The capital city of Prague is famous as one of the most popular TEFL destinations in the world. This is good and bad. Good because there are lots of opportunities and plenty of other teachers to socialise with. Bad because the competition keeps starting salaries rather low, especially in view of accommodation costs. It remains an excellent choice for first-timers, and those with considerable experience can earn a good salary. As expected, it is much easier for EU nationals to find jobs because language centres are hardly likely to offer jobs to those living in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the USA when there are teachers knocking on the door, CV in hand, on a regular basis. For those willing to live outside Prague, although the salaries are lower the living costs are usually remarkably less.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||1,000 – 2,000 (DOS)||Various but sometimes 6 days a week||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
Prague and most towns and cities.
Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.
1. EU nationals shouldn’t worry about finding a job before they arrive. It should be possible to arrange numerous interviews in your first week (especially in Prague). Non-EU nationals should try to arrange a job and a work permit (‘zivno’) several months before arriving, although in reality this can be quite difficult to achieve without considerable experience and qualifications.
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 the Czech Republic it is only natural that quite a few are dreadful places that will not pay you on time, if at all.
3. Learn some Czech language – it will go a long way to endearing you to local people (even if your pronunciation is terrible!).
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 is surprisingly expensive.
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. Tax rates are high.
|A vast number of teaching opportunities||Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals|
|Fascinating architecture and history||Rather low salaries and lots of competition|
|Excellent public transportation||Expensive accommodation – especially in Prague|
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