Poland has plenty of hearty, home-cooked food, interesting architecture from various times in history, and a fascinating history.
Explore stunning natural scenery ranging from its national parks and lake district to the snow-topped Tatra mountains – perfect for those who feel more comfortable on skis than in walking boots.
Poland is also a good way to explore Europe as you can take advantage of reasonably-priced trains and buses to Germany, Slovakia and Hungary. Located in Central Europe and bordered by the Baltic Sea, Poland enjoys a temperate European climate and fascinating culture developed from its chequered past.
There is a huge demand for English teachers, both in the modern metropolises of Warsaw and Krakow, and in smaller cities and towns across the country. There are also lots of opportunities to supplement your income with some private teaching too. TEFL teachers can find work both online or in-person and interviews can be held on Skype or face-to-face in Poland.
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£600-£750 per month
Bachelor’s degree usually required
Cost of living
TEFL certificate needed
120 hours +
Main job types
Private language schools & private tutoring
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There is a consistently high demand for English language teachers in Poland. Many young people want to learn English for travel, to get the best jobs in Poland and to move and work abroad. From the biggest cities, such as Warsaw and Poland, to small towns which are rarely visited by foreigners and look impossible to pronounce, there are lots of private language schools. If you have the relevant qualifications and the right to work in the country, finding work for a September to June contract should be relatively simple.
Poland itself has much to offer TEFL teachers. The cities will keep culture vultures occupied with art galleries, museums and monuments, which offer plenty of reflection on Poland’s chequered past. Look beyond the cities and see the rugged coastline, the mountains and national parks. When you’re worn out from all of that fresh air, get your energy back with tasty dishes like schnitzel, stews, sausages, dumplings and pancakes.
The most popular places to teach English in Poland are Warsaw and Krakow. These are the two biggest cities and are home to lots of private language school. There can be lots of competition for these jobs so look out for job advertisements in smaller towns and cities. The lower cost of living and relatively high salaries will mean that your money goes further in smaller cities.
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Although the salaries might appear low, the cost of living is also low so you can expect to make a little go a long way. The average salary for an English teacher is 650-830 EUR / £600-750 / $755-950 per month, which means, depending on your lifestyle, that you will have a little left over for weekends away exploring the country.
It is common for teachers in Poland to have multiple income streams, which might include working at a couple of different schools within the city or taking on private students.
Living in Poland can be quite cheap, especially if you move out of the bigger cities and into a smaller town. A lot of language schools will contribute money towards your rent or, in some cases, will pay the whole thing if you share with another teacher. If this isn’t the case, expect to rent a one-bedroomed apartment for about $400-600.
Eating, drinking and grocery shopping are also fairly inexpensive in comparison to other European cities. A meal at a local restaurant costs around $5 and both beer and coffee cost under $2. You can expect to buy a one-way bus or tram ticket for under a dollar, visit the cinema for $6.50 and get a monthly gym membership for between $20-40.
The most popular type of teaching work is working at a private language school. You’ll need at least a TEFL certificate and a Bachelor’s degree, though some schools might request a CELTA/Trinity TESOL. In these positions, expect to work between 20-30 hours a week teaching children, teenagers, adults and/or exam classes. Language schools usually open in the afternoon and stay open until 8 or 9pm.
Many language schools also offer Business English lessons, which could mean teaching in local businesses in the town or city. These lessons can take place throughout the day and you’ll be teaching groups and individuals.
If you are an EU citizen, you’ll be able to legally teach English in Poland without a work visa.
If you are not an EU citizen, you may find it difficult to find a school that will sponsor your working visa so that you can work legally in the country. Depending on where you’re from, you might be able to apply for a working holiday visa for Poland which should allow you to teach English legally.
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