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Teach English in Poland

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TEFL/TESOL accreditation

Including cultural orientation

Guaranteed job placement

Earn $800 – $1100+ USD* per month (800 – 1100+ Euro)
* May fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility


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Why Teach English in Poland?

  • Poland boasts all the beauty and best parts of Old Europe, without the price tag. Teachers immerse themselves into a world of old meets new: candlelit cafes, rustic restaurants, medieval town centres, breathtaking architecture juxtaposed against hopping night clubs, intricate and sophisticated transport systems and modern office complexes. 
  • Poland offers incredible opportunities to travel both locally around the many hidden gems of Poland, to hopping on a train to head to any idyllic European city for the weekend. Rome; Berlin; Paris anyone? With accessible and affordable transport, this is a traveler’s dream! 
  • While we always encourage our teachers to learn the local as much as possible to show respect and open a new dimension of the experience, Poland has an incredibly high standard of the English language, which makes it easy and less intimidating to find your feet in Poland. This also means as an English teacher you’ll have the opportunity to teach a higher standard of English as a native English speaker, which always keeps you at the top of your teaching game! 
  • 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.
  • With a full week of orientation in the incredible city of Kraków, a paid placement teaching in Poland and all the support you need prior to departure and from our awesome in-country team- you’ll make an enormous impact in the lives of your students.
  • Teaching in Poland is advantageous in that it offers a unique portal to living and working in Europe. There are opportunities to expand into other job sectors in Poland following your teaching career, and opportunities to become an EU citizen.

Travel Opportunities Teaching English in Poland

Kraków’s location in the heart of Central Europe makes it an ideal base for weekend trips all over the continent.

With some careful budgeting you’ll be able to put your monthly salary of USD $800 to $1100+ USD* (800 – 1100 Euro) to good use travelling and exploring Europe in your free time.

* USD amounts may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

Intercity trains and buses serve most of the continent from Kraków.

International destinations that can be reached by train or bus in under 10 hours include:

Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Berlin, and Vilnius.

If you’re traveling outside of Poland’s “neighbor” countries (that is, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Germany, Hungary, Austria and Lithuania), it is cheaper and far faster to fly.

If you book right, you can find a round trip flight to almost anywhere in Europe for under €50.

And if you want to do a bit of traveling within Poland and see the country’s other destinations such as Warsaw, Gdansk, and Torun, you will find it incredibly easy and inexpensive. 

Poland boasts all the beauty and best parts of Old Europe, without the price tag.

A musician in the main square of the Old Town, Kraków

Meet fellow teachers from all corners of the world who will form a part of your community of companions throughout the cultural adventure of teaching and travelling in Europe.

Teaching in Poland is unique in that it offers a unique portal into living and working in Europe. There are opportunities to expand into other job sectors in Poland following your teaching career, and opportunities to become an EU citizen

A world of old meets new: candlelit cafes, rustic restaurants, medieval town centres, breathtaking architecture juxtaposed against hopping nightclubs, intricate and sophisticated transport systems and modern office complexes.

Learn about Polish culture, history, politics, language, religion and more on walking tours with professional guides.

Demand for qualified native speakers at language centers has skyrocketed over the past few years, and shows no sign of slowing down, as Poland’s academic standards become higher and parents see the importance of ensuring their kids receive top-quality ESL education.

Getting to know fellow teacher travelers during one of our evening social activities.

If you book right, you can find a round trip flight to almost anywhere in Europe for under €50.

Rome for the weekend anyone?

Or hop on a flight to Berlin!

 

War Statement – July 2022

TravelBud’s main priority is, always has been and will always remain the safety of our teachers.

Whilst our hearts go out to all those affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Europe remains safe, and Poland continues to be one of the safest countries in Europe.

We have been in contact with our on the ground team based in Poland, as well as various government agencies, for consistent updates on the situation in Europe as it unfolds. 

In light of the conflict, we have therefore instated a refund policy specific to those applicants enrolled in the Poland program. In the rare event that Poland is deemed unsafe and the program cannot go ahead as planned, applicants will be refunded their fees if they do not wish to opt for one of our other incredible programs.

We do, however, continue to expect a significant wave of refugees from neighboring Ukraine, as we did in 2014 during the first Russia-Ukraine conflict. We, as all of Poland, sympathize with the refugees and are making sure to keep our teachers in the loop on how they can get involved and volunteer to help if so inclined.

Overall, life in Poland has been continuing as normal. There is no sense of fear, danger, or panic; only compassion and support for our neighbors who are suffering.

Schools and classes continue to operate as normal. Outside of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, international travel continues to operate as normal. There has been no indication of this changing, and are therefore confident that we do not and will not have to modify our program in Poland or the general pre-arrival advice we give to incoming teachers.

