Country info and advice - Lithuania
The following comments are from teachers who have taught, or are currently teaching, in Lithuania. If you are a teacher and have some advice to share, please add it here.
Lithuania is a big mixed bag. Some of the people are the lovliest people you will ever meet. But many Lithuanian students are very demanding and are aware of those who just simply come to chase people around. They love their grammar lessons and demand a lot of it. Some of the schools are 'difficult' and have 'awkward' bosses, epecially in Vilnius. If there are any problems, or if you get on the wrong side of bosses or students, they will come down on you like a ton of bricks. I don't need to tell you, but winters here last for months on end and temperatures can get as low as -25.
You should make a point of working only for SODRA (social security) working agreement. Don't sign any author or individual practice contracts because then you do the same job but are not paid in case of illness, holidays, you don't have working census and you have to pay your own taxes.
The AMES school in the centre of Vilnius was excellent and really professional. Lots of good day time work and they even sent me to a resort in the country to teach an intensive course to civil servants. Most enjoyable. I agree with the above mentioned advice, to be careful of taxes and social insurance which are followed up by an officer at your door if you don't pay. I had already paid the insurance so it was OK. There was one DOS dragon who withdrew salary from me till I returned a small paperback novel to the office. So watch out for them.
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