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  • vandetta87
    3 August, 2014 at 13:59
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    Hello All!

    I’m brand new to this website and decided to post because I have some questions/concerns. I am currently living in South Korea teaching English. I recently recieved Irish citizenship. I was born and raised in New York City. I got the citizenship through my grandmother. I have never lived in the EU before and therefore do not have residency. I have been teaching ESL for 5 years. I have a Korean wife and daughter. My daughter doesn’t have EU citizenship but from what I’ve read, it would be pretty easy to get my wife and daughter permits to live in whatever country I chose in the EU. I’m curious as to what country offers the best opportunities for someone in my position. I have the EU citizenship and I’m a native New Yorker. Does anyone have any advice on which countries to focus on and how to go about job hunting? I would be interested in living someplace that I could enroll my daughter in a good school and my wife could get a small job. I would be interested in France, Germany, Spain, The UK, or Ireland. Any comments would be appreciated.

    4 August, 2014 at 13:02
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    Reply To: Working in the EU as an American.


    EU citizenship and 5 years teaching experience are two big points in your favour. Residency is not a problem – being an EU citizen entitles you to residency (after a little paperwork in some cases) in any EU country. Do you also have a TEFL qualification? If not, the experience will still count in your favour but it will close some doors with some employers.

    I wouldn’t advise France, simply because (at least outside of Paris) it’s not easy to find a lot of work immediately – teachers tend to build it up gradually, and I imagine that, with a family, you would need to be working full-time from the start?

    Spain could be a good option – there is plenty of work available, it’s relatively cheap to live (although TEFL salaries reflect this!). I can’t help with questions regarding residency for your family or work for your wife – I don’t know how that works – but a little Googling will probably give you those answers.

    Those are the two countries from your list that i have experience of so I won’t comment on the others.

    If you decide on Spain there are a couple of options for finding work – setting something up before you go via job lists on on sites like this one, or going from school to school with your CV once you’re there (more risky but perhaps greater chance of success).

    Hope that helps.


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