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Teaching in Europe

Europe has something for everyone and therefore it’s a popular choice for many TEFL teachers. With so many stunning countries to choose from, you will find breath-taking natural wonders, amazing history and stunning architecture. Whether you have an in interest in art, museums, water sports, skiing, trekking, fashion or food and wine, Europe has it all.

Living and working in Europe will allow you to easy travel to other countries, includingweekend getaways. Low-cost flights, excellent road and rail connections, makes travelling throughout Europe very easy. Choose from city breaks to Paris, Rome, Prague, relax in the coastalislands of Greece and Spain, or ski in the SwissAlps.

Whether you go you will find teaching in Europe challenging, rewarding and satisfying in helping others learn your language.

Region population: 740,000,000
Largest country: Russia
Popular countries for teachers: Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, France
Best paid jobs: Western European

With so many countries in Europe, you will find plenty of TEFL jobs. Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and France are the larger TEFL/TESOL markets but there is also a growing need in Eastern Europe, as these countries continue to grow and expand in the global market.Teaching in a European public school will provide teachers will essential professional skills to start or continue a career in education.Additionally, language schools, which are found in almost every city in Europe, specialise in after-school and evening classes for English language learners of all ages and levels. They offer flexible schedules leaving plenty of free time to explore the sights and beauties across Europe.

Private tutoring is yet another great way to earn money and meet local students. Teachers can usually earn a comfortable salary working a variety of non-contract jobs for private language schools.

Living in Europe is undoubtedly expensive, especially when you must factor in the high income taxes in many European countries. A TEFL teacher’s biggest expense will be the monthly rent, as majority of schools do not provide accommodation.


Salaries in Europe are generally very good. In Western Europe, with so many big cities, you can earn up to £2500 per month, but the cost of living is much higher than Eastern Europe.


In most countries, the minimum requirement is a fluent speaker of English, TEFL/TESOL certification and previous teaching experienceis preferable, especially for Western European countries.


EU passport holders automatically qualify to teach in Europe. For non-EU citizens, it will be difficult to obtain a work visa or work permit on your own and will require to be sponsored by an employeror another option is to find a job while in Europe, as it will be more convenient for employers to complete the legal process.