Teaching English in Sweden – Edsele

Published: 12 October, 2018  |  Last updated: 12 October, 2018

Teaching English in Edsele, Sweden

 

Report submitted on 19 Apr, 2018 by Britta.

Teaching English in Edsele, Sweden:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Edsele, Sweden?
I’m not sure to be honest. I just know that teachers are very hard to come by here. One way is to register at https://apply.engelska.se
At the school where I work, I’m the ONLY teacher with actual teaching certification, besides the principal.
But we are located in the north of Sweden where hardly anyone lives, and it’s a teeny tiny school with only 25 students in grades K-6.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
At my school, the principal was so desperate to hire staff that she hired me although I don’t even speak Swedish and my certification is from Florida.
Ideally, however, teachers with a Bachelor’s degree and valid Swedish teaching certification are sought after.
At the “Internationella Engelska Skolan” teachers with foreign teaching certifications are hired, preferably from the USA, Canada, or the UK. But anyone can apply.
They’re mostly looking for science and math teachers who will instruct in English

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Experience working with children in a classroom setting.
Native speaker-like english level.
Ideally some sort of certification to teach.

What are the levels of payment?
Depends on the level of qualification.
Minimum 10 USD per hour.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
I only teach thursdays, all day. Other school: full time, meaning 5 days a week days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
35? honestly, no idea. Rather less because we get lots of planning time hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
On holidays the school is closed. I only get paid per hour, and I dont get paid vacation, but that is NOT the norm.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Edsele, Sweden?
The kids are much better behaved than in the USA

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Edsele, Sweden?
None, except we live in the middle of nowhere. If you like city life, you are going to go nuts up here. I almost did, but then I made friends…
Culture shock is nasty no matter where you move to.
I’m German and taught in Germany, Florida, and now Sweden.
The change from FL to Sweden was much worse than moving from Germany to Florida.
Culture shock almost made me leave Sweden, I never experienced Culture shock that badly in florida.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
None. Everyone is motivated, everyone wants to learn English
The Internationella Engelska Skolan is run almost like any US or Canadian school.

 

Living in Edsele, Sweden:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Sweden?
Any EU citizen can obtain employment without special requirements.
US Citizens need a visa and a work permit. It’s really easy to get if you have a job offer. The school will help you get the visa and everything. check it out:
https://engelska.se/careers/are-you-ies-teacher

What is the cost of living like in Sweden?
Haha!
Where I live, you can’t go out. It’s the most rural place I’ve ever been to, but properties and houses are super cheap. You can get a decent house for as little as 15.000USD.
For 100.000 USD you get a mansion. You can rent a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom house for like 500USD a month. That’s because no one wants to live up here. It’s winter 6 months of the year.
If you go down to Stockholm or South Sweden, renting is insanely expensive, but you also earn more money for working.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
The school will help you with everything.
You can find accommodation online
blocket.se
hyrenbostad.se
Nearly EVERYONE in Sweden is fluent in English.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Edsele, Sweden?
I have dogs, I like how much nature is here.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in scenery, Sweden?
I hate the loneliness sometimes and that the next city is 2.5hrs away. Shopping is a pain. So much driving :/
We are so close to the north pole, during the summer it doesnt get dark and during the winter there is hardly any sunlight.
That’s tough!
Well, it bothered me the first year. Now I’m used to it.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Edsele, Sweden?
I don’t know.
Read LOTS about the climate and the 6 months of sunlight followed by 6 months of darkness and figure out if you could handle it.
But Sweden is awesome.
So liberal, so welcoming, so friendly, so nice.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
I miss proper roads without pot holes.
I miss being close to stores.
I miss nightlife and people, things to do, amusement parks.
I miss stores that are open 24hrs.
I miss hot summers.
I miss mild winters, but not really.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Sweden?
The peacefulness.
The abundance of space.
The clean water and the clean air.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
No idea, depends on the person
You can get everything here, you might just have to order it online or drive far but the only thing I couldn’t get was a special type of cereal from Germany which I’m sure everyone else could live without….

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Britta

Nationality: German

Students I’ve taught in Sweden: babies (0-2 years), toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years)

Where I teach: Edsele Friskola, Edsele, Sweden. Teaching for 1 year.

How I found my current jobs: My cousin attended this school and I knew that the principal was desperately looking for qualified staff.
 

My school facilities: Good. Tiny school that’s making due with what they got.

What kind of teacher support is available at your school/s?
lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training

 

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Teaching English in Germany – Munich

Published: 12 October, 2018  |  Last updated: 12 October, 2018

Teaching English in Munich, Germany

 

Report submitted on 05 Nov, 2017 by Elidgh.

Teaching English in Munich, Germany:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Munich, Germany?
Join Melta, the English language teaching association. Jobs are advertised on their website and there are plenty of networking opportunities. The Volkshochschule ( Adult Education Centre) has plenty of teaching opportunities and there are many private language institutions and firms looking for English teachers.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at colleges / universities, teaching at companies, teaching at community centers, etc., private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Celta, Tesol or similar. In kindergartens native speaker level is sufficient.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Celta or Tesol or similar.

