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Thinking of Teaching in Europe? Here’s why you should

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: English jobs in Europe | Tags: , , , , | 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 »

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Top Must-try Food and Drinks in Germany for Overseas Teachers

Posted: June 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Moving to Europe | Tags: , , , , | 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 »

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Advantages of Teaching in Europe

Posted: May 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: English jobs in Europe | Tags: , , , , , | 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 »

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How to make your move to Europe as stress-free as possible

Posted: May 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Moving to Europe | Tags: , , , , , | 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.

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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.

 

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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.

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Dishes You Absolutely Must Eat in Spain

Posted: April 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Spain | Tags: , , , , , | 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 »

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A Quick Crash Course About Italy

Posted: March 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Italy | Tags: , , , , , | 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 »

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Tips to Keep In Mind if You Want to Teach in Spain

Posted: February 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Spain | Tags: , , , , , | 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 »

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Want to Teach English in France? Here are some pointers

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Country Teaching Guide, Teaching jobs in France | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

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 »

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Which city in Spain is the best for teaching English?

Posted: December 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Teaching jobs in Spain | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

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.

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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.

 

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There are many teaching jobs in Europe for native English speakers

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: English jobs in Europe | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Despite the economic woes of Europe, there are plenty of ESL jobs. Some of these jobs have been created because of the crisis, for example a students who once would have spent the summer at a language school in North America, now save their money and stay at home but still want to reach their goal.

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VISA option and Requirements

In general in EU countries, the requirement is a bachelor’s degree or better, a CELTA certificate or the equivalent (a Trinity, university course, or another course that includes at least 20 hours face to face grammar, and at least 8 hours of practice teaching with an examiner present- this disclosed many online courses, although they will try to tell you that they are equivalent).

However, lesser qualified teachers may find off-the record conversation classes (or less reputable schools) in some regions that will pay cash in hand.

Citizens of the EU, the British and Irish, are at a huge advantage here because they do not need work visa. Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders can get working holiday visas, if they are under 30 in a number of European countries such as Britain, Ireland, Holland and Germany, but unfortunately not in the countries where the most ESL jobs exist.

Most EU countries require sponsorship from a company for a non-EU worker of any description. It’s difficult to prove that an American teacher can do what a British teacher can’t so most applications are rejected.

But North Americans and other native speakers take heart. A lot of countries in Europe would prefer a more exotic English teacher. The Spanish haven an oversupply of partying British tourists, and are far more fascinated by faraway places like North America and Australia. A lot of Spanish employers have no problems with hiring at North American under the table but it will be a short term job paid under the table. For qualified North Americans and Australians it a great holiday job but is unlikely to lead to a career.

If any of your grandparents were born in a European country, you may be eligible for an EU passport. (But do your research as it will mean dual citizenship and all the responsibilities. For example, you may get conscripted into the army and you may need to check that the agreement between the US and that country allows dual citizenship and that you won’t have to give up your US passport.)

Then there’s the emerging and sometimes wonderful new Europe of the Balkans and East.

Central Europe

Central Europe including countries like Holland, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland has excellent language programs in their schools, and being smallish and central the people are apt at languages and usually know at least 3 foreign language and often more. Indeed it’s hard to tell a Dutch teenager from English teenager sometimes, their English is that good. As a teacher trainer.

In other central European countries it’s normal to have accented but excellent English. Germans typically make mistakes with certain verb tenses but it’s more of a quirk than an abstraction to communicating. There are few jobs teaching English in Germany and those that exist should are for high level learners and only experienced teachers who know grammar inside out should attempt to teach them. The Germans will ask those difficult questions and you will be expected to answer succinctly and logically.

Students in central Europe do focus on passing the Cambridge First Certificate and other Cambridge exams to help university and job opportunities. You’ll want to be an experience teacher with qualification to approach the Cambridge exams.

France:

Young French are getting better at English than before with improved high school programs and more access to nearby England.

There are language schools and business classes available in the big cities like Paris. These are quite strict and demanding, you need to have a bachelor’s degree and a CELTA certificate or the equivalent. You’ll also want a professional but casual presentation and a legal visa status.

