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Travel & Teach - Greece

Travel and Teach

Traditionally the best chance of finding work in Greece was from May to September (except August, when it seems like everyone in southern Europe is on holiday). The British Council has offices in England and Athens for information (although they do not always have a list of schools). With the present economic crisis, think 'out of the box' as your best chance is to freelance and consider running small group classes or offering English to pass the IELTS English speaking exam (so Greeks can more easily leave the country and find work in an English speaking country). In addition, teaching English online to international students means you will not be reliant on the local market. In the larger cities lists of schools can be found in the equivalent of the Yellow Pages, ‘the Blue Guide’.

The basic requirements are that you are a native English speaker that you possess a university degree. A TESOL qualification is important and although not generally required to obtain a teaching license in Greece, you will find it useful in overcoming the competition to find work. If you are a native speaker with a degree you may still be able to find work teaching privately, although it is less available than it was before the economic crisis.

It is possible to teach on a tourist visa, which must be renewed on a 3 monthly basis, either by re-entering the country or by presenting yourself at the Immigration Office, where you must show that you are able to support yourself. The more formal way to go about teaching in Greece beyond 3 months is to apply for a teacher’s licence once you arrive. Then you may apply for a residence permit, but the process is very bureaucratic, so don’t hold your breath waiting for the paperwork to come through.

Pay and conditions do vary greatly. There are cowboy schools, but with care you should be able to negotiate yourself a fair deal. With the economic downturn, salaries will be much less than they were but the cost of living is also much lower.

For the best chance of gaining English teaching work in Greece, we recommend that you take:

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