Teaching English in Lithuania

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Lithuania Overview

The level of demand for native speakers in Lithuania is reasonably high and growing. Unfortunately, TEFL salaries are low and living costs have risen remarkably over the last few years. You certainly won’t be able to save much, if at all. Vilnius itself is an interesting city and is where the vast majority of the opportunities are. Despite the harsh winters, Lithuania is a good place to live for a year and looks set for further growth as a tourist destination. Working conditions vary greatly from one language centre to another so it is vital to do as much research as you can before signing a contract and never sign one which doesn’t include social security.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 700 – 1,000 (DOS) Various shifts 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

Vilnius.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.

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Tips

1. Only sign a contract which includes SODRA (social security) otherwise you have to pay your own taxes and do not get any sick pay or holiday pay.

2. Given the low salaries, you may need to supplement your income with extra, private one-to-one tuition.

3. Peak hiring season is between May and August for a September start.

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. Employers usually take care of work permit arrangements.

Cost of living

Living costs are rising. Food, electricity and gas prices have shot up in the last 5 years or so. Sadly, TEFL salaries haven’t.

Tax and salary information

Employers generally pay your income tax for you (unless you unwisely sign a contract which doesn’t include SODRA) and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.

Summary

Strong demand for English tuition Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
Keen and pleasant students Job offers are not usually made prior to your arrival in Lithuania
Interesting traditional culture and folklore Low salaries and rising living costs

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