The demand for English language teachers across the Central and Eastern European region is consistently high right now and is likely to grow even further in the next few years. In recent times this region has seen huge development in its infrastructure and economy which has led to a boom in tourism and business. Due to these improvements you should find that teacher’s salaries and working conditions are usually very good across the region. As long as you have a TEFL/TESOL certificate you should be able to find a job to suit you in one of the many countries in this area such as Slovakia, Estonia and Hungary.
When to Apply for a EFL Job in Europe
Throughout most of Europe the school year starts in September so the best time to apply for jobs in state run primary or secondary schools is between the months of July and August. However, many jobs in the private sector are available throughout the year so there is no peak period for recruitment. Private language schools offer many opportunities for TEFL/TESOL teachers in this region as you will find them in most major towns and cities.
Questions to Ask Your Employer
If you are offered a teaching job there are several questions you should always ask before accepting the position. Obviously, there are a few things you will need to be clear on including your rate of pay, how many hours you will be working, as well as any other benefits that you are entitled to such as travel expenses or a housing allowance. You should also ask questions regarding the availability of materials for lesson planning and what other teaching resources you will have access to. It is also advisable to enquire about any work permits or visas you will need and whether the school will help organise these for you. Finally, it is important that you have all the job details written down in the form of a contract.
Finding a TEFL/TESOL Job
There are many countries, cities and towns to choose from when looking for jobs in this region and we are happy to provide as much help and advice that we can to help you find the best opportunities. You will find jobs in both the public and private sectors in many areas, however, the most numerous job markets are likely to be found in large cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, Kiev, Moscow, Budapest and Bratislava.