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PSIA Instructor working in Switzerland

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Hey EpicSki Community,

 

I'm hoping since this is a Ski Instruction and Coaching Forum, that some Instructors will be reading. If not, then call this thread dead.

 

But, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience or has known someone who has worked in Switzerland as a Ski Instructor. I'm currently looking at a couple ski schools in Verbier (Performance, Adrenaline, Altitude) trying to get a Ski Instructor Position for next Winter 2016-2017.

 

I've been in contact with one ski school and it seems that getting a Work Visa in Switzerland is the most difficult. Has anyone ever taught in Switzerland using a USA Passport and had to get a Switzerland Work Visa, or has know of anyone whose had to?

 

I've even considered trying to look at Italy or Austria as a alternative if getting a work visa in Switzerland is so difficult. And I have a ISIA stamp / passport (PSIA L3), but it's the Visa that I'm most worried about. Any info or guidance would be great!

 

Thanks all,

 

Keith

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Hey EpicSki Community,

 

I'm hoping since this is a Ski Instruction and Coaching Forum, that some Instructors will be reading. If not, then call this thread dead.

 

But, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience or has known someone who has worked in Switzerland as a Ski Instructor. I'm currently looking at a couple ski schools in Verbier (Performance, Adrenaline, Altitude) trying to get a Ski Instructor Position for next Winter 2016-2017.

 

I've been in contact with one ski school and it seems that getting a Work Visa in Switzerland is the most difficult. Has anyone ever taught in Switzerland using a USA Passport and had to get a Switzerland Work Visa, or has know of anyone whose had to?

 

I've even considered trying to look at Italy or Austria as a alternative if getting a work visa in Switzerland is so difficult. And I have a ISIA stamp / passport (PSIA L3), but it's the Visa that I'm most worried about. Any info or guidance would be great!

 

Thanks all,

 

Keith

Not sure about Switzerland, but my nephew just finished up instructing this season at Silvretta Montafon in Austria. He had never instructed before, and actually went over there last minute to drive a taxi but ended up instructing. That makes me assume that getting an Austrian visa isn't wildly difficult. However, his situation may be different because he initially went over there to work for his Austrian cousin who may have sponsored his visa. 

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Not heard of many Americans teaching in Europe, some do in Garmisch, connected with the Army somehow. I'd say that will be your best option.

The only way to get a visa for Switzerland will be through the schools, so you'll have to find one willing to sponsor you. Italy will be much harder/impossible, due to laws they have on instructing qualifications. Austria possibly easier, but the visa will still be the sticking point.
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