Teach English in 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
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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!
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Cost: 1200 Euro tuition includes: full tuition for the TEFL Course, job assistance worldwide, airport/train station pick-up, welcome pack and map, Prague orientation, continued support, Alumni Network and settling in assistance for those staying in Prague.
Contact: TEFL Worldwide, Cheryl Drabova, Freyova 12/1, 190 00 Prague 9, Czech Republic
Phone: +420 773 486 830. Fax: +420 283
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CTESOL / CTEFL: Teach English Around the World
4 week — Internationally accredited courses worldwide.
ITTT’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.
available each month all year-round
Cost: Deposit: US$600. Balance: €1150.
|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.
Cost: Euro 1350
Contact: Via Lingua Florence (Head Office), Via Brunelleschi 1 - 50123, Firenze, Italy
Tel.:(39) 055 283 161
|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.
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Cost: 1150 EUR. Includes: full tuition; accredited TEFL certificate; 130 hours of face-to-face training; 6+ hours of teaching practice; additional course materials; welcome dinner and graduation party; job guarantee and job guidance; use of library, internet and copier; free tea and coffee; 50-hour specialized online course (Business English or Teaching Young Learners) .
Contact: Language and Training Ltd, Prague, Czech Republic
Phone: +420 602 218 322
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.
Brytania School Of English
Qualified TEFL teachers for this school plus branch in Tarnow, Poland.
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.
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).
International House Krakow
Cambridge CELTA Course, Krakow, Poland
The CELTA is the most widely recognized 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).