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25000 Kc gross - survival minimum with a zivno?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your country of origin makes a difference here too - if you have a UK passport, easier to find something as employers won't have to make visa applications on your behalf. However, your other quals are fine and a bit above the usual entry-level. If you time it well, I'd guess you'll find something.

For what it's worth, I had two friends (American) whose parents were Chinese who taught in Prague. There were occasional comments, but nothing serious, and both had two-year teaching stints there.
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taylor.1988



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds better, I am basically immune to unintentional or minor racism. I am teaching middle-aged to straight up old (+60) Maori students (indigineous NZers) Shocked who arent too keen on a 22yr old asian guy telling them how to read and write lol

No UK passport though, just NZ. I am looking around Jan, which I read from here is a good time for employment. Is it still the case?

Also, does it sound crazy that to fly from Auckland, NZ to Prague is like NZ$3000?? Would I be better off purchasing a one way or 90 day (schengen) return?

How much is a backpacker (or cheapest form of accom) per night? Something that barely beats sleeping in a car.

Thanks for your useful input Spiral, much appreciated Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, most contracts are Sept - June, but there is usually a small hiring bump at early January, mostly to replace teachers who didn't return after their winter holidays and to accomodate new clients who started contracts with a school at the first of the calendar year. You might help your chances if you send your CV and a cover letter around in early December, but don't be discouraged if you get no replies. However, it could help in January when you make the rounds in person if they have already spent 5 seconds scanning your CV:-)

You shouldn't have much trouble finding a hostel in January, though if you're around New Year's you may indeed find yourself sleeping on a sidewalk Laughing

Usually round trip flight tickets are the cheapest - you can usually plan to pay an additional fee to change the return date if needed. You might look at routes via other major hubs - can be cheaper. I usually fly through Frankfurt, but you could also check other hubs (Brussels?). The price you quote is 1,800 euro (approximately) and that does sound high.
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taylor.1988



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey thanks a lot for your help, i have a clearer picture of what ill face. I'll shop around for tickets Smile

so, these hostels... how much roughly?

cheers!
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stay with relatives when I'm in the city Embarassed

Try here? http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/czech-republic/prague/
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artemisia



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'll shop around for tickets

It's such a long travel route which means fewer deals.

Check out buying (online) from Sydney to Europe. You'd pay in Australian dollars but there's a lot more choice of flights to Europe. It'd be good if you had someone to stay with there as a stopover, otherwise the flight from NZ to Sydney would have to match up. If you decide to do this, just work out if the two (return ?) tickets combined, plus the dollar difference, really makes that worthwhile.
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