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Captain_Fil



Joined: 06 Jan 2011
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Location: California - the land of fruits and nuts

PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An ESL job is possible in the Czech Republic? Shocked

I thought Europe was off-limits for non-EU citizens.

The Czech Republic is now on my list.

First, Asia. Then, Europe.

Check!

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smithrn1983



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Americans can find jobs in CR, but it's difficult. Nine times out of ten you need to be in the country to get a job, and if you're flexible, you should arrive in late August.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll need an on-site cert (because 95% of newbies on this job market have one), and if you're serious about the Czech Rep, it's probably advisable to get one in Prague. There are quite a few good on-site courses in the city.

You'll have start-up costs - you need to plan to get yourself here, and to support yourself until your first paycheck. Housing is relatively expensive: you can count on 30-50% of your net pay for this - and you'll probably need to pay for the first month up front, a month's rent as security, and possibly the equivalent of a month's rent to an agent.

Wages are very basic - if you are successful at landing a job where the employer will give you a full schedule and help you with visa applications - good - and you should make enough to live on and enjoy the city, but not to save up much or pay off debt back home. Travel around the CR is do-able, and if you're frugal you may save up enough for one or two trips in other countries, but it's tough here to save much.
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Captain_Fil



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
You'll need an on-site cert (because 95% of newbies on this job market have one), and if you're serious about the Czech Rep, it's probably advisable to get one in Prague. There are quite a few good on-site courses in the city.

You'll have start-up costs - you need to plan to get yourself here, and to support yourself until your first paycheck. Housing is relatively expensive: you can count on 30-50% of your net pay for this - and you'll probably need to pay for the first month up front, a month's rent as security, and possibly the equivalent of a month's rent to an agent.

Wages are very basic - if you are successful at landing a job where the employer will give you a full schedule and help you with visa applications - good - and you should make enough to live on and enjoy the city, but not to save up much or pay off debt back home. Travel around the CR is do-able, and if you're frugal you may save up enough for one or two trips in other countries, but it's tough here to save much.


On-site cert? Expensive housing?

On second thought....

Shocked
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maastricht



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On-site cert? Expensive housing?

On second thought....

Shocked


Everything is relative, isn't it? I live on the east coast of the USA and housing in Prague looks cheap to me at the current exchange rates. Your location says California so maybe it's cheap for you too? I looked at the fees for major TEFL schools in Prague and they all looked cheap compared to the cost of education in the US.
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smithrn1983



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maastricht has a good point. Plus, you're going to have start-up costs no matter where you go. CR isn't alone in this regard.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

housing in Prague looks cheap to me at the current exchange rates

It's not a matter of dollars converted to Czech koruny. It's a matter of the percentage of your net wages that goes for housing. Unless you're coming with enough dollars to just live off those....
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maastricht



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My advice is that with any financial risk, set your stop-loss point in advance. When you reach your stop-loss, you cut your losses and bail. Same principle you use when starting a business, trading stocks, or gambling at a casino.

Income and expenses are variable and can be unpredictable. In my opinion, it's fine to run a deficit as long as you haven't reached your stop-loss. New businesses often run deficits at the beginning, as do stock traders and professional gamblers. If losing your start-up capital is going to make you cry, don't put it at risk in the first place. Try for something like JET Program instead, where the government eats most of the risk.

When looking at the worst case scenario (no income), I think you can survive longer in Prague than in NYC or Tokyo, but not as long as other places (Bangkok, Cairo?). So you have more or less time before reaching your stop-loss compared to other cities.

With CR, there seems to be a stop-loss built into the new visa laws. My understanding is that when applying for the D visa (based on zivno), they will want to see that you have sufficient start-up capital. The new initial D visa is only six months, so to get a renewal I think you have to show sufficient income (I have to check the text of the laws again, but I think it's "sufficient and regular income.") So from what I can tell if you are flat broke during these two critical visa points you may be shown the door. In effect the Czech government is stop-lossing for you.
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Captain_Fil



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I'll go to Asia.

Europe later. Maybe.

Confused
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