Teaching English in Greece

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Greece Overview

What better place to go to teach than the land that gave us Socrates, Plato and Aristotle? When combined with the wonderful people, culture, cuisine and weather it can seem like the perfect destination. In many ways it is, but salaries are not huge and opportunities for professional development are fairly slim. A new law requiring all teachers to pass a Greek language exam has made things rather more difficult but this could be overturned at any moment by the EU. TEFL teachers in Greece have mixed experiences when it comes to dealing with employers of language centres. Needless to say, it pays to do your research before signing anything.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres (AKA frontistiria) and agencies 800 – 1,500 (DOS) Various but often evenings and weekends 2 weeks plus national holidays
Self-employed 1,000 – 1,500 Various Various
International schools and universities 3,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

All major towns and cities.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, Greek language skills, local interview preferred.

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Tips

1. Even if the present law that requires all teachers to pass a Greek language exam is abolished, it is still advisable to get learning Greek as soon as you can.

2. Experienced teachers who are EU nationals should consider finding in-house Business English work via an agency. The payment is often much higher than if you sign a regular contract with a language centre. You may even consider setting up in business yourself.

3. Take your time when making decisions. It is considered strange for people to rush into things in Greece – especially where contracts are concerned.

Red tape

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. The present requirement for all teachers to pass a Greek language exam is a real annoyance for first-timers but may well be a temporary issue if the EU actually debate the topic.

Cost of living

Medium – accommodation, food and transport. This is reflected to some degree in the salaries but certainly not enough to enable the average TEFL teacher to save much money each month.

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. Many EU nationals (particularly British and Irish) decide to become self-employed tutors as the profit margins and flexibility can be attractive when compared to working for a typical language centre.

Summary

High demand for English tuition Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals who do not already have contacts in Greece
Wonderful people, food, culture and weather You need to pass a Greek language exam in order to get a teaching permit
Opportunities are there to set up your own language centre if you see yourself staying for a long time Rather low salaries

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