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Teach English in Central and Eastern Europe

Map of Central and Eastern Europe

"With so much of Western Europe almost impenetrable to non-European passport holders because of visa problems, Eastern and Central Europe holds out far more promise to the job-seeking English teacher. Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, the Baltic states (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia), Russia, Ukraine and other former Soviet Republics occupy a vast area of the globe, offering rich and varied traditions and magnificent scenery, some of it relatively untrodden. From the exquisite painted monasteries of Romania to the much photographed rooftops of Prague, the region has been a magnet for job-seekers since the fall of Communism.

Thousands of joint ventures have been launched and academic alliances forged in that time, as English has supplanted Russian as the foreign language of choice. Many of these nations have become flourishing and stable democracies that continue to welcome native English speakers for decades. Unlike in the early days, it is now virtually essential to have some ESL training and/or experience, or at the very least friends and contacts in situ, in order to get a full-time job as an English instructor in the major cities. Vacancies tend to be more numerous in the less appealing industrial cities and provincial towns. Membership in the European Union means that for immigration purposes, nationals of other EU member states have an advantage over North Americans who will have to jump through a number of bureaucratic hoops in order to be hired legally.

The demand for native speakers of English is still strong in some of the former satellite republics of Russia. In some regions, economic hardship prevails, which means that opportunities exist for expatriate teachers but remuneration is low. A handful of independent placement organizations and commercial companies in the US and UK send teachers to Eastern European outposts. Such programs (some are listed at the end of this article) are designed primarily for individuals in search of a cultural experience who don’t mind financing themselves.

Anyone with a relevant resumé should contact well-established schools in East European cities. To find the smaller schools on the spot, check the online Yellow Pages, local English language web notice boards, and seek out the expat community.." —Susan Griffith in Teaching English in Central and Eastern Europe


 Teaching English in Central and Eastern Europe
Czech Republic Opportunities by Meredith Fox
Czech Republic Wants English Speakers by Arie Farnam
Teaching English in Prague by Courtney Lochner
Teaching English in the Czech Republic by Pearl Harris
Teaching English in Prague: "All Aboard for Bohemia" by Andy Schell
Lessons from a Teacher in Prague by Jennifer Johnson
Working as an English Teacher and Other Jobs in Prague by Nicole Rosenleaf Ritter
Teaching English in Prague by Mishelle Shepard
Teaching English in Russia: Demand for English Teachers Exceeds Supply by Robert Leitch
Teaching English in Russia by Cade White
English Teachers Needed in Russia by Charity Ryabinkin
Teaching English in Poland by Katarzyna Radzka
Teaching English in Hungary by Marie Kirschbaum
Teaching English in the Heart of Europe, Otherwise Known as Hungary by Jakob Hidas

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WorldTeach
Teaching English in Poland for the Summer
Non-profit organization that places volunteer teachers of ESL or EFL in Polish summer camps (among other countries worldwide). Camps are in rural areas of Poland and placements last 7 weeks. Visit the Poland section of the website for more information.
 
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Angloville
Cultural Exchange in Poland

A cultural exchange program, where you stay for 6 days in a 3-star hotel in Poland (board and lodging paid) in exchange for conversing in English with Polish participants. Native speakers only.

Contact: info@angloville.com, www.angloville.com

Archibald School of English
Lively native speaker teachers work alongside Polish teachers.

Contact: teaching@archibald.pl; archibald.pl

BKC — International House Moscow
Teaching English in Russia
As a member of the International House World Organization BKC-IH Moscow offers job opportunities and teacher training courses (CELTA, DELTA, IHCYL etc.) to 150 English teachers in Russia a year. In addition, the school offers Russian as a second language and courses in French, German, Spanish, Italian, and other modern languages.

Visit: www.bkcih-moscow.com.

British-American Language Centre
50 teachers for centers in Samara and Togliatti, Russia.

Visit: www.the-world.ru.

Bridges for Education, Inc.
Every year BFE recruits groups of teachers and unskilled teaching assistants from the U.S. and Canada for summer language and peace camps in Central and Eastern Europe, plus China. (Destinations in 2006 were Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania.)

Visit: www.bridges4edu.org.

Brytania School Of English
Qualified TEFL teachers for this school plus branch in Tarnow, Poland.

Visit: www.brytania.com.pl.

Cambridge/CELTA
Four-week intensive course for those wishing to enter ELT or experienced teachers seeking recognized qualification. Highly practical, including seminars and workshops, observed teaching practice, and feedback. Assessment of teaching and written work throughout course. Help provided with accommodations. (Also DELTA, YL extension, Teaching English for Business).

Visit: www.ih.com.pl.

EF English First
English teaching contracts Sept./Oct. to May at one of the many EF schools in Russia, mainly in or near Moscow. Teachers must have a degree and 4-week TEFL certificate.

Visit: www.englishfirst.com.

English Unlimited
A large English language school with 11 centers near Gdansk, Sopot, Gdynia, etc.

Visit: www.eu.com.pl.

International House World Organization
One of the first language teaching organizations to operate in Eastern Europe, IH continues to be one of the most active and has expanded into the Central Asian Republics. International House now has schools in 50+ different countries all over the world. Open only to teachers with a Cambridge CELTA or Trinity TESOL Certificate or equivalent. Typically, there are vacancies at IH schools in the Russian Federation, Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia (listed on website).

