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  • jeejee
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    17 April, 2007 at 21:40
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    Looking for recommended language schools/ universities/ local schools in eastern Europe. Especially interested in Romania and Bulgaria. Would like to know of anyones experience . Can exchane information on Southern China

    LeoLeo
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    20 April, 2007 at 20:25
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    The skyline from this staffroom: Bulgaria….slow and rather lethargic
    though in Sofia you will find a bit more get up and go. Far too many quality teachers have got up and gone….to England/Germany/
    France, even Libya! Students: Full of life and a joy to be with.
    There are the usual Alexandra and Europa franchise model of school in most towns, plus some very good small private companies with dedicated staff. Over the last 8 weeks tefl.com has had 1 job
    posted(ended now) and eslbase.com likewise….That`s 2 trusted sites showing 2 positions for the whole country? I know of one Language school that closed its doors last summer and has not opened again due to lack of suitable teachers. If you are nervous stay where you are, if you have the guts, drive and ability then go to Bulgaria and give it your best shot….Go for it!
    With Respect, Rod

    niksarkisian
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    5 May, 2007 at 22:09
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    Rod, nice description, I can almost see it.

    Can you tell me what the pay to living expenses situation is. I realize Bulgaria is not filthy with money but can you enjoy Sofia and still have a little left over to travel or whatnot? I was a Peace Corps volunteer in neighboring Macedonia and Sofia seemed like a modern European city in Comparison. Wouldn’t mind going back, I even speak a little of the language.

    Also could I just show up and work for 3-6 months? I have an EFL certificate, Bachelors degree, experience etc.

    Nik

    LeoLeo
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    11 July, 2007 at 8:45
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    Nic, Your thinking is along the wrong lines for Bulgaria. Clearly, you must not go….for if you are worrying about whether to take your umbrella in case it rains then you have no chance. As i said: The Students are a joy to be with, the older generation(i.e the powers that be)deeply resent the change in Bulgaria…that is where the lethargy enters the picture. Never mind the cost of living! The younger teachers are still too scared to stand up….its the old sods still running the job.
    Rgs Rod.

    LeoLeo
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    11 July, 2007 at 10:35
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    And i almost forgot….Don`t even think about the teachers trade union(s). They have taken incompetence to new and hither-to undreamed of heights.
    Rod.

    Alicat
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    1 August, 2007 at 14:31
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    Maybe I missed something…but did you alreday get a teaching certificate? You need a cert, and maybe a BA degree or higher to teach here depending. If you don’t have your cert yet…totally go to my Alma matter! http://www.teflworldwideprague.com i loved it!
    I teach in Prague, CZ and love it here. I ahve not taught in Bulgaria … yet.. :D

    If you want any ifo about Prague, quite possibly the coolest city in Europe, let me know. I have been here since I graduated last October. I teach full time and I love it. The people here are cool and the students really want to learn.

    I hope I was some sort of help.

    C YA!
    Alicat

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