There are less general conversation schools than in other parts of Europe, because England is just so close and the students can’t catch the train for a few weeks in the summer and do classes in London.

Au pair & Language Exchange Programs in France & Italy

Some middle class French and Northern Italian families take au pairs, usually but not exclusively young women. Normally you get free board and food, and a small amount of money (not even enough to socialize with). You are expected to help with their children in the mornings and evenings, and study their language during the day at a local language school. The main motivation for these jobs is not usually money, but immersing yourself in a culture, getting free board in a beautiful historic town and learning their language. Their motivation is usually that they want their children to learn English early.

This work is usually through agencies and they will help you with your visa status. Because little money is passed, often a tourist visa is fine.

You can find these jobs through travel agencies: i.e. Greenheart, STA Travel or just Google ‘au pair France’.

Southern Europe: Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece:

The Mediterranean regions are all about lifestyle rather than efficiency and their school programs lag behind those of central Europe which is great news for ESL teachers because it means there are more jobs in the countries with the most desirable locations.

Spain, Portugal and Italy have many serious language schools and many more casual. To pick up a full time job or a job in management you will probably need to have an EU passport, and speak Spanish, as well as a CELTA equivalent and degree. However, there are a lot of jobs for casual conversation teachers or teaching English over the summer to students on a break. These jobs are usually short term and cash in hand and nobody asks about your visa status. You can’t plan for them but just have to be in the right place at the right time.

Northern Europe and Scandinavia

Like Holland, some of these countries are almost bilingual, among younger people anyway. If you have an EU passport or residency you may find jobs teaching children in their after school care programs.

The best hope for teaching English in Scandinavian countries would be kindergartens and after school programs. The progressive Scandinavian governments provide a lot of support for working parents and it is normal that students go into these programs funding by the government. However, you will need a legal visa status.

The Baltics & Eastern Europe

These are emerging markets and there are some pockets of fascinating and beautiful beach towns or black seas towns, and some new riches being found. Many of these countries are not full members of the EU thus North Americans are on the same visa status as EU members.

The countries are also lenient on qualifications and occasionally offer bonus and return airfare in order to attract native teachers. However, the pay is not enough to save money and this kind of teaching is usually down for the experience.

It may be a good time to get your foot in the door in these countries. Some have oil and other are being discovered by tourists.

Look at online notice boards such as ESL cafe for advertised jobs. You’ll find all levels of jobs in elementary schools to university and business schools.

Turkey

Turkey is not a full EU member but considers itself European. A degree and a TEFL certificate are usually required (but not the full CELTA equivalent). You will probably find work on one or the other. Schools are usually very well run and the students you will deal with include doctors and business people.

Turkey is a moderate and modern Muslim country but not a Muslim state. While Western Europe can be a bit suspicious of Turkey, non-European countries are taking advantage of this gem- teacher’s rave about their cultural experiences in Turkey and teachers are treated well plus have easy access to nearby Europe. There are a lot of Australian and New Zealand teachers in Turkey and a lot of Australian schools have set up not just to teach Turks but also to teach Australians to teach Europe (it’s an essentially part of the Australian backpacking trail). But don’t let Aussies and Kiwis have all the fun! If that doesn’t work out you can also check out some International Schools in India as well for different kinds of opportunities.

Britain and the Republic of Ireland

Even if you are not British or Irish there is a chance of picking up seasonal work teaching English here, particularly over the summer and especially in university and tourist towns. It’s quite common that students from mainland Europe spend their summers in England at a language school and for this reason the language schools have a splurge in student numbers for a couple of months of the year. Sometimes a director of studies would prefer to hire a non-local for these temporary jobs as they do not have to feel bad about putting them off at the end of the summer.

You will definitely need at least a Bachelor’s Degree and the CELTA or an equivalent like the Trinity certificate. The British are very strict that these certificates have a connection to a legitimate University such as CELTA does to Cambridge University so forget about online TEFL certificates here- they are not considered at all.

You will also need permission to work in Britain and Ireland. Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders under the age of 30 can obtain the working holiday visa. US citizens might have to go to a bit more trouble, i.e. if one of your grandparents was born in any EU country (doesn’t have to be Britain or Ireland) you could consider getting a second passport.

 

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