There is a very strong demand for ESL teachers in many parts of Poland which makes it a popular place for first-time teachers to gain classroom experience. EU citizens are free to work anywhere in the country without restrictions which does give them a good advantage, however, as demand is high non-EU citizens will also find plenty of opportunities. Although it is possible to acquire a work permit from within Poland, most teachers find it more convenient to secure a job via an online recruitment site and then apply for an entry visa from a Polish Consulate in their own country. Jobs are widespread throughout the country, although major cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, and Wroclaw traditionally have the largest number of openings.
What are TESOL salaries in Poland?
Despite the abundance of jobs across the country, the typical salary for foreign teachers is not as high as in many Western European countries. However, the average figure of $600 to $1,000 per month is actually much more than the average local wage which means that most teachers can live a good quality of life. If you want to enjoy the local nightlife, pay off some debts, or save up for future travel plans, then you will need to consider taking on a few private students in your free time. The average rate for private tutoring is between $10 and $20 per hour, depending on your experience and the location.
Who are the main employers of English language teachers in Poland?
The majority of foreign teachers in Poland are employed by private language schools that can be found in large numbers in most major towns and cities. A college degree is generally expected by most employers and the addition of a TESOL certification will give you access to the more sought after positions. If you are a non-EU citizen, most employers will provide some level of support when it comes to applying for a work permit. Many of the better schools will also provide practical assistance with finding suitable accommodation. The average number of teaching hours per week is between 20 and 30 hours, with additional time set aside for planning.
What is the cost of living for English teachers in Poland?
When compared to many other parts of Europe, the cost of living in Poland is relatively low, although it will depend on your location and your chosen lifestyle. Everyday expenses such as groceries, public transport, and utility bills are affordable on an average income, although the cost of accommodation has risen in risen times. A typical one-bedroom apartment away from the most popular areas will cost around $300 per month. In reality, most teachers tend to share an apartment with friends or colleagues, particularly in Warsaw where the average rent is considerably higher than other areas.