Country info and advice - Bulgaria
The following comments are from teachers who have taught, or are currently teaching, in Bulgaria. If you are a teacher and have some advice to share, please add it here.
Bulgaria is very poor and the teachers earn a very low wage even by bulgarian standards. Teaching is not a well-paid job or looked upon as a job that should be well-paid. There are wild dogs and cats in many cities and towns and there are also many old ugly concrete buildings from the soviet era. The transportation network is poor and it is dangerous to drive - be careful when crossing the road. The people however are friendly and warm.
I think there are some downsides to every country where expats live but Bulgaria has a huge amount of pluses too. The history and the culture have made it worth while, and the people taking classes are eager to learn and are great students.
I do not agree with the comments above. Bulgaria is pacing forward and is quite a nice country to live in. There is a lot to see and learn there! The cost of living is low as well as the wages, but one can teach private lessons and earn some extra money. The Bulgarians are friendly, warm, hospitable people. Students who attend private schools are eager to learn, nice and quite smart!
I know these posts are from a few years ago, but the way some people describe Bulgaria is appauling, yes there are roaming dogs and cats and some unsightly buildings but to anyone who has visited places such as Leeds and London, will know that these too have very bad sky scraping concrete eyesores. Open your eyes and don't be so judgemental.
Bulgaria is a very nice
country. I served there as a Peace Corps Volunteer and I loved the place. The
people are extremely hospitable.
I also like it that they do not put stray dogs and cats to sleep. Passersby feed them; they are neutered (or spayed) and they do not bother anyone.
Some neighborhoods in the cities may bey be old as in any old city in any other country. But there are very well maintained building and historic sites (many dating back to Roman times) throughout the country. And I find the cities very well planned: Unlike in the US, people do not need to drive a car to take care of their chores. For example, you don't have to take the car out, drive 15-30 minutes to pick up groceries. You can walk to one of many mini grocery shops around your neighborhood. And children walk to schools as well.
I am looking to get back there to teach English and improve my Bulgarian :)
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