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Wendy, a freelance English Wizard, shares some of Warsaw’s hidden secrets
Emily returns to our blog to share her story of living in Krakow during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
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Looking to teach English in Europe? Here are 5 reasons to choose Poland as your destination.
This post is accurate and up to date as of February 10th 2021 and will be continuously updated as the situation unfolds. In light of numerous questions we’ve been receiving from both current and future program participants, English Wizards would like to make...
Emily shares her story of her first month teaching in Poland with English Wizards!
Non-EU citizens can teach English in Poland, however you’ll need a work permit. These aren’t easy to get, but there are options.
In order to do freelance teaching in Poland, you need to be able to issue invoices to students and schools. Issuing invoices is a bit more tricky than it may seem.
Want to learn more about teaching in Poland with English Wizards? Have a look at our program selection.
AM I ELIGIBLE?
As with all of our programs, we strive to select Wizards based off character and personality rather than formal qualifications. But formal qualifications do help! We only have a few “hard” requirements for our program in Poland, and you can find them right here.
Language is what makes our Wizards unique – that’s why we’re called “English” Wizards! Because of this, we do require Wizards on all programs to be native English speakers. For our Poland program, can accept applicants who are not native but possess the equivalent fluency to a native speaker and a neutral accent. If you are not from an English-speaking country (US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa) you are more than welcome to apply and we will assess your English speaking skills in your interview. Even if you speak perfect English, it is harder to find placements for non-natives, as many of our employers in Poland are strict with their demand for native speakers.
If you can speak any other languages in addition to English, this is a huge plus! English is not the only language that out Polish employers value. The native tongue of Poland is Polish, however you will find that English is widely spoken. While you might struggle without a bit of Polish in some small towns, in all the cities we place Wizards you’ll have a hard time finding a Pole under 30 who doesn’t speak conversational English. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn a few phrases of Polish, (the local will be very impressed), but don’t be scared to come here if the only language you speak is English! In fact many foreign workers spend years in the country without learning more than a few basic phrases. That being said, if you do speak Polish, our employers would see it as a huge plus and we’d love to have you on board!
Like all of our programs, our program in Poland is open to all nationalities. We welcome Wizards from every corner of the world. However, if you are not a citizen of one of the world’s “big seven” English-speaking countries – the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa – the reality is that it will be more difficult for us to find you a placement. Do not let that discourage you from applying; just be aware that you can’t be as picky when choosing jobs.
As Poland is a member of the European Union, employers are legally required to hire EU citizens before considering Wizards from outside of the EU. In practice, however, we rarely have difficulty finding placements for non-EU wizards in Poland – Poland is a country where the demand for native English speakers is far greater than its supply! What this does mean is that if you are not an EU citizen you may not get your first choice placement. It also means that we highly recommend you apply early, as we will need to process your work visa before you can begin working. This process can take up to 3 months.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
I know, we hate formal qualifications as much as you do. And that’s why we don’t have many! However, we do have a very small formal qualification for our Poland program. At the bare minimum, all Wizards in Poland must have either one of the two following qualifications:
- A Bachelor’s Degree
- A TEFL, CELTA, CELTA, or another formal teaching certificate (or be willing to obtain one)
We can consider Wizards who possess neither of these if you have relevant work experience to make up for it. For example, we would consider a candidate who does not have a TEFL certificate but has taught English in Japan for the past two years. If you do not have a degree, certificate, OR relevant prior experience, we are still willing to consider you if you agree to enroll in a TEFL certification course as you begin your work placement. We offer discounted courses to Wizards in every city in Poland.
Remember, we do not have this requirement because of some legal regulation or because we like making rules. Put simply, it would be impossible for us to find you a placement in Poland if you have zero qualifications and aren’t willing to obtain any, so we’d prefer to just not get your hopes up.
Keep in mind that these are our minimum qualifications to work as a Wizard in Poland. Many Polish companies that we recruit for require additional qualifications. Essentially, the more qualified you are and the more you can bring to the table, the bigger your choice of placements will be and the higher your pay will be. This is the real world, after all.
Salary + Benefits
What’s Not Included
What are the costs?
All Wizards are responsible for their own living expenses – and your mom won’t be here to cook for you! So how much does it cost to live in Poland?
Monthly rent (outskirts): €150-250
Meal at a cheap restaurant: €4-6
Meal at an upscale restaurant: €8-10
Beer at a pub: €1-2.50
Monthly cell phone plan: €5-8
Metro/bus fare: €.50-1
Short Uber ride: €2-5
Non-emergency doctor visit” €20-40