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Living costs in Opole

 
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ThoomaasssB



Joined: 02 Jun 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:42 pm    Post subject: Living costs in Opole Reply with quote

Hi, I've got a quick question, I've been offered 2600PLN to work in Opole, accom not included, what standing of living can I expect?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Sgt Bilko



Joined: 28 Jul 2006
Posts: 123
Location: POLAND

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not brilliant. About three years ago, people sharing a two bedroomed flat were paying about 650zl a month each plus about 300 in bills. Single flats were about 900zl. Prices probably haven't changed much.

The important thing is to try to get a flat in a block. They don't look as nice as the converted houses but the bills are much less. We had some people with real shocks in nice apartments - 600zl for gas one month in winter for example.

2600zl sounds like an IH wage - see other posts for views on these. There may be some overtime to supplement it and private students. At least there's no tax or insurance to pay.

I'd say that you can live reasonably well but you will probably have to subsidise your travels if you want to see anything of the country / neighbouring countries. Travel / hotels / meals out will soon eat into your money.
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lundjstuart



Joined: 01 Jul 2008
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Location: Warsaw, Poland

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Expect not to accept this offer because it's like a normal office worker's wage. You will have a hard time doing anything.

Did they say net or gross?
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maniak



Joined: 06 Feb 2008
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If its for 10 hours a week, not bad.
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ThoomaasssB



Joined: 02 Jun 2009
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's IH, 20 hrs i think. I think I'm going to turn it down. Thanks for the responses.
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Sgt Bilko



Joined: 28 Jul 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

People don't go to IH for the money. What you get is security (flat found, no paperwork), training (if you're newly qualified you'll end the year in a much better position than if you went to a better paying school where you were left to look after yourself) and the future - stay with IH for a 2nd year increment, move to another IH school in a different country, make contacts with people who know people - you'll meet teachers/senior staff from Wrocalw, Katowice and Bielsko. That's a lot of people who could be working all over the world in a couple of years time and, if you make a good impression on them and keep in touch, that's a hell of a good reason to choose IH.

In the short term it's a rip off but, if you're in this business for the long term it can be a good career move.
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anospi



Joined: 03 Dec 2004
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Location: Perth, Western Australia

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Their salaries have gone up - I was on 2350 a few years back. However, word on the street is IH in Opole isn't as good as it once was. There's no DOS there anymore, and a senior staff member travels up from Katowice once or twice a week. I don't think they offer the training opportunities they once did either. i.e. IHYCL course and teaching skills for Cambridge exam courses.

Saying all of this, Opole is a top little city, and there are far worse places you could spend time in Poland. Far far worse places.
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