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kylemcgee



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:45 am    Post subject: Teaching in Malta Reply with quote

Hello -

I'm an experienced ELT teacher. I've been offered a teaching position in Malta with the following benefits:

Reference Number: CH-2426, Location:
Valletta, Malta Salary: Competitive,
Accommodation: Furnished accommodation provided, Airfare: Airfare
provided (return ticket), Duration of Contract:
Min. 6 month, Experience Required:
No, Age of Students: 6-10, Teaching
hours per Week: 25, Salary: 1500 Euro
/Month, Benefits: Yes

I have not spent much time in Europe and was wondering about people's experiences teaching there. Is 1500 Eur enough to live ok and perhaps save (ha!) some money? What's it like to live there? Expensive? Overcrowded?

I'd appreciate your advice.

Take care -

Kyle
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uh, scam alert.
This is highly unlikely to be a genuine offer.
If they ask you to send them any money, you will know for sure.

Tip-offs

Jobs in Europe don't pay airfare (almost never).
Employers here don't generally hire from abroad (very few exceptions, for exceptional qualifications/experience or sometimes in the case of a seriously rural - isolated- school).
It is extremely rare that an EFL job offers a visa for a non-EU citizen, which I guess you are from the comment about not knowing much about Europe.


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kylemcgee



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
Uh, scam alert.
This is highly unlikely to be a genuine offer.
If they ask you to send them any money, you will know for sure.

Tip-offs

Jobs in Europe don't pay airfare.
Employers here don't generally hire from abroad.
It is extremely rare that an EFL job offers a visa for a non-EU citizen, which I guess you are from the comment about not knowing much about Europe.


Aah. In fact the site is asking for money for placement. So, sounds like I did find a scam indeed. Wink

Thanks for the heads up!

Kyle
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scam. Almost certainly.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And in related news, another scam:

http://forums.eslcafe.com/job/viewtopic.php?t=105179
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mambawamba



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

That's not a lot of money in Malta, you'll barely be making ends meet. Lived there for a year and a half wouldn't recommend it in fact avoid like the ruddy plague. Any info you need PM me.

Mamba
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it is a scam as many of us think, then the OP won't be working there !
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mambawamba



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@ Scot47 whether this particular offer is a scam or not there are many schools in Malta. This is not a question of an individual sad, bad or mad recruiter. If for any reason the OP is still interested in working in Malta at another school then the advice I gave stands.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OP in this case was not an EU citizen, so very little chance s/he will be going to Malta. However, I understand from my contacts that there is a pretty large summer school ESL indusrty there and it would be interesting to hear more about it, for the benefit of teachers who have a legal 'in.'
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mambawamba



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Spiral78 many, many non EU citizens working in Malta.

Large industry BUT as Malta is perceived to be a bi-lingual country seasonal ESL teaching is seen as the job for uni students over their holidays.

There is a huge gulf between Maltese English and any other form of English however be prepared to be corrected as 'oh eya don't know you how to speak ei.'

Until two years ago all you needed as a Maltese was an English A-level grade E, this was upped to a Grade C in 2012. (For 'outsiders' you need Tefl q's).

Because there is such a huge oversupply of available 'teachers' then anyone from outside is surplus to requirements unless in a managerial position or for exams.

Wages are some of the lowest in Europe (5 Euro per class for a teacher), you get offered a high wage then be prepared to give your pound of flesh (70 hour week as a DOS anyone?). Housing is expensive, transport is nigh on impossible (new buses ha!) and as a tourist island the prices are HIGH!

Believe me there are better places to be.

As I said anyone wants more info then this please PM me.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting how Malta is considered bilingual, whereas Cyprus is not. Cannot see much difference between the two...
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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@Spiral78 many, many non EU citizens working in Malta



Malta being a Schengen country, would be very interested to know how it is that many non EU citizens are working there (legally). In fact, I expect a lot of people who otherwise can't find legal work in Europe would love to know how it is that Malta is (apparently, according to the info on this thread) a legal option.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Malta isn't known for its strict adherence to EU anything. Remember when it was trying to sell EU passports to basically anyone who'd stump up?

I have no doubt that there are high numbers of (il)legal non-EU TEFLers there.
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BocaNY



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been looking at job posts for Malta and they all say if you don't have legal permission to work in Malta don't apply. Meaning no EU passport or work visa don't bother. Plus according to their rules even if you get a work permit you can only get it renewed twice more after the first one for a total of 3yrs permit in your life time. Sad
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mambawamba



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Malta has a fluid approach to most things as long as it benefits Malta.

While many nationalities are there, whether they are legal/illegal is another matter entirely!

As always when travelling and working in another country I would suggest people follow the laws of that country.
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