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Childhood Education Program

 

Start Your Education Career as a Kindergarten Wizard!

How to teach kids is something that cannot be taught from a textbook. You can spend years studying educational theory and teaching methodologies, but nothing compares to actually putting it into practice and spending time with young learners. 

Our Childhood Education Program provides guaranteed paid job placement at a kindergarten or primary school in one of Central Europe’s hottest teaching destinations. The program is both an exciting opportunity for newly qualified teachers to kickstart their career, and an excellent career-break opportunity for experienced teachers looking for a change.

THE experience

You’ll fly into Krakow to begin the program with a 7-day-long Orientation Week, where you’ll get to know some of your fellow Wizards and get accustomed to life in Poland. And have some fun, of course! The magic of Krakow, Poland’s historical and cultural capital, will immediately make you fall in love with your new home.

Following the Orientation Week, you will begin working as a full time kindergarten or primary school teacher. For this program, we have partnered with some of Poland’s most reputable preschools, kindergartens, and primary schools to guarantee all of our interns a positive developmental work experience.

The demand for qualified native teachers at Polish preschools and private primary schools has skyrocketed in recent years, and is continuing to grow exponentially. More and more parents are opting to send kids to English-language or bilingual schools from a young age in order for them to get an early exposure to the English language.

Classes are generally small. At private bilingual schools, you’ll rarely have more than 10-12 students in your classroom. Often times you’ll be working alongside a local co-teacher, but often times you will be teaching alone or with another native teacher. You will always be working a full-time schedule, with normal daily school hours as your workday, and weekends and public school holidays as days off. 

Teachers at preschools and primary schools are paid a rate similar to their local colleagues, between 3000 and 6500 PLN (approximately €700 – €1500) per month, depending on the school you are placed in and your experience. Most schools include paid holidays and sick days into the remuneration, and many will offer guaranteed pay raises to teachers for their second semester.

 

The Support

Nobody wants to feel like they're all alone when moving to a new country. For this reason, we offer full onsite arrival assistance and orientation as an integral part of our Internship Program.

Airport Pickup

Full Onsite Arrival Assistance

1-Week Orientation to Poland

Regular Social Events

Legal Work Visa + Residence

Accommodation Assistance

Ongoing Support from your Community Manager

Lifelong Access to Teaching Resources and Jobs

Apply if you

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Are a Native English Speaker

Or possess the same fluency as a native

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Have Some Experience with Kids

Preferably with Very Young Learners (age 2-6)

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Are Outgoing and Constantly Full of Energy

Working with kids requires being fun and silly; is that you?

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Are Hard Working & Academically Competant

If you think this internship is a paid holiday, think again

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Are Mature and Professional

You’ll be living independently in a foreign country for a year. Is this something you’re comfortable with?

Why Poland?

Poland is a gorgeous country filled with medieval castles and town squares, breathtaking mountains and lakes, picturesque cobblestone streets, and culture and nightlife that puts much of Western Europe to shame. Oh yeah, and did we mention…it’s affordable.

Not only is the country incredibly beautiful and full of culture, but it also ranks as one of the most livable countries in Europe. The infrastructure is modern and developed, the streets are safe and crime-free, and the population of major cities is largely proficient in English.

Poland's teaching job market is perhaps the biggest and fastest growing in Europe, with more and more language schools opening everyday and looking for qualified teachers. 

Just a warning: Many people come to Poland to teach for a semester and end up staying for years. It's just one of those places!

 

Prices and dates

**Candidates without EU citizenship or permission to work in Poland must also meet the eligibility requirements for a Polish work visa through English Wizards.

Payments can be accepted in installments with a non-refundable enrollment deposit of €500 required upon registration to secure your spot in the program.

Want to come freelance in Europe?

Do I have a choice over which city I'll be working in?

Yes and no.

While we are always happy to take individual preferences into account, we have schools all over the country that cooperate with this program. As such, we cannot guarantee that every teacher will get their first choice of cities.

Where in Poland does the program take place?

You will fly into Krakow for our Orientation Week. Wizards who opt for one of our Accommodation Packages will be housed together at a guesthouse within walking distance from the city center.

For the job placements, we work with schools all over Poland, so you may or may not end up working in Krakow.

Will I have to interview directly with the school where I'll be teaching?

Yes. All of the preschools and primary schools that we work with for this program like to speak directly with our teachers. Most interviews are conducted via Skype or Zoom in the months prior to the semester’s start.  You may also be asked to conduct a trial class at the school when you arrive.

In the unlikely event that you are not offered a job, your Community Manager will continue to work with you to find a suitable school through our network.

If I have to interview directly with a school to be hired, how can you guarantee me a job?

Although schools will always make the final call on who they hire, the schools that we work with trust our program to provide quality teachers. Our Community Managers and program directors have many years of experience in the Polish ESL job market, and know how many job openings to expect each semester at our partner language centers. We accept only a limited number of teachers to match the expected job openings.

