Teaching English in Greenland

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Teaching English in Greenland

Vast swaths of beautiful, unfenced wilderness

Greenland is not a cheap destination, but few places combine such magnificent scenery, such clarity

Greenland is a land like no other. It smells of fish, but this should come as no surprise and apparently this is something you can get used to! Greenland literally means ‘Land of the People’, which is apt considering the environmentally conscious mindset of its people and their close relationship to the natural environment. In Greenland, hunting is popular but necessary, and animals are only used when needed. With the lifestyle of the Inuits still a reality today, ice fishing and dog sledding are regular pastimes. 
Probably the biggest draw to Greenland is the unspoilt landscapes and the natural environment. This includes vast expanses of ice and numerous icebergs and glaciers. A must-see is the (unpronounceable) Ilulissat: a massive collection of icebergs. You can take a helicopter flight or a boat ride to the glaciers to try and wrap your head around this breathtaking phenomenon. Or better yet, wait for April to August and you can take a night-time cruise under the midnight sun. 
Not to worry, while Greenland may not be particularly green in winter, it’s not cold all the time and experiences temperatures of 10°C to 15°C in June, July and August. If you plan on coming here, though, you should probably be a fan of the snow, as temperatures can drop to -20°C during the winter. However, if you enjoy hunting, snow sports and socialising over a good cup of coffee, Greenland is the choice for you.

Teaching Opportunities

There are not many schools in Greenland (as there are not many people), but there is a shortage of teachers. The schools are generally small and so are the class sizes. Linguistically, students here can usually speak Danish and Greenlandic, so English can be quite a challenge and they may be generally quieter than students of other nationalities. 
Teaching opportunities are hard to find since preference is given to bilingual teachers but you can try the towns of Qaanaaq, Upernavik or Uummannaq. Opportunities are not always advertised so it is recommended to contact the local schools to find out about vacancies and speak to your local Danish embassy to find out visa requirements. 

Teaching Requirements

Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
BA/BS required1 year August Work permit (for more than 90 days) Children DKK 7 000 – DKK 10 000 (£675 – £1 000) DKK 7 000 – DKK 10 000 (£675 – £1 000)
BA/BS required
Work permit (for more than 90 days)
DKK 7 000 – DKK 10 000 (£675 – £1 000)
DKK 7 000 – DKK 10 000 (£675 – £1 000)

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