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Impossible to get a ESL job in Europe?!

 
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shiningstar21



Joined: 22 Aug 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:08 pm    Post subject: Impossible to get a ESL job in Europe?! Reply with quote

I am in the middle of my 130 hour TEFL certificate, which I plan to finish at the end of the month.

I am a British Citizen.

I have 'some' teaching experience, I.e. in my job although I'm not teacher per say, I do some teaching with adults and children.

I want to get job teaching English somewhere in Spain, Italy, Prague, Greece etc.
I tried China, but it's too expensive for the flights/visa. And Saudi Arabia is too scary for me Shocked

What are my chances of getting a teaching job in Europe? I don't need a high wage, just enough to live on and have the odd night out.
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Sashadroogie



Joined: 17 Apr 2007
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Location: Moskva, The Workers' Paradise

PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come to Russia!
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spiral78



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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Location: On a Short Leash

PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was your certification course entirely on line or did it include real teaching practice with actual students, and feedback from teacher trainers on how you've done?

If your course didn't include the teaching practice, you will be at a disadvantage on the job market in all the areas you name. Most newbies on this job market have a CELTA or equivalent, including the supervised teaching practice, and reputable employers look for this.

Also, keep in mind that there are start-up costs here. Because there are lots of teachers around, reputable employers don't need to take chances on anyone sight-unseen, so the way to find work is to come over, pick a city, and hand out your CV in person. The big hiring season is NOW, with a smaller bump in January.

If you haven't got the funds to do this, wait and save up until you do. It's not safe to go abroad without a reasonable financial cushion anyway. You'll need enough for your flights, probably at least two months' housing costs, plus a bit to spare. Employers usually pay monthly, at the end of the month worked.

(You're not qualified for the ME anyway - they pay well and demand real quals for the money - related MA + experience, normally).
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