It is important to note that our job guarantee only applies only to teachers who follow our provided guidance. This program provides an extremely high level of guidance and support in creating a professional CV, interviewing, conducting trial classes, and loads more. As such, we provide no guarantee of a job to teachers who do not follow the guidance our Community Managers provide.

How long will my contract with the school be?

All schools that we work with will expect you to commit to working with them for the entire academic year (until late June).

Though of course, there’s nothing to say you can’t stay longer than that! Many teachers have stayed with their schools for many consecutive academic years, and others have gone on to work elsewhere in Poland through one of our other programs.

Can I apply alongside a friend or partner?

Absolutely! We love to welcome couples and/or groups of friends to our program. Although we cannot guarantee that couples will be placed at the same school, we do our absolute best to accommodate the natural desire for couples and groups of friends to work in the same city.

I am currently traveling/working/studying abroad! Can I join this program without having to go home first?

Absolutely! We love seeing applications from teachers who have already made the jump into life overseas. However, if you are not an EU citizen, you may not be able to get a visa before you arrive, as it is not always possible to obtain a Polish visa in a third country. Check with the Polish embassy in your current country to see if it will be possible to obtain a visa without having to return to your home country.

I do not have a Bachelor's Degree. Am I still eligible?

Yes! A bachelor’s degree is not required for this program.

I do not have a TEFL Certificate. Am I still eligible?

Candidates without a TEFL certificate or other recognized ESL qualification will only be considered for this program if they possess significant prior ESL teaching experience. Bear in mind that online-only TEFL qualifications without teaching practice are not accepted.

If you’re not yet a certified English teacher, you can get certified and start teaching in Poland through our CELT Certification + Placement Program

Do I have to have teaching experience?

While teaching experience isn’t required, it is a huge plus. Most Polish schools want to see that you’ve had some sort of experience in the classroom. Maybe you’ve been a sports coach, academic tutor, or worked at a daycare. While not a hard requirement, this is the type of stuff we’re looking for on your application.

All candidates must have at least some demonstrable experience working with kids, preferably aged 3-7. You will be expected to manage and control a classroom by yourself – so we need to know that you’re good with children.

Are there any nationality restrictions to participate in this program?

Our program is open to all nationalities. It is not your passport that’s important, but your English proficiency.

However, if you require a work visa, there are certain nationalities that are not presently eligible for this particular visa. While all English-speaking countries are eligible, there are certain non-English-speaking countries that are not eligible, as per Polish and EU regulations. If you come from a non-English-speaking country and require a work visa, please see our visas page to see if your country of citizenship is eligible for the visa before applying. 

Are there any age restrictions to participate in this program?

You must be a legal adult (18+), but there is no upper age restriction. Age discrimination is illegal in the European Union, and any school advertising a preference for teachers of a certain age is breaking the law.

What are my odds of being accepted if I am not a native English speaker?

This depends on how fluently and clearly you can speak English. If your level of English is anything below perfectly fluent or if you have a clearly noticeable non-native accent, we unfortunately cannot accept you on this program. Poland, like the rest of Europe, has a very high level of English proficiency. There is no shortage of local teachers who can speak C1 or C2 English with have advanced degrees and loads of teaching experience. For us to be able to consider you, you must offer something that no Polish teacher can offer: a native comprehension of the English language.

If you can speak English with a native proficiency and a neutral accent, and can prove it in your interview, we will gladly accept you regardless of your nationality and linguistic background.

Where will I live during the orientation week?

We provide a simple option to book accommodation for the Orientation Week shared with other Wizards through our Accommodation Packages. With these packages, you will share a hostel or guesthouse with other Wizards, within walking distance to the city center.

If you want to book accommodation independently, there are numerous options available in Krakow. We recommend using Airbnb, Hostelworld, or Booking.com.

Where will I live for the duration of my job placement?

At the end of the training program, our support staff will work with you to find suitable accommodation near your school. In many cases, your school director will be able to recommend places based off where their teachers in the past have lived.

We highly recommend sharing an apartment to cut down on costs. Many interns make friends with others on the program and split an apartment together, while others find shared apartments with local students or other young working professionals. No matter what, our staff is here to help you find a good deal.

How will I get to work and get around?

Just like the locals, of course! Navigating Polish cities is very easy, as all have well developed and reliable public transportation systems, with buses, trams, and in the case of Warsaw, a metro. Cities offer transit passes for around €20-30 per month depending on the city.

Some Wizards who choose to live near their school are lucky enough to be able to walk to work.

Will it be hard to have a social life in Poland?

Not at all! Not only do all Wizards on the program quickly bond with each other during the pre-course orientation week, but you will also quickly get to meet the other Wizards working in your city through our Facebook group and regular social events.

