Teach in Poland
Start Teaching in Poland with Guaranteed Job Placement in the heart of Central Europe!
IMPORTANT UPDATE (May 2022)
Registration for the Fall 2022 Teach in Poland Program is now CLOSED, as the program is full. We will open recruitment for Spring 2023 in August. If you would still like to join us for the 2022-2023 academic year, we invite you to apply for our Childhood Education Program or Freelancing Program, both of which are still accepting applications.
Teaching English in Poland means being a jack of all trades. Teaching a huge variety of students, typically highly-motivated young professionals, studious teenagers aspiring to apply to top universities, and excited kids looking to improve on their general English, an ESL teacher must be able to whip together a lesson plan about pretty much anything and everything.
For experienced ESL teachers and newly qualified teachers alike, Poland offers one of the most lucrative job markets in the EU. Oh and did we mention, it’s an AWESOME place to live and work!
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.
Immediately following our orientation 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 to place teachers for this program
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 business professionals in the morning, younger kids in the early afternoon right after school hours, and energetic teenagers at the language center in the evening. Classes with kids and 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 6500 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
Apply if you
Are a Native English Speaker
Or possess the same fluency as a native
Have Professional ESL Teaching Qualifications
CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or another TEFL certificate with observed teaching practice*
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 English is a serious matter, and requires you to be a sociable person
Are Capable of Working With Kids
Most language schools cater to all ages, including young kids (usually 7+). Is this okay with you?
Are Hard Working
If you think teaching in Poland 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?
* Online-only TEFL certificates are NOT accepted. If you have significant prior ESL teaching experience, we can make an exception.
Candidates without prior experience or qualifications are highly encouraged to look into our CELT Certification + Placement Program to gain an internationally-recognized Cambridge certification, along with job placement.
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
- July 25th
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- August 22nd
- January 17th
- January 25th
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 language centers 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.
Do I have the opportunity to work at a regular public school or university instead of language center?
Unfortunately, this is very difficult. To work at a public 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.
If you are interested in a more “ordinary” school teaching experience with the classic 8-3 daily schedule, we invite you to check out our Childhood Education Program, which places teachers at private preschools and elementary schools in Poland.
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. Some teachers have found this type of work through our Freelancing Programs, however, due to the highly specialized nature of this type of work, we do not offer such placements as part of this program.
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?
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 Childhood Education Program, which does not have this requirement.
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 lead corporate training sessions. While not a hard requirement, this is the type of stuff we’re looking for on your application.
Candidates who do not have prior ESL teaching experience must have a teaching certificate with observed teaching practice, such as the CELTA or Trinity certTESOL.
We highly recommend that novice teachers without experience instead apply for our CELT Certification + Placement Program.
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 the typical salary for an ESL teacher in at language schools Poland is around 35-55 PLN (about €8-11) 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?
Pay and salary matters are discussed directly between you and the school, so we at English Wizards can only provide advice and estimates.
Language schools generally pay on an hourly rate, with full-time salaries landing between 3000 and 6000 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, teenagers, and kids 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 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?
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.