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Keith_Alan_W



Joined: 26 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2006 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent a few years in Germany. there is almost NO possibility of a salary job. You have to freelance yourself out and get a freelance visa. this requires 3 part-time contracts. Then you have to pay your own taxes. If a crap company like Inlingua offers you a full time contract, it'll be for 1500 Euro a month minuss at least 40 - 60 percent for health insurance and taxes! The cost of living is comparable with Japan, SO....

In the end, you'd be better off working at McDonalds.
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scot47



Joined: 10 Jan 2003
Posts: 12085
Location: Ultima Thule

PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give up on looking for work in Germany. Work where you will earn a real salary and spend your holidays in Deutschland.

Saudi is waiting for YOU !
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StralsundAmi



Joined: 22 Mar 2006
Posts: 13
Location: Stralsund Germany

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 10:52 am    Post subject: Working in Germany without German knowledge Reply with quote

I wanted to add my two cents please. I came to Germany with having had only one month German classes and didnīt find it to be extremely difficult to find work teaching business English in Berlin. I took German classes at the Volkshochschule in the morning and taught in the afternoons and evenings. I had several students tell me that they were happy that I wasnīt proficient in German as they had had other teachers that seemed to want to practice German more than teach English. I also found it helpful to key in on non-teaching experience I had from previous jobs in the states and to sell myself to those markets. I had some limited banking experience and looked up the translations for general and specific terms that not everybody would know. I ended up staying quite busy teaching managment staff at several large banking firms in Berlin. Since then I have moved to Stralsund in the North of Germany where there arenīt quite as many teaching jobs. I work as a bartender and teach at the Volkshochschule teaching English and Spanish as well. Iīve been here now almost 3 years and have found my own little niche. Ps. I continued taking German at the Volkshochschule and recently took my German proficiency exams from the Goethe Institute. Yippe I got an "1".
Personally I wouldnīt let the lack of German deter anyone from teaching. I think the biggest dilemna is the over abundancy of qualified teachers.
Best of Luck
Ami in Stralsund
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StralsundAmi



Joined: 22 Mar 2006
Posts: 13
Location: Stralsund Germany

PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanted to add my two cents please. I came to Germany with having had only one month long German class and didnīt find it to be extremely difficult to find work teaching Business English in Berlin. I took German classes at the Volkshochschule in the morning and taught in the afternoons and evenings. I had several students tell me that they were happy that I wasnīt proficient in German as they had had other teachers that seemed to want to practice German more than teach English. I also found it helpful to key in on non-teaching (business)experiences I had from previous jobs in the states and to sell myself to those markets. I had some limited banking experience and looked up the translations for general and specific terms that not everybody would know. I ended up staying quite busy teaching managment staff at several large banking firms in Berlin. I will say I have my TEFL certificate, a Masterīs Degree in Education and a Bachelorīs in Bilingual Education (Spanish/English). I taught ESL previously but that was back in the late 1980s. Last year I moved to Stralsund in the North of Germany where there arenīt quite as many teaching jobs. I work as a bartender and teach a few hours a week at the Volkshochschule (English and Spanish) as well. Iīve been here now almost 3 years and have found my own little niche. Ps. I continued taking German at the Volkshochschule and recently took my German proficiency exams from the Goethe Institute. Yippe I got an "1". Being able to communicate certainly makes life easier however,personally I wouldnīt let the lack of German deter anyone from coming to Germany to teach. I think the biggest dilemna is the over abundancy of qualified teachers and the limited opportunities especially for real jobs with benefits.
Best of Luck
Ami in Stralsund
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