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Work In Europe On Your Own Terms

English Wizards’ programs for freelancers in education and creative services give you the tools, support & opportunities to live and work in Europe.

What Does Being a Freelancer Mean?

Our Freelance programs are a unique model that takes the concept of flexibility while working abroad to a whole new level.

Under this program, you have the freedom – whether a teacher or creative specialist – to work anywhere in Poland, while setting your own hours, schedule, and negotiating your own rate. All this, while being under the protection of a single contract and work visa.

Security

Have peace of mind through having a single work contract and visa; no more worrying about your legal status.

Flexibility

The freedom to find your own clients, negotiate your own rates and be your own boss; not tied to the whims of an employer.

Support

Dedicated Community Managers and a 300+ strong community are at hand to help every step of the way: from registration to work.

Opportunity

Leverage our network of contacts and extensive training opportunities to make your freelancing fruitful and fulfilling.

Experience

Discover magical Poland; a beautiful and affordable country in the heart of Europe; a gateway to the Balkans, the Black Sea, the Baltic and beyond.

What Can I Do As a Freelancer?

Teacher Training & Academic Management

For those who have been teaching for some time and want to spread their wings in the field of education, there are opportunities available in teacher training, academic management & creating bespoke courses for specialist clients.

Teaching English & Other Languages

The demand for foreign languages in Poland is huge, from 2 year old toddlers, all the way up to your most serious of professionals, with every major city in Poland having over 100 language centers (over 300 in Warsaw). 

Creative Services

Creative services underpin everything what we do here at English Wizards, fueling the demand for English language materials in Poland, whether it be in audio, video or written form.

Digital Nomad

Many people’s work is fully remote; affording them the opportunity to  do what they do best from anywhere in the world. English Wizards offers an incredible opportunity to live in Europe and experience its beauty, culture and charm.

What Do They Say?

I began teaching as an English Wizard this past October.  English Wizards helped ensure a smooth transition to my new life in Poland despite the chaos of bureaucracy, moving abroad and settling into a new school.  I appreciate their quick responses, open communication and most of all that they provide me with a strong foundation that is allowing me to advance in my teaching career...Read more

Gabriel, USA

How Much Can I Earn?

English Wizards’ freelance programs empower you to operate as independent entrepreneurs in Poland. As an entrepreneur, you  are free to negotiate your own rates and terms with clients; forging your own pathway.

The freelancers in our community typically earn between 50-70PLN/hour, and work between 15-25 hours/week. This give you both the money you need to live a comfortable life in Poland, and also the time on your hands to dedicate to your side-projects and passions. English Wizards will proactively support your journey into becoming a polished professional in either education or the creative service industry.

The numbers below give an overview of the typical income of a freshly starting English Wizards entrepreneur. Have a look at the costs of living below to find how affordable Poland really can be.

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hours per week

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What Are the Costs?

Poland is an incredibly affordable country for all. However, it is incredibly important to be realistic and keep in mind the costs of living. Nobody like surprises, so below you’ll find the average costs of living in Poland:

Accommodation

Rent in Poland can be as low as €200 per month for a room in a shared flat, or even a private apartment in a smaller city.

A private apartment in a big city like Warsaw will cost between €350 and €500 per month.

Transport & Services

Public transport is excellent in Poland, so there’s no need to have a car. A monthly pass is around €25.

A mobile phone plan costs less than €8 per month, and home internet plans start at €15 per month.

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Startup Costs

To join either the freelance teaching or digital nomad pathways, be fully legal to live and work in Poland, non-EU citizens are required to have:

  • Type D Visa or Residence Permit   €60 – €110  
  • Emergency Medical Insurance   €160 (estimate)
  • Program Joining Fee   from €195

General Expenses

After housing and commuting costs, a reasonable budget for living and having fun in Poland is between €200 and €500 per month depending on your spending habits.

Taxes and Administration

English Wizards takes care of payroll and taxes for our freelancers, regardless of how many clients you have.

Our ongoing monthly fee for this privilege is 250PLN (€55) per month. This includes and covers:

  • Payroll & Invoicing
  • Online Systems & Resources
  • Dedicated Community Manager & Support
  • Ongoing Training
  • Social Event Program

Feel free to read more about the administrative costs of being a freelancer on our blog.

 

For those who want further peace of mind, English Wizards provides a myriad of extra support services. Whether it be arranging accommodation, airport pickup, or national private healthcare coverage, we’ve got you covered. Click here to find out more.

