Teaching English in Poland

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Poland Overview

Poland is an increasingly popular TEFL destination for first-time teachers. Students tend to be attentive and eager to learn as English can vastly improve their career prospects. There are many, many vacancies for native speakers so finding a decent position even without experience should not be difficult at all. As may be expected, it is much easier for EU nationals to find jobs because of European bureaucracy. It is crucial that you read the contract carefully before signing as there could be ‘small print’ which demands that you travel a considerable distance to give classes but are not paid for the travelling time. Salaries are not great and you will probably need to give extra classes in your spare time to make a comfortable wage.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 800 – 1,200 Various but usually including evenings and weekends 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

Warszawa, Krakow, Lodz.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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Tips

1. It may be worth considering giving private lessons alongside your main job in order to supplement your modest income.

2. Do your research before signing contracts. Ask to speak to former teachers about their experiences. This is important because given the very large number of language centres in Poland it is only natural that quite a few are dreadful places that will not pay you on time, if at all. International House has a good reputation.

3. Americans with little or no experience may consider taking part in the month-long cultural exchange program run by the Kosciuszkco Foundation.

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

Food and transport is cheap but accommodation costs are rising in the main cities.

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.

Summary

A vast number of teaching opportunities Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
Fascinating history and exciting nightlife Rather low salaries
Excellent public transportation Expensive accommodation when compared to average starting salaries

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5 Comments

  1. SA says:

    I’m a bit confused as to what is the “normal” hiring procedure for Americans in Poland; as far as the ability to hire an ESL teacher before s/he is actually in Poland. Some schools state it is possible and others claim it is not. What is the standard procedure for hiring Americans who are in the States as ESL teachers in Poland? Thank you to all in advance.

  2. prl says:

    You arrive as a tourist and then apply for a work permit through your new employer.The permit takes 4 weeks to process.

  3. Chris E. says:

    What about for non-natives who live in South East Asia? Is it possible to have a teaching job in Poland with all the red tape involved? Thanks

  4. tlhyvz says:

    Hey,

    I am an English teacher with university experience and right now I am looking for a job in Poland. Let me know. Thanks.

  5. Rajneet Kaur Bedi says:

    I am an Indian looking for a job as an English teacher in Lodz. Is there any possibility?
    Thanks

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