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beachbum



Joined: 24 Apr 2009
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Location: Australia

PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 4:42 pm    Post subject: American in Prague Reply with quote

I heard the only way you can get an offer in Prague is to get your TEFL certificate there. Is there any hope for a non-EU citizen?
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spiral78



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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Location: On a Short Leash

PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 5:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's possible for non EU teachers to get work permits, but you need a school to want you enough to help you jump through the hoops. That's another reason it's helpful to get certified in the city, if at all possible.

Timing is also really important. Contracts are typically Sept-June and you need to be up for a job search end August first of Sept (sooner all the schools will be firmly on holiday, as are most Europeans).

You could send around some introductory emails with your CV (resume) attached in advance, but don't be surprised if you hear nothing - you really have to be in the city to get a hearing, though it doesn't hurt to introduce yourself via email in advance.
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mr tree



Joined: 09 Oct 2007
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Location: Prague, CzR

PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

just to clarify, the market's really changed in the last year or two. last year, no problem taking on Americans and Aussies. but these days, there are so many people struggling in the UK and Ireland that they are taking TEFL certs and then making themselves available.

so the supply has changed and when you're presented with two comparable teachers, but one of them needs a shitload more admin work than the other, who you gonna choose?
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ovie



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its definitely a big advantage to have your TEFL certification
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smithrn1983



Joined: 23 Jul 2010
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Location: Moscow

PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 3:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As an American the best thing would be to get a zivnostensky list. You'll need help from a school to get one, but once you do it makes working in the country and changing employers a lot easier.
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