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freebeacher



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 7:20 am    Post subject: Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia Reply with quote

Whichof these countries offers the most opportunities for native speaker teachers from the USA? Is a B.A. sufficient? I do not yet have any TEFL certificates.

Do any of you have links or suggestions for schools?

I emailed the embassy of each country in Washington last week asking about teaching English and never got a reply. Thanks.
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briana74



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
I'm Romanian. I've been living abroad for quite a while now, but if you have any specific questions about Romania, ask.
I think your best bet would be to contact different private language schools directly.
All the best!
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm fairly familiar with the market in Croatia - and I can say it's very small.
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freebeacher



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks both.
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Mike_2007



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Location: Bucharest, Romania

PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,

In Romania you have some international schools which pay well and generally treat you well. You can find all their names and details by Googling. A B.A. is a good start but a teaching certificate and some experience will help a lot as there aren't that many positions. You should start contacting them now (while there are still at school) for a September start.

Language schools pay much less and most are locally owned and probably won't get you legal papers or a contract. They'll give you some hours when they have classes which require a native speaker, but other times they'll have nothing for you. They are only really of interest to you if you want some extra hours, but they won't provide the support and secure income most people want.

There are a few training organisations who provide in-company classes to businesses but the situation with these is pretty much the same as for the private language schools mentioned in the paragraph above.

I'm less informed about the situation at universities, but I know in the past many of them employed a native speaker for some conversational classes. The guy I knew got a local salary and accommodation but that was about 3 or 4 years back.

The final option is to work freelance, which is what I do. There are plenty of cash-paying students around but if you can provide invoices and contracts you'll do much better. The work is ok, low stress, well-paid but it takes time to build up contacts and a reputation so it's not really the kind of thing a newbie to teaching or to the country should do, but something you could build up alongside a regular paying job.

All the best,
Mike
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naturegirl321



Joined: 04 May 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For Romania, you can try emailing schools. I got info from
the US embassy
school.ac
english-schools.org
eslbase.com
eslteachersboard.com


or contact places like
the BC
IH
Bell

I contacted about 30 and heard from 7.
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freebeacher



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you.
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