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What is the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) for teaching English in Hungary?
- Every year, thousands of new and experienced teachers head to Europe looking for adventure while working as an English language teacher. A large number of these will arrive in the usual hotspots across Italy and Spain where the competition for jobs can be very high. If you are looking for something a little different that is slightly off the beaten path, then the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) may be worth a look. The CETP is a long running program that places applicants into schools in Hungary to work as English language teachers.
- The CETP is open to native English speakers from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., or any other EU country. As the scheme has no official upper age limit it is a particularly good option for older teachers who might find it difficult to secure jobs in some other European countries. The standard program runs for 10 months from September to mid-June, with an orientation week prior to the start. There are also 6-month positions available from January to June.
- Unlike many government run placement programs, the privately operated CETP requires applicants to pay a placement fee. While this might put off some teachers, the program does offer many benefits that warrant further consideration. Some of the main benefits of the program are as follows:
- A regular salary that is equal to local coworkers (no income tax is required)
- National health insurance
- A private, furnished apartment with all utilities covered
- Paid holidays
- Work visa that also allows you to travel across Europe
- Partners, friends or families can often be placed together
- If you are interested in the program and would like further details you should visit the CETP website: https://www.cetp.info/. In order to be accepted on the program applicants must submit the following documents:
- TEFL/TESOL certification that includes at least 20 hours of practical classroom teaching
- Letter from doctor confirming your good health (work visa requirement)
- Notarized copy of your university diploma
- Background check