Vacancy for Private German Teacher in Hurghada, Egypt

Posted 10 November 2014:

The General Manager of a luxury hotel in Hurghada, Egypt, is looking for a female German teacher for his two children, aged 6 and 12. They attend the German School nearby and speak English, Greek and Arabic.

The teacher would be given accommodation in the hotel and flights, along with 2,000 – 2,500 Euros tax free a month.

For more information about this position, please send me a note at and I will pass your inquiry over to the source, Sharon H. on LinkedIn.

Private Russian and English Lessons – Frankfurt

Posted on behalf of Dr. Elena Farztdinova on 19 Jan 2014:

I am a Russian speaker from Moscow, with a PhD in Russian and a Postgraduate Diploma in English.

More than 20 years teaching experience at universities and language centres in Russia, in the UK, and in Germany.

My lessons are well structured and very goal-oriented, and the learning process is comfortable and enjoyable.

Dr. Elena Farztdinova

Frankfurt Niederursel

0176 47975049

Free Education and Teaching Music in France

The Go Overseas recent post, How to Study in France for Free, written by Allison Lounes, caught my attention. Many  had read my earlier post about Germany the Land of Free Education, and as a matter of fact, it still ranks number one in the statistics. Getting a free university degree, while learning a foreign language and supplementing your income at the same time,  is one of the great advantages of studying in a socialistic country.

Ms. Lounes describes how to study for free at a French university, while also making a living. Some of her pointers are really useful and I would like to add one myself.

I’ve been told the following by an Asian student, whose aunt lives and works as a music teacher in Paris:

In France, being enrolled for a degree in music at university for at least one year qualifies one to becoming a private music teacher. The French also do not require a finished degree to have you give private lessons to their children or adults.

This would be a good way to supplement your income while studying at university. Ms. Lounes had already pointed out teaching English at various schools, but no mention was made of giving lessons in piano, cello, violin, guitar, etc.

Learning Russian

Our 15-year-old daughter decided to learn Russian as of this summer. With teenage interests being so fickle, I waited a little while before hiring a private Russian teacher.

After the fourth inquiry, I took her interest for real. Before buying the book, she got to sample some lessons on regular paper.

Here is what we bought from
Dialog – Neubearbeitung – 2. Fremdsprache: 1. Lernjahr – Arbeitsheft mit Hör-CD: Mit Lernergrammatik (work book with CD) and
Dialog – Neubearbeitung – 2. Fremdsprache: 1. Lernjahr – Schülerbuch (study book)

She is enjoying her lessons, so I can recommend these books.


How to Smooth Transitions

I used to think that moving here to Germany would mark the end of my transition process. I was wrong in my belief as our international environment constantly keeps changing. Being an expat family requires continuous adjustment to new circumstances and after a few years we just got so used to it without realizing how often we still adjust.

The beginning of each new school year reminds us of the changes we need to make for another smooth transition. There will be newly hired teachers, some of whom I will never get to meet (except by e-mail). New classmates for my children, some of whom I might get to know by name at the end of the school year – just before they move away again. Private students change their lesson times as they start other projects. Friends move overseas, with some of our older ones already having left for retirement. Every year, there are Goodbye parties and Welcome Back parties.

Toytown Germany (with a very helpful platform I can recommend) probably has more newcomers posting their queries at this time of year, but transitions take place all year long. I have come to realize that we can stay put in one place, but our surroundings keep moving, affecting us with their sometimes challenging transitions.

Here is a little piece of advice I had given a while ago to a newcomer to the Frankfurt area (most likely applicable to non-working spouses):

If you have some financial security (e.g. no real pressure to find work right away), then I would suggest volunteering at first. This is what I did three times when moving overseas. I started volunteering two hours a week, made contacts, learned more about the city, got job offers soon after.
Places to volunteer: Frankfurt soup kitchen, hospitals, maybe the British Women’s Club of the Taunus, contact the “International Stammtisch at the English Theatre”, etc.
Teaching assistants do not get paid well. For part-time work at the international schools, the pay is about € 400 a month. Again, any job could help lead to more lucrative ones.
I frequently post available positions at Frankfurt International School on my blog category Vacancies at Frankfurt International School which also include teaching assistant positions. This is for you only to learn what is out there.
… and try to learn some German before coming here. Others have said that before and this is the best advice.

You may also want to read my initial post, with more details:  How to Smooth Transitions

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