FAQ teaching Berlin

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.

For some advice on finding a job, have a look at this post.

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.

More information can be found in this post.

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.

Check out this post for more details.

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.

Have a gander at this post for some more information.

If you have any questions that are not addressed here, please drop me a comment and I will do my best to answer.

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