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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 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 Russia: Demand for English Teachers Exceeds Supply by Robert Leitch
Teaching English in Poland by Katarzyna Radzka
Teaching English in the Heart of Europe, Otherwise Known as Hungary by Jakob Hidas
Learning to Teach English in Prague: A Bohemian Adventure by Andy Schell

Prague, Czech Republic
CTESOL / CTEFL: Teach English Around the World
4 week — Internationally accredited courses worldwide.
’s training center in Prague, Czech Republic is just a short tram ride away from the center of this thriving European city. The mix of fascinating history and buzzing nightlife means that Prague has something to offer everyone who chooses to take their TESOL course here. The course takes place in a working language school giving trainees the opportunity to meet with working English teachers and witness them in action in the classroom as well as put your newly acquired skill into use during the practical teaching sessions.
Teach English in Prague, Czech Republic Website:

Via Lingua International TEFL Program in St. Petersburg, Russia
Via Lingua Russia provides an intensive, interactive course to gain certification as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Our program is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date in the world in one of the most fascinating cities in the world! The Via Lingua TEFL Certificate includes vital concepts and strategic skills to live and teach effectively abroad and you acquire a variety of cross-cultural skills with which to analyze different cultures, as well as your own. On successful completion of the course, you will receive the internationally recognized and accredited Via Lingua TEFL certificate.
Teach English in St. Petersburg, Russia Contact: Via Lingua Florence (Head Office), Via Brunelleschi 1 - 50123, Firenze, Italy
Tel.:(39) 055 283 161

Teach & Travel Worldwide with TEFL Worldwide Prague
TEFL Worldwide Prague is a highly reputable American owned school offering the 4-week Internationally Recognized and Accredited TEFL certificate course in the enchanting city of Prague. Become certified and gain the skills to teach English in any classroom abroad. Job placement assistance worldwide. Highly Recommended by their Graduates!
Teach English in Prague Contact: TEFL Worldwide, Cheryl Drabova, Freyova 12/1, 190 00 Prague 9, Czech Republic 
Phone: +420 773 486 830. Fax: +420 283 892 440

Become TEFL Certified For Free

Spend time in beautiful rural venues with all expenses paid, gain teaching experience & earn a free TEFL certification. At Angloville we offer cultural exchange programmes across Europe where volunteers receive free board & lodging in return for helping local programme attendees with their English. After completing two Angloville immersion programmes, you will be entitled to a free 120-hour online TEFL voucher. This is a fantastic opportunity to build your CV/skills while see the world.

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

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.

International TEFL Academy
TEFL TESOL Certification Czech Republic, Prague
Courses in Praggue and job placement assistance for all graduates for jobs worldwide.

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.

TEFL International Prague | Language and Training
Language and Training is a reputable training centre closely associated with large Prague language school Threshold Training Associates. Our TEFL course is externally moderated by TEFL International and accredited by American Fort Hays University. In our training centre you will have the chance to meet our experienced teachers and talk to them about language teaching and life in Prague. All our successful course graduates get a job guarantee in Prague and job guidance worldwide.

The Language House
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.

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