THE PATHWAYS

ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT

If you’ve already been around the block a few times in the world of ESL teaching and are looking for “that break” to take your career to the next level, then this is the program for you.

While working at a school, you’ll also be working with our world-class teacher trainers on a DELTA Module 1 preparation course on a path to develop your career and ultimately become a teacher trainer, academic manager, or course developer. 

Minimum Requirements

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Native / C2 Proficiency in English

Across all 4 skills

N

or Native / C2 Proficiency in Other Languages

Across all 4 skills

N

ESL Qualifications

This means having a CELTA, TESOL, or equivalent certification including observed teaching practice.

N

Bachelor's Degree

Or equivalent professional experience

N

3 years' of professional ESL teaching experience

Are you at the point where you want to take your career to a new level?

395 €

FREELANCE TEACHING & CREATIVE SERVICES

Being a freelance ESL teacher means having the freedom to find your own schools and private clients, negotiate your own rates and hours, and build your schedule exactly as you’d like it.

Poland’s teaching market is massive; and as a freelance teacher, it will all be open to you! There are opportunities to teach the youngest of kids at preschools and kindergartens, all the way to advanced business professionals at language centers.

Minimum Requirements

N

Native / C2 Proficiency in English

Across all 4 skills 

N

or Native / C2 Proficiency in Other Languages

Across all 4 skills

N

ESL Qualifications

This means having a CELTA, TESOL, or equivalent certification including observed teaching practice.

N

Bachelor's Degree

Or equivalent professional experience

N

Prior teaching experience highly preferred

Though not a hard requirement, having prior experience teaching is highly preferred

195 €

DIGITAL NOMAD

In today’s world, it is more common than ever before to work fully remotely. This is the program for you if you’re currently working online as a creative professional and would like to move across the pond to Europe – while maintaining your creative work.

In addition to providing the legal framework for you to legally live and work in Poland as a digital nomad, you’ll also have the opportunity to develop your professional skills in one of the world’s fastest growing startup markets.

Minimum Requirements

N

Must be entirely self-sufficient through online work

This means earning a minimum of 3500 PLN (about €770) per month

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Must work as a creative professional

Do you work as a blogger, content writer, graphic designer, social media guru, or in another creative role? Then this is for you!

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Your remuneration must come through English Wizards

Your current employer will need to pay you through our invoices; or you must have a registered business (LLC or equivalent)

195 €

All program fees include visa assistance, pre-departure support, and access to our internal job board & resources

Not quite ready to spread your wings as a freelancer? Check out our Internship Programs.

Think you've got what it takes?

Read more about freelance teaching on our blog

Can I work anywhere in Poland, or am I limited to certain cities?

As a freelancer, you are free to work anywhere you’d like to in Poland. We can’t make this decision for you as this is not a “placement” program.

Warsaw has by far the highest demand for English teachers, followed by Krakow, so choosing either of these cities will make the job hunt much easier. However, competition is also the highest in these cities, so if you are a less experienced teacher it may pay off to choose a smaller city where you’ll be one of the token native teachers. Small cities such as Bydgoszcz, Gliwice, and Bielsko Biała have numerous language schools and far less competition than the capital. The smaller cities are also an excellent place to live as a digital nomad; with costs of living only a fraction of what it is in the capital. 

Am I free to arrive in Poland at anytime, or does the program have specific start dates?

As a freelancer, you are free to come to Poland and start working whenever you’d like to.

However, the biggest hiring seasons for English teachers in Poland are between September and mid October, and again between January and mid March. We highly recommend that you schedule your arrival for one of these hiring seasons to give yourself the biggest window of opportunity to find work.

Are short term summer positions available through this program?

Summer teaching work does exist in Poland, however options are very limited and pay is usually very low. If you’re arriving in Poland in the summer, chances are very low that you’ll be able to find much work.

So unfortunately if you are just looking for a summer job, this is not the right program for you.

How long is the contract for?

Your freelance contract will be initially valid for one year, but can be extended if you’d like to stay longer.

Schools will typically want you to commit to working until the end of the academic year (mid June). 

What type of support will I receive in finding a job?

As soon as you’ve signed up, you’ll be given access to our community-based job hunting resources, which includes an exclusive job board where the 100+ schools that we’ve worked with advertise open positions, as well as many pages of resources on the best places to find job offers that may have otherwise been out of your reach. 