A state of emergency remains in place in areas within approximately 3kms of the Belarusian border, including parts of Podlaskie and Lubelskie Voivodeships. However, we place teachers in major cities such as Kraków and Warsaw which are far from these areas.

In summary, Poland remains a country which is safe to travel to and we look forward to welcoming teachers to this exciting program.

Last Updated: July 2022

Full-service Placement Process

It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

That’s why we don’t just find you an overseas teaching placement, we support you throughout our entire teach abroad experience!

 

TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure 

Here’s how we help

  • Everything explained clearly. We’ll walk you through each step and make sure you’re prepared.
  • We help you plan. From what to pack to what documents to gather when.
  • Internationally Accredited TEFL/TESOL Certification.

    4 Week Online TEFL course with an experienced instructor that will see you graduate with a 120 hour, internationally accredited TEFL

  • Cultural Orientation. Walking tours, cultural excursions, group meals, evening drinks. Get to know your fellow teacher travellers and forge new friendships.

  • Guidance and Support throughout. We’re on hand to guide you through each step and ease you into your new and exciting teaching and traveling experience. 
  • Job Placement. We assist you with placement in carefully selected and reputable language centers.
  • 24/7 support. Once you arrive in Poland we’ve got your back in an emergency or to answer any questions.

With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

Do I Qualify To Teach English in Poland?

You don’t need to have any teaching experience to teach English in Poland, although there are higher earning potentials for those that do.

You do need:

    • A passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand
    • A bachelor’s degree in any field is preferable but not required for a legal work permit (2 years of work experience is required to replace a Bachelor’s degree if you do not hold one)
    • A 120-hour, internationally accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate or equivalent qualification – offered as part of the program fees should you not have a TEFL certification.
    • Age 20 and above
    • Hardworking, mature, professional and love working with kids. 

    How long is the teaching contract for?

    • Teaching contracts in Poland are 12 month contracts.
    • You also have the option to renew if you’re not ready to leave after your first contract (we won’t blame you!)

    What if I don’t have a TEFL/TESOL certificate?

    We offer an online Internationally Accredited Online TEFL/TESOL course to prepare you for your adventure in Europe. Read about our TEFL/TESOL courses below to learn more.

    If you’re unsure about any of your qualifications, chat to us! We’ll answer all your questions and do our best to accommodate you.

    Internationally Accredited Online TEFL/TESOL Certification

    In order to ensure that our partner schools’ students are getting the very best and to ensure that you as a teacher abroad feel most prepared for your task at hand, we highly recommend the 120 hour Online TEFL course offered through TravelBud.

    This course begins every first Monday of each month and runs for 4 to 5 consecutive weeks.

    The course is asynchronous and designed to allow you to engage and learn alongside your busy life, while not compromising on your quality of certification and preparation for Poland.

    With the course being fully internationally accredited and the fact that it does not expire- you can use this all over the world for the duration of your teaching journey and beyond!

    We understand that while you are still in your home country you may be working full time or completing your degree and this course is designed with that in mind.

    It gives you comprehensive guidance on all the aspects of the content and methodologies of teaching English as a second language and touches on the productive and receptive skills for students. 

    TravelBud Guides you through your Teach Abroad Adventure

    Our course provides teachers with the following:

    • Years of teacher insights, experience and practical knowledge which has been refined into a quality internationally accredited curriculum that focuses on preparing students in the best possible way for their teaching or volunteering experience abroad.
    • Qualified instructors with decades of ESL teaching experience supporting students every step of the way, offering personalized feedback, live one-on-one Skype lesson presentations and practical tips that enable students to have an enjoyable and effective teaching experience.
    • A desktop, mobile and tablet optimised platform which adheres to modern best practice Learning Management System (LMS) design and development standards. This ensures a fun and intuitive learning experience for students

    The Course Curriculum covers:

    • Module 1: ESL Theory and Lesson Planning
      Knowledge of the history and theoretical development in the field of English language education, and its application to lesson plan structure and content.
    • Module 2: Teaching Speaking
      Techniques, structures and tips for developing creative, engaging speaking lessons for students of all ages and skill levels.
    • Module 3: Teaching Reading
      Strategies, techniques, and creative pathways to developing reading lessons which draw on student interest and push out their language frontiers.
    • Module 4: Teaching Listening
      In-depth knowledge regarding the importance of, and techniques for, teaching pronunciation, as good listening skills will improve speaking, grammar and pronunciation.
    • Module 5: Teaching Grammar
      Comprehensive refresher on grammar topics, as well as strategies, techniques and tips for teaching grammar to all age groups and skill levels, and integration of grammar points in lesson plans.
    • Module 6: Teaching Classroom Management
      Deep understanding of psychological and contextual factors and their impact on the classroom, along with strategies for proactive and reactive approaches to classroom management, and best practices to ensure classroom discipline and engagement.

