Profile: Maria McCarthy

Our panel of Greek residents share their experiences of living in Greece during this tense political and economic time. Here, Maria McCarthy describes her background.

Age: 46

Location: Volos

Profession: Mother, housewife, occasional teacher and oral examiner for the British Council

"I started working as an English teacher in 1992 on 120,000 drachmas per month. Now, when I work, I charge 15-20 euros an hour. I work part-time now, but in truth I have not been able to find much work this year. I have very little work.

I work for the British Council once or twice a year, during the exam periods in Volos and local towns. And I teach a friend's daughter English in her home.

There are four people in our household. My husband is a civil servant in the Town Hall, he has had pay cuts.

I lost a student this year because their family have lost 400 euros a month and they decided not to continue English lessons."

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