Teaching English to teenagers and adults means being a jack of all trades. Teaching a huge variety of students, typically highly-motivated young professionals or studious teenagers aspiring to apply to top universities, secondary ESL teachers must be able to whip together a lesson plan about pretty much anything and everything.
Our Internship in Secondary Education provides freshly qualified teachers with the right training and support to jump into the exciting and highly competitive world of teaching ESL to teenage and adult learners, followed by a paid job placement in one Central Europe’s hottest teaching destinations.
As part of the internship, you will complete the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Secondary Learners (CELT-S), developed and accredited by Cambridge English.
The course will begin with online modules, which you’ll start about two months before arriving in Poland. The online component is entirely instructor-graded and assessed. Though you’ll be working remotely, all of your work will be manually graded by our instructors, and you’ll be given feedback to improve every step of the way.
After landing in Poland, you will then complete an intensive, one week live training course. Under the guidance of our Cambridge DELTA qualified instructors, you’ll learn an entirely new set of skills for teaching English to teens and adults that go far beyond an ordinary TEFL certification course.
In total, the training course includes 6 hours of observed teaching practice and 8 hours of teaching observations with real students. This will be your chance to turn the theory you’ve learned into action, and impress our instructors with your newly minted teaching skills.
40 Hours of Classroom Instruction
120 Hours of Online Coursework
6 Hours of Observed Teaching Practice
8 Hours of Teaching Observations
Training in Teaching Grammar & Lexis
Lesson Planning Practice
Ongoing Reflective Workshops
Cambridge Accredited Certification
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Immediately following the training program, you’ll begin working as an ESL teacher at a language center. We have partnerships with some of Poland’s most well-known language centers as hosts for this internship.
Demand to learn English with native speakers at the advanced level has skyrocketed in Poland recently, with more and more jobs, careers, and university programs requiring an advanced professional level of English to even be considered.
The type of students you’ll be teaching is as varying as the industry itself. You might be teaching young medical students at a hospital in the morning, an old attorney at a law firm in the afternoon, and energetic teenagers at the language center in the evening. Classes with teens will often focus on preparing for competitive exams, such as the FCE and IELTS, while adult classes will usually be more practical and conversation-based.
Nearly all your students will be highly motivated, and usually upper intermediate to advanced level in English. So, you won’t be teaching them how to say “apple,” but rather how to have political debates, negotiate contracts, and other intricacies of real-life English.
Expect to work 15 to 25 hours per week of classroom teaching, in addition to prep time and light administrative work such as marking written coursework. The schedule itself will be mostly afternoon and early evening hours, with the occasional mornings for teaching “in-company” classes. You’ll be paid a similar pay rate to your local colleagues, varying between 3000 and 5000 PLN per month depending on the job and how many hours you’re teaching.
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.
Full Onsite Arrival Assistance
1-Week Orientation to Poland
Regular Social Events
Legal Work Visa + Residence
Ongoing Support from your Community Manager
Lifelong Access to Teaching Resources and Jobs
The Secondary Learners CELT-S training course is fully accredited by Cambridge English; widely recognized as the gold standard of TEFL courses and at equivalent level to the CELTA.
Internationally, the course is recognized by the British government’s Ofqual Office as a Level-5 certification course, equivalent to a diploma in education.
Learn more about the Cambridge English Teaching Framework, the backbone of Cambridge’s ESL qualifications and gold-standard of the ESL world, on Cambridge English’s website.
Apply if you
Are a Native English Speaker
Or possess the same fluency as a native
Have a Bachelor's Degree or 2 Years of Professional Experience
Not necessarily teaching experience – other experience counts too
Are Extremely Outgoing and Sociable
Teaching teens and adults is a serious matter, and requires you to be a sociable person
Are Hard Working
If you think this internship is a paid holiday, think again
Are Mature and Professional
You’ll be living independently in a foreign country for a year. Is this something you’re comfortable with?
Prices and dates
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*Although the Fall Internship Program concludes in February, and that's when you'll receive your certification, your school will expect you to continue working with them for the remainder of the academic year (until late June). Your visa and contract will be valid for one year.
**Candidates without EU citizenship or permission to work in Poland must also meet the eligibility requirements for a Polish work visa through English Wizards.
