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  • MaggieLuisa
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    13 July, 2008 at 15:48
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    I am a CELTA certified teacher looking to work in Italy or Spain. I have come across legal limitations of my non-EU status at every turn. Does anyone know of institutions willing to hire US citizens, or ways to work in Italy or Spain? Thanks.

    scuolamulino
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    2 August, 2008 at 11:28
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    It is true that it is increasingly difficult (read almost impossible) to hire non European workers in every field, including teaching.
    Hiring is possible only with full time contracts of at least one year, which very few schools would be available to grant when a face-toface interview is impossible.
    There are ways to get around that, adopted by a number of schools, but being them at the limit of legality I wouldn’t like to make a list here…

    scottd
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    8 August, 2008 at 7:46
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    Have heard a few people talking about teaching jobs in Europe wanting EU cabdidates only. I worked for a school called Wattsenglish in the Czech Republic last year (and although a EU passport holder myself) I know that they do readily employ non-eu nationals and when you finish your first contract they re-imbuse all visa related expences. They only teach children though so it’s not for everyone, but hey….

    scuolamulino
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    18 August, 2008 at 13:37
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    I can confirm that in Eastern Europe it is much easier to get working visas…

    markk
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    21 August, 2008 at 10:52
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    Reply To: US citizens teaching in EU countries

    Hi,

    I am not an expert on these things, but have you tired contacting the american embassies in these countries?

    Also you can try doing a search on the internet?

    living languages
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    10 October, 2008 at 12:17
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    I do know for a fact that there are tons of American teachers working in Spain without papers.

    I hope that helps!

    DMGannon
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    14 December, 2008 at 18:05
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    There are a lot of companies that will hire native speaking non-EU members, Try checking the ESL employment sites and schools. There are quite a few whom are looking for people.

    DMGannon


    ThomasTopham
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    8 February, 2009 at 6:49
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    Doing it legally is close to impossible, unless you are experienced enough and valued enough that a school would be willing to sponsor you through the visa application process. A new person, who they cannot see teach or even interview face to face, is not going to be someone they are willing to jump through these bureaucratic hoops for.

    It is possible to work illegally, but this obviously has its downsides. Come in as a tourist, start looking around once you are there on the ground. The local climate with regards to respect for the rule of law, the demand for native speaker teachers, and your own tolerance for "living on the edge" will all factor into how feasible such a plan might be.


    Thomas Topham Head of Teacher Training The MODERN Institute http://www.themoderninstitute.eu

    DMGannon
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    6 May, 2009 at 5:45
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    Depending on how you go about it will determine how hard it is. Myself I found the paper work to be somewhat cumbersome but not at all impossible I have went through ita few times.


    IEN training
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    8 May, 2009 at 10:51
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    Hi everyone,

    I work in the IEN (North-american Institute http://www.ien.es) in Barcelona and we do hire US teachers. When we are interested in someone, we do all the visa paperwork for that teacher. It’s true that for the past few years, it’s been impossible to get papers and we had to contract teachers from other countries, but the situation seems to be improving now. I guess the new US president has a lot to do with this. So, if you want to work legally, give us a try. We only hire legals, though. I know a lot of schools hire teachers illegally and although I understand you might see that as a great opportunity, it’s not. If they’re willing to do that, you don’t know what else they’ll do (not paying you, no sick pay, no sick leave, etc.) I worked in one of those schools before and they did it to the natives as well…

    Send us your CV here: academic@ien.es

    jder
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    30 November, 2010 at 3:36
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    It really depends where you go. From my experience in two large Spanish cities there were a lot of Americans teaching without papers in the first city but not many in the other. They never had problems (although if something bad happens then it can get ugly). They were a little scared about doing anything in case they had to go to the hospital for example.

    There is another way. I know two girls who spent a year in Spain "working" on a student visa. My advice would be to call American English language schools as they know about the problem of papers (but need Americans to teach). Call and email as many as you can and after a while you will know if that is possible.

    Good luck as I know teaching in Europe is a great experience.

    jullietta
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    20 June, 2012 at 16:05
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    Depending on how you go about it will determine how hard it is. Myself I found the paper work to be somewhat cumbersome but not at all impossible I have went through ita few times.

    shouldnt that be… I have gone through it a few times. I guess you skipped over the pres perfect part of the grammar lesson. J

    ronnie
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    28 July, 2012 at 6:33
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    In Spain British English is preferred – but students like to understand differences especially when it comes to music and popular culture they have come across. Italy is generally pretty open to hiring Americans partly because immigration rules are not as strictly enforced as they are in other European countries, such as Germany.

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