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Moving to Wroclaw, Poland

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  • joeo
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    22 March, 2010 at 23:21
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    Would be interested in any thoughts people may have regarding teaching in Wroclaw. I’ll be living there starting around September,2010. Is it possible for a US citizen to get a work visa or is it strictly EU citizens? Would it be easier to find work once I’m there as opposed to looking for work on-line? Can an employer help with the process of obtaining a work visa if I’m in Poland on a tourist visa? Any thoughts, comments, tips, etc. would be appreciated. Thanks.

    ICAL_Pete
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    23 March, 2010 at 9:19
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    Reply To: Moving to Wroclaw, Poland

    As Poland is in the EU it’s extremely hard to get a work visa if you don’t have a passport from an EU country.

    It can be done, but it’s a long complex process. My understanding is that it must be got through the school and once got, you’re tied to that school. They need to advertise the job and then prove that no one within the EU could do it.

    So as you can imagine it’s a lot of hassle for them and obviously schools are much keener on employing someone who can work freely in the country rather than spend the time sorting the paperwork for someone from outside the EU.

    This link on Teaching in the EU might help.


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    joeo
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    24 March, 2010 at 2:28
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    Reply To: Moving to Wroclaw, Poland

    Pete, Thanks for the response. I’m curious…what’s ICAL all about? Are they (you?) in need of on-line tutors? I may be qualified for positions in ESL programs that ICAL offers. Thanks.

    ICAL_Pete
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    24 March, 2010 at 8:15
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    Reply To: Moving to Wroclaw, Poland

    ICAL provide online courses leading to a TEFL Certificate. As each student has their own personal tutor we do sometimes need new online tutors – there’s a page about that here if you’re interested!


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    dan
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    24 March, 2010 at 22:26
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    Reply To: Moving to Wroclaw, Poland

    If you do manage to sort out visa issues, Wroclaw is a fantastic city and one of the best places I’ve ever worked.

    Dan

    joeo
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    26 March, 2010 at 14:32
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    Reply To: Moving to Wroclaw, Poland

    Dan, Thanks for your response. Wroclaw seems like a great place to live and work. I’ve been there several times. Let me ask you a question. I’ve been looking for work on the web regarding ESL programs. What are your thoughts about showing up in person and applying? As you say, there are visa issues but do you think a school is more likely to hire some one in person? Let them observe me teach a class or two? I’d be interested in your thoughts. Thanks. Joe

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