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Budapest: Elementary vs. High School

 
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FrankieSaysRelax



Joined: 10 May 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:36 pm    Post subject: Budapest: Elementary vs. High School Reply with quote

Hi there,

I'm not seeing a discussion board for Hungary, is there one?

I was hoping to get some input from someone with experience teaching both elementary and high school students. I have been offered a choice between the two in Budapest, Hungary. I've never been, and this will be my first time teaching abroad. I've worked as a nanny for 12 years, but my (albeit meager) teaching experience has been with adults. I have a TEFL, and am halfway to my MAESL.

Perhaps it's wrong to generalize, but I'm curious to learn about any glaring differences between these populations in Hungary vs. the US. I'm aware of the challenges that each age group presents in my own culture, but what about (your typical) Hungarian kids?

If you have any insight to offer, I'd love to hear it. Thanks!
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jserio



Joined: 15 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I could help you but I can't. I do have a question for you though. I see you are from the US and you managed to find a ESL job in Hungary (Budapest of all locations). Did you find this through the (paid) CETP program? I'm also from the US and spent two years teaching English in Georgia and would love to teach in Hungary but everything I have read indicates that it's difficult for non-EU residents to find work there. Would love to hear your experience.

Regards,
Jim
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FrankieSaysRelax



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Jim,

PM sent.

Frankie
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oipivo



Joined: 02 Jan 2012
Posts: 157
Location: Poland

PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, I am actually also curious about teaching in Hungary. It's one of my favorite countries by far, did you have to go through CTEP to find work? It seems they have a monopoly on the ESL game there. I would love to hear from you. Thanks!
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vashdown2



Joined: 14 Feb 2007
Posts: 122
Location: Paris, France

PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy Moly! Paying over 3,500 dollars to get a position for 1 year... that probably pays 500 dollars a month!

What a rip off!
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FrankieSaysRelax



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey vashdown2 - It's not over 3,500 - it's 2,500. If you come at the last minute they knock it down to 1,500. But yes, you are correct, it is a steep price to pay up front. Having never done this before, I thought it worth the price being that they take care of everything for you - securing a job, finding an apartment, not to mention all the bureaucratic nonsense. I've a fabulous contact teacher willing to help at the drop of a hat, a (nearly) tax free salary, health insurance, and a bus pass (gotta relish those small pleasures javascript:emoticon('Wink') ). As someone who's still green, I can't imagine the headache of trying to take care of all that on my own. I know it's doable, but I guess I'd just rather pay someone else to do all that for me. Is CETP the answer for everybody? No. But for me it's been a good thing so far.
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