Teaching English in Luxembourg

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Luxembourg Overview

The small nation of Luxembourg is studded with attractive castles and fortresses. TEFL jobs, on the other hand, are few and far between. The few that do exist generally involve in-house Business English tuition for staff members of Luxembourg City’s financial services industry. Be warned that you will not become rich teaching English here and may need to take on more than one job to pay the high costs of living. As usual in Western Europe, it is much easier for English-speaking EU nationals (i.e British and Irish) to find work due to European bureaucracy. Ultimately, private classes are the way to make the most cash, but you will need to make plenty of contacts first.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and self-employed 1,000 – 2,000 Various shifts 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 3,000 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Luxembourg City.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp., EU national.

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Tips

1. Before signing a contract, ask to speak to both past and present employees for their opinions of the language centre or school.

2. Consider becoming a self-employed tutor so that you can work when you like and potentially earn a higher salary.

3. If you don’t have much teaching experience, it is probably best to go elsewhere first and build up an impressive CV which includes plenty of Business English tuition.

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.

Cost of living

High – accommodation, food and transport.

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

Fabulous history, architecture and culture Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
A prestigious nation in which to work Very high living costs and relatively low salaries
An efficient and pleasant working environment in which daily tasks can be accomplished easily Not many jobs for those without significant experience

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4 Comments

  1. I have a BA degree of english language and over 15 years of experience how can I find a job there?

  2. Simao says:

    Why only EU nationals?

    • Dan says:

      Unfortunately, in order to get a work visa in a lot of countries in Europe, you usually have to prove that you can do a job that no EU national can do. This basically means a lot more paperwork for prospective employers.

  3. Fasalie Mansaray says:

    I am a Sierra Leonean graduate with a 2nd Division degree in Education.(BA Education-Ling/Lit Div II). How can I teach in Luxembourg?

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