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Wanna Move to Poland.. but having hard time starting.


PolishPrince  
12 Jan 2007 /  #1
Hi,
I am hoping to move to Poland (hopefully Krakow) but I am having hard time starting. As far as why and my background leading up to this... I am 19 and half-Polish. My Polish side being the one that I grew up with sharing traditions and being around/proud of my heritage.

Honestly I am looking to move to Poland for around a year rather then a "forever" ordeal. I am moving by myself and I am having a hard time finding apartments/studios to rent. All I can find is the touristy "40 Eu a day in the downtown shopping district!." I just want a monthly price and not in a touristy location. I dont know any Polish as of now, but I plan on learning before I go (I am not moving for about another year) and picking up whatever else why I am there.

I am also looking for some kind of part-time/full-time job to help pay. Also I know you need to do something to get certified to stay in a foriegn country for a long time. If anyone could help me with some advice or what I need to do to find a place to live and work (or atleast a start) it would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully I get some helpful responses as I am looking forward to being suberged into the culture of my heritage!

Thanks a bunch
hello  
12 Jan 2007 /  #2
You sound like you have been disappointed with your life in the US (assuming you live in the US) and wanna try a new life in Poland. It's a pity Polish parents living abroad so easily forget their mother language and don't teach their children.

Anyway, think twice before you go without doing a good research and calculating how much money you have or may not have. It could be fun to go to Poland on vacation in the summer, but when you actually have to live there and make decent money, it's not that easy. Especially without a good education and the knowledge of the Polish language.

Most Poles struggle to make 500 USD per MONTH and the prices in Poland are about the same like in the US (clothes/cars/computers/gas etc. are more expensive than in the US).
OP PolishPrince  
13 Jan 2007 /  #3
Well its not really anything wrong with my life in the USA... I actually enjoy it here. I just want a "part time" move to Poland for about 6 months to a year just to get the experience and gain a better knowledge of my heritage, while still having a good time. Pretty much a very extended vacation I guess you could say.
Grzegorz_  
13 Jan 2007 /  #4
I am also looking for some kind of part-time/full-time job to help pay.

Teching English seems to be the easy solution.

Also I know you need to do something to get certified to stay in a foriegn country for a long time.

Don't know details but for Yanks that's rather not very difficult and until I think 3 months you don't need that.
Matyjasz  
13 Jan 2007 /  #5
Teaching is a good starting option. It will give you the time to get to know Poland more and to look further for some more interesting job opportunities.
BubbaWoo  
13 Jan 2007 /  #6
hej PP

this site will give you an idea of what rental prices are like in krakow - if you go back to the home page you will also find links to most major polish cities

krakow.gumtree.pl/krakow/krakow-mieszkanie-wynajme_1918_1.html

its in polish, of course, but you can get the basic ideas - size, location, cost etc - and there are plenty of people here who will help you with vocab

teaching english is probably your best option and you will be able to earn a decent living wage... there are a few points to keep in mind tho

*its possible for us citizens to get teaching work but not as easy as for eu
*krakow is a competitive market - a lot of people want to teach there
*you will need some sort of teaching certificate - CELTA or TESOL
*there are certain times of the year when it will be much easier to find work - sept/oct being the best

good luck!
telefonitika  
13 Jan 2007 /  #7
It's a pity Polish parents living abroad so easily forget their mother language and don't teach their children.

On my polish language course at doncaster college we have some older folks near on 50's who had polish father's but they were never taught polish by them and now because they want to communiate with their relatives in poland they are having to learn :)

Teaching is a good starting option

It is if that is the area you would be comfortable in ... me i would love to be able to work/find work within administrative sectors upon my relocation in the future to Poland :) i am registering my details via the local JCP with the EURES section (their site is eures.europa.eu)
Frank  
13 Jan 2007 /  #8
Learning a "new" language or indeed music are the two best areas of learning to improve your mental health and delaying degeneration of the brain ....so thats one spin off, with getting in touch with your heritage.

But lots of people go abroad to forget and put horrible experiences (WWII) behind them, you can't blame them for wanting a new life.
krysia  
13 Jan 2007 /  #9
check the want adds

members.microsoft.com/careers/international/default.asp?lang=EN&loc=PO L
OP PolishPrince  
13 Jan 2007 /  #10
Thanks everyone for being so helpful! I am definantly taking this all into perspective!

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