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Teaching In Germany

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by Pao1989, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Pao1989

    Pao1989 New commenter

    Qualified Primary Teacher here. A couple of years into teaching abroad and taught in UK 8 years prior to escaping.

    Anyone have any experience/insights/tips for living and teaching in Germany?

    Looking for somewhere to call home that isnt the oppressive, overpriced beast known as 'Great' Britain.

    In particular looking at a company whos logo is red and begins with a phoneme of Greek linguistic origin.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. little_miss_indigo

    little_miss_indigo New commenter

    I know someone who started working at one of their schools in September. She’s had no complaints. Send me a conversation with your questions and I’ll send them onto her.
     
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  3. Jessaki

    Jessaki Occasional commenter

    I work in Germany now, my school is great and good benefits, staff welfare is a priority and work life balance is great. You pay more tax in Germany, but you get more for your money, salaries tend to be higher and accommodation a better standard. But start up costs can be a lot to begin with (usually 3 months rent as a deposit, a lot of properties have no kitchen at all or you buy the existing one off the old tenants), but a good school who recruit overseas teacher, ought to help you with that.

    I know the school you mean, I know some people who work there.They are more like a bilingual school and follow German state school holidays, which change every year and can sometimes mean working 12 weeks without a break, but then you might get 3 weeks at Easter. Some people like them, others don't.

    My school are looking for elementary teachers.
     
  4. norwichred

    norwichred Occasional commenter

    Where is your school advertising @Jessaki ?
     
  5. johnstoneh

    johnstoneh New commenter

    Hi Jessaki, I sent you a message as well about this.
    Thanks!
     
  6. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    Keep in mind that if you have children, 100% tuition means that you still have to pay tax on the fees which can be very expensive
     
  7. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    I don’t see Germany as any cheaper than the UK, but I don’t have data. What does numbeo say? And yes, remember to include the high tax you’ll pay on tuition benefits.
     
  8. rumacke

    rumacke New commenter

    Hi would you guys mind if I message you about your experiences working in international schools in Germany? I would like to do the same and would value hearing your opinions. Thanks
     
  9. karel

    karel Occasional commenter

    I've worked in Germany in the past, on two different occasions in two different cities. Happy to provide any information as needed.
     
  10. I am currently looking at teaching abroad and I am interested in a few posts in Germany. Would you mind if I messaged you? Thanks
     
  11. worlo24

    worlo24 New commenter

    I have a friend who teaches out in Germany; she moved from SE Asia and has handed in her notice after less than two terms. She is on the first plane back to SE Asia, so it all depends on school and location of school
     
  12. 576

    576 Established commenter

    And I work with someone who went from SE Asia to Germany and only lasted one term before heading back to Asia.
     
  13. yasf

    yasf Occasional commenter

    Are they serving their year out?
     
  14. worlo24

    worlo24 New commenter

    Yes they are completing their year. They were in a city but really tucked away in the suburbs so felt a little out of it. They also said that it was fairly expensive and they paid a lot of tax (not sure about that). They said that the school was really poorly run too and that nearly every new starter had handed in their notice and were breaking contract in the summer
     
  15. 576

    576 Established commenter

    No.
    Like I said, lasted one term (not before resigning but before leaving) and then back to Asia.
     

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