The EFL Job market in Poland has grown rapidly in recent years and is now one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. You will find teaching jobs available all over the country in a variety of different institutes such as private language schools, government run schools, colleges and universities, as well as in the business sector. Teacher’s salaries are generally quite good so you should be able to live a comfortable lifestyle, however, if you are keen to save money while working in Poland you may need to consider the option of private tutoring in your spare time.
English teaching Jobs in Poland can be found throughout the year via TEFL/TESOL related websites. However, the most straightforward method is to simply make contact with as many English language schools that you can find, even if they are not actually advertising for new staff members. You can use local newspapers, online language school directories, yellow pages and TEFL/TESOL websites to build a list of schools in your chosen area.
Once you have a list of schools you can send them an up to date resume with a recent photograph attached. You can even follow up on this contact by telephoning each employer so you can introduce yourself to their head of recruitment. If the schools you contact are not currently looking for new teachers you should still keep in touch with them as new positions often become available at short notice. When applying for teaching jobs in Poland you will usually need a university degree as well as a TEFL/TESOL certificate.
EFL Jobs in Poland
The school year in Poland starts in September and ends in June, so most contracts will be for the academic year which covers this period. If you are working in a language school you will usually be supplied with a pre arranged curriculum that is broken down into two week sections. However, you should find that you are given some freedom to adapt the program to suit the needs of your own class.
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.