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  • LanguageCorps Programs in Greece

    The LanguageCorps program in Greece is located on Crete, Greece's largest island. From the life and vitality of the old town of Iraklion to the medieval mountain villages, from the sun-drenched sandy beaches with their year-round sunshine to the Minoan ruins of Knossos - Crete seems to offer everything. You are unlikely to find a more charming and beautiful location anywhere in the world.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in Greece:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The training center is situated in the center of Hania, Crete's second largest city (and former capital) on the North-West coast. Hania is a beautiful old Cretan town with a population of around 60,000. The old town center is clustered around the 14th century Venetian harbor where much of the city's life and light is to be found. The town is large enough to offer a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a ready range of nightlife and places to see, but small enough that it's normally easy to get around on foot - whether from the training center to your apartment or from the local shops down to the nearest beach.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Crete, Greece is US$1,595

    During training, accommodations in a fully-furnished shared apartment are available. The apartments have a sea view and are located just 300 feet from a beautiful beach. Normally, either a private or shared bedroom can be arranged. Accommodations are paid in Euro, and are approximately US$425 for a shared bedroom and US$550 for a private bedroom (approximately $70 more during summer months for air conditioning). Meeting at Chania airport or the ferry port and transportation to accommodations is also included.

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €1,000, which has a fluctuating exchange rate.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

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  • Greece Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Country Overview

    You are unlikely to find a more charming and beautiful location than Crete. From the life and vitality of the old town of Hania to the medieval mountain villages, from the sun-drenched sandy beaches with their all-year-round sunshine to the Minoan ruins of Knossos - Crete seems to offer everything. The wild landscapes of the interior and the majestically unspoiled hiking opportunities of the nearby Samaria Gorge can make you forget that you are never more than a few miles from a palm-fringed beach.

    The largest of the Greek islands is easily reachable by flight or ferry from Athens. Flights from Athens to Chania (airport code: CHQ) are reasonably priced, leave several times a day and take just 40 minutes. Fast and slow ferries are also available if you would prefer to take your time and cruise across the Aegean to Chania's local port.

    The weather is mild throughout the winter and normally warm enough to sit outside at the caf�s in shirtsleeves all through the year. During the summer the temperature can rise to 100� F, but the fact that you're never far from a palm-fringed beach helps to make this a little more bearable. There is almost no rain at all between June and September. However, while the winter is not exactly wet, one does get the occasional thunderstorm between November and March.

  • Job Prospects & Pay

    Today, Greece is one of the largest TESOL/TEFL teaching markets in the world. With over 6,000 language schools (including many on Crete itself), the massive demand for qualified native English speaking teachers allows a wealth of teaching opportunities. Salaries typically range from the equivalent of US$650 - $1,000 per month, which should be enough to live on comfortably. Some teachers also supplement their income with private English lessons.

  • Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    Eating and drinking is a way of life in Greece. With 20 percent of Greece made up of islands, and no part of the Greek mainland more than 90 miles from the sea, fish and seafood are a popular and common part of the Greek diet. Lamb and goat (kid) are the traditional meats of holidays and festivals, and poultry, beef, and pork are also in plentiful supply. Souvlaki (say: soov-LAH-kee) - skewered kebabs - is one of those foods that have become synonymous with Greece, and are as popular with Greeks as they are with non-Greeks. Souvlaki is a favorite street food on the skewer or in pita wraps, and a family favorite at home, cooked on the grill. There are countless varieties of olives, and Greek olive oil is world renown. The busiest shop in any Greek village is the local bakery. Bread was at one time the staple food of Greece and is still eaten at every meal, large hunks dipped in remaining sauce and olive oil, or coated with tsatziki (garlic-cucumber-yogurt dip), tarama salata (fish roe salad) or melitzana salata (eggplant salad).

    Vineyards cover much of Greece's hilly terrain and the country has become known for its array of fine wines and spirits, most notably ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur that is the national spirit.

    Clothing on Crete, and the other Greek islands, tends to be casual. During the summer, shorts and sandals are suitable attire when you are not teaching. In cities, such as Athens, clothing is dressier, and locals rarely wear shorts even in the summer heat. You should have respect for Greek customs: for example, if you enter a church make sure your shoulders are covered. During the winter it can get a little cold at night and a coat or jersey of some sort is recommended. For working as an English teacher in Greece, smart casual clothes are normally expected.

    Housing & Communication

    During training, accommodations in a fully-furnished shared apartment are available. The apartments have a sea view and are located just 300 feet from a beautiful beach. Normally, either a private or shared bedroom can be arranged.

