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Im thinking about moving to Poland and need advice on teaching english


sapphire 22 | 1,241  
11 Oct 2007 /  #1
I'm sure this has been asked a zillion times, but can anyone tell me how easy it is to find work as an English teacher in Poland (are any towns/cities easier than others?) and what is the average wage? is it better to go freelance or work for a company.. and do you need a TEFL or is it enough to have a degree and some experience? Is this the best paid work for a non Polish speaking foreigner? any advice welcome. thanks.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
11 Oct 2007 /  #2
lol - how many times have these questions been asked and answered!

the ease of finding work largely depends on the location and time of year

larger cities will probably have more schools - smaller cities will probably have fewer native speakers

the average wage will vary depending on location but for a full working week [25 hrs?contact time] you will earn enough to live on... with reletive comfort

probably best to get some hours with a school and then build freelance work as you find your feet

a TEFL/TESOL qualification will open doors but is not 1OO% needed - experience will also help

best paid work for a non polish speaking foreigner its not but probably the easiest to get started
OP sapphire 22 | 1,241  
11 Oct 2007 /  #3
thanks BW.. what is the best paid work for a foreigner?. as a matter of interest
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
11 Oct 2007 /  #4
The Fox is coming. God help us...
OP sapphire 22 | 1,241  
11 Oct 2007 /  #5
yeah.. where do you live Greg.. maybe I can walk your dogs for you?
szarlotka 8 | 2,209  
11 Oct 2007 /  #6
The Fox is coming

Surely vixen?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
11 Oct 2007 /  #7
You better teach English...
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
11 Oct 2007 /  #8
what is the best paid work for a foreigner?.

an executive position with a large international i would imagine
nauczyciel  
11 Oct 2007 /  #9
this topic has been done to death.

how about using the SEARCH feature??

i found 79 threads on this topic

go to Daves ESL cafe and you will be talking to actual teachers that are in PL. Not ppl that are in the USA and have no idea.

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1. Today, 07:25 - Living in Poland / Im thinking about moving to Poland and need advice on teaching english

2. Oct 9, 07, 16:39 - Living in Poland / I live in Gorzow now (British teacher) Anyone else live here?

3. Oct 3, 07, 07:19 - Jobs - Wanted / EFL/ESL Teacher or PL/EN Translator Job Wanted

4. Sep 27, 07, 03:14 - Jobs - Offered / Female germanistic student, teaching Polish to my children and helping

5. Sep 24, 07, 17:07 - Jobs - Offered / Polish language teacher required

6. Sep 18, 07, 11:27 - Living in Poland / Yet another thread
OP sapphire 22 | 1,241  
11 Oct 2007 /  #10
how about using the SEARCH feature??

sorry, dont have time for that.. Im at work :)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
11 Oct 2007 /  #11
sapphire,

Teaching is the bottom of the ladder and a backward step for many people. You have to find a way to use the, advanced, skills you have. Spend some time looking for international companies in the town or city you want to move to. Then tell them or their head office how you would be useful.

Make use of your partner's contacts.

The best teaching job would be within a multi-national.......teaching members of staff. Two or three hours of such work would give you an ordinary, Polish, day's pay.
OP sapphire 22 | 1,241  
11 Oct 2007 /  #12
thanks wroclaw..the main problem is that I work in the charity sector and prior to that all my experience has been public sector, so dont really want to go too corporate.. but may be inevitable I fear. I have some experience of teaching english in multi-nationals, but a while ago, its not exactly my dream job , merely something to do whilst looking for a proper job. I currently work in international development as a Programme Director, so I do have some skills, but obviously cant get work in this field in Poland.. so have to think about how I can best transfer my knowledge to adapt it to another field.. probably something like Management consultancy, change management or project management would be about as close as it gets to what I currently do. My partner has no contacts in Poland, he needs to find a job himself and doesnt know anything about international type jobs.

I will take the above advice and check out some multi-nationals.. not sure if Im going to move or not yet, just trying to work out if I could be better off than living in London, which bleeds you dry.
Polanglik 11 | 303  
11 Oct 2007 /  #13
just trying to work out if I could be better off than living in London, which bleeds you dry.

i'm in the same boat as You Sapphire .... planning to relocate with my family to Poland for a number of reasons , but the one you mention above is why so many of my friends have either moved out of London, or out of England completely !

I'm in Warsaw at the moment, should be flying back to Heathrow tomorrow at 7.30am, but have been emailed and txted by BA that my flight is cancelled !!

Where in Lodon are you Sapphire ? I'm in West London, not far from POSK, the big grey Polish building in Hammersmith.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
11 Oct 2007 /  #14
Fox, If you learn Polish enough to communicate then you should find a quite good job without much problems.
nauczyciel  
11 Oct 2007 /  #15
Quoting: nauczyciel
how about using the SEARCH feature??

sorry, dont have time for that.. Im at work :)

thats got to be the best excuse for laziness I have ever seen.

so you are telling all of us that you don't have time to scroll to the top of this page and type 5 letters into the "SEARCH" box??

but you have the time at work to create threads and keep popping on this thread and 6 others every 10 minutes or so and replying??
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
11 Oct 2007 /  #16
Teaching is the bottom of the ladder and a backward step for many people. You have to find a way to use the, advanced, skills you have. Spend some time looking for international companies in the town or city you want to move to. Then tell them or their head office how you would be useful.

very much so, but if you move to poland and want a quick and ready income then teaching english is probably your best bet

learning polish well enough to communicate and looking for better opportunities takes time - if you can afford the luxery of this then great, if not then teaching english is a good way to fill it

some people even make a career out of it - brilliant
OP sapphire 22 | 1,241  
12 Oct 2007 /  #17
If you learn Polish enough to communicate then you should find a quite good job without much problems.

well i know 'dupa' - hows that?

Where in Lodon are you Sapphire ? I'm in West London,

i work in central london and live in north london.
[quote=nauczyciel] but you have the time at work to create threads and keep popping on this thread and 6 others every 10 minutes or so and replying??

sure, one can always make time if the need arises :)

Thanks guys for all your assistance with this already done to death topic.. I will think about my options and decide whether to move next year.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
12 Oct 2007 /  #18
well i know 'dupa' - hows that?

Impressive.

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