Teaching English in Poland

 

Your Life in Poland as an English Teacher

 

Sitting in between Russia and the rest of Central and Western Europe, Poland has found itself caught up in it's neighbor's battles for centuries. Once more proving it's ability to come back from a fight, Poland emerged from decades of communist rule ready to become a free-market economy. Now after having been a member of the European Union for almost a decade, Poland is on the forefront of a modernized Europe, all the while staying true to its roots.  Known for its world-class vodka, sausages, and pierogis, Poland mixes the best of Eastern and Western Europe into it's own uniquely captivating blend of culture.

English teachers in Poland are constantly in demand. Teachers typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and again in January. Most contracts end in late June.   For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available throughout Poland and the whole of Europe. Positions typically start in late June and early July.   English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Poland, and they will also be responsible for their 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 affords English teachers to live a very comfortable life.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Poland, as well as a TEFL certification.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw, Gdansk, and Kraków.

 

English Teaching Requirements in Poland

 

  • Peak Hiring Months: September & January
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Poland
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals
  • Cost of Living per Month: 2,500-2,800 PLN, $ 800-900 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 2,500-2,800 PLN, $ 800-900 USD
  • Start-up Cost: $ 1,350-1,500 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No

 

Interesting Facts about Life in Poland

 

  • Poland is the only member of the European Union to have avoided a decline in GDP during the recent recession.
  • As early as the 12th century, Poland has laid heavy focus on education. The astronomer and mathematician Copernicus is a famous Polish academic.    
  • There are over 90,000 scientists in Poland today. 
  • In 2009, Poland had the highest GDP growth in the European Union 

 

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