What are the levels of payment?
Between 20 and 60 Euros (approx. 23 – 69,50 US$) per hour.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
As many as you are willing to do. days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
As many as you are willing to do. hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Most Esl teachers are self employed. If you are lucky to get a permanent position then 6 weeks holiday is normal.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Munich, Germany to teach English?
It`s difficult to find a full time job teaching adults but there are plenty of part time opportunities. Full time opportunities can be found in bilingual kindergartens but the pay isn`t very good as you have to have a German qualification to get the top rate. Finding accommodation is difficult because of the high cost of renting.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Munich, Germany?
Germans are very keen to have native speakers as teachers and the job carries status.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Munich, Germany?
Lack of full time jobs.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Germans are perfectionists. They like to be taught from a textbook and their aim is to speak perfect English. They get annoyed when you don`t correct every mistake. They prefer traditional teaching methods and can be hard to motivate when you introduce new ideas.

 

Living in Munich, Germany:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Germany?
For members of EU states there are no requirements but other nationalities may require a visa and certificate of residence.

What is the cost of living like in Germany?
More expensive than the States but less expensive than the UK. Renting an apartment in Munich is very expensive and health insurance is mandatory.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Most people rent. Accommodation can be found through newspapers and estate agents.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Munich, Germany?
Munich is a beautiful city with lots of cultural and traditional events. There`s always something going on and you are only a few hours from the alps.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Munich, Germany?
Germans can be quite reserved so it can be hard to get to know them and the bureaucracy is horrendous!

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Make sure you can afford to live in Munich and make sure you have your paperwork in order. There`s a lot of bureaucracy to get through before you can be considered eligible to live and work in Germany.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Germany?
The friendliness and humour of the Scots. Some foodstuffs. British Tv.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
The good weather. How safe the city of Munich is. A huge selection of bread.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
You can get everything you need in Germany.

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Elidgh

Nationality: British

Students I’ve taught in Germany: toddlers (2-4 years), pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults, business

Where I teach: St Franziskus , VHS Haar in Munich. Teaching for 25 years.

How I found my current jobs: Through Melta (Munich English Language Teaching Association.
 

My school facilities: Good. Teaching resources.

What kind of teacher support is available at your school/s?: training / workshops

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Teaching English in Thailand – Chumpon

Published: 08 October, 2018  |  Last updated: 12 October, 2018

Teaching English in Chumpon, Thailand

Report submitted on 23 Mar, 2017 by Teacher Ren.

Teaching English in Chumpon, Thailand:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Chumpon, Thailand?
In that area, looking for a teaching job is not that difficult. You may get the help of your co-teacher and ask them where are other schools hire foreign teacher. As an Fililpino english language teacher, you’ll be the next choice if they can’t find a caucasian teacher. The salary grade is next to the caucasian so it is not so low at all. In the school where taught, the local thai teacher received 10-18k thai baht (approx. 303 – 546 US$) , we with all the freebies, we had 20-25k thai baht (approx. 606 – 768 US$). Cost of living is not expensive. In fact, a decent house rent will get you 2-2.5k (approx. 61 – 76 US$) per month. But since you are teaching English so much is being expected, so you really have to return the favor efficiently.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
The minimum teaching requirements are the following.
English degree in your country, licensure exams, experience and other certificates such as TESOL, TOFEL and modern approach in teaching like the use of laptops for powerpoint presentations. TOEIC now is being required for foreign teachers.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Degree in English, license teacher in your country, pretty decent teaching experience in english subjects, TESOL or TOFEL certifications and TOEIC.

What are the levels of payment?
When i was there it is per month. I received 25k thai baht (approx. 768 US$)inclusive of free lunch and board.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
Five teaching days a weak.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
6-7 hours face to face hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Same, as with local Thai teachers. If holiday, then foreign teachers are also holiday.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Chumpon, Thailand to teach English?
The advice, well, I would say, be ready. Make yourself be dedicated. Prove that you are worth to be kept and they are not paying you for less. Provide room for improvement credentially. Don’t speak Thai language. Make sure that English language is used in your daily encounters.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Chumpon, Thailand?
Well, Thai people are friendly and easy to accommodate with less the language barrier. Teaching English requires you to be patient, effective and sincere. They are paying high that in return they get what they paid for.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Chumpon, Thailand?
Boredom and transportation.

 

Living in Chumpon, Thailand:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Thailand?
It is necessary to be Thailand legally to prevent future serious problems. Avoid working there under tourist visa. If the hiring agency is responsible to the working visa then have it documented.

What is the cost of living like in Thailand?
Low cost of living. If you are in the rural part, yes. But if you are in the city part, there is a difference. The teacher’s lifestyle dictates. But it general teaching in Thailand is not that too expensive.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
You can find accommodation anywhere. But normally, it is stated in your contract.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Chumpon, Thailand?
If you really appreciate the culture in Thailand, then i think they accept immigrants provided you meet the requirements.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in scenery, Thailand?
As far as my experience, no other negatives.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Chumpon, Thailand?
Learn the language. If you are in the school setting, speak English. If not it is highly advisable to learn the local language.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
The cost of living and fast internet.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Thailand?
the pupils and the fast internet

 

About Me and My Work:

My Name: Teacher Ren

Nationality: Filipino

Students I’ve taught in Thailand: Pre-school / kindergarten (4-6 years), elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), adults

How I found my current jobs: Current teaching job is amazing.

My school facilities: Very good: The school has the teaching resources that can be used in aid of teaching.

What kind of teacher support is available at your school/s?: training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training

 

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