English Teaching in Romania
English Teaching Jobs
Enjoying a national cultural and economic rebirth following the fall of the Iron Curtain and the Communist regime 25 years ago, Romania represents a fast-growing job market for teaching English in Eastern Europe.
Most language schools interview and recruit new English teachers locally in Romania during the beginning of September and then again in January. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps may be available, and positions typically start in late June and early July.
While there are some opportunities to interview in advance for positions, English teachers should expect to interview in person once they arrive in Romania, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers.
A solid hourly wage affords English teachers to live a comfortable life, especially given the cost of living, which is lower than in many Western European nations. Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore. English teachers typically (though not always) need to possess a college degree to teach in Romania, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well. Major cities for English teaching jobs are Bucharest, Constanta, Cluj-Napoca, and Lasi.
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English Teaching Requirements in Romania
- Education: BA/BS preferred; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at any of our other Worldwide TEFL TESOL locations or by taking the Online TEFL TESOL Class.
- Peak Hiring Months: September & January
- Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools
- Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Romania
- Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
- Types of Students: Business professionals
- Cost of Living per Month: $290 - 375 USD
(1,160 - 1,500 RON)
- Average Monthly Pay: $290 - 375 USD
(1,160 - 1,500 RON)
- Start-up Cost: $600 - 700 USD (2,400 - 2800 RON)
- Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
- Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
- Flight Reimbursement: No
Interesting Facts About Life in Romania
- Some restaurants in Romania charge by weight, rather than portion
- The oldest modern human remains in Europe were discovered in Romania.
- English is spoken by over 5 million Romanians
- Romania is the 4th fastest growing country in Europe regards to tourism
Your life in Romania as an English teacher...
Romania is so much more than spooky castles and treacherous mountains- adventure awaits around every corner of the country. From the rolling hills of it's rural fairytale landscape to modern cities like Bucharest, there is much to be explored. The Transylvanian Alps are perfect for hiking and skiing, sidewalk cafes evoke a Mediterranean ambiance, and numerous tiny villages offer a glimpse into nation's eerily fascinating past. Romania is recent addition to Europe's list of heavily frequented tourist spots, despite having a history of beauty and mystique that stretches much farther back in time.
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