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amye90



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:04 pm    Post subject: TEFL certification and chances of getting a job Reply with quote

Hi!

I'm seriously thinking about getting TEFL certified and teaching abroad but I don't know which company to use. I've been looking at LanguageCorps and TEFLintstitute. Does anyone know anything about them?

Also, how difficult is it to work in Greece as an American?

I appreciate any advice anyone can give!

Thank you!
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Also, how difficult is it to work in Greece as an American?


It's extremely difficult to impossible.

There are quite a few threads here discussing this. Here is one:

http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=88433
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I have not used Anglo-Hellenic to find a job, so I can't provide the kind of information you are looking for. However, I did exchange a few e-mails with them a couple of years ago, and I still receive messages as a member of a Yahoo group ([email protected]) When I talked to them, I still hoped to teach in Europe, and had not yet done any of the research that would subsequently tell me how unlikely it would be for an American with minimal qualifications to land a job in Greece. I can tell you that Anglo-Hellenic was not at all straighforward about the Schengen visa obstacles confronting North Americans. I cannot say that they out and out lied, but they definitely gave me misleading information, and were not forthcoming about the difficulties involved. And it seems that they continue to encourage non-EU applicants to believe that they will be able to find work in Greece. While this particular issue may not apply to you, their handling of it would prompt me to ask LOTS of questions to get a better sense of their reliability and integrity.


and another:

http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=81340
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connieko



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is difficult to find a job in Greece, especially now. Private language schools (where most EFL teachers work) are not hiring and if they are, the pay is ridiculously low. You can always do private lessons, which is what most EFL teachers do to supplement their income (It used to be anything from 15 to 25 Euros per hour depending on the level you teach, city etc) I'd say that nowadays in a big city like Athens and Thessaloniki, 10 Euros an hour or less is very common. Again it depends! I know teachers who still charge 20 per hour, but they have many years of experience and recommendations.
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