Teach English in or near: Prague, Brno, Ostrava

The Central European country of the Czech Republic is best known for the fascinating city of Prague, which has drawn increasing numbers of visitors over the years since the country was opened up to tourism in 1989. Attractions include a medieval old town, a 9th century castle, fantastic renaissance architecture and a 14th century bridge considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful attractions.

There are many teaching opportunities for TEFL graduates in Prague, as well as within other towns and cities, but wherever you go, you will see castles and palaces. This is true ’fairy story’ Europe and has become one of Europe’s premier destinations for its architecture and culture, emerging from its dark years under communist rule like Cinderella at the Prince’s Ball.

The Czech Republic now boasts a vibrant economy and a high standard of living – with an increasing need for English teachers and great teaching packages.

Finding Work as an English Teacher in the Czech Republic

Native English-speakers from all around the world can very easily find work as foreign English teachers in many areas of the Czech Republic, in private Language schools, International schools, Public schools and as private tutors. It is significantly easier for non-EU passport holders to find work here than in most, if not all, other countries in Europe due to the demand for English teachers, and you don’t necessarily need a degree. The option of being able to apply for Trade Licence to teach in the Czech Republic is a distinct advantage.

The Czech Republic is an emerging European economy, which has a two-fold impact on opportunities for TEFL graduates: wages from schools are not generally as high as they would be in other European countries, but demand for teachers is very high and increasing all the time – from, schools, businesses and private individuals.

Some private schools require candidates to have a BA degree in addition to a TEFL certificate, and the top schools may also require two to three years’ teaching experience, but for the most part, a Trade Licence along with your TEFL certificate should suffice – and will open the door to a beautiful and culturally magnificent country.

Teaching English at Private Language Schools

There are well over 100 language schools in Prague, and many more around the rest of the country. Some of these schools will require candidates to have a BA degree on top of a TEFL qualification, but as there are so many, this is certainly not the case – even if you require assistance in getting a work permit and visa. If you apply directly to private language schools in Prague, you will probably be able to get your foot in the door with a TEFL qualification alone, and if from outside, they may help you apply for a Trade Licence, but it is something you can do on your own beforehand so it’s better to do that; you will then be free enjoy Prague’s legendary café society while you scan the locals ads for English teachers. Be prepared to work evenings and weekends.

Teaching English at an International Schools

There are a number of International Schools in the Czech Republic, mostly in and around Prague. These schools usually require far higher standards, levels of experience and in many cases that you be a licensed teacher independently of your TEFL certification…and in many cases that you speak a proficient level of Czech. Nevertheless, it’s worth keeping an eye on job boards for Assistant Teaching posts or other entry-level positions if you wish to teach during normal school hours rather than weekends or after-hours.

Teaching English at Public Schools

Opportunities to teach at Public schools in the Czech Republic are limited in and around Prague, but increase in other areas – in smaller, lesser-known towns and cities – with less stringent requirements for licenced teachers. It would be essential to have obtained a Trade Licence prior to applying to any of these schools, and a degree and age-appropriate experience won’t hurt.

Private English Tutoring for Children, Adults and Business Executives

You should have no problem finding private students in the Czech Republic for private English tutoring, but if you wish to make good money from businesses, make sure you have a Trade Licence to be able to work legally and advertise in local papers and boards. It’s also advantageous to have a little more than rudimentary Czech to help you communicate with your clients. English is not as yet as widely or as proficiently spoken as in many other European countries.

Monthly Salary 15,000 – 30,000 CZK
Airfare Rarely included
Working Hours 20 – 30 hours per week
Accommodation Sometimes included or allowance may be given
Hiring Season January & September are peak but jobs are available all year round
Length of Contract 6 – 12 months
Requirements Native English speaker, TEFL certificate, EU citizen and Bachelor’s degree

Czech people are the world’s heaviest consumers of beer

In 1959, a Czech national named Otto Wichterle invented soft contact lenses

The sugar cube was invented in Czech Republic in 1843

There are over 2,000 castles, keeps and castle ruins in the Czech Republic

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