A country with an unstable and tumultuous past, the Poland of today is a safe, historic, culture rich destination. Ever since joining the EU in 2004, demand for EFL teachers has soared in this bustling country. While the majority of jobs are in denser urban areas, there are opportunities available in rural landscapes as well.
There are plenty of options including in-company, private language schools, public primary and secondary schools, and intensive language camps. Private language schools tend to pay highest, while public schools offer the opportunity to get away from cities. Recruitment happens year round in private schools, with starts for public schools being typically in September and January. The average salary for an EFL instructor in Poland is between $1000 and $1900US.
While positions and schools are moving more towards the online realm, the best positions and choices still come from being in country when starting a job search. Another way to know positions before arriving to Poland is to try and join expat teaching groups in Poland, as they will know when their own schools have positions available. They will also be able to provide good feedback on potential job offers. Make sure to be clear about all details before signing a contract to avoid any unnecessary surprises down the road.
If you want to start a life of teaching English in Poland, you’ll need to take the first step and get TEFL certified. This online qualification can be completed in 120 hours and gives you the training and know-how required by top schools in Poland, and around the world.