Slovakia is an utterly beautiful country full of hiking trails, medieval castles, beautiful architecture and folk traditions. There is a fair bit of work in Bratislava but it tends to be poorly-paid so most TEFL teachers are forced to take on extra private classes in their spare time. As usual when dealing with countries in the EU it is much easier for British and Irish teachers to find work due to permit regulations. There is considerable demand for Business English classes and this kind of work via an agency usually pays much better than a standard language centre contract. Some teachers complain of finding Bratislava boring after a year of living there but anyone interested in the great outdoors will find it hard to tire of the natural beauty of the country.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||800 – 1,200||Various but often including weekends and evenings||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools and universities||2,500 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national.
1. Teachers from outside the EU should do all they can to find work before arriving in Slovakia.
2. Expect to have to take on extra private classes in addition to your regular job. It’s the normal way to make ends meet for many TEFL teachers in Bratislava. Expect to share a flat with another teacher.
3. Some language centres can be rather unreliable when it comes to payday. You are advised to do as much research as possible and ask to speak to present and previous employees before signing a contract.
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
Moderate – 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 money each month. You will almost certainly have to offer private classes in your spare time.
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.
|Moderate demand for English||Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals who do not already have contacts in Slovakia|
|One of the best countries in Europe for those who like the outdoors||Low pay|
|Friendly students eager to learn||Not many opportunities for professional development|
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