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A positive experience of Teaching in Greece

 
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seanh



Joined: 20 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 12:58 pm    Post subject: A positive experience of Teaching in Greece Reply with quote

I would just like to briefly post a comment on my experience of teaching in Greece. I applied for a position through Anglo Hellenic, they located one for me promptly in Ilioupoli, Athens, and briefed me on the terms and conditions of employment and what to expect when I arrived there. As I am an inexperienced teacher, Anglo Hellenic purposely sought to find me a position where I would be surrounded by experienced native speaking teachers who could support me in my first year. I am very appreciative of their efforts and care in this regard as I have found the help and advice of my colleagues to be invaluable.

The school where I work is in a lovely suburb. It is well run and the administrative staff and management are very helpful. I have found a lot of support internally and I have received very positive and constructive feedback. This has helped me to improve my teaching. There is a clear structure in the school where I work, as a new teacher, not having to do everything on an ad-hoc basis is a blessing. My students are, for the most part, very pleasant to teach, and I find the job very rewarding, particularly when the students show a keen interest and contribute positively as the majority do. My British and Irish colleagues have been very helpful and supportive, not just with regard to the educational side of teaching life, but also by showing me around Athens and helping me to become more familiar with and comfortable with the nuances of life in Greece.

My experience of teaching has so far been very positive. I would recommend Greece to anyone considering a TEFL position abroad. Our accomodation is basic but, then, I never expected to live in the lap of luxury anyway. I am very happy with my decision to move to Greece.
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Insubordination



Joined: 07 Nov 2007
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Location: Sydney

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2007 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great post and something to think about. Are you teaching young people or adults.
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seanh



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2007 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Young people, the school teaches AP to Prof, vast majority are school kids
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cpiers47



Joined: 14 Sep 2007
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Location: Montana

PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:50 am    Post subject: Citizenship? Reply with quote

What is your citizenship? I'm looking at teaching in Greece and was wondering how hard it was for nonEU, etc. to get a permit and position at a school.
Thanks,
Carrie
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seanh



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm from the EU so it was easy for me. I'm not sure of the ins and outs of teaching if you're from America but I do know of two Americans who are teaching out here so it can't be too hard. Contact Anglo Hellenic if you want more info or check some of the other posts on this site, I think there are some related ones. Good Luck!
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Crash! Bang!



Joined: 27 Jan 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CPIERS47

did you apply to Via Lingua? what has your experience with them been? I am an American and interested in their course, also. Anything you could tell me would be appreciated.
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cpiers47



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't started the process yet - I have 1 more year at the school I'm currently teaching in and then will probably start looking at international schools.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a discussion about Via LIngua and whether they can get you legal work permits on the thread 'working as an ESL in Greece,' which I've just bumped up in response to this question.
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