When I first started my search for a TESOL job in Germany, I began to search online for different language schools in the area. I applied to school after school and received little feedback. Shortly after, my girlfriend got a job in another city called Bochum. So we had to move to there, which was good seeing that nothing had come up for me in Kassel.
Applying for Jobs – TESOL Germany
The entire month before we moved, I applied to over 35 language schools, high schools, elementary schools, etc. Anyone that offered English received a cover letter from me. In my cover letter, I basically stressed my individual skills. I focused on the type of person I am and what I have done for my community rather than what I have studied. Every few days I would receive a message that would turn me down or explain that they could have me help out in class but they couldn’t pay me. I visited several schools in hopes that my efforts to help their students for free would come back and be rewarded in the long run.
I met a lot of new people, learned how the schools are set up, and was able to experience life as a student in Germany. It was fascinating to see how advanced these students were as opposed to where I was when I was their age in school. I assisted in class and prepared presentations on life in America and what I liked to do. The kids really enjoyed it. Still, I had no job and no visa. My time was quickly running out. It was past the new year and I had almost a month until my tourist visa expired.
My First Interviews – TESOL Germany
Then I started getting interviews at schools. One interview I went to was a total disaster. They said they couldn’t hire me to teach English because my German wasn’t good enough. Another job canceled on me because they found out I was not a part of the European Union nor did I have a work permit.
Teaching English is something that could not be done by everyone, so getting the right qualifications and obtaining a work permit is essential if you are planning to teach English in Germany. In the next blogs, I will explain how to obtain the necessary credentials for Germany. The positive side about my experience was that while I was not able to get a regular teaching position, I obtained real teaching experience through volunteer positions and prospective employers place a high value on this. Volunteering is also a very good way to find out if teaching is right for you before you invest a lot of time and money on a TESOL certification course.