Romania is one of the most pleasant countries in Eastern Europe, with great natural beauty including the famous Transylvania region. Unfortunately, TEFL salaries are not very high and living costs are surprisingly high. You may need to share accommodation with another teacher. As per usual, it is difficult for non-EU nationals to find work here due to legal regulations (unless they happen to be married to a local person!) However, there is growing demand for classes with native speakers.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||600 – 1,000||Various but usually including some evening and weekend shifts||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools and universities||2,000 upwards||9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate.
1. British teachers with little or no experience may consider looking at opportunities via the Sharing One Language programme.
2. Contracts may include accommodation so this make sure you ask about this during your interview as it will potentially save you a good portion of your monthly salary.
3. It is worth complimenting your income with private classes which are easy to find once you have made contacts.
As with most countries in Europe, it is 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
The cost of living has risen sharply in recent years and accommodation costs in Bucharest are expected to continue rising. Eating out in restaurants can also be rather pricey.
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.
|Growing demand for English tuition with new language centres opening||Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals|
|One of the most beautiful and fascinating countries in Eastern Europe||Rather low salaries and surprisingly high living costs|
|Warm and hospitable local people and hard-working students||Not many opportunities for professional development|
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