Internship in Education
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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 teaching real kids. More and more freshly qualified educators are finding it tough to get a job without having any experience.
Our Internship in Education provides highly passionate yet inexperienced teachers with the right training and support to jump right into the classroom. Following TEFL Certification and our intensive one-week training course, you’ll go into the job of a teacher. Yes, an actual teacher; not a teaching assistant, tutor, or daycare worker.
Apply if you
Are a native English speaker
Or possess the same fluency as a native
Have at least some experience with kids
Or have a degree in a field related to education
Are Outgoing and Constantly Full of Energy
Working with kids requires being fun and silly, is that you?
Are Hard Working
If you think this internship is a paid holiday, think again
After completing the online component of our training course, you’ll arrive in Krakow and kick off the internship with a weeklong intensive training program to prepare you for the real classroom.
No more theory and textbook learning, our course is all about preparing you to actually be able to stand up in front of kids and deliver a lesson. And most importantly, how to make it a fun and enjoyable learning experience for the students.
Under the guidance of our Cambridge DELTA certified instructors, you’ll learn an entirely new set of skills for teaching English that go far beyond an ordinary TEFL certification course.
45 Hours of Classroom Instruction
Lesson Planning Practice
Observed Teaching Practice
TEFL Young Learners Certification
Real Life Strategies for Classroom Management
How to Make the Textbooks Come Alive
Skills for Teaching Grammar and Phonetics
Improvisation Skills for Teaching
Request the Course Syllabus for More Information
Immediately following the training program, your trainer and program director will work with you to match you with a teaching position. We have partnerships with some of Poland’s most reputable private schools, preschools, and after school language centers to provide paid teaching opportunities to our interns.
The age of the kids can vary depending on the job, with kids as young as 3 at preschools, all the way up to the late teenage years at some private schools and language centers (in Poland, kids stay in high school until age 19). We try to tailor each interns placement to the age group they feel most confident in teaching.
Class sizes are always small. Don’t expect to ever teach more than 10-12 kids at a time.
Unlike many TEFL jobs around the world, you won’t simply be dancing and singing songs. You’ll be an actual teacher with genuine classroom expectations such as preparing lessons, teaching grammar points, and leading group activities.
Expect to work 15 to 25 hours per week of classroom teaching, in addition to prep time and possibly some light administrative work. You’ll be paid a similar pay rate to your local colleagues, varying between 2200 and 3500 PLN per month depending on the job and how many hours you’re teaching.
Prices and dates
*Non-EU citizen prices includes the Work Visa Package and all documents necessary to obtain a visa BEFORE starting the course. Consular visa fees are not included.
All internship prices include the full support offered on our Insured Teacher Package, including pre-departure support, airport pickup, arrival assistance, orientation, and assistance finding accommodation.
|Spring 2021||January 11th – June 25th
UK & EU CITIZENS / CANDIDATES CURRENTLY IN EUROPE ONLY
February 1st – June 25th
|Fall 2021||September 13th – January 28th|
Not available for our program dates?
While we cannot modify the dates of our training course, we can on a case-by-case basis offer the training course modules online if you absolutely cannot be in Poland for the start date of this program.
Let us know in advance as we must first ensure that one of our partner langauge centers will be able to accommodate your arrival.
COVID-19 Update (October 2020)
Poland has only been very lightly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and life has mostly returned to normal, with schools returned to the physical classroom and Poland’s borders remaining open to foreigners with work visas. Our Fall 2020 Internship is already underway successfully, and we can only foresee more success for our future intakes.
However, in regards to the current situation, we understand that unforeseen circumstances in your home country may impact your ability to travel to Poland this next spring or fall. As such, we are currently accepting payment in installments and we will allow any teacher who books our Internship Program to postpone their arrival to a future semester free of charge.
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. If you absolutely must be in one particular city, that’s fine with us, and we will do what we can to help you find a job in your preferred city. But we cannot provide a guarantee of this.
Where in Poland does the internship take place?
You will fly into Krakow for the in-class component of the training course, which is held at our training center. Interns 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 schools language centers that we work with for this program like to speak directly with our interns after they finish the training program. You may also be asked to conduct a trial lesson at the school. At the end of the training course, your instructor and program director will put you in touch with the school managers to move forward.
In the unlikely event that you are not offered a job, your instructor will continue to work with you to find a suitable school through our network.
Can I stay longer than one semester?
Absolutely! There is no extra cost to you if you would like to keep teaching on the Internship Program. Assuming you’ve been performing well, the schools and language centers that we work with are generally very happy to extend your contract. Just let your supervisor know as early as possible so they do not make moves to replace you at the end of the semester.
Many teachers who want to stay in Poland longer than one semester will transition to the Freelance Teaching Program at the end of the internship.
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 training program to produce quality teachers.
Our program directors and instructors are professionals with a wealth of experience in the Polish teaching job market and can provide the support and guidance necessary for every intern completing our training program to come out with a job.
It is important to note that our job guarantee only applies to interns who meet our program requirements, pass the training program, and 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 interns who do not follow the guidance our instructors provide or are unable to pass the training program.
