Travel & Teach - Austria


Global English students are working all over the world with their accredited TESOL certificates. Find out how TESOL training from Global English has made a difference to their lives:

Denise Parker

Vienna, especially, but Austria as a whole is an expensive place to live. Rent in the capital is very expensive, but there are lots of cheap and interesting ways to spend your time - concerts, operas, theatre tickets etc. can all be had for a song (!!) if you're prepared to wait in a queue for several hours. You can see the best musicians in the world in the most splendid settings for a couple of pounds.

You can also linger over a glass of wine in Heurigen (wine bars selling mainly the new wine) on the outskirts of the city and coffees in smart cafes in the centre of town and watch the world go by. There are basically only 2 seasons - an incredibly long winter, mostly grey with little actual snow in Vienna, and then a scorching summer.

Finding private students should not be a problem - look in the local papers or make yourself known to the British Council, who keep a list of teachers available. The advantage of doing private work is that you have access to some amazing houses around the city - really fascinating! Houses with private ballrooms! I also taught in a hospital, but that was unique, I guess.

You have to take the rough with the smooth when living abroad and overall it was a great experience, which I wouldn't have missed for anything. The biggest bonus is the culture - I went to more than 50 concerts, operas, plays - and you can travel around to lovely places at the weekends.

Kate Palfi

Since gaining my TESOL qualification, I have continued teaching general and business English (for large and small companies) on a freelance basis, which I have been doing for 11 years. I'm sure that my qualification that I obtained last year has helped in other language schools being interested in my work, especially in respect of working in kindergartens.

From a teaching perspective, I've found it much easier to prepare lessons since doing the course and have often referred back to the material from the TESOL course while planning my lessons. The lesson plan structure has certainly made me more efficient and I definitely think that I have become a better teacher for it and the feedback from my students has been extremely positive.

I enjoy the work a great deal, it is diverse, I travel from company to company and I am always meeting new people. I almost always plan my own course structures and work very independently, a part of the job I enjoy very much.

I'm still in Austria (I have an Austrian husband and two children here!). When I first came here over 10 years ago it wasn't that easy to find out how to get work, but nowadays it is much easier. I usually refer to the career section of where the majority of language schools and kindergartens post job vacancies. There is quite a big demand for TEFL teachers in Austria, mainly business English. The usual route is to get work freelancing with a language school. There is a list of some (but not every) language school in Vienna on the British Council website, which I found very useful when looking for teaching jobs: It is rare to get a permanent contract with a language school and most companies only take freelancers. I don't have too many problems getting work, although most lessons are either early in the morning or late afternoon, which limits me slightly because of my children. There always seems to be work around (sometimes even too much). If you are willing to do summer camps with teenagers, you can work throughout the summer too.
There has recently been a growing demand for kindergarten teachers, especially in lower Austria where each child has 1 hour English per week, preferably with a native speaker - so this is a growing market which needs to be filled.

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