As you may already know, teaching positions in Poland (as elsewhere in Europe) are rarely advertised overseas. Although you might be able to find a few schools here and there that will recruit teachers internationally, the overwhelming majority of Polish schools only hire teachers who are already in the country. As such, our connections with schools and other resources provides a “back door” to interview in advance to teaching jobs that would not otherwise be advertised or available to you.

Additionally, for non-EU citizens, our program provides a solution to the “chicken and egg” dilemma that is common in Poland and other EU countries: You can’t get a job unless you have a work visa, but you can’t get a work visa unless you have a job. As an English Wizard, you will have a work visa allowing you to legally teach English in Poland as a freelancer, so you can tell schools that you are already legal to work and they can hire you without any additional procedures.

Furthermore, your freelance contract will make you a very hirable teacher. As soon as a school hears that you can issue invoices and be paid as a freelancer, they will instantly know that this means less taxes and headaches. Check out our blog post on freelance teaching for more about why schools prefer to hire teachers as freelancers.

Finally, being part of the English Wizards community means that you are part of Poland’s largest community of native English teachers. In addition to support you can receive from our optional Support Packages, every Wizard gets access to the #1 job hunting resource by being part of our community: word of mouth.

Why can't you guarantee me a job?

This is a freelance program and not a placement program. While we do work with hundreds of schools around Poland and always do our best to connect Wizards to schools within our network, as a freelancer it is ultimately your responsibility to secure work. Schools in Poland do their own hiring, so no matter what you will still have to interview and get hired by a school before you start teaching.

Furthermore, our standard job assistance service is free and complimentary, so we cannot guarantee specific results. If you would like personalized job hunt support so and hand-holding in the job search, you can opt for our Arrival Support Package Alternatively, you can apply for our Internship Programs, which provide the guarantee of a job after completion of our training course.

What are the chances that I'll be able to find a teaching job before I arrive?

This is difficult to say, as it largely depends on how much effort you put in. From our experience, teachers who are actively digging on our job board and through other job resources that we provide during the months leading up to the hiring season will usually at the very least have a number of job interviews scheduled before they arrive. But at the same time, if you put no effort in, chances are slim that a job offer will just land on your lap.

Schools in smaller cities are usually more likely to consider a candidate who isn’t yet in the country as they lack the huge pool of foreign teachers at their doorstep. For this reason we highly recommend keeping your options open if your determined to land work before coming to Poland.

I'm pretty flexible about when I start and I'd prefer not to come to Poland before I have a job offer. Can I simply wait until I receive a job offer before I come?

Theoretically yes, but realistically, this is not something to rely on. While we do provide every teacher with resources to begin connecting with potential schools before arrival, schools obviously will prioritize candidates who are currently in the country. Many will want to meet you in-person for an interview or demo class before formally offering you a position. This is especially true for schools in big cities, and for less experienced teachers, but less so for schools in smaller cities which are often more willing to hire a teacher from overseas. 

If being completely by yourself when when searching for jobs after landing in Poland is something that scares you, this may not be the right program for you. We recommend you opt for our Arrival Support Package, which include personalized assistance to help you quickly find a job. Feel free to apply to our Internship Programs if you’d feel more comfortable having a guaranteed job before embarking on your travels.

If being accepted doesn't guarantee me a job, why is your criteria so high?

Being accepted as a Wizard means that you are part of our community. As a teaching community, we pride ourselves on being made up of 100% top quality English teachers. It also means that we will be sending you forward to our partner schools, arranging a work visa on your behalf, and providing you with an enormous amount of support free of charge in addition to our option paid services. Similar companies in Europe charge hundreds, or even thousands of dollars for services like ours. We provide these services for a fraction of the cost that most programs charge to teachers we firmly believe will have no problem finding work as an English Wizard and representing the English Wizards community in a positive light.

Will I be able to work in positions other than English teaching?

Your freelance contract allows for any work under the umbrella of language teaching or creative services. As “creative services” is a very wide realm, there are numerous opportunities to earn money on this program outside of English teaching. We’ve had Wizards land work as graphic designers, photographers, content writers, and even actors! 

If you’re bilingual, you also may have the opportunity to teach languages other than English. Spanish, French, German, and Italian are also in incredibly high demand in Poland. 

I'm interested in the digital nomad option. Will I be allowed to teach English part-time as well?

Yes!

Wizards coming on our program as digital nomads have the same freelance contract and work visa (if non-EU) as our freelance teachers. You’ll also have access to the same billing system and database of schools; so go for gold! 