    Each module requires significant practical training focused on the different approaches needed to teach speaking, reading, and listening, as well as various strategies used for classroom management.

    Interactive Forums

    The course offers mandatory interaction via forums, peer feedback and one-on-one instructor feedback. This allows you to see multiple perspectives on your assignments as you design fun and creative lessons.

    Lesson Plan Assignments

    You will submit lesson plans based on templates that we know work effectively in the classroom. These templates, along with resources for various classroom activities such as warmers, provide you with a practical toolkit for your teaching experience.

    High Quality Video Tutorials

    The course makes extensive use of video tutorials which includes footage of real classroom scenarios and expert advice from Instructors and other English teachers in the field.

    Skype Lesson Presentations

    Every student also makes a Skype based lesson presentation to their instructor to gain practical teaching experience. Students receive extensive feedback and are given advice on how to improve or what to be aware of in a classroom environment.

    Continuous In-Class Support

    Our expert instructors support and interact with our students every step of the way and will offer tons of tips, tricks, and examples of how to teach English to every age group.

    Best Practice Learning Management

    Hosted on fast, secure servers, the learning platform is mobile and tablet optimised and adheres to modern best practice Learning Management System (LMS) design and development standards. This ensures a fun and effective learning experience for students.

    The course makes extensive use of video tutorials which includes footage of real classroom scenarios and expert advice from Instructors and other English teachers in the field.


    Each module will prepare you for different aspects of the teaching experience and build up your skills to respond to every curveball the classroom might throw at you.

    The course makes extensive use of video tutorials which include footage of real classroom scenarios and expert advice from Instructors and other English teachers in the field.

    We provide a comprehensive set of resources, downloads and printable graphics you can use for your teaching abroad experience.


    Interactive Forums and Peer Feedback. You will receive peer feedback for each assignment and you will also have to give feedback to other students.

    Cultural Orientation 

    TravelBud’s in-depth week long cultural orientation is designed to acclimate you into Polish culture through a combination of theoretical and practical learning in the form of educational lessons and cultural activities and excursions.

    • Learn about Polish culture, history, politics, language, religion and more on walking tours with professional guides.
    • Get to know your fellow teachers
    • Participate in fun and enriching cultural excursions including:
      • Walking tour of the Old Town
      • Learn how to use the train stations, bus station, post office, city transit and discover unhidden shops
      • Day trip to the beautiful mountain resort town of Zakopane
      • Scavenger hunts
      • Pub quizzes
      • Group meals
      • Evening drinks

    Here’s what your week long orientation will entail:

    MONDAY

    • Morning: Walking tour of the Old Town with a professional tour guide. Followed by group lunch at a traditional lunch cafe.
    • Afternoon: “Practical” city tour. We learn how to use the train station, bus station, post office, city transit, and discover some useful hidden shops.
    • Evening: Optional drinks

    TUESDAY

    • Morning: Logistics time! We get sorted with phone plans, tax ID numbers, bank accounts, and police clearance certificates. Followed by a ‘street food’ lunch.
    • Afternoon: “Just for fun” activity. Last year we did kayaking for the summer groups and bowling for the winter groups. But this one is subject to change.
    • Evening: Optional drinks

    WEDNESDAY

    • Day trip to the beautiful mountain resort town of Zakopane!
      This trip takes pretty much the whole day; we leave at around 10am and get back at 8-9pm.
    • Activities of course depend on the season, but we keep it ‘light.’ Last year we did a cable car ride to a viewpoint for summer groups, and sledding for winter groups.

    THURSDAY

    • Free day. We don’t organize anything officially, but the teachers typically come up with something!

    FRIDAY

    • Morning: Free
    • Afternoon: Scavenger hunt through the Old Town! Personally my favorite part of the week. Followed by a pub quiz.
    • Evening: Free

    SATURDAY

    • Morning: Free
    • Afternoon: Group feast! In the summer we organize a Polish barbecue (kielbasa galore!), and in the winter we have a pierogi feast.
    • Evening: Optional drinks

    Many of our teachers visit the friends they make during these cultural excursions. This becomes a valuable network and community for you as you’re able to visit your friends in different parts of Poland and fully experience all that the country and Europe has to offer.

    Walking tours

    Learn how to use the train stations, bus station, post office, city transit and discover unhidden shops

     

    Day trip to the beautiful mountain resort town of Zakopane

    Your cultural experience is shared with your fellow teacher travelers.

    Meet fellow teachers from all corners of the world who will form a part of your community of companions throughout the cultural adventure of teaching and travelling.

