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bansheebeat



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:39 pm    Post subject: ABCi English in Austria Reply with quote

It's a 3 month long volunteer program where you basically travel around Austria and teach English in what sounds like a summer-camp type setting. Since it's volunteer work there is no pay, but they pay for your flight and other travel costs as well as provide room, board, food, etc. At the end of the three months you get a TEFL certificate which is a nice bonus I suppose. It seems like a relatively inexpensive (I'll only be paying for personal activities, i.e. weekend trips, going out at night, etc) way to see Austria which I've always wanted to visit.

I got offered a position and I was wondering if anyone had worked with them before? I found a couple reviews that all seemed positive but am hoping to hear more. I'm really just hoping to do this to fill the gap in between now and May when I will start working in Thailand.

http://www.austriabci.at/
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dj_92



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you end up going through the program? I just applied for this winter and I'm really curious about people's personal experience with the program. Feel free to message me as well.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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General Disarray



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been working for a more established company in Austria for the past 4 years. Abci are copying what our company does......badly. And paying you 400euros less per week for it while charging the children 70euros a head.

Someone is making a nice load of money but the schools they took away are returning to us as you pay what you get for in the end.

If you are volunteering for this though, just remember you are taking jobs away from English teachers who need the money to pay rent\bills\food...you are also working incredibly cheap in an intense job of 6 hours teaching a day with 20 minutes break such is the Austrian school system. It is anything but a summer camp and the last school we revisited after they were less than happy with Abci said one of the teachers quit half way through on Monday.

Anyone who works for free for this company while they are raking in around 1000euros per class seriously needs to rethink how valuable their time actually is..as I said, someone is making some serious profit on your hard work
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happyinshangqiu



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:55 pm    Post subject: Re: ABCi English in Austria Reply with quote

bansheebeat wrote:
It's a 3 month long volunteer program where you basically travel around Austria and teach English in what sounds like a summer-camp type setting. Since it's volunteer work there is no pay, but they pay for your flight and other travel costs as well as provide room, board, food, etc. At the end of the three months you get a TEFL certificate which is a nice bonus I suppose. It seems like a relatively inexpensive (I'll only be paying for personal activities, i.e. weekend trips, going out at night, etc) way to see Austria which I've always wanted to visit.

I got offered a position and I was wondering if anyone had worked with them before? I found a couple reviews that all seemed positive but am hoping to hear more. I'm really just hoping to do this to fill the gap in between now and May when I will start working in Thailand.

http://www.austriabci.at/


They see you suckas coming a mile away. Laughing
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emmaABCi



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:17 am    Post subject: ABCi teaching courses Reply with quote

I did a placement with ABCi and for me, it was one of the best teaching placement. So good that I am still here in Austria.

Travelling around Austria was one of my favourite parts. Being in a school for a maximum of a week meant that I got to visit so many Austrian towns and teach so many Austrian children.

Austrian children are a pleasure to teach and it was so much fun. Active Learning is great- playing games and singing songs with children whilst teaching them was ideal for me

Training with the Senior Teachers is great. They have so much teaching knowledge and were always willing to work past their normal hours to help you if you're struggling with something

Making friends with fellow trainees. I met people from America and the rest of the UK, and we are all still in touch now and I visit a lot of them at different times.


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sparks



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is such a load of garbage i can barely restrain my rage enough to type. Senior teachers willing to stay late to train new ones? For free? A chance to teach so many children? If only it were possible to smack someone through the web...
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Methinks emma has some inside connections Wink
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General Disarray



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 9:13 pm    Post subject: Re: ABCi teaching courses Reply with quote

emmaABCi wrote:
I did a placement with ABCi and for me, it was one of the best teaching placement. So good that I am still here in Austria.

Travelling around Austria was one of my favourite parts. Being in a school for a maximum of a week meant that I got to visit so many Austrian towns and teach so many Austrian children.


Travelling around Austria......Once you've seen one dorf you've seen them all.

Hardly as diverse as travelling around say Brazil or Mexico!
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johncoan



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, exactly.

Vienna has its charms (I can't think of any right now - anyone?) but overall Austria is one of Europe's least interesting countries. And the people make the Germans look relaxed and easy-going.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:14 pm    Post subject: Re: ABCi teaching courses Reply with quote

emmaABCi wrote:
I did a placement with ABCi and for me, it was one of the best teaching placement. So good that I am still here in Austria.

...and am now an employee of the company." (You left out that part.) Razz
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Mixal



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Comparing Austria with countries 20-30x bigger Laughing

Also, Austrians are considered more laid back than Germans.
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General Disarray



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mixal wrote:
Comparing Austria with countries 20-30x bigger Laughing

Also, Austrians are considered more laid back than Germans.


But the point is; why would you want to work for free to see a country which doesn't offer too much variety...

At least the programmes offered by greenheart et all; pays all be it not a great wage but enough to live on as a single person in a country such as Colombia!!!

I did this job before; the difference is I got paid 400euros a week for it and in Germany 500euros a week which allowed me to live in Budapest for 3 years only working 2 weeks a month. It baffles me why someone would do this for free while the company rakes in the profits (500euros per class) just to see Austria... I enjoy Austria and have lots of memories, but it wouldn't be on the top of my list by a long shot to spend a considerable amount of time exploring for pleasure.

There is a part of me that thinks my ex-boss in the company I worked for is pissed off she didn't think about this idea first; getting in volunteers.

Agree about the Austrians being more relaxed than the Germans.
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Snuff



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been tempted to 'apply' for this, only for the benefit of being in the country and applying for jobs at nearby language schools during my free time. That's the main perk here, as far as I'm concerned. Would this be feasible, or am I better off travelling from Prague for interviews? Vienna is fairly close by.

Shame the job market in Austria is so small. Perhaps I should focus my ambitions back to Leipzig.
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tree228



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 2:09 pm    Post subject: Nothing to lose Reply with quote

I came across this organisation and I've had a look into them on the internet and I can't see there's anything to lose. They're on the Austrian NPO list and I've checked with Trinity College and they are a CertTESOL provider, which by the looks of it is similar to the CELTA. Is there any advantage to getting a CELTA over a CertTESOL?
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