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Lord Byron College - Bari, Italy

 
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veggiepower



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:25 pm    Post subject: Lord Byron College - Bari, Italy Reply with quote

I would like some information about this school. How it treats foreign teachers, the work schedule, the accommodations, etc, I'm also interested in the city of Bari; the positives and negatives.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got an offer, have you? Be aware that if you are a US citizen and do not have a passport from a European country, the offer is 99% sure to be a scam. See threads on scams on the Italy forum for details on what the red flags are - Italian schools routinely have their (legit) info hijacked by scammers.
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veggiepower



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:29 am    Post subject: Lord Byron College Reply with quote

Thank you for the post. I checked the phone numbers in the job ad with the phone numbers on the school's website... Bazinga... they do not match. Here is the ad, in case anyone is in the process of a "job offer." I suspect I will receive a bogus contract asking for some sort of fees.




Below is the full description of out job you applied for.

Serious/enthusiastic EU , NON EU Teachers urgently.
Location: Bari, Puglia, Italy
Deadline: Saturday 15. March 2014
Experience: 1 year and extendable
Positions: 3
Details:
One of Italy's largest private language schools, with forty years' experience, full member of the European Association of Quality Language Services (EAQUALS), authorized test centre for Cambridge UCLES, IELTS , TOEFL, TOEIC and ECDL, authorized training centre for UCLES DELTA teaching qualification, seeks qualified, experienced EFL teachers with degree and TEFL certification for the period of a year with possibility of extension and/or renewal. Good working conditions, full support, possibility to become Cambridge Oral examiner. Opportunity for career advancement with in-house training and possibility to take part in FREE IN-HOUSE DELTA COURSE.
Qualifications:
Career minded EFL teachers with degree and TEFL qualification as well as at least one year's teaching experience ( Note that experience and degrees are not compulsory if you are ready to work and learn). Please note that, due to Italian employment regulations, we can now also consider US, Canadian, Australian and South African nationals, etc.
Courses offered:
Lord Byron College offers courses of English, French, German, Spanish and Italian on all levels and for all ages from very young children to advanced programmes, both General Fluency from A1 to C2 Council of Europe levels and technical/academic language programmes. Courses last from 20 to 60 hours and include both individual lessons and group courses.
Compensation:
Dynamic and supportive teaching environment, good working conditions, in-house training and teacher development, free Italian language courses for our teachers, FREE IN-HOUSE DELTA COURSE AND TEACHER TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT. Starting salary from 2,300-2,400 euro net per month. contracts with national insurance and pension coverage. Ten days paid national holidays during contracted period.
Teachers should be willing to share teaching ideas, assist in the preparation of new teaching materials and attend training/development days in school and local or national teacher conferences/training days (all expenses paid).
Severance pay: 2,000 euro
Additional teaching hours taught are paid as overtime.
Paid holidays over Christmas, Easter and any local or national holidays which fall within the contractual period.
100% medical insurance
Accommodation details: paid independent accommodation.
Traveling expenses reimbursed upon arrival.

Please forward your CV, passport, degrees/certificates and recent photograph to proceed:



Mr John Credico, Course Director
Via Sparano 102
Bari, Apulia
70121 - Italy.

Tel: (+39) 0694801641, (+39) 0694805851

Fax: 080 523 2686
Skype: lordbyroncolleges
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veggiepower



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:34 am    Post subject: Email address so bogus Reply with quote

In addition, I noted the email address....

avicesennas@gmail.com on behalf of contact@lordbyroncollege.com

WHAT????

Thank you again for your alert!!
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a classic.
Pay and benefits far too high for the region.
Offering to reimburse travel expenses (not done here).
Willing to hire sight-unseen from abroad (unnecessary for reputable employers to go out on such a limb in Europe; there are many teachers available in person for interviews).
...and the 2,000 pound gorilla - offering to hire non-EU passport holders.

Please let us know how much money they want from you, and for what;-)
They can't buy a visa for a non-EU teacher regardless of amount of money.
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veggiepower



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:20 pm    Post subject: Here's the request for me to sign the contract Reply with quote

Note, the school web site is reflected as "lordbyroncollegeS.com
By adding the "S" it is not possible to arrive at the legit school web site.

From: johncredico@lordbyroncolleges.com
Sent: ‎Saturday‎, ‎March‎ ‎8‎, ‎2014 ‎4‎:‎07‎ ‎PM
To: veggiepower@msn.com


Attached are scan copies of your contract, kindly study, fill in your available date, sign and e-mail us with a scan copy.
You are advised to e-mail the below office for your visa/Work permit assistance.
Ministero Dell'Interno
ATTY/Paul Basilio
E-mail: ministerodellInterno@consultant.com
www.interno.gov.it

I sent the request for the visa/work permit.... just to see what it looks like.
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veggiepower



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:35 pm    Post subject: Response from legit school..... Reply with quote

I went to the institution's web page and sent the following message. I received this response (first part).

