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Re: Berlingua Academy
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:
High Paying Young Learner & Adult Teaching Jobs in Milano, Italy.
Position: Full time language teacher
Students: All ages (Teachers are allowed to teach their preferred age)
Locations: Milano, Italy.
Interview: Via Skype
Start date: January/February, 2020.
We 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 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.
We 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.
Maximum of 25 hours teaching per week
Assist in the placement testing and interviewing of new students
Carry out teaching related responsibilities including, but not limited to demonstration classes
Attend centre social events
Excellent salary: € 2,600 to € 2,700 depending on qualifications and experience
Free accommodation: Western style, near the school
Flight allowance provided
Visa assistance for Non-EU teachers
12 days public holidays plus 10 days extra holidays
Health insurance provided
Free Italian lessons
Staff trips and events
On-going training and academic support
TEFL certificate preferred
Teaching experience preferred
Plenty of passion and energy
Ready to learn
How to Apply
Please send the following to us via e-mail
Recent, smart photo
Passport 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.