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Moving from to CH from Canada

I would like to say thank you to everyone who will find time to answer my questions.

We've decided to back to Europe after leaving it for 7 years.
I'm ESL Teacher with over 8 years of experience teaching kids and adults.

I can only say that it's my passion and that I love teaching.

I started sending my resume/CV, about 2 weeks ago, to International and private English Schools in CH but didn't get to many emails back.

We haven't decide where we are moving yet as I would like to get a job first. Any chance to get hired without being in CH.
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Re: Moving from to CH from Canada

Where did you train/get your qualifications? You may need to have them recognised first by the appropriate Swiss organisation.

http://www.sbfi.admin.ch/diploma/017...x.html?lang=en

Swiss Conference of Cantonal Directors of Education (EDK)
General Secretariat, House of the Cantons
Speichergasse 6, Postfach 660, CH-3000 Bern 7
Tel. +41 (0)31 309 51 31
Web site: www.edk.ch

Make clear on any applications that you're an EU national and not Canadian as it's more difficult to hire non-EU nationals here, Swiss and EU have priority.

Also how are your French/German/Italian language skills? French is spoken in the western part of the country, German middle and east and Italian down in the south in Ticino. That may also affect where you end up living.
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Re: Moving from to CH from Canada

Thank you dear for your reply.

I think I will need to improve my German and pass a test for EDK to recognize my qualifications.

I know I can work for an International School and those private English schools as well.

I will make sure to include on my resume information about my EU citizenship also.

I've heard we should move to French spoken part of CH as there is more need for ESL teachers; however I learned German for 7 years and it will be easier to improve it than learn French from the beginning.
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Re: Moving from to CH from Canada

Your EU Citizenship is a great advantage as it is difficult to hire non-EU citizens from abroad, even for international schools who require your specialist skills. If you are expected to teach your subject in English in an International school, I do not think the second language is requried (but it is if you want your teaching qualifications recognised to teach in the Swiss school system) or to "teach" in a child care / pre school setting as there are very specific qualifications for the under-fives here.
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