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  • Berlingua Academy

    By: Osha < Show E-mail >

    Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019

    Location: Spain (Europe)

    This school offered me a job. When I accepted my contact told me to send all my visa paperwork to a lawyer he worked with. After I did that he told me to contact his airline contact. The airline contact then told me I had to wire her money for the ticket. She came up with reasons why I couldn't buy a ticket through the airline and had to send money to personal accounts. When I suggested using a "visa reservation" she said that wouldn't work. I responded that the Spanish consulate had suggested it and I haven't heard from any of them since. I suspect that the school manager, lawyer and airline employee were all the same person, but they could have just been working together.

    Re: Berlingua Academy (views: 1131)

    Italy (Europe) - Tue, 07 Jan 2020
    Posted by Thaise

    Something very similar happened to me regarding Berlingua:   They sent me an email saying they had no vacancies in Spain, but that their school in Milan, Italy, would contact me. All of this striked me as very odd, since I never applied to work at Berlingua. A few days later, I received a job description from MT Languages, as follows: Job Details. High Paying Young Learner & Adult Teaching Jobs in Milano, Italy.Position: Full time language teacherStudents: All ages (Teachers are allowed to teach their preferred age)Locations: Milano, Italy.Interview: Via SkypePositions: 4Start date: January/February, 2020.The JobsWe are looking for motivated and inspiring Language teachers with a creative flair and a thirst for adventure.Our high academic standards and fun learning environment have established our schools as the very best in Italy. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to work with a friendly teaching team where your creativity will be valued and your teaching will really make a difference to students’ lives.The SchoolsThe MT Languages was created in 2000 as a professional implementation of the passion for foreign languages of its owner. In recent years, its presence in the field of language services has been constantly strengthened: reliability, precision and enthusiasm, his capable staff, we have determined the success and appreciation from its customers.We provide exceptional teaching materials, the latest educational technology with interactive white boards and have friendly teaching teams, supportive management, and offer a generous compensation package.The StudentsWe have positions teaching kindergarten kids, young learners aged 3 to 12, teenagers, university students or adult students. Whatever your preference for age group, we have suitable options for you to consider. We also have positions that teach all ages groups, which is a good way to build a greater variety of teaching experiences.Our class sizes are kept small to an average of 8-12 students which allows for noticeable progress to be made and also makes classroom management that much easier.Main ResponsibilitiesMaximum of 25 hours teaching per weekLesson planningAssist in the placement testing and interviewing of new studentsCarry out teaching related responsibilities including, but not limited to demonstration classes Attend centre social eventsCompensation/BenefitsExcellent salary: € 2,600 to € 2,700 depending on qualifications and experienceFree accommodation: Western style, near the schoolFlight allowance providedVisa assistance for Non-EU teachers12 days public holidays plus 10 days extra holidaysAirport pick-upHealth insurance providedFree Italian lessonsStaff trips and eventsOn-going training and academic support Feeding allowanceRequirementsDegreeTEFL certificate preferredTeaching experience preferred Plenty of passion and energy Ready to learnHow to ApplyPlease send the following to us via e-mailCovering letterResumeRecent, smart photoPassport photo page (scan)Degree & TEFL certificates (scan)   The whole description is a giant red flag. I did send them my resume, out of curiosity, an even had an interview! It lasted 6 min and 33 seconds, and it ended with the "recruiter" complimenting my English way too much, while his sounded a bit off.   I've added some screenshots I took from the e-mails, where you'll notice how cleverly and on plain sight they disguise their e-mail adresses.     

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