I’ll be as brief as possible. I’m in week 3 of CELTA course and I intend to work and live in France (possibly forever).
23, male, Irish, EU citizen, native English speaker, BA from top university in country (top 100 in world), soon to have CELTA (presumably a ‘pass’ grade, basic French (but constantly learning) with an aim for mastery (to pursue English post-graduate degree through French), 1 year experience (3 months in Ireland and 9 months around Southeast Asia, not done yet but let’s assume I have it teaching to young adults), €2,500 (with emergency money as an extra), 5 years experience working in retail (irrelevant but whatever!), I’m white (if racism is an issue) and speak very well.
My top 5 choices in order would be:
I understand the months of July and August are terribly hard to find work, so I was planning on finding work in a bar (maybe an Irish bar) or as a waiter. Is this possible? I read up a on the French economy but it’s quite hard to check vacancies in France from Ireland!
What are the chances of me being able to live in any of those places? I live modestly. I’ll be alone and so would gladly accept the cheapest accommodation possible, including flatsharing (without going to the HLMs). I eat very basic foods like rice and canned fish. I spend most of my time reading and I’m not money-oriented at all.
What is the most common form of work and most common hours? Ideally I’d love to be able to work 20-25 hours a week and live comfortably.
I tried to get work in France from Ireland but never got any replies (I was also e-mailing Irish bars but still nothing!)
I’m becoming worried that it’s not possible to support yourself and earn a living teaching English in France (I was told it was and this was the only reason I did the CELTA! )
25 June, 2014 at 22:16
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Reply To: Teaching English in France questions
I understand the months of July and August are terribly hard to find work
Yes, almost impossible.
so I was planning on finding work in a bar (maybe an Irish bar) or as a waiter. Is this possible?
Yes, should be possible – I know a few British and Irish epople working in bars here.
What are the chances of me being able to live in any of those places?
Pretty good – all of those cities have well-established English teaching communities.
What is the most common form of work and most common hours?
It depends a bit which city you’re in, but finding a full-time contract with a language school is not easy. (It may be different in Paris, I’m not sure). So most teachers tend to work freelance, building up hours from several sources – a couple of language schools, perhaps some private students or teaching at a university. it can take a while to build up a full time schedule, and remember that it fluctuates too – as you said July and August are pretty dead.
I tried to get work in France from Ireland but never got any replies
Yep, being here is the key – you need to walk in to language schools with your CV, be around to hear about private students, or about someone who needs cover for a university class, and so on.
I’m becoming worried that it’s not possible to support yourself and earn a living teaching English in France
It’s possible – I work with a large number of teachers who do it. I’ve also worked with a few who weren’t able to make ends meet and moved on, so it’s not guaranteed, but if you’re patient it should work out.