Posted: November 21st, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: Moving to Europe | Tags: german culture, germany, shifting to germany | Comments Off
Germany is a member of the European Union, and has a rich history. Over the last few decades, Germany has emerged as one of the strongest countries within the European Union, from an economic standpoint. The country has also made pronounced progress in the field of education, making it an incredibly attractive option for expat teachers in Germany. Apart from education and industry though, Germany, like other countries in Europe, has its own unique culture and heritage. Over the years, the Germans have managed to expertly blend tradition into a more modern outlook on life.
Shifting to a different country can be a daunting experience, regardless of whether you are looking to become a teacher or otherwise. Perhaps, the hardest part about migrating to another country is in understanding the local customs, traditions, and etiquette. Germany is no different in this case.
The general perception of Germans is that of punctual, and hard-working individuals. While this is certainly true, it is only part of the truth. The Germans are fun-loving, welcoming individuals who believe in family values. In this article, we take a brief look at the typical German lifestyle and way of living, along with some basic etiquette tips that will hold you in good stead as you look to become a teacher in Germany.
Language and body language
The official language of Germany is of course, German, and you would do well to take a few lessons in the language before migrating to the country. Over 95 percent of the population speak
German, however there are communities that speak other languages such as Danish and Turkish. One important point to remember for expat teachers entering Germany is the difference between the words, ‘Du’ and ‘Sie’, both of which mean ‘You’. The former is regarded as the informal way of addressing someone, and latter is a more formal address. It is recommended to use the more formal, ‘Sie’ when addressing strangers, whether they may be a business associate, or a waiter at a restaurant.
When meeting someone for the first time, it is generally considered rude to place your hands in your pockets. Germans may initially appear a little stand-offish at first, but once you get to know an individual a little better, they can be extremely friendly. Like in most countries, a hand gesture like a ‘thumbs up’ sign is considered one of appreciation, however, using your index finger and thumb to make a circle, is considered an inappropriate gesture.
The Germans certainly value punctuality. If you find that you are going to be late to a particular meeting of social gathering, make it a point to communicate this to the relevant people in advance so as not to appear rude. Moreover, in a corporate or business setting, Germans will tend to only get down to business after some initial general discussion. It is also important to note that Germans value their privacy greatly. As such, if you are looking to meet somebody, ensure that you let them know well in advance about it.
Posted: September 23rd, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: Teaching jobs in France | Tags: France, french schools, teaching, teaching in france, teaching in french schools | Comments Off
More often than not, individuals looking for teaching positions in France to start a fledgling career, will inevitably look to teach English. While the French, in general, are notorious for their pride in their language, in recent years, they have come to accept that learning English is extremely important, especially within a more global community. As such, one of the first things you will come to realize when looking for a teaching position in France, is that it is not just schoolchildren who wish to be taught English. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 25th, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Italy | Tags: food in Italy, life in Italy, living in Italy, moving to Italy, teach in Italy, teaching jobs in Italy | Comments Off
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 »
Posted: July 23rd, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: English jobs in Europe | Tags: European country, European culture, teaching in europe, teaching jobs in europe, travel europe | Comments Off
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 »
Posted: June 18th, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: Moving to Europe | Tags: flavorful dish in Germany, Germany food guide, teach English in Germany, teacher in Germany, teaching in germany | Comments Off
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 »
Posted: May 22nd, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: English jobs in Europe | Tags: europe civilizations, europe to teach, european countries, teaching abroad, teaching in europe, teaching programs | Comments Off
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 »
Posted: May 12th, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: Moving to Europe | Tags: moving, moving to Europe, packing, shipping, shipping to Europe, travel | Comments Off
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/
Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Spain | Tags: Spanish cuisine, spanish tradition, teach abroad, teach English in spain, teaching in spain, teaching jobs in spain | Comments Off
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 »
Posted: March 26th, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Italy | Tags: Italian cuisine, teach English in Italy, teach in Italy, teaching abroad, teaching jobs in Italy, teaching opportunities | Comments Off
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 »
Posted: February 27th, 2014 | Author: guest-blog | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Spain | Tags: english teacher, language institutions, learning English, teaching contracts in Spain, teaching in spain, teaching jobs in spain | Comments Off
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 »