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    Tony R
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        Dear all, I am looking for information and advice regarding the Apokoronas area of Crete. I am returning to Heraklion in mid July in the hope of finding work in a private language school.

        I had previously lived and taught there up until 2003. Since then I have been down to Kalives and Almerida and was curious to learn more about expat ife within a community environment. Would work in the region be easier to find – birds of a feather etc. or am I dreaming.

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            Hi Tony R
            sorry that no one has so far answered any of your questions.
            I live in the east of the island and have no local knowledge of the area you may want to live here in Crete.
            Topdriller lives there and he is very knowledgeable about his area and maybe knows some of the answers.
            As you have contacts here and can obviously get by with the language you have an advantage.
            The region you speak of has a concentration of expats, though I suspect most are retired or semi-retired .
            There is an organisation for expats , here in the east it is called INCO and I think that in the west CIC, maybe they could help you with information.
            Expats fall into quite a few categories, those who stay here all the time and rarely go back to their homeland for visits , many have integrated and have some knowledge of the language,then there are a larger group who regularly go back to the UK for quite long periods of the year, and finally the ones who maybe visit here twice a year for say three weeks at a time until they can live here permanently, so you would have fairly transient neighbours.
            good luck with whatever you decide
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                Tony R,

                It’s my experience that most Brits who work here either have a seasonal (tourist type) job e.g. holiday rep, bar, taverna work or offer a service to other Brits i.e. clean, paint, small building work etc.  In other words, and if you aren’t fluent in Greek, you have to direct your energies at a particular part of the job market.

                There’s a Brit friend of mine here who runs his own building / maintenance company i.e. looking after houses / properties for Brits who own a home over here.  But, he also speaks fluent Greek and for the last year or two has been giving weekly classes to other Brits. 

                The Aporcornas is definitely awash with a large number of Brits so if you had a particular skill that they can not find elsewhere, or would prefer from a fellow Brit then that may well be the place to set up – at least initially.  Many Brits are trying to sell up but because the market is so difficult right now a significant number appear to be offering their properties for rent simply to cover their costs.  Consequently, long term rentals are reasonable – and usually much lower than you’d find in the UK for a comparable property – which means you can take a place on and look around for a month or two to get a feel for the market, the area etc.

                But take care because a) you need to work damn hard here to earn your money and b) however hard you work the money you earn will not get you very far.  Prices here have shot up over the past few years and you’ll notice a big difference from 5 years ago.  There’s also the uncertainty of what will happen over the next year or two i.e. will Greece default on its loans, will they be forced to return to a devalued drachma etc?

                If coming here I’d make sure you have sufficient funds to give you six months of looking around at what’s what and, if possible, keep a bolt hole back in the UK if things don’t turn out as you hope.

                Jon

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                    565944434558370 wrote: Dear all, I am looking for information and advice regarding the Apokoronas area of Crete. I am returning to Heraklion in mid July in the hope of finding work in a private language school.

                    I had previously lived and taught there up until 2003. Since then I have been down to Kalives and Almerida and was curious to learn more about expat ife within a community environment. Would work in the region be easier to find – birds of a feather etc. or am I dreaming.

                    Hi Tony, you may well find work in a private school but don’t bet on getting paid regularly. They depend on getting paid from the student’s family to be able to pay you and it’s getting tougher to get the money flowing into the business. Can’t really give info in that general area you mention though but good luck.

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