Can I apply alongside a friend or partner?

Absolutely! We have many couples and groups of friends that come on our Freelance Program. 

I am currently traveling/working/studying abroad! Can I become a Wizard and start working without having to go home first?

Absolutely! We love seeing applications from future Wizards 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. Please check with the Polish embassy in the country you’re in to see if it will be possible to obtain a visa without going home.

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 non-native accent, we unfortunately cannot accept you as a Wizard. 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 and are qualified to teach English. 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. However, you must still be prepared for a more competitive job hunt if English is not your first language.

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. 

I have a TEFL certificate, but I've never taught before. Am I eligible to apply?

If you are a native speaker and a qualified TEFL teacher, you are welcome to apply. If we think you have what it takes to make a great Wizard, we can accept you into this program. Be aware that, for teachers without prior experience, you must have a TEFL certificate that includes observed teaching practice, such as the CELTA. Online-only TEFL certificates are not accepted unless you also have real-life experience to back it up.

We highly recommend that less experienced teachers first start with one of our Internship Programs. Through these programs, we are able to offer world-class teacher training and guarantee paying jobs for aspiring teachers. You are welcome to move into the Freelance Program after completing the internship.

However, if you are new to teaching yet have the right personality and motivation to jump in the deep end and find work yourself, we can certainly consider you for the Freelance Teaching Program.

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

Yes, assuming you meet the rest of our eligibility requirements. A Bachelor’s degree is not required to teach in Poland. 

If you have a degree in education, linguistics, English, or a related field, this will be seen as a huge plus and will open up numerous job opportunities and a potential for a higher salary. Otherwise, having a degree or not having a degree will not greatly impact your job prospects.

 

I do not have a TEFL Certificate. Can I apply and get certified later?

You may, although unless you have a considerable amount of experience, your chances of getting accepted are not very high.

If you are new to teaching, we highly recommend you instead apply to one of our Internship Programs, which will give you a Cambridge-accredited teaching certificate and provide you with a paying job to match your training.

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.

Where will I live?

As a freelance teacher, your accommodation is your responsibility. However Wizards who opt for our Arrival Support Package receive assistance from our team in securing a place before arrival. If you’d prefer to find accommodation yourself, we highly recommend taking advantage of our Accommodation Packages so you’ll have a place to stay while you look at apartments during your first week. Most cities have English-language Facebook groups for apartment-seeking expats.

Unlike in more expensive Western European countries, it is feasible to live alone in a studio or one-bedroom apartment on an English teacher’s salary. However, many teachers prefer to save money and opt to share an apartment with flatmates. With utilities included, a private apartment will cost around 2000 PLN per month (about €450), while a room in a shared apartment will be about half of that.

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. If you have a job offer arranged before landing, it can’t hurt to get an apartment within walking distance of your school to make commuting incredibly simple.

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

Not at all! You will quickly get to meet the other Wizards working in your city through our Facebook group and regular social events. Check out our Community Page for a quick snapshot into what our community is up to!

All big cities in Poland 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.

Our staff also organize language exchanges, which are a perfect opportunity to mingle with locals, expats, and fellow Wizards.

How much will I get paid?

As a freelancer, you will be paid by the hour, or by the class. The rate of pay is completely between you and the school, and you are free to negotiate your own pay rate with your employer. English Wizards does not mediate such negotiations, however we can offer you advice on what rate(s) you should be asking for.

The typical monthly earnings of an English teacher in Poland range from less than 2500 PLN to more than 6000 PLN per month. As pay is hourly, the more hours you teach the more you’ll end up earning at the end of the month.

There is no upper limit to your earnings as a Freelance Teacher. Some of our highest earning and most qualified teachers have netted over 8000 PLN per month. 

How do taxes work?

Freelancers are typically responsible for their own taxes, meaning that every single penny earned must be declared to the government and then taxed. However, Wizards on our Freelance Teaching Program have their taxes processed by English Wizards through our payroll system, so you’ll never have to deal with the tax office. Every single złoty that you earn at the end of the month will be 100% yours to keep.

As we will be taking the taxes out of your pay, it is important to factor this in when negotiating your salary with a school. We give all of our freelance teachers a handy calculator which computes the difference between the “brutto” amount which the school pays and the “netto’ amount you’ll have in your hand after taxes.

Why is there a monthly administrative fee?

