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As you can imagine, France is a prime destination for ESL teachers, and competition for teaching positions is fierce – particularly in Paris. If you are coming from a non-European Union country, you face a long struggle, no matter where in France you would like to teach. The preference is for EU citizens and an employer must prove that there are no EU teachers who can do the job you would like. With the UK just a few miles away across the English Channel, that is a hard sell for employers, no matter how much they may like you.

French employers prefer to hire once they have met prospective employees face to face, so if you have France firmly in your heart as a destination, go there and start knocking on doors.

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You will find a variety of language schools and institutions interested in your services, but do not expect to get off the plane and find a job on your first day in the country. Plan to arrive towards the end of summer, as this is the peak hiring season for the upcoming school year. It should be noted that hiring for the summer camps goes on throughout the winter season, so if this is something that interests you as a summer diversion, spend some time during the winter checking out the opportunities. Make sure you arrive in France with enough money to last you for a few weeks until you find a job, and plan to stay at low-cost hostels. It’s cheap and you are likely to make a friend or two.

You may want to prepare yourself for the prospect of taking a part-time job or two before landing a full-time job. Salaries for full-time TEFL and ESL jobs in France will range from USD $1500 to $3000, with classroom hours of 10 to 30 hours plus preparation time. If you are new to teaching ESL, the rule of thumb is one hour of preparation for every one hour of classroom time. Teachers with years of experience may be able to prepare quicker, especially if they are familiar with the curriculum and material.

As for living costs in France – a lot depends on the teacher and what they like to do with their free time and where they live. Living and working in Paris is much more expensive than living simply in the countryside.

The public school system and universities in France do hire ESL and EFL teachers, with a preference for EU citizens and those who are fairly fluent in French. They do pay more than what a language school will pay. However, these jobs are difficult, but not impossible, to come by.

Many teachers will supplement their part-time TEFL or ESL job by taking on private students and find it to be a nice way to get a little more immersed in the culture of France while making new friends.

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