I recently applied for several EFL jobs in Europe and I was contacted by someone from this organization (Global Teachers) who told me that they already scheduled some phone interviews with several schools, but I would have to pay an application fee first (100€) and once I successfully pass any of the interviews, I will have to pay the placement fee (200€).
Does anybody have any knowledge about or experience with this organization?
Any information will be greatly appreciated.
27 April, 2008 at 20:46
Total posts: 6
Reply To: Any info on Global-Teachers.org?
I would always be a little wary of agencies asking for money up front. It doesn’t necessarily mean foul play of course, but their website rings a few alarm bells for me:
1. In the FAQ section:
"Typically, schools in Germany, Italy, Spain and France pay the best and offer the most benefits such as free accommodation/housing, reimbursed airfare, and bonuses."
I’ve worked in Italy, Spain and France for a total of 6 years, and Italy and Spain are among the lowest paid countries for TEFL teachers in Europe. I’m yet to meet anyone who has been given free airfare and free accommodation (or a salary of 1900 euros for that matter, as one vacancy advertises).
2. On the homepage:
"Over the past years we have helped many individuals to realize their dream to teach abroad. With dozens of new Job offers every single day we have become a recognized TEFL Job Portal for those who are seeking work in Europe."
A quick whois.net search shows that the domain was only registered on 26 March 2008.
3. They’re not quite sure about the difference between possessives and plurals on their homepage:
search the latest Job offers of our as associated School’s
Job Placement Service for TEFL Teacher’s
(This is just me being a grammar perfectionist though!)
If you’re reading this, please remember that this is just my opinion, based on the impression I get from a quick glance at the website. I have no direct experience of this agency, and freely akcnowledge that the points I raise may have perfectly sound explanations, in which case I will gladly withdraw them. It would be good to hear from schools or teachers who can share their experiences of the agency…