Among other things. Hiya folks I've been looking at moving to Prague for awhile now and I've been doing some research, chatting with folks online, checking out websites, etc. I've posted some of this on other sites, if any of you are wont to visit other sites you may have seen em, but I'm looking always for fresh, hopefully definitive, answers. My first issue is a big one and requires a bit of background. To begin with, I live in the US. 10 years ago I met a girl in a bar. We dated a few times. I hadn't seen her in awhile, when I was suddenly arrested. Turns out the girl was underage (a very mature looking 14). She'd used a fake ID to get into the bar. Long story short, I was given 10 years probation and I'm now a registered sex offender. For those of you who perhaps don't know what that means in practical terms, suffice it to say that my life here is a nightmare. I've lost everything, my business, home, car, money. I have only a few months left of my 10 years of probation, and I've decided to leave the country. My first choice for possible destinations is Prague. I want to avoid Western Europe, where I'll receive little better treatment than I do here. I want to attend a TEFL course (I've been looking at the Language House). I was in Germany in the Army (about 20 years ago) and I travelled around Europe a bit, so I'm not concerned about any sort of culture shock. So here are my questions. First and foremost, can anyone state with authority what sort of issues my record will cause me? Again, the girl was 14, and the crime was a felony. From what I've heard, it will only become an issue if I try to get legal, but apparently I need to get legal to work in most of the schools there. What are the practical ramifications of lying and filling out the affidavit stating I haven't committed a felony? Is there any way to work my way around it without lying? I'm not just looking for the 'travel abroad' exerience. I want to move someplace and settle down for the rest of my life. I don't plan to return to the US except perhaps for visits to family if I can ever afford such. My second concern, as you can well imagine, is one of finances. As stated, I've lost nearly everything and conditions here have made it next to impossible for me to find steady work. I'll sell off the last bit of personal possessions (tv, DVD player, stuff like that, as I would imagine it would be easier to replace there than to ship over and worry about converting to 220v. It's 220 in CR right?). I'm used to living a simple life. I work, I go home. I'm not into partying anymore and I don't have expensive taste. About the only thing I spend money on is the occassional movie and books. So can I make enough of a living teaching in Prague to afford to live alone, slowly replace the basics I'd be leaving behind (tv, furniture, etc) afford internet, and still be able to put a little bit aside to eventually retire? Can expats get anything resembling a 401k over there? I'd really like to get a clearer idea, if possible, of what I'd be making there. I've heard an average of 18000k a month.... is that right? If so... is anyone able to translate that to a sum I can make sense of? I heard the equivelant of $20 an hour to teach, is that right? Also along this line, I've heard it's a good idea to make sure you bring enough money with you to get you through the first month or two while you get situated. What is that amount of money? I had originally thought I'd need about 5k for the trip. The plane seems to be about $1,000 (any suggestions on how to get cheaper flight?). The TEFL school is approx $1,500. Then I figured about another $2,500 to get me situated and cover me for a month or so. Is that about right or too low? It's an iffy sorta proposition, leaving everything behind, going over there for school and hoping you get a job before you starve. Seems it would be better to arrange a job first, so you had that out of the way. Are there places that will hire you with the proviso that you'll be aquiring TEFL certification before your start date? Also, back to my original problem, is it possible to get legal 'before' relocating there? I'd hate to get there and find out I'm screwed in that regard. Also, quickly, if it turns out that it's an insurmountable issue, does anyone know of someplace where it wouldn't be an issue? Russia perhaps? Costa Rica? China? Well, this is just growing incredibly long, so I'll go ahead and leave it here for now. I have other questions I'd love to ask, but I can save them for later. I certainly appreciate any help answering these questions. Thanks for your time.