    Social events are a perfect opportunity to mingle with fellow teachers on the program

     

    Costs

    What Will I Earn?

    As an English teacher in Poland, your salary range will depend on your qualifications, experience and placement location

    Salary 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.

    Depending on how many hours you teach, you’ll typically earn between 3000 and 5000 PLN about $800 to $1100+ USD* (800 to 1100 Euro) per month, which is more than enough to live on in Poland as a young professional. This can be supplemented with private tutoring or part-time teaching elsewhere.

    * USD amounts may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

    How much does it cost?

    The following costs make up the program fee and are payable to TravelBud before you head over to Teach English in Poland.

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    We offer two program options for intake dates:

    OPTION 1

    Online TEFL/TESOL Certification and Paid Job Placement, Orientation and Support (Highly Recommended)

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    Enrollment Fee and Support

    Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team, as well as secure your spot in a program that has limited availability per course.

    $550

    What’s included?

    Initial Program Fee and Internationally Accredited Online TEFL Course

    Payable within a week before your TEFL course starts.

    $700 $450

    Final Program Fee, Guaranteed Job Placement and 24/7 Support

    Guaranteed job placement in a background-checked and credible school. Payable upon receiving your contact offer.

    $1100

    What’s included?

    Total

    For our first 10 teachers that enrol, we will apply a
    Pioneer Discount of $100 USD!

    $2100

     

    $2000

     

    OPTION 2

    Already have a TEFL/TESOL Certificate?

    Take our Placement Only option

    For teachers that already have extensive experience in the teaching field, as well as an existing online/in-class 120-hour TESOL/TEFL/CELTA

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    Enrollment Fee and Support

    Required to enroll in the program and begin receiving pre-departure support from the TravelBud team

    $550

    What’s included?

    Job Placement and 24/7 Support

    Job Placement assistance in a background-checked and credible school. Payable 12 weeks prior to departure.

    $1100

    What’s included?

    Total

    $1650

     

    What is included in the TravelBud enrollment fee?

    Pre-departure Support

    As soon as you pay your initial enrolment fee, your pre-departure support kicks off. From that moment on, TravelBud will be on call to answer all your questions and provide all the support and guidance you need.

    • Getting the necessary documentation prepared prior to departure
    • Assisting you with all planning, packing, visas, costs, budgets and booking flights
    • Answering your questions to help ease any anxieties you may have regarding your trip.

    24/7 Dedicated Ongoing In-country Support

    • Airport Pick up
    • 7 Day Orientation
    • On-the-ground support and personal assistance throughout the duration of your teaching experience.
    • In the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand 24/7
    • TravelBud’s support managers will also check in with you regularly for the duration of your teaching English in Poland experience.

    Teaching Resources and Support from local teachers

    • Access to online teaching resources such as printable lesson plans and worksheets which will make your job a whole lot easier!
    • There is always a supervisor that teachers can go to for help with their teaching tasks.

    What is included in the TravelBud Program fee?

    Once you’ve paid your enrollment fee, you’ll unlock all the benefits of your pre-departure support and placement process. The last thing you’ll need to pay is your final fee, this is the remainder of the cost for the program you’re signed up for. Here’s what’s included in that:

    • 4 Week Online TEFL course with an experienced instructor that will see you graduate with a 120 hour, internationally accredited TEFL.
    • A fascinating and bespoke cultural orientation packed with activities, classes and lessons to help you make the most of your time in the country
    • Airport pickup, sim card and more
    • Job Placement at a carefully vetted school where every effort is made to match your placement requirements
    • 24/7 in-country support from a dedicated in-country team
    • Access to our teacher network, our TEFL/TESOL education team and a wide array of online teaching resources to help you in your job in the classroom
    • Lifetime placement guarantee within your Program Plan

    TravelBud Staff

    We understand it’s hard to take this all in.

    With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

    Budgets

    What are the other costs involved prior to departing?

    The above tables detail costs you’ll need to pay TravelBud in order to join the program.

    You’ll also need to budget for various other expenses, not payable to TravelBud, which allow you to legally teach abroad plus the cost of travel to your destination and insurance for your trip.

    Our support team will walk you through everything prior to you departing to ensure you have exactly what you need by when you need to have it. The following is what you’ll need to budget for:

    Please Note:

    Due to COVID-19 rules and regulations, budgets are subject to change. Our team will advise you on all the latest up to date information and pricing.

    Our support managers will assist you with booking flights, finding the best insurance for you and advising you on all the documents costs involved.

    You will also need to take over enough spending money to cover living expenses during your first month in Poland – for your 7-day orientation and your first month of teaching.

    What do I need to budget for?

