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Two EL teachers one Ukrainian one American can teach Russian

 
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jisaacs1207



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:08 pm    Post subject: Two EL teachers one Ukrainian one American can teach Russian Reply with quote

Hello,

We are two teachers with over four years experience looking to teach in China in September. She has two masters degrees in English, and even though she is Ukrainian holds a British accent as she has lived and studied abroad. I am an American holding a masters degree in teaching. She can teach Russian or Polish as well.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING :

Our requirements for the job are as follows :
(1) Round trip airfare. Not an allowance, a full reimbursement.
(2) We work together.
(3) 20 hours or less per week.


Recruiters, please assume we will take any job you have and ask if they will accept a Ukrainian teacher fluent in English with a British accent. I've answered too many emails only to hear,
"Sorry, they will not hire non-native."

My email is jisaacs1207@gmail.com .
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Lexicon



Joined: 11 Sep 2006
Posts: 153
Location: New Orleans

PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mate I'm afraid with your requirements you're likely to be looking for quite some time.

Most schools will not come on here looking for you seeing as they are often inundated with applications from teachers actively pursuing employment with their schools everyday.

Also, the days of free up front airfare have been gone for about 6-7 years now. They used to offer it in parts of Europe and the Middle East, and China offered it for some state-contracted schools prior to the Olympics, but other than that it's basically unheard of.

Also, your specification that you each work 20 hours or less each week will automatically put off many DOS's as they will think that you would be difficult to work with and that you're probably looking for more of a vacation than a job.

Keep in mind that most people in the world outside of EU nationals tend to work 40-60 hour work weeks, 5-6 days per week. This is the case in China and they will expect something similar of their teachers. Most ESL positions require about 50 hours per week of your time (although you only generally get paid for about 20-30 of these). Often a day of ESL teaching may begin at 7am and end at 9pm with only 4-6 hours of actual paid work in there.

You two sound like you'd likely bring some good skills to a school, but it might be good to look at the actual realities of how this industry works.

If you check the adverts you may find that some of the schools in Korea would possibly cover your airfare, but they will require long work weeks in exchange.

Good Luck
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