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Switzerland - work permit and teaching at boarding schools

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by chris1202, May 21, 2019.

  1. chris1202

    chris1202 New commenter

    Hi, I have two questions - Does anyone have any information on how long it takes to get a work permit in Switzerland and if it is necessary to do a medical examination prior? We are looking for a possible start in August.
    Can anyone share any experience on how it is to teach at a boarding school grade 9 - 12th in Switzerland? Any experience would be helpful, especially from families who have kids they brought with them to the school/
    Thank you. Any info is appreciated.
  2. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    Work permit doesn't take very long - couple of months tops - if you are old EU. New EU has some restrictions, but they may be disappearing soon.

    www.ch.ch is probably the best site to look for info along with www.swissinfo.ch

    comparis.ch will give you a good idea of how much things cost. Quick answer is a lot. Much more than you think. Unless you are coming from Norway.

    Teaching in a boarding school is pretty much like teaching anywhere, but it depends upon your duties and whether or not you are residential staff or not. If not, the boarding side of things will barely register.

    As for families living on campus, that is a whole different area. You need to look at housing, utiliities, paying for excursions, books, taking part in trips and events (an expensive school will have expensive trips...), kids perhaps feeling like outsiders as they are not boarders yet still live on campus, the extreme wealth disparities...
  3. bubblegirl83

    bubblegirl83 New commenter

    Hi @chris1202, I have sent you a conversation.
  4. 576

    576 Established commenter

    Pros: you build a different kind of relationship with the pupils.
    Their attendance and punctuality will be better in a day school as the school nurse won't let them miss lessons for a sniffle.
    There can be all manner of interesting events that take place on weekends and evenings.
    It's much easier to catch up with kids when you need to.

    Cons: weekend and evening duties can be exhausting on top of teaching. I would be very clear about how many lessons you teach but also extra curricular and duty hours and protected free time. You will want a big chunk to compensate.
    Even if you are not on site, you may find that parents evenings, sports days, school plays, speech day, swimming galas and other big events take place on weekends.

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