    Bear in mind that you will be spending at least 1 month in Poland before you receive your first paycheck. You will therefore need to budget enough money to see you through the first month of teaching.

    Of course, the amount of money you need depends on your spending habits and Poland is generally an affordable place to travel and live in.

    As in most travel destinations, the more touristy activities, restaurants, and transport options will be a lot more expensive but we will guide you on how to live and budget like a local to get the most out of your paycheck.

    Take a look through our budget guidelines to see what budget suits your spending habits:

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    Pre-departure Budget

    Flights

    Flight prices vary depending on where you travel from and when you book. Prices can occasionally exceed this range. TravelBud is partnered with Student Universe so you are more than welcome to click here to complete our form and receive a quotation for your consideration.

    $90 - $880

    Insurance

    Travel insurance prices can vary depending on things like provider, age, country of origin and duration of your stay. This range is for TravelBud's recommended policies based on stays of 6 months or 1 year. Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for all TravelBud programs. TravelBud is partnered with World Nomads so you are more than welcome to click here to complete our form and receive a quotation for your consideration.

    $160 - $700

    Documentation

    This budget is assuming all of your current documentation is in English, you are in possession of your physical degree and you hold a valid passport.

    $0

    Visa or Temporary Residence Permit

    This is the general cost of a visa or temporary residence permit.

    $65 - $150

    TOTAL

    $315 - $1730

    In-country budget

    Accommodation during orientation

    We advise that everyone books two weeks of ‘temporary’ accommodation from arrival. The orientation runs for the duration of one week, but having another week booked makes the arrival window much less stressful.
    There are three different accommodation options to consider ranging from €150 to €450.

    $160 - $490

    Accommodation after orientation

    Rent can be as low as $170 per month for a room in a shared apartment, or up to $600 for a nice one-bedroom apartment in a city like Warsaw.
    Be prepared to pay a deposit of one month's rent as well as the first month's rent upfront upon moving in. We also advise having the second month's rent in savings, as the due date for rent often falls before you’ll receive your first paycheck (for example, a landlord may want rent paid by the 5th while a school pays on the 10th).

    $510 - $1800

    Day to Day Expenses
    (Food, laundry, transportation etc.)

    This amount will be dependent on your spending habits. The amount given is a safe approximation.

    $200 - $500

    Travel to Placement Location

    You may need to travel to your teaching placement.

    $0 - $30

    Startup Items (toiletries, towel, fan, phone)

    You may want to buy a few things such as towels, toiletries and other necessities.

    $0 - $250

    Optional (Luxury) Expenses

    Nightlife, shopping, sightseeing etc.

    $100 - $500

    TOTAL

    $970 - $3570

    • We strongly suggest that you bring no less than $800 – $1000 USD with you when you arrive in Poland to buffer any unforeseen costs prior to your first pay check.

    Chat to us if you have questions about budget and spending.

    We realise that moving abroad to teach English in Poland is expensive at first, but remember that with TravelBud your teaching job is guaranteed.

    Once you start earning a salary, your living costs will be comfortably covered, you’ll start to learn how to cut down on your monthly expenses (for example, eating out less and finding the most affordable grocery store in your placement town) and you will be able to enjoy your time teaching and traveling in Poland.

    When can I start Teaching English in Poland?

    Intake DateCan I still apply?

    2022

    15 August 2022Closed
    22 August 2022Closed
    19 September 2022Closing soon

    2023

    16 January 2023 ** To be confirmed
    23 January 2023 ** To be confirmed
    14 August 2023 ** To be confirmed
    21 August 2023 ** To be confirmed

    How long is the teaching contract for?

    • Placements are for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay for more than a year.

    Arrival & Orientation

    Pre-departure Support

    As you prepare for your trip, TravelBud’s support managers will guide you through:

    • Packing
    • Visas
    • Budget
    • Travel insurance
    • Tax Certificate
    • Pre-arrival program information
    • And any questions you might have to help ease any anxieties during the pre-departure process.

    Arriving in Poland

    When you arrive in Kraków, you can count on:

    • Airport pick-up
    • You’ll be greeted by our friendly in-country team who will facilitate your transport to your accommodation

    When you arrive in Kraków:

    • You’ll start your Cultural Orientation week

    Teaching Environment

    Demand for qualified native speakers  at language centers has skyrocketed over the past few years, and shows no sign of slowing down, as Poland’s academic standards become higher and parents see the importance of ensuring their kids receive top-quality ESL education. Adult classes are also extremely popular – the parents want to improve their English too!

    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.

    Class sizes are always small at language centers. Don’t expect to ever teach more than 8-10 students at a time; more often the number will be between 3 and 6. The ages of kids you’ll teach will be quite varied, with some kids as young as 7 (kids in Poland start primary school at age 7), all the way through adults.

