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Nice to hear from you. Glad to hear you are pursuing your dream of teaching. I'm sure you'll have a great time in China. I always think it's good to be open to opportunities wherever they may be - you might surprise yourself by falling in love with a country that was never even on your radar. Best of luck and I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
I recently came across a website on teaching English in Poland (see link below). One of the more useful elements is the list of schools, many of which are in Krakow and Wroclaw. Though unlikely to be exhaustive, it's a pretty good start. Go to http://www.teachingenglishinpoland.com/findaschool.php
You haven't said where in Poland you'd like to work, but there are language schools in pretty much every city in the country. Warsaw and Krakow obviously have the most jobs available but the cost of living is higher. Talking of which, salaries here are pretty damn poor. As a newbie you can expect to earn between 1,500 and 3,000zl pm (approx £300-600 pm). Accommodation may be provided at the lower end of the scale, but don't count on it. Most of the teachers I work with supplement their income with private teaching for which 60zl ph (approx. £12) is the going rate. Just make sure that your contract doesn't prevent you from taking up private teaching and be very careful about privately teaching any students who have previously attended the school you're working at.
The other bit of advice I'd give you is to be wary of telling potential employers that you speak Polish. Polish speakers are paid less than their native English-speaking peers, even if they have been brought up in native English-speaking countries.
Hope that helps.
Thanks for your post.
With regards to your comment it is fair to say that the gloss has definitely gone off living in Poland. This is mainly due to the school where I'm working which, for various reasons that I won't go into, has become more and more difficult to work at. Fortunately, the students, for the most part at least, are an absolute pleasure to teach. I will definitely miss them.
Hi Erin. My first choice is Poland as I want to go and live there for a while to improve my Polish language skills. If I can't find anywhere in Poland I may go way off track and consider Ecuador although I may have to save a few quid to afford to pay for a flight over there :/
Hi there!I'd just like to welcome you to Chalkboard :-)
Is there anywhere in particular you're interested in teaching?It looks like you're finding your way around pretty nicely but please let me know if there's anything I can help you with at all!
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