wanting to work in Germany

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  • krisob20
    11 January, 2010 at 2:20
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    I am from Australia and have recently completed the ITTT TEFL certification and the TITC English for Young Learners certification.

    I would like to use these certifications to apply for jobs in Germany to teach children. However I’m starting to feel a little concerned as many of the sites I’ve been to and read information on about working in European countries, it sounds as though these certifications just aren’t going to be enough.

    Although I’m not planning on going for a few months yet, I am a little lost as to where to start. I’ve had information over load from people who have worked in other countries but it would help if I could get advice on my chances in Germany. Anything such as:

    -the best method to find jobs to apply for (as I have noticed there seems to be lack of job advertisements when searching TEFL job sites in the young learners area of employment)
    -if anyone knows of schools/institutions that are good places to apply
    -is there anything in particular that employer’s will look for on my c.v? What can I do that will give me an edge/advantage for a job offer?

    I would really appreciate any help and advice I can get.


    15 June, 2010 at 20:01
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    Reply To: wanting to work in Germany

    It’s been a few months since you wrote your post so you may no longer be looking for work here, but since no one has posted a reply, I will do my best to answer.

    From my experience with teachers here, the process of authorisation is not easy. German Behörde (the government organs) tend not to accept foreign qualifications, but as there is certainly a need for teaching English to children, they may be willing to make exceptions. So you might want to focus your apps at the schools themselves and see what they come back with. They may say what you need to do.

    In terms of what to have on your CV, being Australian will probably help. This is a hot destination here at the moment (probably only behind NZ in terms of popularity) and, as I was told by my first manager here, they also have a good rep for being hard workers. Ultimately it comes down to luck, so if you have no contacts here, try cold emailing with a German version just in case.

    Hope this helps

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