    After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other teachers or locals. Occasionally a hiring school will provide accommodations, usually in an apartment with other teachers.

    Internet access is available to all trainees, and internet cafes are available throughout the city.

  • Excursions

    The island of Crete has historic importance as the home of the Minoan civilization. There are important archeological finds at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, which are visited by tens of thousands of visitors each year.

    Crete is a paradise for people who love the outdoors. It is a huge landmass (taking about seven hours to drive across, on the best roads), which is covered with eucalyptus, cypress and plane trees, as well as olive trees. Crete boasts excellent hiking in both the mountains and the longest gorge in Europe, Samaria Gorge, and also has superb beaches, like the pink-sand shores of Elafonisi in the south.

    The sheer number of breathtaking beaches in Crete is enough to amaze any visitor. You can find long stretches of sand lined with palm trees, small idyllic coves, lovely pebbly beaches and exotic lagoons. Off the coast of Crete are several tiny islands where the azure waters lap soft sands. In other words, Crete beaches cater to all preferences and styles, including quiet family beaches, beaches packed with the younger crowd, secluded beaches for couples as well as gay beaches. Water sports facilities are offered at many beaches in Crete, some of which are ideal for scuba diving.

    There are many incredible destinations in Greece and few find enough time to see them all: In Athens, you must visit the incredible Parthenon and Acropolis, as well as the Agora. The Plaka is the area of winding streets around the Acropolis. It's renowned for its small shops, restaurants, and some good examples of local domestic architecture. Syntagma Square, also known as \"Constitution Square\", is the heart of Athens in many ways. It's a large, open square which often hosts holiday events, it's the location of several of Athens' most renowned luxury hotels, it's an intense public transporation hub, and it actually has the Parliament Building along one side of the square. Pedestrian-only Ermou Street leads off of it, providing access to some of Athens' better upscale shopping.

    Some say Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, is more attractive than Athens with wide avenues, parks and squares. It sits in a bowl framed by low hills, facing a bay on the Gulf Thermaikos, and despite being one of the oldest cities in Europe, it is lively and modern. And of course, there are many beautiful Greek Islands to explore including Mykonos, Corfu, Santorini, and Rhodes.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Life as a Teacher

    What about work visas?

    Visa requirements vary widely by location. In many countries, participants enter on a tourist visa and the hiring school will help sponsor a work visa after being hired. In Ecuador, a Cultural Exchange visa is typically obtained, which is unique to that country. The training center or your hiring school will assist with that process. In Asian countries, work visas are commonly obtained. In Costa Rica, most schools do not want to go through the bureaucratic, lengthy process to obtain a work visa, so the common practice is for teachers to do a "border run", or leave the country for 72 hours every 90 days in order to stay there legally. Most people there look forward to their border runs as a travel opportunity!

    Many schools in the Czech Republic and Russia will sponsor their teachers for a work visa. However, it is difficult for non EU citizens to obtain work visas elsewhere in Europe. Most schools do not want to go to the trouble to obtain them, as it is a lengthy process, and in fact, if a school sponsors you for a work visa, you would typically need to fly back to the U.S. and go to a consulate here to get the visa, and then return to Europe. Most people do not want to go through the hassle and expense of doing that. The common practice is for schools to hire non EU citizens for "cash-in-hand" positions, and most people just overstay their 90 day tourist visas. Many non EU citizens are in Europe teaching, and being a native English speaker along with a TESOL certificate (after you complete the four week course), makes you quite marketable.

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$1395-2295. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$2345-2995 depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$2595-2695 for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • TESOL Certification Program, Greece

    The four-week training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.

    The training center is situated in the center of Hania, Crete's second largest city (and former capital) on the North-West coast. Hania is a beautiful old Cretan town with a population of around 60,000. The old town center is clustered around the 14th century Venetian harbor where much of the city's life and light is to be found. The town is large enough to offer a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a ready range of nightlife and places to see, but small enough that it's normally easy to get around on foot - whether from the training center to your apartment or from the local shops down to the nearest beach.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Greece is US$1,595

    During training, accommodations in a fully-furnished shared apartment are available. The apartments have a sea view and are located just 300 feet from a beautiful beach. Normally, either a private or shared bedroom can be arranged. Accommodations are paid in Euro, and are approximately US$425 for a shared bedroom and US$550 for a private bedroom (approximately $70 more during summer months for air conditioning). Meeting at Chania airport or the ferry port and transportation to accommodations is also included.

    * Approximately - the program fee includes a deposit of US$500, plus the tuition balance of €1,000, which has a fluctuating exchange rate.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.