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Current Working Conditions Prague, Czech Republic

 
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Guinea Pig



Joined: 11 Jan 2010
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Location: Prague

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:22 am    Post subject: Current Working Conditions Prague, Czech Republic Reply with quote

This it has just been announced that Caledonian School will be cutting the pay of all staff by 4% and all annual pay increases that staff receive on the anniversary of their start date have been cancelled for this year.

If you are a new teacher starting at the school you will be offered 175Kc per teaching hour. Taxes and social payments will take approximately 20% off of this. Most teachers are given about 28 teaching hours per week but you can expect at least 2 of these to be cancelled each week by students.

Currently to live in Prague you should expect to pay between 6000 to 8000 Kc for rent depending on the location and how many people you are sharing with. I pay 6500Kc including bills to share a 38m2 appartment with 1 other person. Food expenditure obviously depends on each person, I am vegetarian and spend about 3000Kc per month. You can have a look on the Tesco website to give you a quick and easy comparison of current prices.

Then don't forget that you will have some expenses related to your work for example phone and teaching materials such as whiteboard pens and files.

So after these expenses you will have about 4000Kc left per month for clothing, services (500kc for a for lady's haircut), leisure activities, social activities and travel back home. Therefore my advice would be if you are currently planning to move to the Czech Republic either be prepared to teach a number of additional hours or use some of your own funds to while you are here.

I hope this is helpful to anyone travelling here this year and if anyone living here would like to add any comments please do so.
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mr tree



Joined: 09 Oct 2007
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Location: Prague, CzR

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'd just like to point out a few inaccuracies in the OP which I'm fortunate enough to be privvy to...
    the pay cuts don't affect all staff - beginner's salaries are still the same.
    the 175kc per teaching hour quoted (176kc actually) is a NET figure, AFTER taxes.
    i also believe that such things as whiteboards, pens and files can actually be provided by the school


i can't disagree with the OP's conclusion though. salaries throughout the TEFL industry are tight at the moment, not only at the school mentioned. for example, another friend of mine just started full-time, 26 hours a week and is being paid 16000kc GROSS per month Shocked
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sisyphus



Joined: 20 Sep 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a dreadful time to efl in Prague, firms have slashed or closed in firm language courses, and czech owned language schools are even more cheekier and dishonest than normal...The only people making a living here now are EFL Traning firms pretending there are jobs here. There are not and there is little freelance work. it is the worst ive ever seen it in 14 years...if you are thinking of teaching here it is a bad idea. Belarus?
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corij



Joined: 03 Dec 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sisyphus wrote:
..The only people making a living here now are EFL Traning firms pretending there are jobs here.



Thats exactly what my girlfriend and i found . A training school told us , "dont worry, there are still jobs here"- i understand they are doing that because to admit the truth might be commercial suicide . But we looked hard in Prague for 2 months ,all we came across were plenty of newbies ,who also couldnt find a job . THERES NOTHING MUCH AROUND , as long as the recession lasts


P.S. we even got scammed on the school accomodation,maybe they really are desperate . Take with a pinch of salt anything you are told unless its from a teacher on the ground
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musicalchef



Joined: 24 Apr 2009
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At my school they're cutting the pay a bit too for new courses.

I love the school I'm at, but I'm definitely learning Czech to increase my job options here!
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RabbitWho



Joined: 16 Jan 2010
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Location: Spain

PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is part of the reason why I had to make the decision to leave CZ, I do love it here, and I can live and get by and save in the town i live in now, but i've always wanted to live in a capital city, I can't justify moving to Prauge when it won't even be possible to get more than 2 Czech lessons a week and I really want to get past that B1 hump that I see all my students hit the same I have.
You can't study Czech as a foreign language in a university here unless you have at least a C1 level, which is insane, so it makes more sense to me to just move somewhere else and start a new language and life from scratch.

So to the poster: If you move outside of Prauge to a small town you will make slightly more money and have much cheaper accommodation, you'll also have a better chance of learning Czech as you won't meet a single soul who speaks English, that's what I did and I think B1 in 10 months was good... the problem is it's been 16 months now and i haven't made any progress since that time! I really need to live and breathe Czech to improve, and there are just no options available to me for that.
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smithryansmith



Joined: 27 Dec 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RabbitWho wrote:
This is part of the reason why I had to make the decision to leave CZ, I do love it here, and I can live and get by and save in the town i live in now, but i've always wanted to live in a capital city, I can't justify moving to Prauge when it won't even be possible to get more than 2 Czech lessons a week and I really want to get past that B1 hump that I see all my students hit the same I have.
You can't study Czech as a foreign language in a university here unless you have at least a C1 level, which is insane, so it makes more sense to me to just move somewhere else and start a new language and life from scratch.

So to the poster: If you move outside of Prauge to a small town you will make slightly more money and have much cheaper accommodation, you'll also have a better chance of learning Czech as you won't meet a single soul who speaks English, that's what I did and I think B1 in 10 months was good... the problem is it's been 16 months now and i haven't made any progress since that time! I really need to live and breathe Czech to improve, and there are just no options available to me for that.


If youve made it to B1 Czech it seems a pity to start over with a new language. but I guess those are the breaks.
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