Joshua Eric

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  • Location Schleswig-Holstein
  • Nationality American
  1. Teaching English as the only option

    Hello to everyone,   I’m an English teacher here in Germany, and I’ve been  reading through some of the teaching threads/posts recently. I could go into details about having American teaching credentials and how the German public school system was never able to jive with that long-term. Or how free-lancing can get old after years and years.   But the reason I’m writing is to let everybody out there know about the Bundessprachenamt. I don’t think many people know about it, and I only stumbled upon it randomly after living here for over 15 years. But I’m so happy there. It’s like an employer was perfectly made for me.   It is adult education. We teach government personnel, usually soldiers. I’m in Heide, Schleswig-Holstein, and we mainly get air force sergeants for 10-week stints. There’s not much military lingo. We concentrate on standard, everyday topics.   I guess the reason I like it is because it’s a “regular job.“ Starting salary at €3380.51/month (that’s Entgeltgruppe 10 des Tarifvertrages für den öffentlichen Dienst or TVöD), regular hours, paid vacation, health insurance, retirement, etc. The pay can even get bumped up depending on qualifications and previous experience. So if that sounds like you, get in contact. We need people! There are locations all over Germany. But we, especially here in Heide, will be needing people in the near future, though there are no active job postings. And I say this unofficially, as I’m not in the administration.   One important note: the Bundessprachenamt is one of those slow moving governmental organizations. It took me over a year to get my job after initial contact. They unfortunately don’t react or make decisions quickly. But they do cherish native speakers, and I’m convinced that there are spots for many newcomers if you are interested and can wait out the application process.   The official channels: +49 2233 593-5309 or   If you need a change, look us up and get the ball rolling!
  2. Life in Husum

    Hello, I know these posts are older (sometimes several years), but I was wondering if anyone still lives or newly moved to the Husum/Heide area? I’m American and have been here since 2006. Unfortunately I didn’t know about Toytown until recently. I’d be interested in an English speaking meetup. Sometimes I feel too surrounded by German stuff...