Teaching English in Poland

A cultural corridor between eastern and western Europe, Poland is a diverse land of rolling plains, cobblestone streets, and medieval towns filled with welcoming residents.

Overview of English Teaching Jobs in Poland

Typical English Students
  • K-12
  • University
  • Adults
  • Business Professionals
Best Time to Get Hired August and December
Typical Start Dates September and January
Average Contract Length 6- and 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules Full-time and part-time schedules available
Average Salary $500 – $900 USD per month
Average Cost of Living $400 – $850 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Typical Teaching Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • TEFL certification (see recommended courses below)
  • Native speaker or fluent in English
Typical Benefits for Teachers
  • Free housing (from some schools)
  • Visa assistance
  • In-country orientation
  • Travel stipend for off-site classes
  • Reimbursement of Emergency Travel Insurance
  • Reimbursement of airport pick up

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Demand for English Teachers

Since it joined the European Union in 2004, Poland’s demand for English has sky-rocketed. That year the country experienced a 30 percent growth in exports. This foreign trade has increased English requirements for Polish citizens. In fact, young students who are interested in a business career must pass a government-administered English Proficiency Exam.

Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations

Today, Poland has arguably the biggest TEFL market in Europe, and that market continues to increase with foreign investments. Though salaries are generally lower in Poland than in other European countries, teachers can easily earn extra income by teaching private lessons. Free housing, short-term teaching commitments, and plenty of job opportunities are just some of the advantages of teaching in Poland.


Poland Overview

Located in the heart of Europe, Poland is one of the continent’s most unspoiled countries. The northern part of the country brushes the Baltic Sea, while the Carpathian Mountains form a natural boundary in the south. Poland’s cities offer magnificent diversity as well. The national capital, Warsaw has a rich artistic atmosphere with theaters, cinemas and museums scattered among historic buildings and palaces rebuilt after World War II. Krakow further south is the country’s cultural capital, and beams with architectural gems, cobblestone streets, and a medieval Old Town. Known for their hospitality and friendly demeanor, the Polish people are open-minded, hard-working, and take great pride in their country’s history and achievements.

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