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Joined: 28 Mar 2003
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Location: Greece

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2003 9:25 am    Post subject: Teaching in Greece Reply with quote

I see you have opened a forum on Greece. Thankyou! Very Happy So I'm replying to Scot 47' s question here.

"How much can one earn and how much does one need for a simple life ?
I do not speak Greek. How difficult is life for a non-Greek speaking foreigner ?"

What you can earn depends very much on your qualifications and experience and where you are employed, but it is unlikely to be a vast fortune. Most EFL teachers are employed by Frontistiria (private schools) and I reckon the pay for a 25 hour week would be around 900 euros per month, after tax and insurance. You get bonuses at Christmas, Easter and before summer holidays depending on how long you have worked, but beware because some employers have been known to cheat on this. Most schools break the law by terminating contracts in June and re employing in Sept, which means basically that you don't get paid over the summer holidays.
There are opportunities (you really need to be based in Athens or Thessaloniki) for short term employment as an oral examiner for Cambridge ESOL or Michegan. (18 euros per hour)
Private lessons are often easy to find and pay on average 25 euros an hour. (more in posh city areas, much less in villages)
If you are new to Greece, DON'T let your school employer arrange privates for you; they will charge a high price and pass a pittance on to you.
It is not necessary to speak Greek to teach in Greece and employers don't usually expect it. However you will need help from a Greek speaker to deal with official bodies when you arrive and need to get a teaching permit etc. Your employer should help with this, but it's also good to have Greek speaking friends.
Cost of living is not that cheap, especially in Athens. You can have an interesting experience for a year or so but no way will you get rich.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2003 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because Greece is an EU nation, how difficult is it for Americans to find work?
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