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PierogiMonster



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:54 am    Post subject: Wall St, Quito, Ecuador Reply with quote

Hi all

I'm in the middle of applying for a teaching job at Wall St in Quito. I know the drill with Wall St as I went through a similar process at a branch in another country (was offered but decided not to take it).

They're offering a 40-hour week, split shifts, work every 2nd Saturday, only two weeks' annual holiday (starting after the first year!) and all for 650USD per month. It sounds a but stiff. How does this compare to similar positions in the area?

I'm an experienced, middle-aged teaching professional with a teaching degree + English degree + CELTA (who doesn't specialise in teaching kids). Can you recommend any other reputable schools for teaching adults in Ecuador?

Thanks for any thoughts.
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are Wall Street offering you in the way of a visa?

In terms of working conditions, it's much of a muchness with all the Quito language mills. However, Wall St. pay the least by a significant margin. You could try English First, Inlingua, EIL and Southern Cross as well. They all pay more. I doubt any will guarantee you adults only though (or, like Wall Street, they might offer it, but whether it materialises once you get there is something else entirely).

Given your background and preference for teaching adults, I'd suggest trying EF and Inlingua first, they are both generally amenable to you taking on extra work elsewhere. If you can get a visa and a few steady hours with them, you should then be able to pick up some University work as well. It pays better, but it's more erratic, with no work during the long holidays and no visa. So you usually need to have another job as well.
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Swing59



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew someone who worked for EF in Quito and, while he got terrible hours, the pay was decent for the institute circuit and he liked place in general.

Souther Cross pays well but you must be British.
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HLJHLJ



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Split shifts and crap hours are the norm for language institutes in Quito, so you may as well chase the money.

Southern Cross do pay more, but they expect a lot of prep and paperwork, which pretty much cancels out the extra pay. Also, they don't like you working for other places, even if they've cut your hours back to the bare minimum. You don't have to be British to work for them though, they dropped that way back.
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