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Hello to all,

I posted the message below a few weeks ago under the “Life in Germany: English Teaching as the only option” forum, and it didn’t seem to catch much attention/interest.

But, out of purely selfish reasons (i.e. the hopes of finding some cool, new people to work with), I’ve decided to post the same info on my local, Schleswig-Holstein forum. So, hey all you people living on the east coast, if you teach and are willing to drive or move to Heide, we are looking for teachers to join the team!

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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 info@bundessprachenamt.de

 

If you need a change, look us up and get the ball rolling!

 

 

P.S. It may be hard to get in contact with the right people on this end who will acknowledge that we’re looking for teachers. That has to do with being “correct” and officially advertising an opening (which only our central authority in Hürth can do). But if you’re specifically interested in Heide, I’d personally be willing to help from this side. I benefitted from visiting the barracks well before needing to worry about my job interview. And I think that a personal connection could facilitate some good-old practicality in, what was for me, an overly-bureaucratic process. Let me know (here on this website) if you’re interested, and I’ll see if I can set up something with my boss.

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I did see this and looked at it with much interest, but I am currently doing elder care in the U.S. and I have no idea when I might be able to come back to Germany. Anyway, I just thought I'd say that at least someone saw it-me. Would they even think about hiring someone from outside the EU?

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Well if you want to work for them, you would have to live in Germany. I assume there are a few positions for teachers/linguists to assist and maybe travel with high level government or military officials. But I don’t know anything about those. You’d probably have to be with the organization for a while before they promote you to that.

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You might have a better response if you contact the local English Language Teachers Association, which would be HELTA, www.helta.de


 

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8 hours ago, Joshua Eric said:

Well if you want to work for them, you would have to live in Germany. I assume there are a few positions for teachers/linguists to assist and maybe travel with high level government or military officials. But I don’t know anything about those. You’d probably have to be with the organization for a while before they promote you to that.

 

I definitely would love to be back in Germany. It is just not an option yet. I just wondered if they would be able to get me a work permit, since I am a U.S. citizen and I would only move back to Germany if I was sure I'd have a job.

Anyway, if you are looking for someone this year, then I do hope you'll find someone. 

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15 hours ago, Tap said:

You might have a better response if you contact the local English Language Teachers Association, which would be HELTA, www.helta.de


 

Ok, will check that out. Thanks for the tip!

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10 hours ago, JN53 said:

 

I definitely would love to be back in Germany. It is just not an option yet. I just wondered if they would be able to get me a work permit, since I am a U.S. citizen and I would only move back to Germany if I was sure I'd have a job.

Anyway, if you are looking for someone this year, then I do hope you'll find someone. 

Yeah, as far as a work permit, that'd be no problem at all. As long as you get the job, they could provide the paperwork you'd need for all those immigration processes.

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Moin Josh

 

My wife just got CELTA certified here in Heidelberg and would be interested in looking into this... do you know if they're active down here too? Mannheim Heidelberg area

 

Gruss und bleib gesund 

Glennsche

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17 hours ago, glennsche said:

Moin Josh

 

My wife just got CELTA certified here in Heidelberg and would be interested in looking into this... do you know if they're active down here too? Mannheim Heidelberg area

 

Gruss und bleib gesund 

Glennsche

Moin, yes there is a language teaching location in Mannheim. But I’m not sure which languages are taught there. Maybe English, maybe not. Would have to talk to them. Ciao

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Hi Josh

I'm not sure if this thread is still active, but I'm in the Rendsburg area and would be curious to find out more about teaching possibilities.

How can we touch base?

Hermann 

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