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How to Teach English in Europe During the Summer
By:Candace Smith

Having a college diploma in hand does not answer the question “What next?” In our ever-expanding international world community, one option involves using your natural skill as a native English speaker to your advantage by putting yourself on the market as an English teacher in Europe. If you decide to take advantage of this opportunity, you’ll face two main challenges: how to find a job and how to get a visa.

Do your research to determine where you want to go and whether you will be in Europe for more than 90 days. As an American, you can stay in most European countries for up to 90 days without a visa, although each country has different visa requirements. You will need a work visa for stays longer than 90 days.

Check the visa requirements for the specific country where you want to teach. If you decide to stay for more than 90 days, you will need either a work visa or student visa. Find visa requirements for specific countries by visiting the embassy website. Visit the Project Visa website (see Resources section) for a list of embassies in Europe and individual countries' visa information.

Consider the option of teaching freelance. If you decide to go for less than 90 days and avoid the entire visa process, you can always advertise yourself as a private language instructor and attempt to get work independently. In her article "Teach English in Europe," Susan Griffith suggests hanging up signs in local schools, grocery stores and libraries, as well as calling businesses directly to advertise yourself as a tutor.

Find a language school. Berlitz is a popular language institute with a presence throughout much of Europe. Check the Resources section for lists of current job openings for teaching English in Europe. Once you have a list of possible schools, send them your resume and a cover letter via email. After a day or two, contact the schools directly to inquire about possible positions. If you really want to get a job teaching English in Europe, remain persistent and assertive.

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