Teaching English in Poland

Teaching English in Poland is for anyone who wants to take a small step out of their comfort zone. It is often overlooked for teaching in Europe but it shouldn’t be.

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Poland is an in-demand TEFL market. It’s common to get asked to do private lessons. There are not as many barriers to find legal work for EU non-EU teachers. Although every place has drawbacks, a lot of teachers think that Poland is often overlooked for teaching in Europe.

You typically require a university degree in any subject for teaching English in Poland. Schools look for CELTA or TEFL certificates from teachers for hiring. A typical monthly salary is in the range of €390-940 euros or $500 to 1200 USD.

Teaching English in Poland is for anyone who wants to take a small step out of their comfort zone. You don’t get too far away from the safety of Western Europe. People are warm and welcoming, it’s full of history and culture, and a society in transition, which is always interesting to see and experience.


A work permit can take up to a few months to complete which is taken care of by a native Polish speaker. Make sure you move quickly as some documents have to be sent to the Polish embassy that take a little bit of time to arrive.

Poland has a lot of vacancies for English teaching jobs. Peak hiring is May/June and in September too. Common places of employment are in language schools, English-language kindergartens, and public schools.

Private Language Centers – These are the most common places of employment for English teachers in Poland. One of the differences is how they tend to be exam-oriented, which is the standard in the Polish education system.

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A typical monthly salary is in the range of €390-940 euros ($500 to 1200 USD). In Polish currency, this is approximately 1,650 to 4,000 zloty. Wages for inexperienced teachers are generally lower in Poland. 

Typically, you get accommodation and holidays paid for. It’s rare but some employers may offer flight reimbursement as well. Keep an eye out for all these benefits in your contract.

Every year, the cost of living has been increasing particularly in the bigger cities in Poland. This makes it difficult to save enough money to pay off student loans or to take home at the end of your contract.


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Frequently Asked Questions

How are Polish people like?

In general, Polish people can be a bit pessimistic at times. They may complain about their trains and buses when they are actually affordable, punctual and easy to get around. They may expect the worst and don’t tend to visualize a positive outcome.

Is it cold in Poland?

Yes. If you’re planning to stay in Poland in the winter, make sure you dress for the weather. The weather can get very cold during the wintertime.

What are some of the benefits of living in Poland?

Some of the best things about Poland include welcoming people, beer, Polish food, the TEFL job market, reliable transportation, and proximity to the rest of Europe.

What are some of the disadvantages of teaching English in Poland?

Foreign teachers feel that the Polish bureaucracy is filled with unnecessary paperwork (tons of ink and paper stamps) and there is little room for savings with the level of salary.

Do you need a degree to teach English?

Yes. You need a degree to teach English in Poland. Private tutoring jobs are still possible without a degree.

How much money can you make in Poland?

A typical monthly salary is in the range of €390-940 euros ($500 to 1200 USD). In Polish currency, this is approximately 1,650 to 4,000 zloty.


  • The famous astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus, was Polish.

  • There are 16 UNESCO world heritage sites in Poland.

  • Malbork is the world’s biggest castle.

  • Pierogi is Poland’s version of dumplings.

  • The famous scientist, Marie Curie, was Polish and not French.

  • World War II began after Germany invaded Poland in 1939.

  • Poland has the oldest salt mine in the world.

  • The musical composer Frédéric François Chopin is from Poland.

  • Christ the King (Pomnik Chrystusa Króla) is the world’s tallest statue of Jesus (not Christ the Redeemer in Brazil)