A little background: I'm almost 24, now jobless, living in NJ. I haven't really got anything going for me here. I've jumped mediocre job to job for the past 6 years and I'm looking to get out. Adventure.
In 2011 I met a girl who lives in Poland and ended up going there on a whim for a few months in December and January. We traveled around Europe and it was all around just a wonderful time.
Now I'm looking to move there for the summer and stay for a year if I can find a job. I understand getting a job teaching English isn't easy without a certificate and without knowing more than basic polish, but I'd love to give it a shot. I've sent my CV off to a bunch of jobs already hoping to find someone to interview me, and she's gone around dropping it off at places too. If all else fails, her mother actually said she knew her office needed native speakers and that I could fall back on that.
If things are still going well, we'd move back to the states in May 2013 after finishing school.
Her parents actually own another flat and we would only have to pay 1000 pln/mo for it, which we both can easily afford to live in for a while.
Does anyone have any advice they could give? I'm a little confused about what I need to get done before I leave, and information on the net is a bit scattered and confusing. I want to buy a one way ticket, but I'm afraid I won't be let in if I don't have proof I'd return. Will I need a visa to stay there BEFORE I leave the US? Or could I go there and say I'm looking for work for the first 45 days and then attend interviews with employers in hopes of getting a work visa/permit? Could anyone else give me direction who has done this before?
I'm itching to get this plane ticket bought because I'd like to leave ASAP after a wedding May 18. Tickets are pretty cheap now but rising in costs daily. If I have to get a visa or permits here, I'll obviously have to push it back.
PS! Please don't respond by saying I'm crazy- I know I am. :) I embrace it. People told me I was crazy before leaving in December- and I still went for it, and it was the best decision I ever made.