this is all really good information. so, public schools are not a good place to work. well, kind of like here.
you can be the most fantastic candidate, but if you aren't "on the ground" - you'll be paid exactly the same and treated the same as some beer swilling backpacker.
that seems odd. if you can compete with others and show you're better than they are, why wouldn't they pay you more? isn't that how it works?
what's a State Dept clearance? you mean, they check if you're not a criminal or something? that should be a non-issue.
I think I've got that training part covered, with three degrees (two in literature and one in business... I know, it's nuts...) and I can't say my Polish is too great, but I think I could manage to learn more.
I kind of agree with L on the native speaker issue. Not that locals can't offer anything valuable but I've seen people coming here thinking they know English and in fact they were taught the craziest phrases and funniest pronunciation by well-meaning non-native teachers. It just makes you stand out and look funny, and does not help, trust me.
now, do corporations hire English tutors? I've heard "business English" is something people are interested about (although, trust me, there is no "business" English. Women talk shoes and guys talk football while doing business as much as any other topic. It's part of the process.)
I'm kind of thinking I could do in Poland what I do here, but then it's exciting to do something different every now and then. Life's too short!
I would really want to hear, though, why I shouldn't move to Poland. Z thinks I would regret doing it. It can't be worse than South Dakota now, can it? And since my husband is from Poland, there's gotta be more good-looking guys there, why wouldn't one want to move there? ;)