Visit: ihworld.com

International House Krakow
Cambridge CELTA Course, Krakow, Poland
The CELTA is the most widely recognised qualification in teaching and the course most commonly cited by employers as a prerequisite for teaching posts. International House Krakow has excellent tutors with years of experience. Taking CELTA in Krakow is the most affordable course in the world, the city is lively and historic, and cost of living is very low.

Contact: training@ih.pl, www.ih.pl

Language House TEFL- Teach English to the World
Excellent training from a reputable school. The Language House TEFL in Prague offers 4-week, 130-hour, internationally recognized TEFL courses for individuals wishing to teach English worldwide. They offer small classes, almost twice the amount of teaching practice than most courses, an intensive grammar component, job guarantee and more.

Contact: info@thelanguagehouse.net, www.TheLanguageHouse.net

Language Link Work-Study Program
Teaching English and Learning Russian in Russia
The Work-Study program is aimed at people who wish to undertake serious study of Russian, and at the same time gain international work experience and earn some money to help financially support themselves in Russia by teaching English as a Foreign Language. For those without prior qualification the program can also provide a means of earning an in-house TEFL qualification.

Contact: jobs@languagelink.ru, www.jobs.languagelink.ru.

Lingua Nova
English Native Speakers Wanted in Poland
Lingua Nova, a dynamic and well-known private language school based in Warsaw, Poland is looking for energetic, outgoing, self-motivated English native speakers with CELTA/TEFL certificate or equivalent. Full-time and part -time EFL positions are available immediately. We offer great career opportunities, competitive salary, a renewable one year contract, and help with finding accommodation.

Visit: www.linguanova.com.pl

The London School of English
Also has branches in Odessa and Donetsk, all of which employ native-speaker teachers with certificates.

Contact: 39 Polytehnichna str., Bld. 19, Office 105, Kiev, Ukraine; 011-38 044 241-9654 / 241-8927 / 236-5277; admin@lse.kiev.ua; www.lse.ua.

Peace Corps
Provides volunteer teachers on 27-month contracts to many countries in Eastern Europe, with the largest numbers in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Kyrgyz Republic and Romania. Must be US citizen, over 18 and in good health. All expenses, including airfare and health insurance, are covered. Applicants with at least three months of teaching or tutoring experience in English or ESL are recruited to teach at both secondary and university level and to become involved with teacher training and curriculum development.  

Visit: www.peacecorps.gov

Prague College
Teaching Business English Certificate
Teaching Business English Certificate (TBEC) - including the LCCIEB "Further Certificate in Teaching Business English" and two business specialisations. The full program consists of two business courses (Business Practice and Marketing) as well as the "Further Certificate in Teaching Business English" course and a practicum. The business courses introduce you to the principles and practice of business, as well as a more detailed study of marketing. All courses encourage active and practical participation. Courses are college-level professional qualifications and run according to Prague College academic guidelines. Students who already have some knowledge of business can take more advanced courses for their business course component, including Advertising, Public Relations and Principles of Management.

Contact: info@praguecollege.cz, www.praguecollege.cz

Profi-Lingua
Branches in Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk, Gdynia, Szczecin, Lodz, Lublin, Kielce, Katowice, Sosnowiec, Gliwice, Tychy and Zabrze, Poland. Teachers who must have a degree, TEFL certificate and 2 years of teaching experience.

Contact: www.profi-lingua.pl.

Projects Abroad
US office of British company Teaching & Projects Abroad. Recruits volunteers to work as English Language Teaching Assistants for the summer or during the academic year in Moldova and Romania, as well as many countries worldwide. No TEFL background required. Sample package costs: $1,845 for 1 month teaching in Romania, $2,595 for 3 months in Moldova (excluding airfares).

Contact: info@projects-abroad.org; www.projects-abroad.org

Saxoncourt
One of the largest UK-based recruiters of qualified EFL teachers. Places more than 600 teachers per year in schools in 20 countries including Poland and Russia (including Siberia).

Contact: recruit@saxoncourt.com; www.saxoncourt.com.

Serendipity Russia
English teaching program in Vladimir, Russia (120 miles northeast of Moscow) from mid-August to end of April with probable 2-month extension. Participants live with a Russian family, study Russian, take an online TESOL course ($250) and receive visa support.

Visit: www.serendipity-russia.com.

Sharing One Language (SOL)
Non-profit that recruits about 30 graduates to teach in state schools mainly in Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania but also in Albania and Croatia. Interviews preferred in U.K., though telephone/Internet interviews possible. All posts include local salary ($350-$550 per month, less in Romania) and housing.

Contact: info@sol.org.uk, www.sol.org.uk.

Sunny Plus English School
Hires university-educated Americans with some teaching experience.

Contact: office@sunnyplus.ru, www.sunnyplus.ru.

Tudomany Nyelviskola
Teaching English in Hungary
Affiliated with ELT training centre Via Lingua Budapest (Tavasz u. 3, 1033 Budapest; tel./fax 011-36-1-368 11 56; www.via-lingua.hu). Local interviews essential.

Contact: info@tudomanynyelviskola.hu; www.tudomanynyelviskola.hu.

Worldwide School
Teaching English in Poland
16 teachers with TEFL certificates to teach for an academic year. $1,000-$2,000 a month gross.

Contact: praca@worldwideschool.pl; www.worldwideschool.pl.

York School of English
Employs teachers of many nationalities in Poland.

Contact: www.york.edu.pl.

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