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.
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