Start a new journey and teach English in Eastern Europe! Countries in Eastern Europe offer not only a fun adventure but a great opportunity to teach English abroad.
Eastern Europe is perfect for adventurous English teachers. These are countries where beautiful architecture, landscapes beyond what you see in popular Western Europe, charming cities and towns and rich historical and cultural hotspots. These countries, such as Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovenia have interesting Christmas traditions and Baltic Spring and Winter festivals. Eastern Europeans are hospitable and friendly people who warmly invite you to their homes and give you gifts as part of the tradition.
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Cost of Living for English Teachers in Eastern Europe
Travelers prefer Eastern Europe over the rest of the countries in Europe because of the low cost of living. This is also what makes it so attractive to be an English Teacher in Eastern Europe.
- Poland – Average of $488 a month in the capital city of Warsaw
- Prague, Czech Republic – rent for one-bedroom in a historic hotel, an average of $617 a month
- Sarajevo, Bosnia – average rent for single bedroom a month: $320, lower outside the city
- Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Macedonia – an average of $380 a month
- Kyiv, Ukraine – a flat costs $570 average in a month, lower outside the city
- Moldova – an average of $265 a month
Food: ranging from $5.00 basic meal to $30 mid-range restaurant meal
Transportation: public transport average of $15 to $16 per trip.
Pros of Teaching English in Eastern Europe
- Less competition in terms of job hunting
- Historic cities, grand museums, awesome palaces
- Low cost of living and travel
- Language schools may sponsor your work visa, though working with a tourist visa is not technically allowed, it is a common practice among foreigners.
Cons of Teaching English in Eastern Europe
- Very hot, humid summers and cold, freezing winter
- Poor infrastructure (some cities)
- Beyond the quaint old towns lie crumbling building parks of past Communist era
- No variety of food, food is typically bland in smaller cities.
How to Find TEFL English Teacher Jobs in Eastern Europe
It is easier to find an English teaching job in person when you’re already traveling to these places in Eastern Europe. Language institutes need TEFL teachers all year round. However, if you are certified, with teaching experience and a degree, you can also try to apply online to schools and universities.
Where to Teach English in Eastern Europe
Many nationalities can travel to most of these countries (as mentioned in a previous section) visa-free. Many Eastern European people do not speak English, and at this time there is a demand for English teachers in private schools, universities, private institutes.
Requirements for English Teachers in Eastern Europe
- Work permit (some foreigners teach on a tourist visa for 90 to180 days as this is the norm, but technically illegal.)
- TEFL certified – not a must, but most employers are looking for this certificate
- A Bachelor’s degree
- Teaching experience
How to Process a Visa in Eastern Europe
As mentioned previously, many nationalities can travel to some countries in Eastern Europe, visa-free. Employers may or may not cover your visa to teach English.
Eastern Europe: Lifestyles, Customs, Do’s and Don’ts
- Eastern European countries are less wealthier than Western European countries, and they also have a different culture. These countries boast of one of Europe’s richest cultural heritage.
- Do follow what the locals do. Be observant.
- Don’t display jewelry on the street.
- Don’t be surprised that some countries in Eastern Europe do not have modern amenities.
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