posted American Ex-Pats in Austria
on the Austria forum on May 15, 2015:
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on the Austria forum:
I am currently a TEFL certified English teacher living in CZ. US passport. I am trying to move to Austria to teach there in a few months. Does anyone have any idea how the paperwork will go or what I can do to get this started? Any advice thanks xx
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I'm from UK but have lived in Austria since 2006. I completed a TEFL course online in 2006 and then worked at a language school (Berlitz). They only employ native speakers. After gaining experience there, i was able to get a job at a Vocational college, teaching adults. From what i understand, adult teaching isn't a problem. Teaching in a proper school with children is different-you need further training/education from the Pädogogische Hochschule for example.
I'm afraid i can't help you on other paperwork, due to the UK being in the EU. Hope i've been of some help!
A reader commented on the Expat Report Culture Shock in Vienna, Austria
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Being from Austria (but having lived and worked abroad in different countries) the tram mishap just cracked me up (sorry!) But I know my people and some, not all, of the tram operators can be rather grumpy to put it mildly!
I thought this individuals take on culture shock was quite thoughtful, you could almost feel how she/he feels, but that may also be because I can relate to a number of culture shocks on different continents.
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I'm a native Austrian who has lived in the USA for over 50 years, and I travel back every so often. I, too, find that Austrians are not the friendliest people in the wolrd -- virtually no eye contact, much less acknowledgement from strangers in the street (you get spoiled in friendly Texas!). I do remember that there are Austro-American clubs and societies in Vienna where people are interested in forming friendships. Check them out!
replied to the thread How hard to find a job?
on the Austria forum:
I am seriously considering relocating to Austria, and I have examined the regulations regarding pensioners (I am a retired civil servant, 50 years old). My pension just meets the income criteria, and I would prefer to find a job to pay for health insurance and give us some extra cash for breathing room. My question to all is just how hard is it for a foreigner to find a job?
As a UK citizen you have no issues with visas etc. the main question will be how good is your German? If you've got tourist quality German then in the Touist areas as a native Engligh speaker you might get something seasonal. If you have little or very basic German I've known other expats (other nationalities but who have fluent Englsh) struggle to get jobs.