Teaching English in Ukraine

Dubbed the “breadbasket” of Europe for its fertile, agriculturally rich lowlands, the Ukraine is home to precious natural resources, historical treasures and a lively, resilient populace.

Overview of English Teaching Jobs in Ukraine

Typical English Students
  • K-12
  • University
  • Adults
  • Business Professionals
Best Time to Get Hired August and December – January
Typical Start Dates September and January – February
Average Contract Length 12-month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules Full-time and part-time schedules available
Average Salary $400 – $1000 USD per month
Average Cost of Living $500 – $700 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
  • 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

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.


Ukraine Overview

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.

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