Teaching English in Bulgaria


Your Life Teaching English in Bulgaria


Bulgaria’s primary draw for travelers is its beautiful coastline along the Black Sea, but that is just one of Bulgaria’s many striking features.  Since joining the EU and working to develop a stable democracy, Bulgaria has quickly become one of Europe’s best kept secrets.  Hit the slopes at one of Bulgaria’s many ski resorts, or spend an afternoon dining in the picturesque countryside. Retaining much of their old-world charm, as well as exhibiting traces of Soviet influence, a visit to a Bulgarian village may be the next-best thing to traveling back in time.  With Bulgaria’s efficient and cheap public transportation, you can be dancing in a chic nightclub by day’s end. 

Following the collapse of the USSR and the adoption of a free market economy, Bulgaria has seen a dramatic increase in it's need for native English instructors. English teachers typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January. Most teaching contracts end in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available in Bulgaria and throughout neighboring countries in Europe. Positions at these camps typically start in late June and early July. English teachers will be expected to interview in person for positions once they arrive in Bulgaria. Teachers are responsible for the cost of airfare as well as housing.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers. 

A solid hourly wage allows English teachers to live a very comfortable life while working. Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving plenty of time for you to travel and explore the country.  English teachers will need to have a BA to teach for some positions in Bulgaria, though not all. TEFL certification, however, is absolutely necessary.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Varna, Sofia, and Plovdiv.


English Teaching Requirements in Bulgaria


  • Education: BA/BS prefered but not required; TEFL TESOL Certification is requiredand students can obtain certification at any of our Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the Online TEFL TESOL Class.
  • Peak Hiring Months: September & January
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Bulgaria and over the phone in advance
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals
  • Cost of Living per Month: 800 -1,200 BGN; 500 - 800 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 800 -1,200 BGN; 500 - 800 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 900 - 1,400 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No


Interesting Facts About Life in Bulgaria


  • Bulgarians shake their head for yes, and nod for no.
  • Nearly 35% of Bulgaria is deeply forested.
  • One of Bulgaria’s largest cash crops is tobacco.
  • According to MENSA International, Bulgarian students rate second in the world in terms of average I.Q. and SAT Reasoning test scores.


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