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Teaching in Germany...?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by ShellKendall, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. ShellKendall

    ShellKendall New commenter

    Hello! I am currently working through the application process for a job in Germany; as it becomes more of a possibility I am getting more curious about Salary I should expect, the tax rate and what would considered 'the norm' for the package offered. Any help appreciated. Just trying to do as much homework as possible before I fly out. Many thanks in advance!
  2. karel

    karel Occasional commenter

    I've worked in two different schools in Germany. You should be expecting to get minimum 50,000 euros gross. Are you single? Tax varies a lot depending on status, but the school should be able to calculate for you exact what your take home pay with be after tax, social security and medical. You won't get much in the way of benefits. Rent is up to you to pay, you might get a flight home every two years at best. They should pay for you to travel there at start and end of contract when you leave and you should get some sort of relocation/ settling in amount. If there are specific question I'm happy to see if I can answer. Which city is thd school in?
  3. ShellKendall

    ShellKendall New commenter

    Thank you so much for your input! It's in Munich so rent looks insane, around 1000-1200 euros a month for somewhere not tiny, clean and in a good area, I think anyway. My partner lives in the Netherlands so I will be there on my own. How did you find it out there. Any advice or words of wisdom for me? Thank you again.
  4. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Join Search Associates. They will give you the breakdown packages for schools, if not the one you are specifically, then one close to it.
  5. karel

    karel Occasional commenter

    I enjoyed living in Germany very much but there are some unusual and probably unexpected things that will crop up. For example in some parts of Germany you have to buy the kitchen from the outgoing tenant when you rent s property. Otherwise they will take the kitch out! This was the case in Düsseldorf, where I lived, but I don't think it's everywhere. When new houses/apartments are built they don't put kitchen cupboards in, only appliances, so even if you are renting a place the kitchen cupboards don't come with it. This I thought was very strange, I had to pay 500 euros to buy kitchen cupboards in order to rent s tiny apartment. You will find public services very good, public trsnsport. I lived in Germany for 7 years without owning a car. The medical provisions are very good, but I do think over the years some cut backs have been made. In Germany a lot is specialists work out of their own practice and you can get a referral from your GP or go directly to one. You can get an appointment very quickly and you have free choice to choose the specialist that you want. We were always very happy with medical treatments in Germany. I haven't lived in Munich but I believe in the south the people or quite reserved, less so in thd north. It's not always easy to make friends, you might have to start the interaction. Germans love their dogs! I made some good friends through having a dog and spending time out walking and meeting people that way.
  6. cakestin1

    cakestin1 New commenter

    I echo what Karel says - we're in the process of leaving Germany. When we took on our apartment the only thing in the kitchen was pipes coming out of the wall. And now, as we're leaving, we hope the new tenant will buy our kitchen or we'll have to sell it all! Such a pain!
    We've been here 10 years and also never owned a car.
    We've found the standard of living to be very high but taxes can also be very high. Munich is probably one of the most expensive German cities to live in.
  7. ShellKendall

    ShellKendall New commenter

    Thanks. Already with them and my school is not listed and the details for the German schools varies a huge amount. That's why I want to see what the norm was.
  8. ShellKendall

    ShellKendall New commenter

    Wow! Ok I will take that into consideration... Wouldn't have ever thought of that. I presumed Munich would be expensive... I figure similar to London!? I'm from the SW so the cost of living will be a huge leap from what I'm used to. Thank you for your help. Any good renting websites you would suggest I look at?
  9. ShellKendall

    ShellKendall New commenter

    Thank you for the kitchen info... I will be sure to ask about that. I know the school will pay monthly for a rail/tram card for me so good to hear that it's easy to get around with it. Ah... not sure I could get a dog... Maybe I'll just have to find the German equal of 'borrow my dog' haha. Do you have any useful renting websites you would suggest please?
  10. silverfern

    silverfern New commenter

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