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Long Term Stay Visa in Poland (ESL teacher)


JaynGarrick 10 | 16
10 Oct 2011 #1
Hey guys,

I'm a Cambridge certified ESL teacher that is currently very unsatisfied with the quality of administration at her current school. The promises made to me to get me to leave my home country and move to Poland were broken, as well as the quality of communication and professionalism at this particular institution, both amongst teachers and staff, being almost completely absent. While I've tried to register complaints and just take charge of things to "be the change" and all, nothing's happened. It's only been two weeks, so I'll try to give it more time, but sometimes work making you cry three times a day is red flag enough.

The trouble is, of course, the visa. If I quit my job, work won't be too hard to find, but I'm concerned about being kicked out of the country. I'm not on an employment visa, I'm on a long-term stay visa, and I'm trying to find anything on google that'll help me understand if it's possible to quit, legally, without being forced out of my new home, but so far nothing.

Please help.
PWEI 3 | 612
10 Oct 2011 #2
I assume that you aren't an EU national (?). Which country are you from? And do you have a Karta Pobytu?
teflcat 5 | 1,029
10 Oct 2011 #3
but sometimes work making you cry three times a day is red flag enough.

You're right to listen to your instincts. My job makes me cry only once a day so I can hack it. Seriously though, you don't need to put up with that kind of crap. Are you an EU citizen?
hythorn 3 | 580
10 Oct 2011 #4
what promises have they given you?
are any of these in writing? emails count

I believe that the lady is American, but please confirm

as you are on a forum inhabited by English teachers, perhaps some of your colleagues post here so
do remember to take down your photo as you are far too easily indentifiable
OP JaynGarrick 10 | 16
10 Oct 2011 #5
I am American, promises were of housing, mostly, which was violated most grossly-- I had to share a bed with my prospective flatmate while my coworker slept on the floor of her own bedroom. With the three of us and the suitcases there was not even one square foot of floor space, and I'm not exaggerating. I was theoretically provided training, but it was spotty and from a coworker who has worked in the position one year, and whose prior teaching experience is nil. They had to make up a syllabus for their classes, and because the school had no idea what to do with the English program they promised they stuck with the one these two teachers created-- which is not to say that it was terrible, but anything that strays from that (despite my experience and training), to the school, looks wrong. I've been reprimanded too many times for doing things I didn't know to do in the first place, because procedures and policies are so different here.

Am taking down my photo now.

It's not so much difficulty finding a job outside of this institution, so much as just violating my visa laws. A Polish friend of mine looked it up and I'm not in violation of any laws. I will be in my right to quit this job and look for work anew, I guess. Any suggestions? I tried British council, but I don't think they're hiring. At the moment it's looking like business English and one-to-ones because the semester has already started, so finding work at an 8-4 school may be tricky.
PWEI 3 | 612
10 Oct 2011 #6
JaynGarrick
I am American

In that case just register yourself as a dzielnosc gospodarcza and you're good to go: you can work anywhere.

JaynGarrick
At the moment it's looking like business English and one-to-ones because the semester has already started, so finding work at an 8-4 school may be tricky.

Tricky? Try 'pretty much impossible'! But get your CV out and start looking for work. I'd suggest Lang LTC, ACT, Archibald, Worldwide and Mike Mills (but those are just off the top of my head and I have been pretty much out of the teaching 'game' for five years).


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