Can I apply alongside a friend or partner?
Absolutely! We love to welcome couples and/or groups of friends to our internship. Although we cannot guarantee that groups will be placed at the same language center, we do our absolute best to accommodate the natural desire for couples and groups 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. Instead, you will have to come to Poland without a visa and apply for a Residence Permit at the Immigration Office.
I already have a TEFL Certificate from somewhere else. Can I skip the training component of the internship and go straight to teaching?
To put it simply, no.
Our 160-Hour course in Teaching English to Young Learners goes far beyond what is covered in a standard 120-Hour TEFL course, and our partner schools are expecting to have this knowledge and practice before they begin teaching. However, the introductory module to the online component of our training course covers general language awareness and ESL methodologies. So if you have already done a 120-Hour TEFL course and can prove that you’ve retained this knowledge in your interview and pre-course level assessment, your instructor may allow you to skip over the first module.
If you already have considerable ESL teaching experience and/or a similar advanced qualification, we recommend that you check out our Freelance Teaching Program instead.
I do not have a Bachelor's Degree. Am I still eligible?
Yes you are. We do not require a Bachelors Degree for this program. However, candidates with a degree (or currently pursuing a degree) in a field related to education are highly preferred.
I do not have a TEFL Certificate. Am I still eligible?
Yes! Our 160-Hour course in Teaching English to Young Learners goes far beyond what is covered in a standard 120-Hour TEFL course, so there is no need to also take a generic TEFL course elsewhere.
Do I have to have teaching experience?
Nope! This program is built for talented teachers who have the right personality to teach but do not yet have any teaching experience; however some prior teaching experience is highly preferred. Maybe you’ve volunteered as a teaching assistant, been a tutor or camp counselor, or worked at a daycare center.
Our trainers are excited to work with teachers who have the right personality and some basic experience, and can help you transition into being a classroom teacher for the first time.
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.
English is my first language, but I come from a non-English speaking country. What are my chances of being accepted?
If English is still your first language and you speak with a clear, standard accent, we will usually still be able to accept you as long as you meet our full requirements. For example, if you were born in Guatemala, hold Guatemalan citizenship, but moved to the U.S. at a very young age and speak English perfectly with an American accent, we will treat your application with the same merits as an American-born native speaker.
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 during the training course?
We recommend booking temporary accommodation in Krakow for the week of the training course at a hostel or Airbnb. Short-term accommodation in Krakow is incredibly affordable, from as low as €10 per night for shared accommodation. Make sure to extend your stay at least for the weekend following the course, as we will be hosting our orientation events and some further training.
We provide a simple option to book accommodation for the course shared with other interns through our Accommodation Packages. With these packages, you will share a hostel or guesthouse with other interns.
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.
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.
What certification will I receive at the end of the training program?
Upon completing our training program, all interns will receive a 160-Hour Certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Young Learners.
Can this certification be used for job applications and visa applications outside of Poland?
We understand that the day might come that you’ll want to take your ESL career elsewhere in the world. As such, our training course provides a top-quality level of teacher training that will allow you to excel in classrooms all over the world. The course meets all the standards of Poland’s Ministry of Education for a teacher training course and can be apostilled for use on visa applications all over the world.
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 interns on the program quickly bond with each other, 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, which are a perfect opportunity to mingle with locals, expats, and fellow Wizards.
How much will I get paid?
This varies slightly from job to job, but the typical salary for an entry-level teacher in Poland is around 35-40 PLN (about €8-10) per hour, and the jobs through this program are usually no different.
Depending on how many hours you teach, you’ll typically earn between 2200 and 3500 PLN (about €500 to €800) per month, which is more than enough to live on in Poland as a young professional. Most interns supplement this with private tutoring or part-time teach elsewhere.
How does payroll and taxes work?
Payroll and taxes works in a similar manner to our Freelance Teaching Program.
At the end of the month, you’ll log your hours into our system so that we can bill the school and process your payroll. Payment is made on the 15th of each following month via bank transfer. Taxes are automatically withheld from your pay. All pay rates mentioned on this page, and quoted by schools participating in this program are “netto,” This means that every single zloty is yours to keep.
Unlike teachers on our Freelance Program, there is no monthly administrative fee if you’re teaching at a school affiliated with this program.
What kind of support will I receive before departing to Europe?
What kind of support will I receive while I am in Poland?
You will also receive ongoing support in the classroom from both your host school and your instructor. This includes monthly training sessions with your fellow interns and our instructors.
What kind of hours will I be teaching?
Teachers who teach at regular preschools and private schools will typically work standard school hours. Monday to Friday, morning to early afternoon. Teachers who teach at afterschool language centers will usually work from early the afternoon into the early evening, as well as the occasional Saturday morning.
Preschools and private schools will usually want a teacher for 20 to 40 hours per week, while language centers will want teachers for 15 to 25 hours per week.
I hate my job! Can I quit and find another?
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.
Remember that you are only paid for the days you teach, so factor in holidays when planning a budget.
If you would like to take additional time off, English Wizards does not mediate this. You must agree to this directly with the school.