I am newly certified in TESOL and gathering all my documentation to wing away in August for parts unknown.
My first choice of a place to go and live for a year or so is the Croatian coast. Anyone out there taught in Croatia? I have sent out over 20 resumes to the schools I found listed on the British Council site. No replies to date.
I have also put out some feelers in Poland, Ukraine, and Spain with some positive responses. I get the general impression that Spain is a hard place to get a visa for non-EU passport holders of which I am one. I am Canadian. Still lots of time to do lots of research.
Spain can be hard for non-EU citizens – going there first and looking for a job when you’re there can help, as many schools rely on teachers walking in off the street. You’ll still find many will only employ EU citizens, but I knew several Americans and Canadians working successfully in Barcelona, so it’s certainly possible!
Poland I think is starting to go the same way now that it is an EU member. However, you will probably find more schools at the moment willing to employ non-EU citizens than in Western Europe. It’s a great place to teach – I was there for a training course for two months in the summer, and the students were the friendliest, most responsive I’ve ever met.
Hope this helps, Keith
19 December, 2007 at 18:02
Total posts: 68
Reply To: newly certified and ecstatic
Congratulations, Maggie, Well Done.
Please try to put Bulgaria on your `to do` list for the future.
Though you may benefit from an `easier` posting for your 1st year.
(With respesct, i know not of your experience)
Why not Post-up and tell all as you progress.