Advice on teaching in Europe

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  • Brint
    24 June, 2015 at 19:46
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    Hello everyone

    I am a soon-to-be 25 year old, Irish, single, male who is undertaking a CELTA course over the summer and I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on where to teach?

    I’m not just using CELTA as an opportunity to see the world and I would be interested in career progression, but at this stage my main interest is moving to a country where I can enjoy the lifestyle and try new things.

    Given that it’s my first year away, I’m not crazy about making a lot of money. At the moment I just want enough to pay my bills and food and to be able to enjoy what the city has to offer.

    I have a degree in filmmaking. I’m an occasional freelance filmmaker and aspiring writer, so going to a country where I can continue these sort of endeavours would be nice.

    I’m also looking for a place where I don’t have to rely on public transport, as it’s always done my head in and takes away my thirst for exploration. A scenic city with a sense of tranquillity that still has a bit of a big city buzz would be the ideal package.

    Obviously every city has its street crime and stuff but I’d like to live somewhere relatively safe.

    I am swaying towards Europe at the minute, specifically Poland and Czech Republic, so if anyone has any advice on teaching in either of those countries, I’d love to hear all about it. I have heard it’s much harder to get work in the bigger cities, but I’m hoping it’ll be a little easier with a CELTA qualification? I would love to get a job in Kraków.

    In regards to the actual teaching, I’ve heard of some schools doing split shifts which doesn’t appeal to me at all. Given that it’ll be my first time ever doing this, I’d like to start off somewhere where the work isn’t too demanding so I can ease myself into it.

    Before anyone goes off on a rant about how I can’t have it all and I need to be more realistic with my expectations etc, I am well aware of this :D I’m just trying to forge an interest in some specific countries/cities so I can start doing a bit of research on my own. And I know this is a bit of a general question, but what’s the best way to start looking for work? I have no idea where to begin.


    1 September, 2015 at 15:08
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    Hi Brint

    Have you made a decision about where to go yet? If not, and you’re still thinking of Poland, Wroclaw is great and kind of fits with what you’re looking for! As for the Czech Republic, I’ve heard only good things about Prague, but can’t speak from experience.

    Hope that helps…


    16 March, 2017 at 16:38
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    Come to Madrid! I work at The Language Corner, a small academia de inglés en Madrid. Spain is the best country to work in – the cost of living is still somewhat low. Although, I’ve noticed rent prices have been creeping up for a while now. Have I mentioned the food? Produce here is a third of what it costs in England but has thrice as much flavor/variety. Even on a moderate academia de inglés en Madrid salary, one can uphold quite a remarkable quality of life. Oh – and THE WEATHER!!!!

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