"johncredico@lordbyroncollege.com" <johncredico@lordbyroncollege.com>;
Re: [Fwd: Job Announcement and Offer]
This is a total scam. Ignore and do not send them any personal
information. We are pursuing them via internet police.
Kind regards
John Credico> -------------------------- Messaggio originale
---------------------------
> Oggetto: Job Announcement and Offer
> Da: "Lord Byron College" <veggiepower@msn.com>
> Data: Ven, 7 Marzo 2014 7:54 am
> A: info@lordbyroncollege.com
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Contact fromLord Byron College
> NomeMarjorie Powers
> e-mailveggiepower@msn.com
> Telefono1-850-525-2297 OggettoJob
> Announcement and Offer MessaggioDear Sir,
> The following was a job advertisement I answered. I thought
> it was for your college. However, I have learned this is a
> scam. It came from the email address: avicesennas@gmail.com
> on behalf of contact @lordbyroncollege.com. Below is
> the full description of out job you applied for.
> Serious/enthusiastic EU , NON EU Teachers urgently. Location:
> Bari, Puglia, Italy Deadline: Saturday 15. March 2014
> Experience: 1 year and extendable Positions: 3 Details:
> One of Italy's largest private language schools, with forty
> years' experience, full member of the European Association of
> Quality Language Services (EAQUALS), authorized test centre
> for Cambridge UCLES, IELTS , TOEFL, TOEIC and ECDL,
> authorized training centre for UCLES DELTA teaching
> qualification, seeks qualified, experienced EFL teachers with
> degree and TEFL certification for the period of a year with
> possibility of extension and/or renewal. Good working
> conditions, full support, possibility to become Cambridge
> Oral examiner. Opportunity for career advancement with
> in-house training and possibility to take part in FREE
> IN-HOUSE DELTA COURSE. Qualifications: Career minded EFL
> teachers with degree and TEFL qualification as well as at
> least one year's teaching experience ( Note that experience
> and degrees are not compulsory if you are ready to work and
> learn). Please note that, due to Italian employment
> regulations, we can now also consider US, Canadian,
> Australian and South African nationals, etc. Courses offered:
> Lord Byron College offers courses of English, French,
> German, Spanish and Italian on all levels and for all ages
> from very young children to advanced programmes, both General
> Fluency from A1 to C2 Council of Europe levels and
> technical/academic language programmes. Courses last from 20
> to 60 hours and include both individual lessons and group
> courses. Compensation: Dynamic and supportive teaching
> environment, good working conditions, in-house training and
> teacher development, free Italian language courses for our
> teachers, FREE IN-HOUSE DELTA COURSE AND TEACHER TRAINING AND
> DEVELOPMENT. Starting salary from 2,300-2,400 euro net per
> month. contracts with national insurance and pension
> coverage. Ten days paid national holidays during contracted
> period. Teachers should be willing to share teaching
> ideas, assist in the preparation of new teaching materials
> and attend training/development days in school and local or
> national teacher conferences/training days (all expenses
> paid). Severance pay: 2,000 euro Additional teaching hours
> taught are paid as overtime. Paid holidays over Christmas,
> Easter and any local or national holidays which fall within
> the contractual period. 100% medical insurance Accommodation
> details: paid independent accommodation. Traveling expenses
> reimbursed upon arrival. Please forward your CV, passport,
> degrees/certificates and recent photograph to proceed: Mr
> John Credico, Course Director Via Sparano 102 Bari, Apulia
> 70121 - Italy. Tel: (+39) 0694801641, (+39) 0694805851
> Fax: 080 523 2686 Skype: lordbyroncolleges[/img]
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veggiepower



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:35 pm    Post subject: The request for money..... Reply with quote

A VISA application was attached to the email along with the following list:

Hello,

Requirements
Two recent passport size photograph;
One application form duly completed and signed;(Attached)
Passport valid three months over planned stay in Italy;
Copy of the passport page containing holder’s data and those mentioning an extension of validity.
A Signed letter of acceptance from Employer in Italy (Contract);
Visa fee of € 190 Money-transfer.
Note: You are to scan and e-mail all the above documents.

Ministero dell'Interno
ATTY/Paul Basilio
E-mail: ministerodellInterno@consultant.com
Skype: ministerodellinterno
http://www.interno.gov.it

I wanted to see how the money was involved. I wrote them back telling them the request for money was irregular and to withdraw my application.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile Thanks for letting us know!
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escomike



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got scammed by this too! Damn! I went as far as booking the flight! Oh well! I learned a hard lesson!
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