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ATA Work Guide
Benefits: Flights are rarely paid, unless the teacher is recruited from abroad
by a language school chain, accommodation is easy to find, but
expensive. Some schools will assist teachers in finding cheap
Tutoring: Common. CHF 30 ($31.8044 AUD)- 60 ($63.6262 AUD) per hour
Note: Health Insurance is essential for foreigners, as Swiss health care is
The Swiss Yellow Pages contains contact details of all Swiss language
schools. Search under Sprachschulen or Ecole de Langues. The EL
Gazette, EL Prospects, and The Times and Guardian Educational
supplements often contain ads for teaching positions in Switzerland.
Prohibited items: meat. Main TEFL regions are Zurich, Basel, Geneva,
The official currency is the Swiss franc (CHF) divided into 100 centimes.
Although not part of the EU many prices are nonetheless indicated in
Euros and some merchants may accept Euros. Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted and ATMs are widespread; many
are equipped with the Cirrus or Maestro system. Banks offer the best
exchange rates for travellers cheques and foreign currency, but it is also
possible to exchange money at major hotels, main train stations and
airports. Banks are open Monday to Friday.
Meeting and Greeting
Shake hands with everyone present -- men, women, and children -- at
business or social meetings. Shake hands again when leaving.
Handshakes are firm with eye contact.
Allow the hosts to introduce you at parties.
Use last names and appropriate titles until specifically invited by your Swiss
hosts or colleagues to use their first names. Academic and professional
titles are used frequently.
First names are reserved for very close friends and family.
Poor posture is frowned upon. Do not stretch or slouch in public.
Do not point your index finger to your head. This is an insult.
Body language varies from region to region in Switzerland.
© 2006 Australasian Training Academy Pty Ltd ATA Work Guide 128 Benefits: Flights are rarely paid, unless the teacher is recruited from abroad by a language school chain, accommodation is easy to find, but expensive. The Swiss Yellow Pages contains contact details of all Swiss language schools.