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March 19, 2007

Teaching Spots- Romania

Hello Readers,

2007 brought a few new countries into the EU. One of those is Romania, the home of Dracula. While teaching in Romania might not allow for you to save loads of cash, it is no doubt an interesting place to go if you are interested in their culture, traditions, and history. Furthermore, it is, like many post-communist countries, ...

... an interesting blend of the old and the new.

Though the topic of pay in Romania on ESL forums that I've seen has not been agreed on, there is a lot of discussion about how Romania entering the EU will change the situation. One thing is agreed on, and that is if you're looking to buy a home in Eastern Europe, now is the time to buy something in Romania- before prices go up.

According to one website (http://www.oxfordseminars.com), here is some general information about teaching in Romania:

Requirements: College Degree, Experience and a TESOL/TESL Certificate
Typical Contract: 9 months
Peak Hiring Season: January, September
Teaching Hours/week: 15-25
Monthly Salary*: 17 - 23 million ROL
Exchange Rate*: $1 USD = 27,782 ROL
Cost of Living / month**: 9.2 million ROL
Accommodations: Usually provided
Airfare: Usually not provided
Health Care: Provided
Holidays: Paid
Visa: Employer assisted

If you're interested in volunteering in Romania (with a small stipend for living costs), go to the following UK website for more information: http://www.sol.org.uk/volunteers.htm

or to the US based Peace Corps website: http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.wherepc.easteurope.romania

If you're looking for a paid job, then the British Council might help. The Romanian British Council website can be found at: http://www.britishcouncil.org/romania.htm

Otherwise, you can keep your eye out for new jobs vacancies at the ESL Employment job forum at: http://www.eslemployment.com/esl-jobs.htm

Do you have any experience living or working in Romania? Tell us about it in the comments section below!

Good luck!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at March 19, 2007 05:14 AM

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