Me yet again..
I was just surf the Berlitz site and came across this information which after reading the information on here from yourself and others working in Germany just adds to confusion.
"As a freelance instructor you are responsible for your own income taxes at the end of the year as well as your own social benefits and medical coverage. The German government also requires that freelance employees pay into the national pension plan if they stay in Germany for more than two years."
"If you are an American, Canadian or other non-EU citizen, you need to have a permit to reside, and ultimately work in Germany. You can enter Germany with a three-month tourist visa and receive a restricted residency permit. At that time you can apply for a position and, if accepted, begin the process of obtaining permission to work as a freelance instructor. In most cases the visa applications are approved. The fee for obtaining a visa with permission to work as a free-lance instructor is about $40. Although you may begin working once you have received your residence permit, you will need to go to the tax office (Finanzamt) in your city to get a tax number. By German law, a tax number is required in order to compensate free-lance employees."
I haven't yet contact Berlitz to confirm how recent the information on the site is, but the link is http://careers.berlitz.com/Europe/de/be ... cCode=3#p1
Any comments on this?