Europe

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The city of Edinburgh seen from Calton Hill

Overview

It is the dream of many recently-qualified TEFL teachers to come to Europe to enjoy the great local culture – the cuisine, museums, art galleries and marvellous architecture. Unfortunately it isn’t always easy finding teaching work in Western Europe if you are from outside the EU (America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa) due to working visa restrictions. It is still possible to obtain a Working Holiday Visa or a Student Visa but you need to plan well in advance and check Embassy websites for the very latest regulations and they can change on a frequent basis. Many first-time jobs in Western Europe are found in the countries themselves as opposed to online, although there are still many advertised on the internet. Vacancies in Eastern Europe are much easier to find and the cost of living can be significantly lower too. TEFL salaries in Europe are sufficient but rarely generous so the chances of saving money each month are very low unless you find work with a prestigious International School.

For teachers who are looking for a short-term contract, there are many residential Summer School opportunities across the south of England and in Scotland’s beautiful capital, Edinburgh. These generally last a few weeks in July and August and, as accommodation is almost always provided, disciplined teachers are able to save a good portion of their salary (although it can be hard to resist enjoying the nightlife).

Flights from/to the teacher’s country of origin are only very occasionally paid for by companies in Western Europe. However, contracts in certain Eastern nations may offer enticing benefits as part of the package. Most countries require a Degree and a TEFL certificate, and some also require 1 or 2 years of experience. At present, to teach in Greece a candidate must pass a Greek language examination (although this may well be contested by the EU and overturned in the near future).

Country name Main places for jobs Salary range (USD/month) Typical requirements Job availability
Albania Tirana 500 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. *
Austria Vienna 1,500 – 3,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. **
Azerbaijan Baku 1,200 – 1,500 Degree, TEFL certificate *
Belarus Minsk 800 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate *
Belgium Brussels 1,000 – 3,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, relevant MA, 2-3 yrs exp., EU national. **
Bosnia and Herzegovina Banja Luka, Sarajevo 500 – 800 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. *
Bulgaria Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas 800 – 1,200 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. **
Croatia Zagreb, Dubrovnik 800 – 1,200 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. *
Cyprus Limassol, Nicosia 600 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. **
Czech Republic Prague and most towns and cities 1,000 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national or 'zivno' holder, local interview preferred. ***
Denmark Copenhagen 800 – 1,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred. *
Estonia Tallinn 600 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. **
Finland Helsinki 1,000 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred. *
France Most cities 1,000 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national. ***
Georgia Tbilisi, Kutaisi 300 – 800 Degree, TEFL certificate **
Germany Most German cities 1,200 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national or Work Visa holder. ***
Greece All major towns and cities 800 – 1,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, Greek language skills, local interview preferred. ***
Hungary Budapest 900 – 1,200 Degree, TEFL certificate **
Ireland Summer Schools on the west coast 1,000 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national. **
Italy All major towns and cities 1,000 – 1,800 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national. ***
Latvia Riga 700 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. **
Lithuania Vilnius 700 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred. **
Luxembourg Luxembourg City 1,000 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national. *
Macedonia Skopje 500 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. *
Malta Sliema, St Julians 800 – 1,200 Degree or A Level in English, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred. **
Netherlands Amsterdam, The Hague 800 – 1,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred. *
Poland Warszawa, Krakow, Lodz 800 – 1,200 Degree, TEFL certificate ***
Portugal Lisbon, Porto 1,000 – 1,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. ***
Romania Bucharest 600 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate **
Russian Federation Moscow, St Petersburg plus most other towns and cities 1,000 – 2,500 Degree, TEFL certificate ***
Serbia and Montenegro Belgrade, Novi Sad 800 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred. **
Slovakia Bratislava 800 – 1,200 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national. **
Slovenia Ljubljana 700 – 1,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, local interview preferred. *
Spain Madrid, Murcia, Basque Country, Canary Islands 1,000 – 1,500 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national or Working Holiday Visa or Student Visa holder. ***
Sweden Stockholm 1,500 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national, local interview preferred. *
Switzerland Bern, Geneva, Zurich 1,500 – 3,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred. **
Turkey Istanbul, Gaziantep, Ankara, Izmir 1,000 – 1,500 Degree, TEFL certificate ***
Ukraine Kiev, Odessa 900 – 1,200 Degree, TEFL certificate **
United Kingdom Summer Schools across England and in Edinburgh 1,200 – 2,000 Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national. **
Qualified English teachers please register with World of TEFL and we will contact you with relevant vacancies as they come in. This is a free service for teachers.