My "Plan A" is to find some work, though it's difficult with the current job market. Plus I would like the freedom to take vacation breaks when I want.
In Poland, you take breaks when the business says you can, not when you feel like it. It's also worth pointing out that there's really not much in Torun for non-fluent speakers of Polish.
My "Plan B" involves getting a CELTA. I realise that teaching english is viable, though I'm not confident in my abilities (yet). Teaching privately should provide me with a decent income, plus the time freedom. I.e. When the holiday season comes around, I go with it, and put tutoring on hold. The problem with this option is initially building a customer base.
The other problem is that there's plenty of other people who have discovered Torun too, and there's not that much of a market. Torun's not a particularly wealthy place, and there's already plenty of natives there enjoying its charms.
My "Plan C" is starting a small business. It will give me a decent income. Only downside is the time needed to nurture a new small venture. However, I'll be able to take a break together with the holiday season, if I want. Also, another downside is the current economic climate, and I hear businesses are dropping all over poland.
And without Polish, what do you expect to do?
More thorough planning and realistic expectations.
Let me be the first to predict a thread next year : "IN TORUN WITH NO MONEY HELP".
Wouldn't we all?
Indeed. I'd quite like to bugger off to Lithuania with my friend soon. I can't :(
You make it sound so easy. Good luck.
Given that he's never lived here, I wonder when he'll learn the first nasty lesson.
Right. Took me years.
And in Torun, a place rather popular with Americans and some Brits, he's going to have a hell of a hard time. There's only 200,000 people there - and not that much cash compared to other cities. Yet it's popular with foreigners. Not the smartest place to try and make a living, I suppose.
Your optimism is enviable. Hey, good luck to you, but I think you need to do a lot more research.
He'll just be another one that Poland eats up and spits out.
I am going over to Poland for somewhat of a working holiday of undefined time.
Lesson number 1 in Poland - Poland doesn't work for people who aren't able to make concrete plans. Indecision is usually punished here.