    You may also have to work some mornings for “in-company” classes, as well as the occasional Saturday.

    Most teachers will work between 15 and 25 classroom hours per week, with additional time necessary for preparing lessons, marking coursework, and light administrative duties.

    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. 

    Where will I be teaching?

    • In language centers

    While we do our best to meet placement preferences, this cannot be guaranteed. Keep in mind that placements depend on what jobs are available and the schools ultimately  make the hiring decisions at the end of the day.

    We will always do our best to accommodate your preferences though and you will receive our full 24/7 ongoing support throughout your placement.

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    Can I be placed with my friend or partner?

    Yes, we can place you in the same town as your friend or partner. You might be teaching in the same school or in nearby schools, depending on the availability of jobs.

    What are the working hours?

    • You will generally teach for 15 to 25 hours per week, that’s about 3 to 5 hours a day.
    • Work hours will typically be in the late afternoon and early evening.

    What type of school will I teach at?

    Most available job placements are in language centers with the most common student age being young adults.

    What if I am unhappy with my job? Can I be placed somewhere else?

    Not exactly. By signing up for this program and accepting a job with one of our partner schools, you are agreeing to work with them until at least the end of the academic year.

    The reason schools choose to work with us is because we have an excellent track record of delivering quality teachers through our training program. By leaving early, you are not only leaving your students without a teacher for the rest of the year, but also putting our reputation and the job prospects of future interns at risk.

    That being said, we also hold our partner schools to a very high standard in terms of how we expect teachers to be treated.

    If you genuinely believe that your school is not upholding our program standards, you can let us know and we’ll do our best to resolve the issue. In the absolute worst-case scenario, we’ll do our best to find you a new job for the remainder of the program.

    What is the dress code for teaching English in Poland?

    The dress code for English teachers is smart-casual. You are expected to look professional at all times when you are in the classroom bearing in mind that some schools may expect smarter clothing than others, so come prepared.

    Living Environment

    Accommodation for the first 2 weeks 

    Our Accommodation Packages provide a range of affordable, quality-assured options to spend your first 2 weeks in Poland (and longer if necessary) at conveniently located guesthouses that you can book through us at an affordable flat rate. 

    HOSTEL SHARED DORM – €200 for 15 days / 14 nights 

     

    HOSTEL SHARED DORM

     

    Spending your first two weeks in a centrally-located youth hostel can be an extremely affordable – and exciting – way to spend your time in a new city and meet fellow travellers. 

    We work exclusively with respectable, safe, and clean traveller hostels. Complimentary breakfast and lockers are always provided.

    GUESTHOUSE PRIVATE ROOM – €350 for 15 days / 14 nights  

    GUESTHOUSE PRIVATE ROOM

     

    Enjoy a splendid balance of privacy and authenticity by spending your first two weeks at a locally owned guesthouse.
    You’ll have your own lockable room and personal space – while also having the priceless benefit of a local host and a welcoming to the Polish hospitality.

    PRIVATE APARTMENT – €450 for 15 days / 14 nights

    PRIVATE APARTMENT

     

    Treat yourself to a bit of privacy and luxury for your first two weeks with a temporary private apartment, all to yourself. 

    The centrally located apartment will be your home for one-two weeks, with all the space you need to cook, live, and work uninterrupted, just as you would at home.

    Accommodation during your teaching placement

    You will be given guidance on finding accommodation in accessible areas.

    Working in Poland

    Our placement locations/cities are very cosmopolitan.

    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 teachers on the TravelBud program.

    We’re here to walk you through the whole process!

    Why Teach English in Poland with TravelBud?

    It can be scary and intimidating traveling to a foreign country and the complex documentation and requirements can be overwhelming and confusing.

    We know. We’ve all taught abroad before.

    With TravelBud, you’ll always be talking to someone who has taught or volunteered abroad before, so you’ll get informed, first-hand advice to guide and prepare you for your experience.

    Pre-departure support

    Our support managers will assist with all planning, packing, visas, costs, documentation, booking flights and answering any questions you might have.

    24/7 In-country support

    Our in-country partners will be available for the duration of your time in Poland. If you need any assistance or advice, or in the event of an emergency, we’ll be on hand!

    Accredited online TEFL/TESOL certificate Internationally recognised.

    Job Placement

    Cultural orientation course

    Prepares you for your teaching experience in Poland and introduces you to Polish history, language, politics and culture alongside interesting cultural excursions with your fellow teacher travelers.

    Accommodation, transport and spending money budgets

    We invest a lot of time into providing accurate expectations of what to budget for your first few months in Costa Rica. Chat to our enrollment coordinators for more specific details about budgeting

    Knowledge and advice

    Our enrollment coordinators have all taught abroad and have first-hand insights on our teach abroad destinations and programs.

