Teaching English in the Czech Republic

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Czech Republic Overview

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.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national, local interview preferred.

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Tips

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!).

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 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.

Summary

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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3 Comments

  1. K.S. says:

    Avoid working for large company language schools, especially (name removed). They make it seem like a great place to work where in actuality it’s very frustrating and is not beneficial to you as a teacher. They pay relatively low and their system for helping you with a visa is ridiculous. They actually do not do a visa, they do a green card which is like a 3 year visa however its only good if you work for (name removed). It’s also very expensive to get and you are not guaranteed even getting one due to all the red tape you have to go through. The staff are very unfriendly and there is a high turn over rate for staff so once you get to know who to ask for what, it changes. They prefer to hire EU citizens but when desperate, will hire Americans, of course while rolling their eyes. Their students even complain about the school and often times sign on with better schools after they learn about how (name removed) is ran. It is a scam school for both students and teachers.

    Other schools in Prague are much better. There is an abundance of them, so finding a job should be pretty easy. Just prepare to be broke for awhile!

  2. Vero4expats says:

    Hey guys,

    if you choose Prague as the destination I can help with the formalities!

    The Czech bureaucracy is not an easy one to fight and you need to follow some steps to be able to live and teach here legally.

    Let me know if you have any questions!

    Veronika
    veronika@4epxats.cz
    00420 774 891 223

  3. If you are interested in teaching in Prague and learning about the city, check out our life in Prague videos here.
    http://www.thelanguagehouse.net/living-in-prague/living-in-prague/

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