Poland has a very strong demand for TEFL qualified teachers across the country and it is an increasingly popular place for first-time teachers to gain classroom experience before moving on to countries with the potential to earn a big salary. Jobs can be found in all the main cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, and Wroclaw, although there are also options in smaller areas for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle. The most popular approach is to secure a job via online recruitment sites and then apply for an entry permit at a Polish Consulate within your own country. However, it is also possible to apply for a work permit from within Poland.
How much can I expect to earn while teaching English in Poland?
Although jobs are widespread throughout the country, the average salary is not high when compared to most Western European countries. However, the average you can expect to earn is around $600 to $1,000 per month which is significantly more than the average local wage. If you can land a job that pays towards the top end of this bracket you should be able to live very comfortably on your earnings. If you want to take advantage of the vibrant nightlife on a regular basis, or want to save some cash to pay off debts or to save for future travel, you will probably need to find a few private students to tutor in your spare time. Private tutoring is common practice in Poland, with an average rate of between $10 and $20 per hour.
What type of employer will I work for while teaching English in Poland?
Private language schools are the dominant employer of foreign TEFL teachers in Poland and they can be found in large numbers in major towns and cities across the country. Typically, most schools expect their job applicants to possess a degree and a TEFL certificate, particularly those that offer the best pay and working conditions. Once you have secured a suitable position most employers will provide the help you need to apply for an official work permit. It is also common for the bigger schools to provide some practical assistance with finding suitable housing. Most jobs will involve between 20 and 30 classroom teaching hours per week, with extra hours required for lesson planning and other duties.
How does the cost of living affect TEFL teachers in Poland?
Compared to many parts of Europe, Poland has a very low cost of living, although it can vary considerably depending on the location and your own choice of lifestyle. Basic necessities such as groceries, public transport, and utility bills are easily affordable on an average teacher’s salary, however, rental costs have risen significantly in recent years. A comfortable one-bedroom apartment located away from the most popular areas starts at around $300 per month. To keep costs down most teachers share with friends or colleagues, particularly in Warsaw where the average rent is considerably higher than other areas.