Can I get a short-term contract?

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Can I get a short-term contract?

Unread postby the_p0et » 15 Nov 2004, 09:01

Hi! I'm a 23 year old Canadian and am currently teaching English in Taiwan to children and adults. I'm wanting to teach English in Europe next but I'm looking for a shorter contract this time. Are there contracts shorter then 1 year? I'm looking for 3 - 6 month contracts. Since I'm Canadian, I can obtain a Working Holiday Visa easily for Sweden, Germany, Holland and France. Does anyone know if Canadians can work in other European countries? I would love to work in Spain, Italy, Greece or Czech Republic!

Any info would be great.

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Can I get short term contracts?

Unread postby Lucy » 18 Nov 2004, 12:36

It's often possible to get shorter contracts. Not all schools require somebody to stay for a year. Many schoolds run intensive courses for a duration of one month, one week etc. So these schools don't need teachers on one-year contracts. You can check out this information when applying for jobs.

Also learning Enlish can be a seasonal activity in some countries depending on when training budgets are passed, etc. So some periods will be busier than others. This will affect schools' requirements for teaching staff.

In some countries (e.g. France), schools employ teachers on an hourly basis. This means working for a school for a few hours a week and being paid for those hours. You can build up the hours by working for 2 or 3 schools. This allows you a lot more flexibility but the disadvantages are that you earn less (or nothing at all) during holiday periods e.g. Christmas. It will also be necessary to travel between the various schools.

It all really depends on what you're looking for, shorter contracts do exist. You just need to find out which schools are offering them.

As for your question about working in other countries, your consulate can probably give you the information you need.

The information provided in this forum is intended for guidance only. We can only provide general information as situations vary from country to country. It should also be noted that economic and political situations change. We advise you to contact embassies and consulates before making decisions involving a move to another country. cannot be held responsible for any decisions you make based on the information provided here. It is your responsibility to gather information about employers before accepting a job.

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