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.
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.
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.