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POZNAN

ABOUT POZNAN

Poland’s first capital city, Poznan has a rich history dating back to the 1300s  when what is today the city’s Medieval Market Square was built. You’ll notice the city’s colorful charm as soon as you come near the Market Square – most building facades look like they’ve stepped out of a coloring book! Staring down at the Old City from the top floor of the medieval Town Hall is perhaps the most mesmerizing view of old Europe you can find.

Today, Poznan is a bustling and cosmopolitan student city, featuring an exceptionally high number of cafes, bars, and restaurants per square kilometer. And unlike the nearby cities of Krakow and Warsaw, Poznan has yet to see a boom of international tourism, allowing visitors folk to walk medieval streets and dine on local without feeling as if you’re in a museum. 

Following Poland’s economic boom in the 2000s, Poznan has transitioned into a modern European city while retaining its medieval feel. Cars and buses aren’t allowed in the Old Town – but as soon step into the modern city you’ll find a tram network as efficient as anywhere in Western Europe. Despite this, Poznan retains its unique feel of being a small, old town within a big bustling city.

 

LIVE IN POZNAN

Krakow’s affordable prices combined with having all the comforts, amenities and choices of a Western city makes Krakow one of the most livable cities in the world. 

Poznan is a modern, clean, and safe city; even in comparison to most cities in the U.S. or the U.K. Owing to it’s small-town feel, violent crime, street crime, and pickpocketing are almost unheard of in Poznan, and the city’s public transit is as modern and efficient as any other city in Europe. But even with excellent public transit, many locals choose to walk or bike – a walk across the entire city center takes less than half an hour and is a beautiful stroll! 

English is spoken virtually everywhere in the city center. Nearly every bar or restaurant will have an English menu readily available – and yes that means even the “hidden” non-touristy spots – and the chances that you’ll find a bartender or server who can’t speak English are very slim. Virtually every aspect of life in Poznan can be taken care of in English and maybe a few phrases of Polish, from grocery shopping to paying taxes to getting a haircut. 

Krakow is a very social city, for both locals and foreigners. Home to a handful of prestigious universities and over 100 bars, pubs, and nightclubs within the city center, there is never a shortage of something fun going on. Poland’s recent economic boom has bought foreigners from all over the world to Poznan for work, quickly turning Poznan into a cosmopolitan city. You can now find a wide assorment of international cuisine in the city, and if you head to the right bars or cafes, you’ll have no troubles meeting fellow foreigners living in the city.

One aspect of life that hasn’t (yet) caught up with the Western world is its prices. Poznan is still home to many bar mleczny (traditional lunch cafes) where you can buy a full meal for around €2. A more formal dinner at a sit down restaurant will cost you about €5-8 for everything, including a drink and salad. Want a pint of beer? That’ll cost you €1-2, or maybe €3 if you go to an upscale nightclub or craft beer pub.  

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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

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!

CITIZENSHIP

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.

As an English Wizard in Poland, live in the heart of Europe and experience one of Europe’s hippest and fastest growing destinations. Experience Poland’s dusk-till-dawn nightlife, world-famous vodka, delicious cuisine, picturesque castles, and magical forests and mountains. Poland remains one of Europe’s cheapest destinations, so your salary as a Wizard will be more than enough to live comfortably. Most of our Wizards take advantage of Poland’s location in the heart of Central Europe as a perfect base to explore the continent.

What’s Included

Job Placement

Guaranteed a paying job before you leave!

Salary + Benefits

You will be working under Polish labor laws. Wizards in Poland usually make between €10-16 an hour (about 3x the minimum wage!)

Visa Sponsorship

Visas and work permits for non-EU citizens

Arrival Assistance

From the minute you land, we’ll help you find accomodation, get a local phone plan, open a bank account, get medical insurance and more

Job Support

Got a problem at work? We’re here to help!

Social Events

Trivia nights, pub crawls, and other events to get to know your fellow Wizards

Networking Opportunities

Lifelong CV-boosting opportunities and connections through our network

What’s Not Included

Visa Costs

Non-EU citizens are responsible for the cost of arranging a visa and work permit (about € 350)

Flight

You’ll have to get yourself to Poland

Living Expenses

We’ll help you get settled and find an apartment, but you’ll have to pay your own bills

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 (city center): €200-350
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

As you can see, Poland is a very inexpensive country to live in – it is very easy to get by with less than €1000 per month. Your salary as a Wizard will be more than enough to cover this. However, we highly recommend all Wizards have enough money saved up to cover living expenses for the first month of their stay.

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