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Teach English Hungary as a TEFL teacher.
It is DEFINITELY possible to earn enough to live well while in Hungary and have plenty left over for travel. If you stay away from Budapest! The cost of living is significantly higher there, and the English-TEFL teaching market is more competitive.
In the smaller towns, there are countless language schools and private students searching in vain for native speaker teachers, so job opportunities abound. Try to get into the public school system or a reputable private language school. This will provide a guaranteed income when other sources might fall by the wayside (students cancel, language school closes, etc.), and they often sort out work visas and residency permits. Also, many public schools provide housing.
In private schools salaries are usually better than in state schools. Much of the work is shift work. You may have lessons in the morning, then in the late afternoon and in the evening. Most private schools do not provide accommodation, medical insurance and pensions. They do not help you with permits etc. It is necessary to have a TEFL certificate. In most cases, a weekend diploma will do. Wages vary from big cities from $2000 USDpm to smaller towns paying $1000USD pm for the same work contracts 20-25 hours per week.
Rented accommodation is very expensive and most flats are in very poor condition.
Food is more expensive than in most Western countries.
In Hungary you will have to supplement your salary by doing a bit of private work – but make sure your private students pay in advance!!!
Problems getting back your House deposit ( Many landlords are reluctant to give it back and will find every excuse under the sun why they should not return your deposit ) here are some tips that may help you:
Providing you have a written agreement and confirmation that you have indeed paid a deposit, write a polite letter to your landlord requesting a receipt for the period you lived in his/her accommodation. Make sure the letter is in Hungarian and keep a copy. Your landlord may do two things: 1) Ignore your letter 2) Get worried because he/she does not declare his/her income to the tax authorities. Follow up the letter with a phone call. Above all, be polite. If your landlord responds negotiate when you will get back your deposit.
Assuming your landlord does not respond, then you write another letter to him stating that you are in the process of writing another polite letter in Hungarian with copies of the agreement, confirmation of the paid deposit and the letter requesting a receipt to the local tax authorities (APEH). (It is also advisable to include the receipts of bills that YOU have paid in his name). I am sure your landlord will react immediately to this since he/she has been probably evading tax since the political changes back in 1989 and will have to make either a large amount of back payments or face eating porridge.
Another thing that you should find out is whether your landlord is in fact the owner of the flat. The flat may belong to the local government. If that is the case, inform him/her that you are also in the process of informing the local government – that will really put fear into the landlord because he/she may end up losing the flat and the lucrative little illegal business.
WARNING: Before writing letters to the Tax Authorities make sure YOU yourself are legal in the country as regards to residence, employment and income!!!! But not all landlords are like this!
Hungary has many challenges, petty theft can be a problem in downtown Pest and the eighth district, but not as bad as Prague, or most Italian cities, for that matter. The food is very good. The beer and the wine is excellent and very cheap, 1 beer can be less than 70 cents (USA). The language is one of the most difficult in the world.
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