How long will it take me to find a job?
That depends on your experience as a teacher, whether you have the CELTA (or other recognised certificate), your other work experience and when you arrive (fewer classes in summer). It generally takes around 2 months to get a reasonable timetable.
Are there any full-time teaching positions available?
This is very uncommon. The vast majority of English teachers in Berlin work on a freelance basis.
How do I sort out health insurance?
Freelancers have to organise their own health insurance. The public health insurance is generally not available for freelancers, so you’ll have to go private or take a legal international health insurance.
Do I get paid holiday?
No. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid. Paid sick leave is also a no-no.
How much travel is involved?
This really depends on you, the teacher. As a freelancer, you can accept or turn down the classes you are offered. Therefore, it’s absolutely necessary to consider how long it’ll take you to get there to avoid a 3 hour round trip for a 90 minute class.
How long are the classes?
The standard teaching hour is actually only 45 minutes. The vast majority of classes consists of 2 teaching hours.
How much will I get paid?
This of course depends on your experience and where you work – independent teachers get much more. Working for a school, you can expect to get 13-20€ per 45 minute teaching period.
How can I find accommodation in Berlin?
Flat sharing or short term rental are both common ways for newly arrived Berliners to get themselves set up in the city.
If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please drop me a comment and I will do my best to answer.