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 internship take place?
You will fly into Krakow for our pre-course orientation week and 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 language centers that we work with for this program like to speak directly with our interns. Many interviews are conducted remotely in the months proceeding the internship’s live component, while others are conducted in-person either during your pre-course orientation week or in the weeks following the live training course. You may also be asked to conduct a trial class at the school.
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.
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 trainers 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 interns to match the expected job openings.
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.
Do I have the opportunity to work at a regular high school or university instead of language center?
Unfortunately, this is very difficult. To work at a secondary school, the Polish Ministry of Education requires teachers to hold Polish teaching credentials, which includes being fluent in the Polish language and completing a licensing course in Polish. For this reason, the overwhelming majority of foreign teachers in Poland work at language centers.
Finding work at a university is possible if you are highly experienced and qualified. They will typically want to see at least a Master’s Degree in English or a related subject and a few years of experience. As this is an entry-level internship program and training course, we do not offer such placements on this program. However, if you do have this type of experience and advanced qualifications, we invite you to look into our other teaching programs for more experienced teachers.
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 interns 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 teaching programs.
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 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 already have a TEFL Certificate or another ESL qualification from somewhere else. Can I skip the training component of the internship and go straight to teaching?
To put it simply, no.
The CELT-S in Teaching English to Secondary 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.
If you already have considerable ESL teaching experience and/or a similar advanced qualification and do not feel the need to obtain an additional qualification, we recommend you check out some of our other teaching programs instead.
I do not have a Bachelor's Degree. Am I still eligible?
You might be. While a Bachelor’s Degree is not a hard requirement for this program, if you do not have a Bachelor’s Degree we will want to see an equivalent amount of demonstrated professional work experience. This doesn’t have to be teaching experience; it could be experience in business, management, science, or even creative professions. But you must demonstrate that you are academically and professionally competent enough to teach advanced adult learners.
If you have neither a degree nor other professional experience, we invite you. to check out our other teaching programs, most of which do not have this requirement.
I do not have a TEFL Certificate. Am I still eligible?
Yes! The CELT-S course in Teaching English to Secondary 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, if you do have some prior experience teaching or training teens and adults, this will help your application. Maybe you’ve been a sports coach, academic tutor, or lead corporate training sessions. While not a hard requirement, this is the type of stuff we’re looking for on your application.
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 training course?
We provide a simple option to book accommodation for the training course and pre-course orientation week shared with other interns through our Accommodation Packages. With these packages, you will share a hostel or guesthouse with other interns, within walking distance to both our training center and 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.
What certification will I receive at the end of the training program?
Upon completing our training program, all interns will receive a CELT-S certification, accredited by Cambridge English. For more about the CELT-S certificate, please see Cambridge English’s website.
Can this certification be used for job applications and visa applications outside of Poland?
The CELT-S is fully accredited and widely recognized around the world as CELTA-equivalent certification for teaching English to Secondary Learners. It is among the most reputable qualifications you can have if you’re applying to ESL positions around the world.
The CELT-S is regulated by the UK government through Ofqual as a Level-5 certification, equivalent to a Diploma in Education. This means that it can easily be certified and apostilled for legal recognition or visa applications elsewhere in 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 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.
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 35-45 PLN (about €8-10) per hour after tax, and the jobs through this program are usually no different.
Depending on how many hours you teach, you’ll typically earn between 3000 and 5000 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?
Language schools generally pay on an hourly rate, with full-time salaries landing between 3000 and 5000 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?
What kind of support will I receive while I am in Poland?
What kind of hours will I be teaching?
As you will be primarily teaching adults and teenagers at language centers after their ordinary work or school hours, your work hours will typically be in the late afternoon and early evening. You may also have to work some mornings for “in-company” classes, as well as the occasional Saturday. Most interns will work between 15 and 25 classroom hours per week, with additional time necessary for preparing lessons, marking coursework, and light administrative duties.
I would like to stay longer than one academic year. Is this possible?
In most cases, yes.
While the Internship Program and guaranteed placement 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 interns 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?
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 most schools pay hourly, and thus you’re only paid for the hours you teach, so remember to factor in days off when planning your budget.