For some the reason could be, their wife's/girlfriends/partners/boyfriends wish to live there , and they have no choice if they want to keep them.
Yes, you're totally correct. I think it's a terrible reason to go - it can only really end in tears.
It also makes me wonder why a teacher, or other professions would want to work in another country with a low income? My instincts tell me that some probably wouldn't be good enough to do these jobs in their own native country where the wages could be 5 times higher
I can only talk from my point of view - my salary is roughly half of what it would be in the UK, but I would be highly unlikely to have the same opportunity so quickly - and also unlikely to have such professional competence (for example - curriculum design - I have a significant amount of freedom, way more than the National Curriculum offers). So it's a no brainer at the moment, but I still intend next year to apply for QTS status in England as a useful backup. I actually think as well that I wouldn't cope too well with the UK way of doing things - it's too rigid and bureaucratic. So yes - you would be right that I probably wouldn't be very good there.
My dream is to work one day at Summerhill School - summerhillschool.co.uk - one day!
I know from my short visits to Poland, that's it's easy to fall in love with the country, or admire the generosity of the Polish people when they accept you as a friend, or as friend of their sons/ daughters etc.
Funnily enough - for me, it's not even the people (though I have wonderful friends here) - but rather the way that there's just so much to do. I might be attending a second conference in Lviv soon, I'm going to Berlin for some professional training, and it's a fantastic base to explore history. I think - at least from where I stand - I found the UK suffocating in isolated it feels.
but I just don't get why anyone would go to work somewhere, where the income could be up to 5 times less, than it would be at home?
What interests me is guys in their 30's who do it - I can't imagine how they could walk away like that from decent money and decent living conditions.
I predict that we will see a spate of divorces in years to come here - and with it, many PF threads ;)