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I'm moving in to Poland in a week.. and I am panicking! English Teacher


adeselna 1 | 1
28 Feb 2014 #1
So this week my boyfriend were told that we were to move in to Warsaw a week from Sunday for 4 months! He's going to work in a bank, however I am not.

I am an English/ German teacher (I have my faculty degree and masters in English just in case) and I have worked mostly as a private tutor, but for the past 6 months I taught English to kids from 6-9 yrs old. I was confident that I could managed to find something, however when I was trying to find jobs online, I really didn't see much English Teacher's job applications (and most were asking for natives, although I DO have a native degree of English, I wasn't born there).

My question is, while I don't speak a word of Polish, can I get a job in Warsaw for 4 months? (also do I need a work permit?) Or will I spend them mostly at home?

Kudos for any answers :)
Monitor 14 | 1,820
28 Feb 2014 #2
(also do I need a work permit?)

No. Language teacher is unrestricted profession. Even people from out of EU can get working visa if the purpose is to teach their native language in Poland.
OP adeselna 1 | 1
28 Feb 2014 #3
I'm from Portugal (Portuguese), although I haven't found a job that requires Portuguese or to teach it. What I found online was mostly Portuguese native speakers offering their services like freelancing.
Monitor 14 | 1,820
28 Feb 2014 #4
I'm from Portugal

It's in EU: ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=457
As for finding job probably there is very small demand for Portuguese teachers and you could find a job as English teacher only if you're really native speaker. There are many Poles who teach German and English and you cannot compete with them unless you're native speaker.
Kowalski 7 | 621
28 Feb 2014 #5
check out ekorepetycje.net you could also place your add inthere also on tablica.pl
e-korepetycje.net/praca,600
DominicB - | 2,678
28 Feb 2014 #6
My question is, while I don't speak a word of Polish, can I get a job in Warsaw for 4 months?

Pretty much zero chance of finding work teaching for that time period, or, really, at all in your case.

The only possible job you could get is in a call center as "customer service". Not a pleasant job, and the pay is very low, but it's better than nothing. Actually, the wisest choice financially speaking is that you stay at home in Portugal for the four months and earn money there. It would be safest to make your plans based on the assumption that you will DEFINITELY not earn a penny in Poland. If that makes you panic, then don't go. Go only if you are fine with the idea of a four-month-long unpaid vacation.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
28 Feb 2014 #7
I think Warsaw may have opportunities that Wroc doesn't if you seek them out, but don't bet on them just in case it's as hopeless as someone else suggested. Hope for the best, expect the worst -- tends to be about right for some of us.
MIPK - | 69
28 Feb 2014 #8
Another option might be to reach out to the expat community and maybe offer to be a nanny to an expat family that wants their kids to be looked after by a non-pole. There are a few agencies in Warsaw offering these options, think a couple even organise for babysitters for expat kids. Might be worth a try also might get you some contacts for other work??

Best of luck!
krecik89
28 Feb 2014 #9
You'll get plenty of replies telling you there is no work and that the market is flooded and work is so badly paid etc etc etc. These are usually disillusioned teachers.

With all due respect this not true for those teachers who are professional and have good qualifications and experience. You'll find some work it just depends on how honest you want to be about how long you are staying. I'm not certain what your native language is. If it's German this is also popular. When I say some work this most likely will be odd blocks of hours in different places. Most average teachers should be earning around 4000 pln net delivering around 20 hours contact time - delivering various lessons around the city working for different employers. You may find in these 4 months you earn half this so this should be your bottom line. There are plenty of ads looking for teachers - try szukaj-lektora. pl and there are others.
szczecinianin 4 | 345
28 Feb 2014 #10
I've always been of the opinion that anyone who really wants to teach will find work. I don't know why so many here are so anxious to state otherwise.
InWroclaw 89 | 1,915
28 Feb 2014 #11
should be earning around 4000 pln net delivering around 20 hours contact time

per..?
To clarify, I assume you meant 80 hours a month for 4000PLN. If you meant 4000PLN per week for 20 hrs, I think I'm moving to the 'saw meself.

(Her native tongue is Portuguese.)


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