The Georgian government is actively trying to increase the standard of English taught in schools and demand for tuition is growing. It is easy to find voluntary work and low-paying positions in this beautiful and welcoming nation but even well-qualified and experienced TEFL teachers may find it difficult to find a well-paid position. This is, however, likely to change in the near future as the country rapidly modernizes and cements its reputation as a fascinating and safe destination. Teaching resources are generally few and far between, and, whilst being very friendly, students can be somewhat unmotivated. Alcohol is a great social catalyst in Georgian society so non-drinkers may feel left out at times.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|‘Volunteer’ programs||300 – 400||Various but usually 5 days a week||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|Language centres||500 – 800||Various but usually 5 days a week||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools and universities||2,500 upwards||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate.
1. Non-EU nationals should try to arrange a job and a work permit several months before arriving.
2. Although the salary offered is very low, the Teach and Learn with Georgia program is a good way to have a first year of teaching in the country whilst you suss the place out in greater detail. There are lots of agencies out there and some are better than others so be sure to do a bit of Google research first.
3. Basic Russian can be of great benefit when speaking with older generations.
As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals. Employers usually take care of work permit arrangements.
Cost of living
Living costs are low – but so are the salaries.
Tax and salary information
Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis. The ‘volunteer’ programs involve free accommodation with host families, paid return airfare and other benefits.
|Growing demand for English tuition||Expect low quality teaching resources (if any)|
|Safe and welcoming country||Not many well-paid positions available|
|Fabulous history and wonderful natural beauty||There are current conflicts in certain areas and this unstability has the potential to spread|
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