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Old 19.03.2007, 13:02
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Employment in Switzerland

Hello there!

I came across this forum purely by chance, and am looking for any assistance that anyone might be able to offer. (Before I go any further I would just like to say if I make any spelling or grammatical errors please don't give me the roasting that poor Indian chap got lol. Yes I've read that one!)

My girfriend leaves for a new job in Switzerland on Wednesday and as I've decided she's the one for me, (and hopefully she feels the same and isn't running away hahaha) I have decided it's time to take a look at what might be available to a fellow such as I.

I've applied to start a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language for anyone that needs enlightening) course in April, in the hope that I may be able to find employment in that area. However, at present I work in a hotel as a lowly night porter, but have worked in pubs, hotels and restaurants as a glass collector through to management over the past 10 years.

I would, as you can tell, be open to anything that appears reasonable in the way of employment if only to get me started off, but if I can find something in the TEFL area that would be my preference. If it's hospitality and catering related too then that would be all the better, as I can combine two of the abilities I do possess.

My girlfriend is moving to Leysin, so although I realise that this narrows the field somewhat, that would be a preference as far as area goes. Within a reasonable distance shall we say.

I wait in nervous but hopeful anticipation. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

TJ

P.S. I appreciate this is a copy of my introduction, but I thought it would be better to post it under employment as well, just in case any potential employers were browsing. Thanks, TJ.
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Old 19.03.2007, 15:05
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Re: Employment in Switzerland

Hi,
have you looked at any of the private language schools in the area.
http://www.avdep.ch/public/ecoles-profils.cfm?id=7
If you do a search you may find some others in the Montreux Lausanne region.Maybe you could find accomodation between Leysin / Lake region which would suit you both work wise. Probably quite limited finding a job in Leysin itself. there are a few private schools in the vaudois Alps you could try too.The above website covers most of the schools.
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Re: Employment in Switzerland

Hello TJ.I too am in the same position as yourself.My Girlfriend has decided to work in Zurich and I would like to try and find employment around this area.I am from the UK and she is from Germany.I too am thinking of enrolling with TEFL and would be gratefull if you could give me some info and keep me updated of your progress and I will do the same in regards to any information about employment etc


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Old 20.03.2007, 13:00
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Re: Employment in Switzerland

There are a few positions listed in the link below. Might give you an idea on what schools are looking for.

http://www.xpatxchange.ch/index.php?...192&Itemid=100

Good luck to you both
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Re: Employment in Switzerland

Hi Tj,
there are lots of holiday camps around the area eg activity / language camps during easter/summer hols you might want to approach some of the companies that run them. good luck. check out local press too. saw an advert there today
http://annonces.24heures.ch/emploi.aspx?
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Re: Employment in Switzerland

Hi folks,

Just a quick reply to say thanks for the links, and keep them coming!

Cheers, TJ.
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Re: Employment in Switzerland

Hi TJ,

Saw your post and thought I better get off my backside and join the forum as I can actually contribute something.

I have been travelling in Europe for the last 12 months and did the "summer camp" experience last year in Leysin. It was pretty full on work but a bit of fun. I worked as a activity counsellor (teaching climbing, mountain biking and taking the little darlings on walks up the mountains).
They also require english and french teachers for the language program. It seems a pretty good set up and the teachers get paid more than the activity counsellors (its still not a great deal but you have free food, accommodation and not much time to do anything). There are guys from Australia, UK and heaps from Canada - so it is a great way to meet people.

The company is Village Camps http://www.villagecamps.com and they are based in Nyon. I think they are starting to recruit fairly soon so I would get your course done asap - or think about being an activity counsellor. They also do outdoor recreation programs in the Spring and Summer in Leysin and Anzere. This program is much more interesting, but you do need some outdoor experience. I may be back there if I don't find something soon!!

Hope this helps and feel free to contact me if you want any further details. Leysin is great and at least you may get to see your girlfriend a couple of times a week!!

Cheers

Kath
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