes defined by its desire to be everything Madrid is not. It is a creative, yet surprisingly small place, narrowly hemmed between the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and the hills of Tibidabo and Montserrat.
It is a city that barely sleeps and which is home to a constant flux of tourists and permanent visitors from all parts of the world. It is a liberal city that allows and expects freedom of expression and protest, but which is also the home of an overly zealous, often indiscriminately violent, police force.
Work is perhaps more difficult to find than in Madrid, but it is there for those willing to go out and actively look for it. Barcelona is a city to fall in love with, and not one that will leave anybody feeling indifferent.
Can you work as a teacher outside of the cities?
Outside of the big cities there are a whole plethora of smaller towns and villages that will welcome visitors with open arms. And in many ways these are the places to look for if you want to avoid the politics and petty squabbling and opposition that can sometimes seem to be an everyday part of life within one of the big two cities. Small towns in Spain undoubtedly harbour ghosts and memories of the past, but there is more of a sense of a desire to carry on with life within these communities.
In Andalucía there is the easy going life style of those accustomed to obey the power of nature that burns its vast expanses for months on end during the spring and summer months. People take a relaxed approach to life and work. The days start late and lunches are long. If you buy a beer, you will get some tapas for free. People here are friendly and do not take life too seriously. It may be harder to find work in these parts, but it could well be worth the effort to do so.
The Northern extremes of Galicia and the Basque Country can offer equally enjoyable, slow-paced living. The vast, dry, sandy planes of the South are replaced with lush green hills and the Atlantic Ocean. The people, who might at first be closed are guarded, will welcome you into their communities and make your experience amongst them an unforgettable one. Again, it will be more difficult to find work in these small, sometimes quite isolated places, but the rewards will be returned tenfold.
This post about teaching in Spain was originally published on http://www.TeacherHit.com/