At English Wizards, we provide accounting and tax services to every Wizard on our Freelance Teaching Program, and do all of the legwork to invoice every school and client that our teachers work with. But this is a very expensive and admin heavy task, and there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Freelance teachers are typically responsible for invoicing schools and clients themself, filing their own taxes and managing their own accounting, so typically the burden is on you. We take all of that off of your shoulders, leaving you free to focus solely on teaching.

To avoid the 250 PLN administrative fee, you are welcome to register directly with the government as a freelancer (or a “sole proprietor” as it’s called in Poland) and manage your own accounting, taxes, and invoicing. Or you could hire an accountant to do it for you, but trust us when we say that it will cost you much more than 250 PLN per month. 

We’ve gone into more details on the administration and costs associated with being a freelancer in Poland on our blog.

What kind of support will I receive before departing to Europe?
Freelance teachers are not offered pre-departure support other than assistance with the work permit and visa. You will however have access to our community of teachers and internal staff who can answer some of your questions. If you are new to teaching abroad and would like to join our Freelance Teaching Program, we highly recommend that you look into our Support Packages for extra support.
What kind of support will I receive while I am in Poland?
Freelancers are expected to be independent during your time in Poland, however you will have access to our entire community of teachers and support staff available for your support. If you think you’ll be needing personalized support while in Poland, look into our Support Packages that we offer freelance teachers.
What kind of hours will I be teaching?

The exact nature of the hours is between you and the school. Typically, teachers at private schools and kindergartens will work regular school hours, teachers at language centers will work weekday afternoons and evenings and occasional Saturday mornings, and business English teachers will work weekday mornings and late afternoons.

Teaching “full time” for an English teacher in Europe generally means teaching 20-30 hours a week, and very few teachers work more than that. It is very common for schools to offer new teachers only part time hours, often between 5 and 15 hours per week, until they have proven themselves as a good fit for their classroom. As such, you should be ready to only work part-time (or juggle multiple part-time jobs) during their first few months before filling up your schedule.

Am I required to teach a minimum number of hours?

No you are not. As a Freelance Teacher, the nature of your hours is between you, your school, and any private clients you may have.

The only minimum that we require is that you must be earning at least 1000 PLN per month for your teaching. This is to comply with Poland’s minimum wage laws. 

I hate my job! Can I quit and find another?
What goes on at your workplace is between you and the school’s management. That being said, most schools will ask you to sign a contract binding you to a specific period of time. English Wizards will not assist in defending you from contractual penalties if you are to breach your contract by walking out. Unless you have a very good reason.
 
Keep in mind that as a freelancer, you are never forced to accept a job offer nor accept additional classes that a school asks you to teach. If we put you in touch with a school or business and you don’t feel comfortable for any reason, you are always free to turn down the job and keep looking. 
 
Wizards who opt for our Insured Teacher Package have access to our support staff who can help mediate a conflict between you and a school’s management, and in the worst case scenario, will help you find a new job.
 
Will I get holidays?

Yes, the Polish love holidays! Most schools will typically have 1-2 weeks off around Christmas time, as well as 1-2 weeks off towards the end of January and early February as fall semester ends and spring semester begins. There is also usually 1-2 weeks off in April around Easter. Many schools also break for the entire summer, and those with a summer camp will usually have 1-2 weeks off before and after the summer season.

As a freelance teacher, you are only paid for the hours you teach, so make sure to factor in the school’s holidays when looking into how much you’ll be earning at a particular school. 

If you would like to take additional time off, English Wizards does not mediate this. You must work this out directly with the school.

If I'm on holiday will I still have to pay the administrative fee?

No. The administrative fee only exists to cover the cost of us invoicing your schools and clients and processing your pay. So for months that you don’t have any schools or clients for us to invoice, there is no administrative fee.

As we can only process payroll when your total pay sums to over 1000 PLN, you will also not be charged the administrative fee for the shortest of months, where your pay will be held until the next month. For example, if you return from holiday on the 26th of a month and only teach for 3 days that month, the entire pay will be processed for the next month.

How long can I stay for? Is it possible to extend my stay if my visa is expiring?
We have no limit to how long you can stay with us in Poland providing that your teaching work is continuously superb. A visa is by default valid for one year, and a residence permit is valid for 2 years. Extending the length of your legal stay simply requires applying for another visa or residence permit, which is usually far easier than applying for the first one.
 
After 5 years on a Residence Permit, it is possible to apply for permanent residence, providing that you can speak an intermediate level of Polish.