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European School in Kiev and Donetsk?

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  • depechemodefan
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    22 April, 2012 at 9:28
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    Hello Everybody

    I’ve had a job offer in my inbox with regards to a teaching position at the European School in Kiev and Donetsk.

    I must admit it is very tempting. However, I would appreciate any help, or advice, anybody can give me, from somebody who has had the experience of this school, or country. I am particularly interested in the pay and conditions of this school. Do they keep their promises? Is it as good as they say ‘on the tin’?

    Thank you for any help and advice.

    All the best

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    8 November, 2012 at 16:45
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    Reply To: European School – What’s It Like

    You will work 6 days a week and the hours are long with no breaks between classes. Your schedule will change with little notice. The pay is about 250 GBP which is fine for food and toiletries because accommodation is provided but it does not help in experiencing the nightlife. There is a good bit to do in Kyiv but Donetsk is culturally stagnant. If you plan on travelling to other cities or countries, it is virtually impossible due to time constraints. You will be paid little better than a local teacher so that is pretty much how you will live. As far as the visa goes, they are easy to get but they only allow you to stay for 3 months but as a "student". This is not including the 3 months on a tourist visa. You must remember that this was once a Soviet country and evidence of that past abounds in the architecture and the mentality of the people. Ukraine is pressured by both Europe and Russia as it is located between both powers. Unfortunately, it is a country divided, struggling to keep its own unique identity. It is a fine place to cut your teeth but not a place for career advancement or financial stability. I know this is a late response but I suppose it is better late than never. I would be happy to go into more detail if need be, Safe travels.

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