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7 Paid English Teaching Programs in Europe

Being a native English speaker is like winning a lottery. It gives you a unique opportunity to take advantage of the language teaching programs many countries have launched to increase their English proficiency.

Whether you’re taking a gap year, or wanting to relocate long-term, teaching English is a great way to legally move to Europe even if you’re without an EU passport. 

1. France

Teaching Assistant Program in France
http://www.ciep.fr/en/assistantetr/

The Job

Work 12 hours/week as a teaching assistant in a French school. The job goes from October 1 – April 30.

Requirements

  • Be a resident of the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, The Bahamas, Barbadose, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Spain, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Portugal, China, Israel, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Taiwan, or Turkey
  • Be age 20-30
  • Have completed at least two years of university
  • Have a basic level of French

Benefits

  • €794/month (net after taxes)
  • Reduced cost medical care

Application Period

1 October – beginning of January or end of February

2. Italy

SITE Program (Study, intercultural training, and experience)
http://siteprogram.pacioli.net/

The Job

Work 12 hours/week in the classroom as an assistant to local teachers in Lombardy. Spend an additional 13 hours/week on independent study, projects, and teaching. Positions can last from 3 months to a full academic year, which is from October 1 – May 31. It is possible to renew for a second year.

Requirements

  • 3.25 GPA
  • Be a university student or a recent graduate
  • Be a resident of the USA
  • Italian proficiency

Benefits

  • €700/month

Application Period

Application due 15 March

3. Spain

Auxiliares de conversación (Language and Culture Assistant)
http://www.mecd.gob.es/eeuu/convocatorias-programas/convocatorias-eeuu/auxiliares-conversacion-eeuu.html
https://sede.educacion.gob.es/catalogo-tramites/profesores/convocatorias/extranjeros/auxiliares-conversacion-extranjeros-espana.html 

The Job

Work 12 hours per week (16 in Madrid) as assistants to local teachers. The program lasts from October 1 – May 31, with the possibility to renew up to 3 times.

Requirements

  • Be a native speaker of English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Chinese
  • Be a resident of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, China, or the EU
  • Be in your last year of university, or already have completed a degree
  • Complete a medical evaluation
  • No criminal record
  • Have a basic level of Spanish

Benefits

  • €700/month (€1000/month in Madrid)
  • Medical coverage

Application Period

9 January – 1 April

4. Switzerland

Language Assistant Program (LAP)
http://www.ch-go.ch/programme/sap/sap-in-der-schweiz

The Job

Work 12 hours/week (may vary by school) as an assistant to local teachers. Program usually runs from September 1 – June 30.

Requirements

  • Be a native speaker of English, German Spanish, French, or Italian
  • Be a resident of the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, France, Italy, or Spain
  • Have sound knowledge of the language of the region you’re place in (German, French, or Italian)
  • Be a university student or university graduate
  • Age 21-30

Benefits

  • Minimum monthly salary of CHF 2,550 net after taxes (About €2065 or $2825), which varies by school

Application Period

Application due 17 April

5. Georgia

Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG)
http://www.tlg.gov.ge/

The Job

Work  up to 30 hours/week as an assistant to local teachers. If you live with a host family, you must provide the family with 3 hours of English lessons a week.

Requirements

  • Native English speaker
  • Two years of post-secondary education
  • Clean criminal record
  • Medical clearance

Benefits

  • Round-trip ticket to and from Georgia
  • Round-trip vacation ticket to and from Georgia between semesters
  • Medical insurance
  • Housing with a host family (You must pay 200GEL rent per month)
  • Mobile phone
  • Monthly stipend of 600 GEL (about $340 or €250) if you live with a host family, 500 GEL (about $285 or €210) if you do not (amounts after taxes)

Application Period

Application open until the end of June

6. Czech Republic

Teachers of English
http://www.mzv.cz/washington/en/culture_events/education/information_for_teachers_of_english/index.html

The Job

Work 24 hours per week from September 1 to June 30.

Requirements

  • Be an English speaker
  • Have a university degree

Benefits

  • Monthly salary of 13,000-18,000 Czech Crowns (about €475-650 or $650-900) before taxes
  • Accommodations arranged by the school that will be “reasonable priced or free”

Application Period

(Not specified)

7. Hungary

Central European Teaching Program 
http://www.cetp.info/

The Job

Work 22 – 26 hours per week as an English teacher (not assistant). Job lasts roughly 10 months, usually September – June. There is an enrollment fee of at least $750.

Requirements

  • Be a native English speaker
  • Be a citizen of the USA, Canada, or the EU
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Complete a TESL or education course
  • Get at least 20 hours of classroom teaching experience

Benefits

  • Monthly salary of unstated (seemingly around $500) amount
  • Medical coverage
  • Free housing

Application Period

Open year-round

 

  

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One Response to 7 Paid English Teaching Programs in Europe

  1. Mike of Mapless Mike May 11, 2014 at 4:24 PM #

    Thanks for writing this up, Kate! I’ll be teaching in Spanish next year through the auxiliar program, but will have to keep these in mind if I ever decided that I want to teach somewhere in Europe other then Spain.

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