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How much can I earn teaching English in Poland?
- Poland has a huge demand for ESL teachers in many parts of the country making it an ideal destination for first-time teachers looking to gain valuable classroom experience. As Poland is a member of the EU it is very easy for other EU nationals to simply turn up in their city of choice and quickly find work as there are no visa restrictions. While it is not impossible for non-EU citizens to acquire a work permit from within the country, it is often more convenient to secure a position via an online job site and then apply for the appropriate visa from a Polish Consulate within your own country. Jobs can be found in almost every part of the country; however, major cities such as Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, and Wroclaw offer the most numerous options.
- Although teaching jobs are plentiful across Poland, average salaries are not as high as you will find in many Western European countries. However, the average monthly income of US$600 to $1,000 is considerably more than the average local wage and is generally enough to live comfortably on. Teachers who find they need extra cash to fuel a busy social life, to pay off student loans or for further travel commonly take on private students in their spare time. Hourly rates for private tutoring range from $10 to $20 depending on experience and location.
- The most common employers of foreign ESL teachers in Poland are private language schools that can be found in all major towns and cities. The vast majority of employers will expect their teachers to hold a degree in any subject and the addition of a TEFL certification will allow you to apply for jobs with higher salaries and better working conditions. Some employers will help you out when it comes to applying for a work permit, and many will also help with finding accommodation. The number of hours of actual teaching varies from school to school, but on average teachers spend between 20 and 30 hours per week in the classroom.
- The cost of living in Poland varies depending on your location and lifestyle; however, most teachers should find they can live comfortably on their income. In comparison to much of Europe basic costs such as groceries, public transport, and utility bills are relatively cheap. One area where costs have risen in recent years is accommodation. While it is possible to rent a one-bedroom apartment away from the city center for around $300 per month, many teachers choose to reduce their costs by renting a room in an apartment shared with friends or colleagues. Apartment sharing is particularly common in Warsaw where rents tend to be considerably higher than other areas.