In Ukraine, the demand for English is soaring. Numerous language institutes have opened over the past few years and many private schools have a student wait list for their English courses. And with the election of a pro-European Union president in 2004, Ukraine’s demand for English should continue to flourish in the coming years. Native-speaking English teachers are still hard to come by in Ukraine, so TEFL jobs are plentiful.
Typical English Students / Popular Teaching Destinations
Teaching opportunities abound in a variety of areas, including business English, Cambridge Exam preparation, and English for young learners. Ukrainian teachers also need training in order to better teach English in their own classrooms—providing yet another option for foreign EFL teachers. Kyiv and L’viv are popular locations to find paid teaching opportunities, although volunteer opportunities are available throughout Ukraine.
Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, yet it remains one of its lesser-known gems. Rich in natural resources, the country boasts a relatively mild climate and some of the world’s most fertile soil. In the famous “breadbasket” region in eastern central Ukraine, wheat, grains, sunflowers, cabbage, potatoes and fruit are bountiful. Once the USSR’s second-strongest economy, the country has struggled severely since the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, Ukraine is now making strides as an emerging market with a rapidly growing economy.
Ukrainian customs are influenced deeply by Christianity—the country’s chief religion. Its culture has also been shaped by its neighbors to the east and west, and is reflected in the nation’s impressive architecture, unique music and exceptional artwork. Home to about 3 million people, the capital Kyiv is a scenic city situated on the Dnipro River. Many of the bustling city’s architectural charms were restored extensively after World War II. Despite Ukraine’s historical repressions, political turmoil, and ecological misfortunes, its spirit and identity have persevered and continue to shine.
Recommended TEFL Courses
In Ukraine, you’ll find that online and classroom based courses are accepted, but classroom courses are preferred (IDELT, CELTA, etc.).
We recommend a course of at least 100 hours to increase your chances of getting hired!