The Czech Republic has been at the forefront of ESL teaching in Europe for several years and its popularity continues to grow. The country has many attractions for foreign teachers, including a unique culture, a relatively low cost of living, and a strong job market in all its main towns and cities. Prague is at the center of the country?s job market where you will find as many teaching opportunities as almost anywhere else on the continent. Other cities with good potential for jobs are Brno, Ostrava, Liberec, and Plzen, which is famous throughout the beer drinking world as the birthplace of Pilsner lager.
What are TESOL salaries in the Czech Republic?
As the country has such as diverse range of employers in many different areas, the average salary can vary considerably from 18,000 to 30,000 CZK (currently US$700 to $1,200) per month. A large number of private language centers tend to pay an hourly rate rather than a salary and it is common for teachers to be employed by multiple schools to make up a full-time monthly timetable. Hourly rates are around 200 to 300 CZK ($8 to $12) per hour. Many teachers add to their income by offering their services as private tutors. Private lessons can bring in between 300 and 500 CZK ($12 to $20) per hour, depending on your experience.
Who are the main employers of English teachers in the Czech Republic?
Most ESL teachers in the Czech Republic are employed by private language schools that cater to young learners who require extra English tuition outside of normal school hours. A smaller number of schools also provide lessons for adult students. Language schools are commonplace throughout the country, with in excess of one hundred in the capital alone. A degree is normally required by most employers and a TESOL certificate is also a requirement for most of the best paying jobs. EU nationals will have no trouble finding a job upon arrival in the country, while non-EU citizens may find it easier to secure a position before leaving home and then apply for a work visa through their employer on arrival.
Who else employs English teachers in the Czech Republic?
A relatively small number of positions can also be found in public primary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities. Due to the scarce nature of these jobs, competition for them is usually very strong. First time teachers will generally need to gain some classroom experience before being eligible for public school positions. The main hiring times for public schools are August/September and January/February, while private language schools can have vacancies at anytime of the year.
What is the cost of living for English teachers in the Czech Republic?
The relatively low cost of living by European standards is one reason why the Czech Republic is such a popular place for teaching English. Everyday overheads such as basic groceries and public transport are very affordable when compared to much of Western Europe and North America. Further savings can be made by renting a room from a local family or by sharing an apartment with friends or colleagues. Prices for a good quality private room in a popular area start at around $250 per month, while one-bedroom apartments can be found for around $400 per month.