    Flight and Visa assistance

    Travel insurance assistance

    We'll assist you with the additional purchase of your travel insurance via our insurance partners.

    Teaching resources

    You’ll have access to a database of lesson plans, worksheets, flashcards and printable materials for your classroom.

    Safety

    Compared to most major cities in Western Europe or the U.S., Kraków is extremely safe.

    There are no “better avoided” parts of the city, and there should be no reason for any man or
    woman should feel unsafe walking alone, by day or night. Female visitors will notice that they experience far less “catcalling” and other unwanted attention on the streets than in other European cities.

    Violent crime is extremely rare, and when it does happen, it’s usually alcohol fueled. Drunk Poles can occasionally get aggressive; try to avoid escalating arguments, and if you do see a physical confrontation brewing, it’s best to back away and not try to play the hero.

    The city center of Kraków has a very high law enforcement presence, and police present no threats unless you plan on breaking the law. Most officers can speak basic English.

    Teach English in Poland FAQ

    How much does it pay to teach English in Poland?

    You’ll earn around $800 – $1100+ USD* (800 – 1100 Euro) per month.

    * USD amounts may fluctuate due to exchange rate volatility.

    Is English spoken in Poland?

    Yes. Basic English is quite widely spoken, but not everyone you meet will speak English.

    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

    With the help of English language education provided by you and other teachers, the English literacy rate is consistently improving.

    Do you need a degree to teach English in Poland?

    A bachelor’s degree in any field preferable but not required for a legal work permit (2 years of work experience is required to replace a Bachelor’s degree if you do not hold one)

    How much money can you make teaching English in Poland?

    You’ll earn around €550 – €850 Euro per month.

    How many days off do I get? When are the Polish school 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. 

    As the majority of teaching placements available in Poland are at language centers which operate year-round, you won’t receive school holidays.

    Can participants choose part or full time?

    Our Placements are for 1 year and can be renewed if you’d like to stay and continue to teach English in Poland for longer.

    You need to commit to at least 12 months.  Although the position is full time, you’ll only be teaching an average of 3-5 hours per day and typically in the evenings, which allows you to live a fairly flexible lifestyle compared to more rigorous work hours required by schools in other countries.

    When is peak hiring time for English teachers in Poland?

    Peak hiring time for English teachers in Poland is in December and June. That being said, we have an extensive school network and can facilitate placements throughout the year in Poland.

    What is the main religion in Poland?

    The dominant religion in Poland is Roman Catholicism.

    Are teachers in high demand in Poland? Why?

    Yes, teachers are in high demand in Poland. 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.

    English language education also unlocks a lot of growth opportunities for the country’s economy as a whole.

    Do students have to learn English in Poland?

    English is a compulsory subject in schools. Passing English proficiency tests are required to proceed beyond basic schooling. Professional careers in higher institutions, including healthcare, engineering, and technology require strong English proficiency.

    Do schools in Poland accept Online TEFL/TESOL certificates?

    Yes they do, provided your online TEFL/TESOL certificate meets the standards of our partner schools.

    How long is the Online TEFL course?

    It takes approximately 4 weeks to complete our Online TEFL/TESOL course we the final exam in week 5.

    What are the benefits of completing the Online Course?

    In order to ensure that our partner schools’ students are getting the very best and to ensure that you as a teacher abroad feel most prepared for your task at hand, we highly recommend the 120 hour Online TEFL course offered through TravelBud.

    This course begins every first Monday of each month and runs for 4 to 5 consecutive weeks.

    The course is asynchronous and designed to allow you to engage and learn alongside your busy life, while not compromising on your quality of certification and preparation for Poland.

    With the course being fully internationally accredited and the fact that it does not expire- you can use this all over the world for the duration of your teaching journey and beyond!

    We understand that while you are still in your home country you may be working full time or completing your degree and this course is designed with that in mind.

    It gives you comprehensive guidance on all the aspects of the content and methodologies of teaching English as a second language and touches on the productive and receptive skills for students.

    Can you guarantee me a job once I complete the Online Course?

    Granted we have confirmed that you are eligible to teach English in Poland after reviewing your application, meet the other minimal requirements, and you pass the online TEFL/TESOL course, we can 100% guarantee you a job placement at one of our vetted school partners.

    Do schools pay you a fee/portion of my salary?

    No, TravelBud and our partners DO NOT receive a portion of the teacher’s monthly salary.

    Can my friend or partner come with me to Teach English in Poland?

    Yes! We provide friends and couples with placements in the same areas and sometimes even at the same schools.

    What are traveling costs like in Poland?

