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Teaching English in Czech Republic
Quite recently, Prague became very attractive for foreign language teachers, as it has a very exciting repute especially for its night life. Not quite so attractive but still available for the job seeker, are the smaller towns in the industrialized sectors of the country or in the capital of Moravia, Brno. The smaller centers offer much more varied positions due to the fact that Prague is so popular. Qualified instructors have the choice of working either in the public sector or the private sector. The public sector is known to be much more secure to work in as there are often offered perks such as accommodations and health insurance. The private sector offers many opportunities however all types of schools exist. Keeping an awareness of the facts when offered a position is quite worth it as there are many good employers.
Teachers in public schools earn approximately $500 US per month and private schools may pay from $600 US to $800 US per month. Private lessons can be charged from $10 to $14 US per hour. Accommodations are challenging to find and finding a roommate is the best way to go as monthly rental payments can cost from $180 US to $300 US. Cost of living is very cheap especially for anything that is locally produced. The best time to apply for jobs is June before the academic year and paperwork is best started from your country of origin. Czech students are known to be very easy to work with and business English is not of the utmost importance.
Traveling to Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has undergone many changes in the 20th century, first after World War I it broke away from the Austrian-Hungarian Empire becoming Czechoslovakia. After the Second World War the nation fell under the Soviet communist regime. This was a very arduous oppressive part of its history. It wasn’t until 1989 that the country emerged from the iron curtain and peacefully became the Czech Republic, joining the European Union in 2004.
Located in the middle of Europe, the country is surrounded by Germany just to the northwest, Poland to the northeast, and Austria and Slovakia to the south. The population is approximately 10 million people. The Czech Republic shows all indications of a prosperous country. Demand is especially driven within the country and Germany has become a very important trade partner. Government run public services have slowly been restructured and the Euro currency has provided a very strong monetary base. The currency is the Czech Koruna which is approximately .046 US.
The Czech Republic is encircled by the Bohemian mountains: two large rivers flow through namely the Elbe and the Vltava. The climate is characteristically continental; in the winter temperatures range from 14 F to 35 F and the mountainous areas get plenty of snowfall. The summers are cool with temperatures ranging from 57 F to 73 F. Ethnic majority is Czech and the largest minority are Moravian.
There are many small villages that are pleasurable to visit. The closed off influence of communism makes one feel that time has been reversed. Worthy stops in the country are Moravia located in the mountains and dominated by spas. One more stop to be made would be in the central Bohemians in a town called Kutna Hora which is out of the way and unblemished by tourism. The town is known for its charming architecture of both Baroque and Goth styles.
Prague has become the heart and soul of the Czech Republic. It is currently one of the most popular European tourist destinations. The city is brimming with mythical architecture such as medieval churches, a maze of cobblestone passages and surrounded by an 11th century castle. The night life is very sophisticated for quite a small city; there is sure to be entertainment to please everyone and for every type of budget. Going out is easy on the pocket book certainly in comparison to other European cities. Restaurants serve modern fare and as well one can find typically traditional simple menus. Czech people are warm and unassuming toward visitors. Folklore costumes are worn for festive occasions and are based upon the region the people live in. These are a source of great pride and the adornments for each are placed with great care. Each feature such as the head scarf for the woman signifies individual dignity.