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  • danielphilbin
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    5 March, 2013 at 15:17
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    I am currently taking a 120 hour TEFL course and have a bachelor’s degree in English. I want to teach in Europe, but since I’m American, it’s difficult to get a visa sponsor in most of the continent, especially in Western Europe. I’m wondering where in Europe (EU or non-EU) would it be easier for an American to find a TESOL/TEFL/ESL job and get a work visa? I’ve heard that one can find work in smaller cities in Spain (too many people want to work in Madrid and Barcelona), and Russia and Poland both seem to have a decently high demand. Does anyone know what my best bet would be? Is there much demand in the Balkans (Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria), Romania, Ukraine, or Hungary? I’m considering volunteering teaching English through Workaway and learning the language of whatever country I’m going to. I’m thinking this might make me more employable.
    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    andrew.audley
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    4 June, 2013 at 21:23
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    Reply To: which country?

    I’m currently working in Ukraine, and although i’m British, some of my colleagues are American. The demand here is equal for both British and Americans, but you will find that you are at an advantage here as your visa costs are significantly lower…e.g working visa for a Brit in 2012 cost 900 euros, for an American just $400….Not all schools would be happy to foot the bill for a visa, but if you stick to the bigger organisations and schools then i’m certain they will.

    ICAL TEFL
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    7 June, 2013 at 13:42
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    Reply To: which country?

    Although the Ukraine is a possibility it is looking for membership in the EU so it wouldn’t be a long term prospect. You might look at Switzerland and, as you say, Russia.


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    shea123
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    28 January, 2015 at 7:02
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    Reply To: which country?

    Just try to find a place in Europe and apply for the working visa after they agree.

    czechlister
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    4 March, 2015 at 1:30
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    Reply To: which country?

    From what I’ve read, an American needs only a passport to travel to the Czech Republic for 90 days, and you can arrange a work -visa sponsorship with an employer within those three months. I’ve heard it’s complicated, but also not unusual and that there are many non-EU teachers in Prague/Czech Rep. There are also companies that charge fairly reasonable fees to assist with the process.

    Just what I’ve read while doing research for myself, as I plan to up and move to Prague to teach English next year. I’m bloggin all the details on my blog The Czech List if you’re interested.

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