All cities in Poland where we have Wizards working in are very cosmopolitan and have vibrant expat scenes. These communities of fellow foreigners are usually very friendly, with Facebook groups and regular meetups to welcome newcomers to the city. The Polish people are also very friendly and welcoming to foreigners, just make a few trips to a social bar or cafe and you’ll see for yourself! The level of English spoken by Poles is very high, so the language barrier is rarely a problem when meeting locals. In many cities, Community Managers also organize language exchanges and other social events, which are a perfect opportunity to mingle with locals, expats, and fellow Wizards.

I see that there are multiple start dates listed for each semester. Does it matter which oneI choose?

Not really – our program is the same for all Orientation Weeks. 

Most Wizards choose an orientation week based on what best suits their travel plans and the semester start date. Every school has a different start date, and we recommend choosing an Orientation Week starting 2-3 weeks before your school asks you to begin teaching.

Occasionally we may ask you to attend one particular orientation week (due to space availability), but most of the time you can choose which week to attend based on your arrival plans and teaching schedule.

How much will I get paid?

This varies slightly from job to job, but typical preschool and primary school salaries fall between 3000 and 6500 PLN (about €500 to €800) per month, depending on your experience. This is more than enough to live on in Poland as a young professional. Many teachers supplement this with private tutoring or part-time teach elsewhere.

How does payroll and taxes work?

Pay and salary matters are discussed directly between you and the school, so we at English Wizards can only provide advice and estimates.

Preschools and primary schools generally pay a fixed monthly salary, with full-time salaries landing between 3000 and 6500 PLN per month before tax. The standard tax rate in Poland is 17%, however depending on a number of factors, your rate may be slightly higher or lower. Payroll is almost always processed monthly, with taxes taken out before payday.

We understand payroll matters can be a bit complicated when you move to a new country – but don’t panic! Once you’ve been offered a job at one of our partner schools, our support staff will be happy to look over everything to make sure you’re not getting ‘tricked’ anywhere and there are no hidden surprises in your contract.

What kind of support will I receive before departing to Europe?
From the minute you’re accepted, we’ll put you in touch with your future instructors and program directors who can help you prepare for your departure. Your instructor will also send you materials related to the TEFL course and the training program, put you in touch with fellow course participants, and help you prepare for upcoming job interviews.
 
If you require a work visa, we will also prepare all the required documents, and give you detailed instructions on how to obtain a visa from your nearest Polish consulate. For more about what is required for your visa and the support we offer, please see our visas page.
What kind of support will I receive while I am in Poland?
Your first week in Poland will be a fun-filled and information-filled week where you’ll learn all about day-to-day life in Poland and check off all the “necessities” needed to settle in comfortably. Our support staff will give you an introduction to the city and assist you in opening a bank account, finding an apartment, getting a phone plan, using the public transit system, and much much more. Our staff also organize social events to give Wizards the opportunity to meet each other and socialize with locals. Remember we choose our staff very carefully – they are fun-loving people just like you, not boring office administrators.
 
For ongoing support, you’ll have a dedicated Community Manager whom you can reach out to for support at any point of the year.
 
In the rare event that you require assistance beyond the capabilities of our support staff, our main office is also never more than a quick phone call or email away.
What kind of hours will I be teaching?

As you will be teaching at an ordinary primary school or preschool, expect to work ordinary school hours, from Monday to Friday.

I would like to stay longer than one academic year. Is this possible?

In most cases, yes.

While the guaranteed placement on this program only lasts until the end of the academic year, if your performance has been top-notch and you would like to stay for another academic year, the vast majority of schools will be happy to let you return. Alternatively, many Wizards who choose to stay in Poland longer will transition to the Freelance Program for their second academic year.

There are no additional program fees to stay an extra year (or longer!), and extending your legal residence in Poland can be done from within the country.

I hate my job! Can I quit and find another?
Not exactly. By signing up for this program and accepting a job with one of our partner schools, you are agreeing to work with them until at least the end of the academic year. The reason schools choose to work with our interns is because we have an excellent track record of delivering quality teachers through our training program. By leaving early, you are not only leaving your students without a teacher for the rest of the year, but also putting our reputation and the job prospects of future interns at risk.
 
That being said, we also hold our partner schools to a very high standard in terms of how we expect interns to be treated. If you genuinely believe that your school is not upholding our program standards, let us know and we’ll do our best to resolve the issue. In the absolute worst-case scenario, we’ll do our best to find you a new job for the remainder of the program.
 
Will I get holidays?

Yes, the Poles love holidays! Most schools will typically have 1-2 weeks off around Christmas time, as well as 2-3 weeks off in February as fall semester ends and spring semester begins. There are also usually 1-2 weeks off in April around Easter.

Keep in mind that while many schools offer holiday pay, this is not always the case. So make sure to check with your school on their holiday policies before planning your holiday budget!