Greece is world-famous for legendary hospitality, ancient civilizations, superb climate, islands and beaches, wonderful food etc. Everybody who visits this country admires with its charm.
Consider some practical reasons:
• Ease of access: Athens is just several hours from London.
• Exotic, but not alien: culture and life in Greece is mysterious and fascinating, whereas it is not so strange to be shocked and feel uncomfortable and homesick.
• EU member: As Greece is a member-state of the European Union there are no restrictions on travel, residence or employment.
• Experience not essential: Many teaching positions are open to any graduate.
Qualifications Required for TEFL Jobs
For positions at entry level, experience is not essential. The only pre-requisites: a native speaker of English and a university degree and a TEFL certificate. Preference will be given to candidates with degrees in languages or related subjects.
The majority of English Language schools in Greece are small and privately owned. The pupils are busy in the local state school in the morning. So, the foreign language schools work in the afternoon and evening. It is difficult to teach the youngest children, as you have to speak Greek. You can figure on children of 10 and older. Classes usually last for 1-2 hours. The older pupils are strongly oriented towards exams such as the Cambridge FCE and CPE. Groups usually consist of 10-12 children. Most of them are enthusiastic learners.
You can expect to work with a high standard of materials and equipment. All students have a course book, containing material for all your lessons, and you will also have a teacher’s guide and audio cassettes to accompany each course book. Most schools use video, and many now use computers and the Internet.
Hours of work are normally between 3-10pm, Monday to Friday. Some schools also have classes in the mornings, especially the larger schools in the big cities, which cater for older students, and it is possible that you might be required to work on Saturdays. You would normally teach for about 25 hours per week.
TEFL Certification in Greece
Internationally recognised CTEFL courses are available on the mainland, in the city of Corinth, and in Chania, on the island of Crete.
Crete is a place of ancient history and myth. It has something special for everybody. Different activities are available here: relaxing on a beach, taking a boat to explore neighbouring islands; snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea, hiking the breathtaking Samaria Gorge, exploring ancient Minoan ruins, marveling at the coexistence of Venetian and Turkish architecture, or just simply relaxing in a cafe and watching the world go by...
Corinth is the gateway to the Peloponnese, an area rich in natural beauty and historical sites. The modern city of Corinth is the regional capital, and has all the facilities for you to enjoy this place, including numerous outdoor cafes, bars and restaurants, several beaches, and services such as travel agencies, banks and hundreds of shops. There are excellent transport connections, with buses to Athens at least every hour, and frequent trains and buses connecting Corinth to the surrounding towns and villages.
Greece offers a fascinating cultural blend of east and west that is sure to satisfy any visitor. Many people come to Greece on holiday and decide to stay much longer.