Overseas meeting

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  1. sdpr6568

    sdpr6568 New Member

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    May 15, 2021

    I live in the US and in March, wrote to a Montessori school principal in Eastern Europe asking if he had any vacancies. He said he’d like to hire me to teach English and history from the fall, but first I have to visit the school before the end of this academic year (mid-June). I wouldn’t be teaching during the visit, just getting acquainted with the place.

    Since March, I’ve been tutoring his son in English, one hour a week, on Zoom. At my request, I’m not being paid.

    While the visit would be a reasonable request if I lived an hour away, it seems exaggerated to make me pay over $1000 on plane tickets and other expenses, spend 24 hours flying, 12 hours on trains, deal with jet lag, covid restrictions and the like — just so I can have a friendly chat for a couple of hours and step into a few classrooms. Surely today’s technologies permit more convenient solutions.

    So: should I go ahead with this, or insist on another approach? Thanks.
     
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  3. miss-m

    miss-m Devotee

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    May 16, 2021

    If you’d be teaching there in the fall anyway, could you just move a couple months early? Or would you be teaching remotely from the US? It does seem silly to make a short trip just to see the school but if you’re going to be there again in a few months anyway... just go early and stay. It would give you time to get acquainted with the area and where you’d be living.
     
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    May 16, 2021

    I’d be living there and yeah, spending the summer in the area is something I’ve considered.
     

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