    It is possible to travel affordably in Poland, but it depends how you want to do it. Budget travelling, using public transport, will take longer but save you money. Taxis will be more expensive.

    How safe is it in Poland?

    Compared to most major cities in Western Europe or the U.S., Kraków is EXTREMELY safe.

    There are no “better avoided” parts of the city, and there should be no reason for any man or

    Woman should feel unsafe walking alone, by day or night. Female visitors will notice that they experience far less “catcalling” and other unwanted attention on the streets than in other European cities.

    Violent crime is extremely rare, and when it does happen, it’s usually alcohol fueled. Drunk Poles can occasionally get aggressive; try to avoid escalating arguments, and if you do see a physical confrontation brewing, it’s best to back away and not try to play the hero. The city center of Kraków has a very high law enforcement presence, and police present no threats unless you plan on breaking the law. Most officers can speak basic English.

    What about Medical services and insurance?

    Medical services are efficient in Poland. If you need medical attention, you can go to either a public or private medical facility.

    What does the average meal cost?

    A local meal will cost $3 – $8 (USD) whereas international food catered for tourists will cost $10 – $20. Depending on your preference and budget, you can eat quite cheaply.

    Where am I going to stay and how much will the accommodation cost me?

    You will be guided towards the best accommodation options for you.

    Our 24/7 in-country support team will be on hand to assist you with finding the best accommodation for you.

    Is airport pick-up provided?

    Yes, airport pick-up is provided as long as you land within 4 days prior to the start of your TEFL/TESOL course intake.

    What are the age groups you will be teaching?

    Most of our placements are at language centers teaching young adults.

    After the contract can you still travel in the country or do you need to leave immediately?

    You can stay as long as you like as you maintain a legal Visa status. You’ll have the option to extend your contract and obtain a temporary residence permit.

    What is the possibility of acquiring a second job to make more money?

    Vert high. Most teachers supplement their teaching income with private tutoring or part-time teaching elsewhere.

    What are the authorities like?

    The authorities are genuinely helpful and professional. They should be treated with respect as in your own home country.

    What is phone and Internet connectivity like in Poland?

    WiFi is very good in Poland, so you will be able to use your devices as in your home country.

    What if you are unhappy in a job? Can you get a new one?

    Not exactly. By signing up for this program and accepting a job with one of our partner schools, you are agreeing to work with them until at least the end of the academic year.

    The reason schools choose to work with us is because we have an excellent track record of delivering quality teachers through our training program. By leaving early, you are not only leaving your students without a teacher for the rest of the year, but also putting our reputation and the job prospects of future interns at risk.

    That being said, we also hold our partner schools to a very high standard in terms of how we expect teachers to be treated.

    If you genuinely believe that your school is not upholding our program standards, you can let us know and we’ll do our best to resolve the issue. In the absolute worst-case scenario, we’ll do our best to find you a new job for the remainder of the program.

    What is the dress code for teaching English in Poland?

    Smart-casual. Typically collar shirts for men and semi-conservative dress for women. As a teacher, you need to appear professional at all times. For women, skirts and dresses are most commonly worn.

    Must the teachers have CV’s or Resumes?

    Yes, it is vital for the job placement process for people wanting to teach English in Poland to submit an updated version of their resume or CV during TravelBud’s pre-enrollment application process.

    Our placement team will work with you to format your CV/resume according to what the schools are looking for to increase your chances for obtaining a sought after placement.

    Packing essentials? Sleeping bag, towels?

    All our participants are provided with a detailed packing list before departing for Poland. You can get all the essentials in the country, but it is not necessarily cheaper than back home, so it’s best to bring all your basics which we will guide you through.

    Specific laws to be aware of and to adhere to

    Polish police take a strict approach to public drunkenness. You are not allowed to consume alcohol in public places or you may be fined.

    What is the level of English and general behaviour of students?

    This will vary. Literacy levels are high, so you can expect students with a good basic English proficiency but everyone is different so not everyone will be a quick learner.

    Do your colleagues speak English?

    You will be teaching with other first language English speakers at the language centers, most of which will come from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

    Will you work with any special needs children?

    No.

    What are the chances of teaching English in neighbouring countries?

    TravelBud does not offer any other teaching programs in Europe at the moment, but  we offer teaching programs in South East Asia and Central America.

    Are all paperwork and books supplied by the school?

    Yes, most of the time. You will also have access to a database of lesson plans, printable graphics, class warmers and flash cards.

    What happens if you lose your job? Can you get a new one?

    If you are fired, TravelBud and our partners will no longer help with job placement. It’s important that you meet the performance requirements and contractual obligations of your school employer.

    Can you drink tap water?

    Yes you can. You will be advised about this during your first week on the program and the locals are always a great source of information.

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